Yonge & Eglinton Neighbourhood: Bedford Park


Overview of the Bedford Park area


The Bedford Park neighbourhood is geared toward families with young children.

It has an excellent selection of public, private and separate schools, many parkettes and playgrounds, a community centre, a library, and convenient access to Toronto's transit system.

Westerly, Bedford Park ends just before Avenue Road, and largely to the east by Ronan Avenue. It's northern boundary is Old Orchard Grove and it's southern extent is Lawrence Avenue East.

  map of the allenby area


History of Bedford Park


Bedford Park began as a farming hamlet centred around the crossroads of Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue. This village was a popular stopover for farmers travelling to and from the markets in Toronto. It is likely that Bedford Park is named after the Bedford Park Hotel which opened in 1873 at the south west corner of Yonge Street and Fairlawn Avenue.

The residential development of Bedford Park was linked to the Metropolitan Street Railway which began service to this area in 1890.

That same year Bedford Park amalgamated with the former Town of North Toronto which was then annexed by the city of Toronto in 1912. To this day Bedford Park is commonly referred to as North Toronto.

  Bedford Park historical image

No. 3296 Yonge Street, Bedford Park Hotel, November 25, 1920
Used with permission from the City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 1111



Roads & Transit near Bedford Park


By Public Transit (TTC)

The Lawrence subway station off Yonge Street is within reasonable walking distance of all the homes in this neighbourhood. There is also regular bus service on Yonge Street, as well as limited service on both Avenue Road, and Mount Pleasant Road.

GETTING AROUND By car

Motorists are twenty minutes from downtown and approximately five minutes from the Yonge Street on-ramp to Highway 401.


 
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Parks and Recreation around Bedford Park


Wanless Park is the largest park in the neighbourhood. It has five floodlit tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball diamond, a tots playground and a wading pool. Wanless Park is close to the Bedford Park Community Centre. Located at the Bedford Park Public School this Community Centre includes a gymnasium and an indoor pool.

The Woburn parkette, west of Yonge street, is a popular destination point for neighbourhood parents with toddlers and preschoolers. It features a new tots playground and a wading pool. A few blocks north of the Woburn Parkette is The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre, which operates out of the Fairlawn Heights United Church. This centre includes seasonal programming for residents of all ages.

The George Locke Public Library at the south-east corner of Yonge and Lawrence, offers year round programs for adults, children, and preschoolers

  Image of Bedford park

Editor's Note: The former Bedford Park General Store and Post Office building is still standing at the south-west corner of Yonge Street and Bedford Park Avenue.



Homes in Bedford Park


Bedford Park has a good mix of detached and semi-detached homes. The original housing stock was built between 1890 and 1940. However, many of the bungalows in the neighbourhood have recently been torn down and replaced with custom designed houses.

The award winning Bedford Glen development on Sylvan Valley Way, is a pretty collection of low-rise terraced condominium apartments and townhouses in a private ravine setting.

Homes in the Bedford Park area typically range from $300,000 to over $1,000,000.

  Image of a Bedford Park home

Bedford Park is one of Frank Jones' areas of focus, so feel free to ask him anything about the area.