Beechborough-Greenbrook

Kodak Heights Building (Future Mount Dennis Station)
3500 Eglinton Avenue West
*Note: This building is part of an active construction site. Please observe cautiously from a distance - preferably from the south side of Eglinton Avenue West east of the site. In 1912, Kodak decided to expand its Toronto facilities and developed a new campus of seven buildings on 25 acres of farmland in York. It was named Kodak Heights and was completed in 1916. At its peak, the factory employed 13,000 people and included a campus of 18 buildings. Building 9, the only remaining building from Kodak Heights, was constructed in 1939 to house recreational facilities for workers and managers, including an auditorium, cafeteria, club rooms, gymnasium and photography studio. The factory operated for 106 years and employed hundreds of people until it ceased operations in 2005 - delivering an economic blow to the surrounding area. Building 9 is being preserved and integrated into the new Mount Dennis Station on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT). In order to include the historic structure, the 3,000-ton building was moved two hundred feet from its original location.

North Keelesdale Park
415 Black Creek Drive
This park offers a rare semi-naturalized and open view of Black Creek, which is also a warmwater fish habitat, unlike the majority of Black Creek, which is straightened, channelized and buried on its route to the Humber River. The park encompasses Eglinton Avenue on both sides, and is bordered by both residential neighbourhoods and industrial areas.

Coronation Park - York
2700 Eglinton Avenue West
An 8.5-hectare park along the bank of the Black Creek near Eglinton Avenue West and Keele Street featuring an amphitheatre, a ball diamond, two basketball courts, bocce courts, a tennis court, a splash pad and children's playground.

York Civic Centre
2700 Eglinton Avenue West
The York Civic Centre was built in 1950, when York was still a township. In 1953, York Township formed as a new municipality, known as York, in the new Metropolitan Toronto. York and the neighbouring Town of Weston amalgamated in 1967 to form the Borough of York, which became the City of York in 1983. York ceased to be an individual municipality on January 1, 1998, and became part of the amalgamated City of Toronto. It was then that the York Civic Centre building was converted to the Toronto West Court Office, which it continues to operate as today.

City of York Time Capsule
2700 Eglinton Avenue West
Sealed and buried in 1997, this time capsule was, and is still is, intended to be opened in 2193 for Toronto's quadricentennial anniversary. The City of York logo and coat of arms are engraved on the time capsule. It was created as a farewell to the City of York when it was amalgamated into the City of Toronto in 1998.

York Cenotaph
2700 Eglinton Avenue West
Adjacent to the time capsule is the City of York's war memorial. The cenotaph has a relief of a Cross of Sacrifice, which is the image of a sword as a cross, on its granite surface. It commemorates the men and women of York who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

York Memorial Collegiate Institute
2690 Eglinton Avenue West
*Note: This building has suffered extensive fire damage. Please use caution and observe from a distance. The first cornerstone for this heritage-designated school was laid on May 6, 1929. The school was named in honour of the many young men from York who had served in the First World War. Some of the other features at the school that honoured those who served included stained glass murals commemorating important battles, and 11 steps leading up to the front entrance, meant to symbolize Armistice Day of November 11, 1918. Unfortunately, a devastating fire broke out in the school on the 90th anniversary of the cornerstone being laid (May 6, 2019) and destroyed much of the building. The future of the building remains uncertain, with several potential proposals being considered.

Green Hills Park
1 Paulson Road
This small triangular-shaped park acts as a small green oasis amidst a busy residential area, with benches and a small patch of trees.

Daniela Rocha Artbox
Gabian Way and Eglinton Avenue West
This artbox is a celebration of Planta Muisca's (Rocha's artist alias) love for plants, and is also an invitation for us to care about the Amazon rainforest and its flora and fauna as its biodiversity is in threat today due to irresponsible extraction and cultivation practices.

Woodborough Park
1486 Castlefield Avenue
This park features a basketball net, playground, a walking path, and plenty of green space. The park also features a lovely forested area away from the street.

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Artists from various disciplines present messages of hope and resilience throughout the city in the form of text-based visual art installations.
Kate Nankervis
Toronto Public Library: Mount Dennis Branch
1123 Weston Rd, York, ON M6N 3S3

Check out main street storefront art installations, in the neighbourhood or nearby, created by Local Arts Organizations and Business Improvement Areas across the City.

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We hope that you enjoyed exploring this Toronto neighbourhood and found many other points of interest along the way. While StrollTO highlights some of the 'hidden gems' in the neighbourhood, there may be others that could be included in a future edition. Would you like to share a point of interest that you discovered in the neighbourhood? Email us at [email protected].

Neighbourhood Stroll

This neighbourhood contains what was once the heart of the Borough of York, containing much of its previous centres of municipal government. It features a captivating mix of industrial, commercial, and residential pockets throughout its small area, providing a true snapshot of an eclectic, functioning urban neighbourhood. Great local businesses can be found on Eglinton Avenue West in the Eglinton Hill BIA.

