Only 15 minutes from downtown, Roncesvalles is known for its village feel and European flavour. Roncesvalles is bordered by Roncesvalles Ave. to the west, Lansdowne Ave. to the east, Queen St. to the south and Dundas St. W. to the north.
HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
In 1850 Colonel Walter O’Hara purchased 165 hectares of forest which is known today as Roncesvalles Village. He named the area after Roncesvalles gorge where he fought in the north of Spain in 1813. Many other streets in the neighbourhood were named by O’Hara as well, such as Marion St. (named after his wife) and Constance (named after his daughter). The residential homes in this neighbourhood were mostly built in the early 1900s and are typically solid brick turn-of-the-century working class houses which show both Victorian and Edwardian influences.
SHOPPING & RECREATION
The shopping strip along Roncesvalles Avenue is heavily populated with markets, restaurants and cafés, some still run by the postwar Polish immigrants. Roncesvalles offers a nice mix of large chains and unique independent shops.
• Fern Avenue Jr. & Sr., 128 Fern Ave.,
• Garden Avenue Jr., 225 Garden Ave.,
• Howard Jr., 30 Marmaduke St.,
(French Immersion offered) (416) 393-9255
• Montessori High Park School, 35 High Park Gardens,
• St. Vincent de Paul Separate School, 116 Fermanagh Ave.,
(French Immersion – starts Gr 5), (416) 393-5227
• Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Ave.,
• Parkdale Collegiate Institute., 209 Jamieson Ave.,
• Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton., 1515 Bloor St. W.,
Close reach to Dundas West and Lansdowne subway stations, Queen, King and Dundas street cars. There is quick access to the Lakeshore Blvd and Gardiner expressway.