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This area is welcoming and bustling with its tree-lined streets and abundant shopping malls. You won’t have a problem sending your children to school because the neighbourhood has you covered from junior kindergarten all the way to college.

Interestingly, this area, bordered in part by the Don River and York Mills Road, is home to about 1,640 residents that are 85 years old and up. It doesn’t come as a surprise since the area offers an assortment of ways to stay fit. Take advantage of all the activities on Banbury Road to stay healthy and keep your children engaged over the summer, or head out to the Town Square, which is another hub of fun.

The Banbury and Don Mills neighbourhood is always moving to support its modern population that appreciates the many choices in order to get to work, school, Downtown, or surrounding areas.

Banbury and Don Mills is experiencing a surge of condominium high-rise buildings and town home developments that are looking forward to welcoming new residents into the community.

Education
The Don Mills area boasts many schools for all levels, such as the Norman Ingram Public School which provides a nurturing environment for junior kindergarteners and fifth graders, while encouraging them to develop eco-friendly habits. For an enriching education, residents enroll their children at the Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox School that caters to children at the pre-school and middle school levels. At the Don Mills Collegiate Institute, students in grades 9 to 12 learn life-long skills that help them make positive contributions to communities. The Don Mills area also allows residents to achieve a higher education in business and technology at the Toronto campus of Stanford International College.

Public Transit
Residents have an abundance of choice with TTC buses passing on Don Mills Road, running perpendicularly to those on Lawrence Avenue East. Residents can also benefit from public transit on the west and east sides of The Donway. The buses on York Mills Road facilitate residents’ journey to restaurants and professional services while Leslie Street provides the closest public transit stops for students and faculty who frequent the Stanford International College, the Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox School, and many more educational establishments.

Activities & Amenities
By turning onto Banbury Road, it will lead you to Banbury Park, which is connected to Windfields Park. Rife with activity, the Banbury Kids Program and Camp, a tennis club, and a community centre are conveniently located within the park. The Don Mills area contains the Shops at Don Mills, which has seen two renovations since it originally opened in the 1960s. Today, it provides an unrivalled outdoor shopping experience with a Town Square that hosts many summer activities, including yoga to help residents become more in-tuned with themselves. Residents also enjoy teeing off at the private Donalda Golf Club, which also offers tennis, curling, and swimming.

HISTORY

The name ‘Don Mills’ came from the Don River and the presence of various mills that had been set up throughout the Don Valley back in the 1800s. They included a saw mill at the Donalda Club area, a woolen mill at the Don Mills Ski Club, and a second woolen mill used to be located where the Edward’s Gardens are today. Sadly, there was flood in the early part of the 1900s that washed away some of the mills. The town was initiated by the famous racehorse breeder, Edward Plunkett Taylor, who hope to revive the human spirit during the uprise of industry.  Residents began to move into semi-detached houses once development of the area began in 1953, resulting in a large influx. Soon, apartment buildings were also constructed and completed by 1960 to accommodate the sudden increase of the population. Don Mills was designated as a heritage site in 1997 for its consistent planning and effective integration.

As Canada’s first planned community, it has allowed a post-war community to fully integrate into the Canadian culture.

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