Bedford Park

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The Bedford Park neighbourhood is made up of quiet streets with mature trees and is ideal for families with young children. It has an excellent selection of public, private and separate schools, many parkettes and playgrounds, a community centre, a library and convenient access to Toronto’s transit system. It is far enough away from all the hustle bustle of the City yet still offers easy access to your work or to the nearby entertainment and shopping districts along Yonge Street.

Living in the middle of such a big city as Toronto and having two golf courses, Don Valley Golf Course and Rosedale Golf Club within walking distance is a real treat for all of the smaller neighbourhoods surrounding North Toronto. This cluster of charming communities shares most of the amenities in the area, including community centres and the private family and social club, Cricket Club which is a true heart of the community with its many excellent sporting facilities (tennis, squash, cricket, and swimming) and great dining.

History

Bedford Park began as a farming hamlet north of Toronto. The hamlet was a popular stopover for farmers making their way to market in the city. The neighbourhood was likely named after the Bedford Park Hotel, which opened in 1873 at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Fairlawn Avenue..

In 1890 Bedford Park was amalgamated with the hamlets of Davisville and Eglinton to the south, and incorporated as the City of North Toronto. In the same year, the Metropolitan Street Railway of Toronto began service to the area, encouraging residential development.

The former Town of Bedford Park post office on Yonge Street,  just north of Lawrence is still a neighbourhood landmark.

Architecture

Bedford Park has a good mix of detached and semi-detached homes. The original housing stock was built between 1890 and 1940. However, many of the bungalows in the neighbourhood have recently been torn down and replaced with custom built homes.

Bedford Park has an aesthetically pleasing mix of detached and semi-detached homes built in the half-century period between 1890 and 1940.  However, many of the bungalows in the neighbourhood have recently been torn down and replaced with custom built homes.  Since Bedford Park was originally conceived as a middle class housing development at the northern tip of the city, the original homes were mid-sized. The relocation of the Rosedale Golf Club in 1909 to the area northeast of Bedford Park brought about development of the more exclusive bordering neighbourhoods of La

Shopping

If you are a foodie, then you should try one of the many fine restaurants in Bedford Park. The amazing selection of high-quality restaurants makes dining out truly a great experience in this neighbourhood.

The Yonge Lawrence Village is a family-oriented uptown shopping destination that has  developed a real flair for urban living. It has a reputation as a vibrant, tight-knit community with a diverse offer of culture, food, and fun.  Bedford Park residents as well as those living in the nearby neighbourhoods of Wanless Park, Lawrence Park, and Teddington Park enjoy the many great shops, cafes, restaurants, and businesses in the Village, which have consistently prove themselves a worthy substitute for the buzz of downtown. Any new visitor will discover that this upscale shopping area is really worth a trip.

Parks and Recreation

Wanless Park is the largest park in Bedford Park. It offers a wide array of facilities, including five floodlit tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball diamond, a children’s playground, and a wading pool. Furthermore, it’s near the Bedford Park Community Centre, which offers preschool programs, older adult programs, fitness programs, sports programs, swimming lessons, and summer camps.

The Woburn Parkette located just west of Yongestreet, is a small park great for parents with toddlers and preschoolers. There is a new children’s playground and a wading pool here, and the parkette is just a few blocks south of The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre, which includes seasonal programs for residents of all ages.

Schools and Libraries

Bedford Park Junior Public School 81 Ranleigh Avenue (416) 393-9424
John Wanless Junior Public School 250 Brookdale Avenue (416) 393-9350
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School 24 Bedford Park Avenue (416) 393-5226
Glenview Senior Public School 401 Rosewell Avenue (416) 393-9390
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute 125 Chatsworth Drive (416) 393-9500
The George Locke Public Library 3083 Yonge Street (416) 393-7730

Named after George H. Locke (1870–1937), who is credited with transforming the small institution into one of the most respected library systems on the continent, the library is located at the southeast corner of Yonge and Lawrence.

Transportation

All homes in Bedford Park are within walking distance from Lawrence East Station off Yonge Street. Yonge Street also offers regular bus service, and there is limited bus service on both Avenue Road and Mount Pleasant Road.

By car, residents take about twenty minutes to drive downtown and about five minutes to drive to the Yonge Street on-ramp to Highway 401. The neighbourhood offers convenient public transit service for all its commuters.

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