Baby Point is an upscale residential neighbourhood in Toronto’s West End. It’s located just west of Jane and Annette Streets. The name is pronounced “Bobby Point” by long-time residents, a corruption of the French pronunciation of Baby, after whom the neighbourhood is named. Baby Point is situated on a peninsula of land or a “point” overlooking the Humber River.
HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
James Baby was a member of a prominent Quebec fur trading family and a former politician in Upper Canada. He settled at Baby Point in 1816, after discovering an abandoned Seneca village there. A lush apple orchard covered the area and salmon swam in the Humber River, giving it an Eden-like quality. Water from a fresh spring nearby was bottled and shipped worldwide. Baby’s heirs lived at Baby Point until 1910, when the government acquired the land with the intention of establishing a military fortress and barracks at the site. The government eventually changed their plans and sold the land to a developer named Home Smith, who began developing a subdivision in 1912. Home Smith would later develop a residential area across the Humber, The Kingsway.
Baby Point features a wide range of homes, from large English manor houses shaded by towering oak trees to more modest two-story detached houses. The larger homes tend to back onto the Humber Valley ravine and are found along Baby Point Road and Baby Point Crescent, the neighbourhood’s “signature” streets, while the smaller homes are found near the Jane Street and Baby Point Road entrance. Most of the homes in Baby Point were built in the 1920s and 1930s.
SHOPPING & RECREATION
Shopping options are plentiful in this neighbourhood. There’s a Loblaws location to the north, boutiques and green grocers on Jane and Annette Streets and Bloor West Village to the south. A very special feature of this neighbourhood is the Baby Point Club. This private neighbourhood club features two tennis courts, lawn bowling and a log cabin clubhouse that hosts various social events throughout the year.
Baby Point is ideal for outdoor activities. Close by is the Etienne Brule Park, which has a paved trail that follows the course of the Humber River. This multi-purpose trail is ideal for walking, jogging, cycling and cross-country skiing. This park is also popular for fishing and picnics. Across the street from the park is the Old Mill Tennis Club, which includes four public tennis courts.
• Humbercrest Public, 14 St. Marks Rd.,
• Runnymede C.I., 569 Jane St.,
• St. James, Humbercrest Blvd.,
Jane subway station via Jane Street bus or fifteen minutes walk from the Baby Point gates. Quick and easy access to Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway via the South Kingsway.