About the Neighbourhood
- The Forest Hill neighbourhood is one of Toronto's most prestigious districts. The mansions in Lower Forest Hill are rivalled only by those found in Rosedale. Forest Hill's schools are among the best in the country. They include two of Canada's most revered private schools: Upper Canada College for boys, and Bishop Strachan School for girls.
- Forest Hill is one of Toronto's prettier districts. Its topography is very diverse with gently sloping hills, winding roads, and numerous little parkettes all adding charm to the neighbourhood.
- Spanning a short stretch of Spadina Rd. around Lonsdale Ave., Forest Hill Village is part of Forest Hill, the neighbourhood bordered roughly by the Cedarvale Ravine on the west, Avenue Rd. on the east, St. Clair Ave. on the south and Briar Hill Ave. on the north.
- One of the most affluent areas of the city, Forest Hill is famous mostly for its luxurious mansions, but there is a forest (well, perhaps merely a sizeable grove) of taller buildings around its edges, particularly in the south-west.
- Forest Hill was incorporated as a village in 1923. It was named after the summer residence of John Wickson, built in 1860, at the junction of Eglinton Avenue and Old Forest Hill Road. The hill is still there, but the forest is long since gone, having been replaced by apartment buildings.
- Prior to its incorporation, Forest Hill had been known as "Spadina Heights". Spadina is a derivative of the First Nations word "Ishapadenah", which means a hill or sudden rise in land. The boundaries of the present day neighbourhood are shaped from the old Spadina Heights school district.
- "Lower Forest Hill", south of Eglinton, was completely developed by the 1930's. "Upper Forest Hill" was slower to develop due to the fact it had previously been occupied by the old Belt Line railway, and then by industry.
- In 1967, Forest Hill Village joined Swansea Village as one of the last two independent villages to be annexed by the City of Toronto.
- Forest Hill's old building codes and bylaws, dating back to the 1920's and 1930's, required that all Forest Hill houses be designed by an architect, and that a tree be planted at the front of each property. This foresight by Village planners has left a legacy of beauty in the brick and stone mansions, and majestic trees that grace the streets of Lower Forest Hill.
- The Upper Village houses were built mostly in the 1940's and 1950's. These houses are more modest than their Lower Village counterparts; however the lot sizes are comparable between the two districts.
- Forest Hill also contains a fair number of luxury condominium apartment buildings, located west of Spadina on Lonsdale Road and Heath Street West.
- Forest Hill Jr. & Sr., 78 Dunloe Rd., (416) 393-9335 (Public School)
- Alternative Primary Jr., 1100 Spadina Rd., (416) 393-9199 (Public School)
- North Preparatory Jr., 1100 Spadina Rd., (416) 393-9230 (Public School)
- West Preparatory Jr., 70 Ridge Hill Dr., (416) 393-1633 (Public School)
- Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, 730 Eglinton Ave. W., (416) 393-1860 (Public High School)
- Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Rd., (416) 483-4325 (Private School)
- Upper Canada College, Upper School, 200 Lonsdale Rd., (416) 488-112 (Private School)
- Upper Canada College, Prep School, 220 Lonsdale Rd., (416) 488-1125 (Private School)
- The Belt Line fitness and nature trail follows the route of the former Belt Line railway, which was Toronto's first commuter train. This fourteen and one-half kilometer track passes through Forest Hill on its way down to Rosedale. The Belt Line Path is enjoyed by both nature and fitness enthusiasts.
- Forest Hill's Public Library has a myriad of programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.
- The Forest Hill Village shopping district is centred around the intersection of Spadina Road and Lonsdale Road. The ambience of this private enclave of stores is that of a small town rather than a big city.
- The Village's boutiques and shops cater to the specific needs of Forest Hill's affluent residents.
- The Eglinton West Village shopping district has a large variety of stores to suit every taste and budget. This street also contains many fine restaurants and food stores.
Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) District: C03
Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) Communities: Forest Hill South (0740)