Bloor West Village is a popular Toronto neighbourhood bordered by Bloor Street West to the South, Clendenan Ave. to the East, Jane Street to the West, and Annette Street to the North. The centrepiece of the community is the shopping district on Bloor Street that runs the length of the neighbourhood.
HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
In the mid 1800s Lt. Colonel William S. Durie of the Queen’s Own Rifles purchased the large estate that today is Bloor West Village. It was annexed to the City of Toronto in 1909 when roads were paved and services provided. Much of Bloor West’s development is owed to the creation of a streetcar line along Bloor Street, which the TTC later replaced by the Bloor-Danforth subway line, built in the 1960s with stations at Runnymede and Jane Streets.
Bloor West Village’s first residents were immigrants of Eastern European origin and today it is still home to a large Ukrainian population. These residents helped found the highly successful Bloor West Village Business Improvement Area, the first of its kind in Canada.
The majority of homes on the tree-lined streets of Bloor West were built between 1912 and 1923 and are mostly two-storey brick houses of a similar size and style. They feature front porches, decorative oak accents, hardwood floors and fireplaces.
SHOPPING & RECREATION
Bloor West Village is widely known for its lively shopping district that still reflects the Eastern European heritage of its first residents. The Village offers Polish and Ukrainian delis and bakeries, European cafes as well as specialty food shops, restaurants, bookstores, clothing boutiques — true village atmosphere in a big city!
Bloor West Village is also a desirable neighbourhood for its proximity to natural environs. High Park, Rennie Park, the Humber River parklands and the lakefront are all within easy walking or cycling distance. For indoor recreation, both the Annette & Swansea Recreation Centres are close by.
• Runnymede Jr. & Sr., 357 Runnymede Rd.,
(416) 393-9055 (Public School)
• Humberside Montessori School, 121 Kennedy Ave.,
• Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Ave.,
(416) 393-0000 (Public High School)
• Western Technical Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Cres.,
(416) 393-0500 (Public High School)
•Ursula Franklin Academy, 146 Glendonwynne Rd.,
(416) 393-0430 (Public HIgh School)
• High Park Alternative Jr., 265 Annette St.,
(416) 393-9040 (Public School)
• St. Pius X, 71 Jane St.,
(416) 393-5237 (Separate School)
The Jane and Runnymede subway stations are part of the Bloor-Danforth subway line and are both within walking distance of the homes in Bloor West Village.