Leaside is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located northeast of Downtown Toronto. The area takes its name from William Lea and the Lea family, who settled there in the early years of the nineteenth century. It was incorporated as a town in 1913 and in 1967 Leaside was amalgamated with the township of East York to form the borough of East York. As such Leaside became a neighbourhood within East York and merged with five other municipalities and a regional government in 1998 to form the new City of Toronto.
Leaside is in especially high demand with upper middle income families who value this neighbourhood as an ideal place to live.
- Leaside is one of Toronto’s poshest neighbourhoods and has become a dining destination for residents of mid-town Toronto and beyond. Once here, visitors are at the whim of a bustling stretch of Bayview bursting with antiques and specialty shops. As a family-centric community, there are organized activities and lessons for all ages.
- Toronto’s best shopping districts Sunnybrook Plaza, located on the north-east corner of Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East, became one of the first shopping centres in Toronto.
- Leaside offers a fine selection of schools for their students. Northlea Elementary and Middle School. Northlea is a dual track school offering regular English and French programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Bessborough Elementary and Middle School presently has students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Rolph Road Elementary School, an elementary school for junior kindergarten to grade 6. Leaside High School began on the top floor of Rolph Road School. Along with the growing population of Leaside also supported one of North Toronto’s first preschools. Sunnybrook School and Bloorview School Authority is an educational facility physically which offers various educational programs for children, some of whom are patients in the hospital.
- Leaside has abundant greenspace, parkland and an ideal place to raise children. Serena Gundy Park. The park is used for picnicking and hiking in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. Trace Manes Park is located in south Leaside. The park is home to the Leaside Tennis club and sports six tennis courts. Other facilities in the park include a playground, a baseball diamond and an outdoor ice rink in winter. Howard Talbot park in south-west Leaside features two baseball diamonds. Additionally it features a “splash pad”, a water playground for young children.
- The largest recreation centre in Leaside is Leaside Memorial Community Gardens which includes an indoor swimming pool, two ice rinks, a curling rink and a large auditorium.
- Sunnybrook hospital evolved from its origin as Canada’s largest veterans hospital into an internationally recognized health sciences centre, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto as a teaching hospital.
- Leaside lies on the Iroquois Plain. The actions of the glacial Lake Iroquois made the Leaside area into a flat plateau, surrounded on three sides by deep river valleys.
- The most famous house in Leaside is James Lea’s. It is unique in that the back of the house faces Sutherland Drive. It was originally built to face a street that no longer exists.
- The Leaside residence offers a comfortable and stimulating setting for retirement living, inside and out. Leaside retirement community offers a full continuum of care including assisted living and memory care.
- Leaside’s additional future project is Line 5 Eglinton, also known as the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is a light rail line that is under construction Toronto, Ontario. Owned by Metrolinx and operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the line will be part of the Toronto subwayand will have 3 stations in Leaside when completed in 2021 underground stations at Bayview Avenue and at Laird Drive, and a grade level station at Leslie Street.
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