Originally part of Etobicoke, Alderwood was “disconnected” from the township with the coming of the QEW in the 1930s; likewise, its ties to Long Branch and New Toronto to the south were checked by the railway that cut through. As such, the neighbourhood has remained relatively insular throughout its growth. But, those who own the low-rise, single-family dwellings are loyal, and they now enjoy fantastic amenities, such as the Alderwood Centre, which houses a community pool, a library and an after-school childcare centre. Alderwood is native for “place where the alder trees grow,” and a fighting spirit to keep the neighbourhood vital—and to care for their own future—seems ingrained in its residents.

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