The Kingsway is a prestigious residential neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end. It is located west of the Humber River parklands and is bordered by Bloor Street to the south, Dundas Street to the north and Montgomery Road to the west.
The Kingsway was the vision of Robert Home Smith, a lawyer by training who began developing land in the early 1900s. The Kingsway became his personal vision of the ideal community and was mostly inspired by the Garden City principles that were popular in England and the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
By the 1920s, his ideas culminated into the development he named Kingsway Park. The Home Smith Company designed traditional homes influenced by Old English architecture. Many of the houses here are Tudor style with highpeaked roofs, half-timbered walls and handsome stonework. There are also fine examples of Arts and Crafts and Georgian style residences. All feature large elegant principal rooms, wood and lead accents and spacious lots. Smith situated the homes on well-treed and winding streets to create an air of a wooded retreat. The construction of the Bloor Street bridge over the Humber River in 1924 ensured the success of the Kingsway Park development.
The Kingsway shopping district runs along Bloor Street West from Prince Edward Drive in the east to Montgomery Road in the west. It offers an excellent array of fine restaurants, cafes, green grocers, boutiques and specialty shops such as Bake Sale, Organic Abundance, Richard’s Fine Chocolates, Vintage’s Wines, Whitehouse Meats and a full array of personal and professional services. The shopping distinct maintains the Old English ambiance with unique centre medians, beautiful wrought iron park benches and coach lanterns, distinct Kingsway flags and banners as well as graceful flower gardens.
The Etobicoke Memorial Pool and Health Club on Montgomery Road offer a full range of swimming, aquafit and aerobic classes. Beside the Health Club is Central Arena which offers public skating, figure skating and organized ice and ball hockey leagues for children and adults. Central Park has tennis courts, lawn bowling and a large baseball diamond. Lambton Kingsway Park on Prince Edward Drive has an outdoor pool, tennis courts, winter skating, playground and baseball diamonds.
Home Smith Park, accessed off Dundas Street, follows the Humber River and is part of a 10 kilometre paved trail that links cyclists, in-line skaters, walkers, and joggers to the Martin Goodman Trail on Toronto’s waterfront. Etienne Brule Park, on the east side of the Humber, is accessed by the Old Mill.
• Lambton-Kingsway, 525 Prince Edward Dr. N.,
• Our Lady of Sorrows, 32 Montgomery Rd.,
• Kingsway Montessori School, 85 The Kingsway,
• Etobicoke C.I., 86 Montgomery Rd.,
• Kingsway College School (Gr 1-8) 4600 Dundas Street W.,
• Etobicoke School of the Arts, 675 Royal York Rd.,
• Sainte-Margueritte•d’Youville, 755 Royal York Rd.,
Most Kingsway residents can either walk or take the bus to the Royal York or Old Mill subway stations on Bloor Street. Driving to the centre of the city takes about 20 minutes. Driving time to the airport is about 15 minutes.