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Victoria Park Village
—  Neighbourhood  —
The area south of Eglinton is only sometimes considered part of the neighbourhood
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
Community North York

Victoria Park Village, also known as Sloane or just Victoria Village is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada bounded on the west by the Don Valley, on the north by Lawrence Avenue, on the east by Victoria Park Avenue, and on the south by Eglinton Avenue East, although there is a small area south of Eglinton to Sunrise Avenue that is sometimes included. It has a population diverse in ancestral backgrounds with a larger proportion of South Asians than most of the city.

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Character

The neighbourhood has many high- and low-rise buildings, which provide affordable living and are generally located on the edges of the neighbourhoods, with bungalows and single detached homes elsewhere. Because the neighbourhood borders the Don River many of the homes have stunning views overlooking the Don Valley. A significant portion of the single detached homes in the area abut valley areas, notably the Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve. The housing prices are relatively low in this neighbourhood, by Toronto standards.

Most bungalows and houses are located at northern and central areas of the neighbourhood and the apartment and condos are mostly located on the southern areas near Eglinton and Victoria Park Avenues.

Schools

École élémentaire Jeanne-Lajoie

Jeanne-Lajoie is a French first language elementary school located on Carnforth Road. It serves the French population of the GTA.

Victoria Village Public School

Victoria Village Public School is located on Sweeney Drive.

Sloane Avenue Public School.

Sloane Avenue is located on the collector street of the same name.

Historically the area was served by Heron Valley Junior High School, now closed. The name Heron Valley comes from the Heron family who historically owned land in the area. The original home is still standing and is located on Woodthorpe Road close to Victoria Park Avenue. There remain stands of apple trees (now wild) in the valley area near Anewen Drive and Sweeney Drive, which are remnants of orchards that were once owned by the Heron family.

Institutions

Victoria Park Village is also home to the Victoria Village branch of the Toronto Public Library, located near the intersection of Sloane Avenue and Sweeney Drive. This library branch was founded in 1967 as a branch of the North York Public Library, and was renovated in 1996. Its collection exceeds 30,000 items, and its library floor space exceeds 5,000 square feet.

Victoria Village Public Arena is the local staking and hockey arena for Victoria Village, although located just south of Eglinton Ave (This area is usually not considered a part of the community)it is the arena of the neighbourhood. This arena offers skating lessons and also incudes a new gymnastics gym wing.

Transportation

The main streets are Victoria Park Avenue, a major north-south arterial road to the east, and Lawrence Avenue East, a major east-west arterial road. TTC bus routes that serve the community are 24/A/D Victoria Park, 34/C Eglinton East, 54/A Lawrence East, 70A/B O'Connor, and 91/C/F Woodbine.

Coordinates: 43°44′08″N 79°18′45″W / 43.73556°N 79.3125°W / 43.73556; -79.3125

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