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The city of Toronto, in Ontario, Canada, is called "the city of neighbourhoods" because of the strength and vitality of its many communities.[1] The city has upwards of 240 distinct neighbourhoods within its boundaries.[2] Before 1998, Toronto was a much smaller municipality and formed part of Metropolitan Toronto. When the city amalgamated that year, Toronto grew to encompass the former municipalities of York, East York, North York, Etobicoke, and Scarborough. Each of these former municipalities still maintains, to a certain degree, its own distinct identity, and the names of these municipalities are still used by their residents. The area known as Toronto before the amalgamation is sometimes called the "old" City of Toronto, "Toronto proper", the Central District or simply "Downtown".

The "former" City of Toronto is, by far, the most populous and dense part of the city. It is also the business and administrative centre of the city.

The "inner ring" suburbs of York and East York are older, predominantly middle-income areas, and ethnically diverse. Much of the housing stock in these areas consists of old pre-war single-family houses, such as the uniquely Torontonian bay-and-gable housing style, and post-war high-rises. Many of the neighbourhoods in these areas were built up as streetcar suburbs and contain many dense and mixed-use streets. Mostly they share many characteristics with sections of the "old" city, outside of the downtown core.

The "outer ring" suburbs of Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York are much more suburban in nature (although these boroughs are developing urban centres of their own, such as North York Centre around Mel Lastman Square). The following is a list of the more notable neighbourhoods, divided by the neighbourhoods' location based on the former municipalities, the names of which are still known and commonly used by Torontonians.

Toronto has many groups and associations to deal with neighbourhood issues, and larger umbrella organizations organize events to deal with broader issues.


Former City of Toronto

The former City of Toronto refers to the City of Toronto and its boundaries from 1967 to 1997. It is sometimes referred to as the "South" or "Central" district, and includes the "downtown core". Some of these names such as "The Fashion District" are (or were) used as marketing for the areas or by BIAs; this area is actually called "King-Spadina" by locals. Another example is the "Old Town of York", known also as "King and Parliament".

Many were recreated or branded to reconnect the areas with their past history, early beginnings, or even recent use and prominence. Some historical city 'wards' used in the 19th century are no longer used, St. David's, St. John's, St. Paul's, St. George's, St. Andrew's, and St. Patrick's wards. There was a ward named for the patron saint of each of the four British nationalities: English (St. George), Scottish (St. Andrew), Irish (St. Patrick), Welsh (St. David) (the first three survive as subway stops). St. Lawrence's Ward (named after patron saint of Canada and the river) remains, known today as "St. Lawrence").

For the purposes of geographic distinction, the neighbourhoods of the Former City are broken down into four subsections:


Downtown Core (Central)

East End

North End

West End

East York



North York


City designated neighbourhoods

For administrative purposes the City of Toronto divides the city into 140 neighbourhoods. These divisions are used for internal planning purposes. The boundaries and names often do not conform to the usage of the general population or designated business improvement areas. A number of neighbourhood maps of Toronto do exist, some produced by real estate firms and some by Internet portals. A project to map the neighbourhoods according to the common usage of the residents was done by the Toronto Star newspaper. Based on feedback from Star readers, it has produced the most comprehensive, albeit informal, neighbourhood map.

