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Don Valley Village
—  Neighbourhood  —
Large apartment towers are located on the major avenues in Don Valley Village
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto

Don Valley Village is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located north of Highway 401, and is bounded by Sheppard Avenue to the south, Leslie Street to the west, Finch Avenue to the north and Highway 404 to the east. Due to the proximity to the Don River Valley (to the east), the neighbourhood has outstanding hill and dale topography.

The neighbourhood, developed in the 1960s and 1970s, occupies the space that was originally a collection of farming hamlets in the early 19th century. In 1963, Consolidated Building Corporation developed a large part of Don Valley Village, advertising three-bedroom houses for $16,550, and providing a "trade-in" on purchasers' current houses.[1]

Three historical landmarks still exist from that period: the Zion Primitive Methodist Church, the Zion Schoolhouse, and the Alexander Muirhead Victorian farmhouse. The area currently includes Fairview Mall, one of Toronto's largest shopping centres; North York General Hospital; Seneca College's Newnham Campus; and the Cummer Park Fitness Centre, one of Toronto's largest municipally operated recreational facilities.

Don Valley Village contains low- to middle-income housing, and is home to many new Canadian immigrants, including those of Armenian, Chinese, West Indian, East Indian or Middle Eastern descent. The mix of housing here includes split level homes, semi-detached homes, and family size detached houses featuring Georgian, Tudor, and contemporary-style designs. There are also a large concentration of high-rise apartment and condominium buildings.

The area is extremely well-connected to the rest of the city. Close by is the crossroads of two major freeways (Highway 401 and Highway 404/Don Valley Parkway). As well, two subways stations, Don Mills Station – the current eastern terminus of the Sheppard subway line, which connects with nine Toronto Transit Commission routes, one York Region Transit route, and the Viva Green line – and Leslie Station are both located within the neighbourhood.



  • Don Valley Junior High School is a public middle school] on Don Mills Road north of the Peanut. It is a dual track school (English and French Immersion). There is ESL (English as a second language), Special ED, DH, LEAP, and French Immersion.
  • St. Timothy's Catholic School is an elementary school located on Rochelle Crescent. It was founded in 1964. In 2005, a new building was opened to replace the older one. The school currently has approximately 600 students. Some prominent alumni include: Scott Speedman (actor), Jamaal Magloire (NBA basketball player) , "Maestro Fresh Wes" and Pat Graham (former Toronto Maple Leaf).
  • Woodbine Junior High School is a public middle school on Don Mills Road in the Peanut area.

The Peanut

Don Valley Village encompasses smaller, non-official neighbourhoods. The most prominent of these is "The Peanut", which is centered on 43°47′00″N 79°21′05″W / 43.7833333°N 79.35139°W / 43.7833333; -79.35139Coordinates: 43°47′00″N 79°21′05″W / 43.7833333°N 79.35139°W / 43.7833333; -79.35139. It is named for the peanut-shaped plot of land created by divergence of the north and southbound lanes of Don Mills Road north of Sheppard Avenue and south of Finch Avenue. The north and southbound lanes, known as Don Mills Road West and Don Mills Road East, split and then are re-joined south of Finch Avenue. The plot of land formed between the divergent lanes is the site of Woodbine Junior High School, Woodbine Public Arena, Oriole Park and the Oriole Community Resource Centre, Georges Vanier Secondary School, and the "Peanut Plaza" shopping centre. The areas to the east and west of the Peanut are usually referred to as Don Valley Village. Local teens and youths often refer to the surrounding area as the "Four Corners" due to the location of four notable housing projects in the area (Sparrowways, Villaways, Allenbury Gardens, and Brahms).


  1. ^ Globe and Mail, 9 September 1963, p.4

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