Main Streets: Eglinton Avenue West
  1. Kodak Heights Building (Future Mount Dennis Station)
    3500 Eglinton Avenue West
    *Note: This building is part of an active construction site. Please observe cautiously from a distance - preferably from the south side of Eglinton Avenue West east of the site. In 1912, Kodak decided to expand its Toronto facilities and developed a new campus of seven buildings on 25 acres of farmland in York. It was named Kodak Heights and was completed in 1916. At its peak, the factory employed 13,000 people and included a campus of 18 buildings. Building 9, the only remaining building from Kodak Heights, was constructed in 1939 to house recreational facilities for workers and managers, including an auditorium, cafeteria, club rooms, gymnasium and photography studio. The factory operated for 106 years and employed hundreds of people until it ceased operations in 2005 - delivering an economic blow to the surrounding area. Building 9 is being preserved and integrated into the new Mount Dennis Station on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT). In order to include the historic structure, the 3,000-ton building was moved two hundred feet from its original location.
  2. North Keelesdale Park
    415 Black Creek Drive
    This park offers a rare semi-naturalized and open view of Black Creek, which is also a warmwater fish habitat, unlike the majority of Black Creek, which is straightened, channelized and buried on its route to the Humber River. The park encompasses Eglinton Avenue on both sides, and is bordered by both residential neighbourhoods and industrial areas.
  3. Coronation Park - York
    2700 Eglinton Avenue West
    An 8.5-hectare park along the bank of the Black Creek near Eglinton Avenue West and Keele Street featuring an amphitheatre, a ball diamond, two basketball courts, bocce courts, a tennis court, a splash pad and children's playground.
  4. York Civic Centre
    2700 Eglinton Avenue West
    The York Civic Centre was built in 1950, when York was still a township. In 1953, York Township formed as a new municipality, known as York, in the new Metropolitan Toronto. York and the neighbouring Town of Weston amalgamated in 1967 to form the Borough of York, which became the City of York in 1983. York ceased to be an individual municipality on January 1, 1998, and became part of the amalgamated City of Toronto. It was then that the York Civic Centre building was converted to the Toronto West Court Office, which it continues to operate as today.
  5. City of York Time Capsule
    2700 Eglinton Avenue West
    Sealed and buried in 1997, this time capsule was, and is still is, intended to be opened in 2193 for Toronto's quadricentennial anniversary. The City of York logo and coat of arms are engraved on the time capsule. It was created as a farewell to the City of York when it was amalgamated into the City of Toronto in 1998.
  6. York Cenotaph
    2700 Eglinton Avenue West
    Adjacent to the time capsule is the City of York's war memorial. The cenotaph has a relief of a Cross of Sacrifice, which is the image of a sword as a cross, on its granite surface. It commemorates the men and women of York who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.
  7. York Memorial Collegiate Institute
    2690 Eglinton Avenue West
    *Note: This building has suffered extensive fire damage. Please use caution and observe from a distance. The first cornerstone for this heritage-designated school was laid on May 6, 1929. The school was named in honour of the many young men from York who had served in the First World War. Some of the other features at the school that honoured those who served included stained glass murals commemorating important battles, and 11 steps leading up to the front entrance, meant to symbolize Armistice Day of November 11, 1918. Unfortunately, a devastating fire broke out in the school on the 90th anniversary of the cornerstone being laid (May 6, 2019) and destroyed much of the building. The future of the building remains uncertain, with several potential proposals being considered.
  8. Green Hills Park
    1 Paulson Road
    This small triangular-shaped park acts as a small green oasis amidst a busy residential area, with benches and a small patch of trees.
  9. Daniela Rocha Artbox
    Gabian Way and Eglinton Avenue West
    This artbox is a celebration of Planta Muisca's (Rocha's artist alias) love for plants, and is also an invitation for us to care about the Amazon rainforest and its flora and fauna as its biodiversity is in threat today due to irresponsible extraction and cultivation practices.
  10. Woodborough Park
    1486 Castlefield Avenue
    This park features a basketball net, playground, a walking path, and plenty of green space. The park also features a lovely forested area away from the street.

Accessibility information: Most points of interest on this stroll are viewable from the street. Some, like the Kodak Heights Building (Future Mount Dennis Station) and York Memorial Collegiate Institute, are behind significant fencing and should be viewed from a distance. North Keelesdale Park and Coronation Park - York have some paved paths, though unpaved areas exist at the entrance to Black Creek.

Soundtracks of the City

From global superstars to local favourites and ones to watch, the Soundtracks of the City playlists all feature artists who have called Toronto home. Whether it’s a lyric about the neighborhood, an artist representing a cultural community, or a tie-in to the StrollTO itinerary itself, all the music reflects connections to an individual ward or the City as a whole.

Music was chosen based on an artist’s Spotify presence and each song’s broad appeal, as well as its associations with the cultures, languages and ethnicities that reflect Toronto’s neighborhoods and diverse music scene. Soundtracks of the City combines 425 songs that feature more than 500 different local artists or acts, showcasing songs in 23 different languages.