Sunnylea is a charming, picturesque community located south of Bloor Street West, north of Berry Road between the Humber River and the Mimico Creek. Sunnylea’s variety of housing appeals to families, couples and seniors alike.
The history of Sunnylea began when Alexander Thompson purchased two hundred acres of land in this area in 1803, after his discharge from the Kings Rangers. The Thompson property was renowned for its apple, cherry, pear and plum orchards. In the latter part of the 1800s, the Thompsons were joined in Sunnylea by families who established thriving market gardens filled with the local produce. A few of the old Sunnylea farmhouses are still standing both on Prince Edward Drive and on Islington Avenue. In 1907, the first Sunnylea School — a two-room white brick schoolhouse — was built on Prince Edward Drive. A pupil at the school won a contest in coming up with the Sunnylea name which also became the name of this community. Homes fashionable during the 1940s and 1950s represent Sunnylea’s unique character with examples of split-level, bungalows and Tudor styles found throughout the neighbourhood. Almost all of these houses are detached and include at least a 30-foot frontage and a private drive.
Sunnylea residents take advantage of the Kingsway Village shopping district on Bloor Street West. The Kingsway offers an excellent variety of restaurants, green grocers, boutiques, professional services and specialty shops such as The Book Mark, Bake Sale, Richard’s Fine Chocolates, Organic Abundance and Whitehouse Meats.
The Norseman Community School, located at 105 Norseman Street, and the Park Lawn Community School, at 71 Ballacaine Drive, offer a large variety of recreational programs for children, teens, adults and seniors. Sunnylea Park and Laura Hill Park each have two tennis courts and a children’’s playground. For seniors, Sunnylea’s Fairfield Seniors’ Centre includes a lounge, library, and hosts special events,
• Norseman Jr & Sr, 105 Norseman St.,
• Park Lawn Jr & Sr, 71 Ballacaine Dr.,
• Sunnylea Jr, 35 Glenroy Ave.,
• Etobicoke Cl., 86 Montgomery Rd.,
• Etobicoke School of the Arts, 675 Royal York Rd.,
• Kingsway College School (Gr 1-8) 4600 Dundas Street W.,
• Sainte-Margueritte•d’Youville, 755 Royal York Rd.,
Sunnylea residents are within walking or short bus distance from the Royal York and Old Mill subway stations. It is approximately 15 minutes to Toronto’s downtown financial and entertainment districts by car. The airport is about a 20-minute drive from Sunnylea. For cyclists, it’s a quick ride to the waterfront trails leading downtown.