If you’re looking for a great up and coming neighbourhood, this is the place to be.
A bit of history of the area: Back in the 1920’s former owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs Conn Smythe opened the Smythe gravel pit. After World War II, the pit was transformed into housing for returning servicement.
The area is easily accessible by transit. Buses run to both Jane and Runnymede stations.
Smythe Park provides 15.3 – hectares of peaceful escape. The park features three baseball diamonds (the main diamond was recently refurbished by the Jays Care Foundation), a children’s playground, splash pad and outdoor pool.
After some fun in the sun, foodies can satisfy taco cravings at Playa Cabana Cantina
, and enjoy wood fired Neapolitan-style pizzas at Annette Food Market. There is also the Junction Craft Brewing, a microbrewery and retail store. The Junction Farmers Market
runs on Saturday mornings from May through November and has an array of all natural products from honey and garden veggies to wines and meats. Better yet, they are locally owned. Adventurous types can try their hand at Bad Axe Throwing, an axe throwing facility that opened last year.
The western edge of the neighbourhood encompasses the historic Lambton Gold and Country Club
– founded in 1902. The club offers golf, tennis, and serves as a space to say your “I do’s” and host large events. For beginners not prepared to commit to membership fees, the public Scarlett Woods Golf Course is nearby.
The family run Messina Bakery
sells Italian baked goods (Sicilian cannoli is the specialty here). Big-box grocery stores Freshco and Loblaws are also nearby. There has been much hype surrounding the Stockyards, a newly developed 550,000 square foot mall at St. Clair and Weston Road. The outdoor mall includes a Winners, Roots, Sport Chek and Bouclair Home.
There are a number of schools in the area, including Archbishop Romero Catholic Secondary School
, Cordella Junior Public School and Rockcliffe Middle School.