Historic SitesConstructed in the early 20th century, the University of Toronto President's House is one of the most notable historic sites in Rosedale. Occupying roughly 3.5 acres and having more than 30 total rooms, this residential property is affiliated with the city's most prestigious institution of higher education. The President's House also has beautiful gardens with several terraces and slopes. Built in 1916, the North Toronto Station is another historic landmark in this tranquil section of the city. The architectural firm Darling and Pearson designed this railway station in the Beaux Arts style. The original clock tower still stands at this defunct building that was mostly served by the Canada Pacific Railway. The grand station closed in 1931, and it received protective status under the Ontario Heritage Act in the 1970s.
Parks and NatureCovering approximately 5 hectares in Rosedale, Chorley Park has several biking and hiking trails that cut through dense trees and other beautiful landscaping. The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario lived in a mansion at these grounds in the early 20th century. Unfortunately, you won't find any traces of the demolished Government House at the redeveloped green space. However, Governors Monument stands in the southern end of the fields that once had major significance for the region's leading politicians. This local park is neighbored by the Don Valley Brick Works Park, the site of a former industrial complex that thrived in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mud Creek flows through Chorley Park and other sections in the community's northeastern corner. Flanked by the Park Drive Reservation Trail, Yellow Creek flows through the heart of Rosedale. The trail leads to Beaumont Park, Craigleigh Gardens Park and the Roxborough Parkette. Featuring a tennis center, multiple ball fields and an outdoor skating rink, Rosedale Park is the neighborhood's premier recreational facility. Featuring outdoor clay courts and swimming pools, the private Toronto Tennis Club also highlights the affluent character of the district. While maintaining its suburban character, Rosedale is also remarkably close to urban amenities on Yonge Street. For example, there are more than a dozen restaurants on the short stretch of this street that flanks the community's western side. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.
Visiting RosedaleSituated on scenic hills just north of downtown Toronto, Rosedale is easily accessible by rapid transit services that are provided by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The Yonge-University subway trains stop at Rosedale Station and Summerhill Station. Locally known as Line 1, this rail service links Union Station with dozens of points in the city. Additionally, the Bloor-Danforth subway trains stop at the Castle Frank Station and Sherbourne Stations just south of the neighborhood. This high-end district is naturally bound by the narrow Don River on the east side. Bayview Avenue runs parallel to this meandering river that empties into Lake Ontario just a few miles to the south. This avenue also merges with the Don Valley Parkway on the east side of the river. Having northbound and southbound lanes, Mount Pleasant Road is perhaps the busiest road in this upscale neighborhood. The commercialized Yonge Street is another major thoroughfare that runs through this historic community.
By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-11-27
Updated On: 2019-11-27
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