City designated area Former city Neighbourhoods covered Map
Agincourt North Scarborough Agincourt and Brimwood
Agincourt South-Malvern West Scarborough Agincourt and Malvern
Alderwood Etobicoke Alderwood Alderwood to locator.gif
Annex Old City The Annex and Seaton Village Annex-to-locator.gif
Banbury-Don Mills North York Don Mills
Bathurst Manor North York Bathurst Manor
Bay Street Corridor Old City Bay Street, Financial District
Bayview Village North York Bayview Village
Bayview Woods-Steeles North York Bayview Woods
Bedford Park-Nortown North York Bedford Park, Ledbury Park, and Nortown Bedfordparknortown to locator.gif
Beechborough-Greenbrook York Keelesdale and Silverthorn Beechboroughgreenbrook to locator.gif
Bendale Scarborough Bendale
Birchcliffe-Cliffside Birch Cliff and Cliffside
Black Creek North York Jane and Finch
Blake-Jones Old City The Pocket and Riverdale, Toronto Blakejones to locator.gif
Briar Hill-Belgravia York Fairbank Briarhillbelgravia to locator.gif
Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills North York The Bridle Path and York Mills
Broadview North East York Old East York
Brookhaven-Amesbury North York Amesbury
Cabbagetown-South St. James Town Old City Cabbagetown and St. James Town
Caledonia-Fairbank Old City Fairbank and Cedarvale
Casa Loma Old City Casa Loma, and Wychwood Casaloma to locator.gif
Centennial Scarborough Scarborough Port Union and Centennial
Church-Yonge Corridor Old City Church and Wellesley and Ryerson University
Clairlea-Birchmount Scarborough Clairlea
Clanton Park North York Wilson Heights Clantonpark to locator.gif
Cliffcrest Scarborough Cliffside, Toronto
Corso Italia-Davenport Old City Corso Italia, Earlscourt, and Regal Heights Corsoitaliadavenport to locator.gif
Crescent Town East York Crescent Town
Danforth Village - East York East York Old East York, The Danforth
Danforth Village - Toronto Old City The Danforth
Don Valley Village North York Don Valley Village, The Peanut
Dorset Park Scarborough Dorset Park
Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson-Junction Old City Dovercourt Park, Wallace Emerson and Davenport Dovercourtwallaceemersonjunction to locator.gif
Downsview-Roding-CFB North York Downsview Downsviewrodingcfb to locator.gif
Dufferin Grove Old City Brockton, and Dufferin Grove Dufferingrove to locator.gif
East End-Danforth Old City Upper Beaches, East Danforth
Edenbridge-Humber Valley Etobicoke Humber Valley
Eglinton East Scarborough Eglinton East Eglintoneast to locator.gif
Elms-Old Rexdale Etobicoke The Elms and Rexdale
Englemount-Lawrence North York Lawrence Manor and Glen Park Englemountlawrence to locator.gif
Eringate-Centennial-West Deane Etobicoke Centennial Park and West Deane Park
Etobicoke West Mall Etobicoke Centennial Park and Eatonville Etobicoke-west-mall to locator.gif
Flemingdon Park North York Flemingdon Park
Forest Hill North Old City Forest Hill
Forest Hill South Old City Forest Hill
Glenfield-Jane Heights North York Jane and Finch
Greenwood-Coxwell Old Toronto Leslieville
Guildwood Scarborough Guildwood Guildwood to locator.gif
Henry Farm North York Henry Farm
High Park North Old City High Park North, West Bend High-pk-north-to-locator.png
High Park-Swansea Old City High Park, Roncesvalles and Swansea
Highland Creek Scarborough Highland Creek
Hillcrest Village North York Hillcrest Village
Humber Heights-Westmount Etobicoke Humber Heights-Westmount
Humber Summit Etobicoke Humber Summit
Humbermede North York Humbermede and Emery
Humewood-Cedarvale York Cedarvale and Humewood Humewoodcedarvale to locator.gif
Ionview Scarborough Ionview Ionview to locator.gif
Islington-City Centre West Etobicoke Islington-Six Points Islingtoncitycentrewest to locator.gif
Junction Area Toronto The Junction Junction to locator.gif
