Originally, Leaside was to be the “new Rosedale,” an upper-class residential area. The world wars, however, brought military production, and single-family housing for employees of the Leaside Munitions Company. In 1927, the Leaside Viaduct was then completed, providing easy connection with East Toronto—and bringing rapid growth. Nowadays, families in this neighbourhood (home to many NHL-ers and local celebrities) lead the charmed life, with endless amenities at arm’s length. For instance, Leaside Memorial Community Gardens boasts an indoor swimming pool, and ice and curling rinks. Serena Gundy Park brings 60-plus acres of all-natural green space, for hiking and picnicking and cross-country skiing. And a charming shopping and dining strip adds to an already rich community fabric.