Keelesdale-Eglinton West York Keelesdale and Silverthorn, Toronto Keelesdale-eglinton west.gif
Kennedy Park Scarborough Scarborough Junction
Kensington-Chinatown Old City Alexandra Park, Chinatown, Grange Park, Kensington Market
Kingsview Village-The Westway Etobicoke Kingsview Village and Richview Kingsviewwestway to locator.gif
Kingsway South Etobicoke The Kingsway
L'Amoreaux Scarborough L'Amoreaux, Leacock, Toronto, and Bridlewood
Lambton Baby Point York Baby Point and Old Mill Lambtonbabypoint to locator.gif
Lansing-Westgate North York Lansing
Lawrence Park North Old City Bedford Park, Teddington Park, and Wanless Park
Lawrence Park South Old City Lawrence Park, Lytton Park, North Toronto
Leaside-Bennington East York Leaside
Little Portugal Old City Little Portugal and Brockton
Long Branch Etobicoke Long Branch Longbranch to locator.gif
Malvern Scarborough Malvern
Maple Leaf York Downsview
Markland Wood Etobicoke Markland Wood
Milliken Scarborough Milliken
Mimico Etobicoke Mimico Mimico-to-locator.png
Morningside Scarborough Morningside
Moss Park Old City Moss Park, Corktown and Garden District Mosspark to locator.gif
Mount Dennis York Mount Dennis Mountdennis to locator.gif
Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown Etobicoke Smithfield Mountolivesilverstonejamestown to locator.gif
Mount Pleasant East Old City Davisville Village, North Toronto
Mount Pleasant West Old City Davisville Village, North Toronto
New Toronto Etobicoke New Toronto Newtoronto to locator.gif
Newtonbrook East North York Newtonbrook
Newtonbrook West North York Newtonbrook
Niagara Old City Niagara, Liberty Village, Exhibition Place Niagara to locator.gif
North Riverdale Old City Riverdale, Toronto
North St. James Town Old City St. James Town
O'Connor-Parkview East York Parkview Hills, Topham Park
Oakridge Scarborough 100px
Oakwood-Vaughan Old City Oakwood, Fairbank, Toronto, Cedarvale Oakwoodvaughan to locator.gif
Old East York East York Old East York
Palmerston-Little Italy Old City Little Italy
Parkdale Old City Parkdale, South Parkdale
Parkwoods-Donalda North York Parkwoods
Pelmo Park-Humberlea North York Weston, Toronto and Humberlea Pelmoparkhumberlea to locator.gif
Playter Estates-Danforth Old City Playter Estates and Greektown
Pleasant View North York Pleasant View
Princess-Rosethorn Etobicoke Princess Anne Manor, Thorncrest Village, and Princess Margaret
Regent Park Old City Regent Park, Trefann Court Regentpark to locator.gif
Rexdale-Kipling Etobicoke Rexdale
Rockcliffe-Smythe York Harwood, Syme
Roncesvalles Old City Roncesvalles, Toronto Roncesvalles-to-locator.gif
Rosedale-Moore Park Old City Rosedale, Toronto and Moore Park
Rouge Scarborough West Rouge, Rouge Park
Runnymede-Bloor West Village Old City Runnymede-Bloor West Village
Scarborough Village
South Riverdale
Stonegate-Queensway Etobicoke Humber Bay, Queensway
Tam O'Shanter-Sullivan
The Beaches Old City The Beach/Beaches, Beaches North
Thistletown-Beaumond Heights
Thorncliffe Park
Victoria Village
Waterfront Communities-The Island Old City Distillery District, Old Town, St. Lawrence
West Hill Scarborough
West Humber-Clairville Etobicoke
Weston York
Weston-Pellam Park Old City Carlton, Davenport, St. Clair Gardens
Willowdale East North York
Willowdale West North York
Woodbine Corridor
Wychwood Old City
Yonge-Eglinton Old City
Yonge-St.Clair Old City
York University Heights North York
Yorkdale-Glen Park North York Glen Park, Lawrence Heights

City of Toronto BIAs

There are also several dozen city designated business improvement areas, covering almost all of Toronto's commercial areas.

See also


  1. ^ "The Globe's Insider's City Guides: Toronto" John Allemang, Tralee Pearce. The Globe and Mail. Jun 11, 2003. pg. T.1
  2. ^ City of Toronto Residential Communities and Business Improvement Areas Map

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