Broadview North

Lower Don River Trail
170 Pottery Road
Pottery Road is one of the access points to the Lower Don River Trail. From here, take the trail northwest to the final end point at Don Mills (two exit points exist before Don Mills), or travel south to Riverdale Park (next exit point). There are several art installations along the way in both directions, a fish ladder, and a vantage point that looks up under the Bloor Viaduct along with the green space in the middle of the city. Be sure to wear your walking shoes if you choose to travel the River Trail!

Drew Mosely Mural
Pottery Road Underpass at Don Valley Parkway
The murals remind everyone to treat surrounding wildlife with dignity and respect by giving residents the opportunity to engage with their environment more closely. The mural aims to fulfill the same goal by depicting only plant and animal life native to the area. The artist's illustrative, character-based works depict the creatures of his imagined world, in which they appear frozen and in mid-mission. With the artist's use of three-dimensional views and deep shadows, a convincing atmosphere is evoked within this fantastical world. Use caution while walking under the bridge, as this is a shared space with pedestrians and cyclists.

Todmorden Mills
67 Pottery Road
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site features a group of historic buildings set in the scenic Don Valley that were once part of the small industrial community of Todmorden. The site exemplifies the changing human and natural history of the Lower Don Valley over the past 12,000 years. A 9.2-hectare wildflower preserve with a walking trail is located onsite. A number of natural habitats can be explored, including upland and bottomland forests, dry and wet meadows, swamp lands and a pond.

Charles Sauriol Parkette
4 Hillside Drive
Located in Charles Sauriol Parkette is Filipino-Canadian artist Katrina Canedo's Artbox 'Outstretched Branches'. Kanedo's design is intended as, 'a love letter to Toronto. The design's vibe is pleasant and welcoming in hopes it is reminiscent of how Canada prides itself as more of a cultural mosaic than a melting pot.' The parkette is named for naturalist Charles Sauriol, responsible for much of the Don Valley's preservation as a green space.

Livingstone Park
21 Woodville Avenue
Just off Broadview Avenue, Livingstone Park offers a playground and wading pool for children to enjoy.

Fernwood House (Sisters of St. Joseph)
2 O'Connor Drive
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This red brick Queen Anne Revival home - built in 1885 by wealthy business owner and miller John F. Taylor - originally stood alone overlooking the Don River Valley. Today, the home now stands as a part of the Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. The restoration and rebuild of the site earned the 2014 Governor General's Medal in Architecture and the 2014 Living City Award. The addition by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects features green and photovoltaic roofs, solar water heating, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and rain water management systems.

Don Mills United Church Cemetery
126 O'Connor Drive
The Taylor family owned and operated several business along the Don River, including Todmorden Mills and the Don Valley Brick Works (now the Evergreen Brick Works). They were also responsible for building several of the homes in the neighbourhood, including Bellhaven (a mansion at the top of Pottery Road, torn down in the 1960s), Fernwood House, and houses along Beechwood Crescent. The family burial ground was built in 1839, and is now attached to the Don Mills United Church. The graveyard is maintained by the City of Toronto.

Agnes Macphail Square
900 Pape Avenue
This humble square was named for Agnes Campbell Macphail one of Canada's most notable politicians. Commemorated during Canada's one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary with her portrait on the ten-dollar bill, Macphail was the first woman elected as a Member of Parliament. After her first victory in 1921, she went on to win five successive elections, including becoming MPP for York East in 1943. Macphail is recognized for her contributions to health insurance, low-rental housing, workers' rights, penal reform, women's rights, and seniors' pensions. As a member of the World Disarmament Committee, she was also the first Canadian woman delegate to the League of Nations.

Centennial College - Story Arts Centre
951 Carlaw Avenue
The original building onsite, completed in 1915, operated as the Kitchener Public School and then the Toronto Normal School (another name for teacher's college) starting in 1941. By 1955, the current building was completed for the new Toronto Teacher's College campus. In 1996, Centennial College's Story Arts Program launched their media communications program on the site. Fans of the television series "Degrassi High" (1989-1991) will recognize the distinctive filming location. Just up the street on Carlaw is Westwood Middle School, where "Orphan Black" (2013-2017) filmed some of its scenes.

Estonian House (previously Chester School)
958 Broadview Avenue
Built in 1891 by the architecture firm Gordon & Helliwell, this Romanesque inspired building was originally the six-room Don Mills Road School. It was renamed Chester School in 1927, and remained so until 1959 when the school moved to their new location. Prior to the start of the Second World War, Estonians fleeing from the occupation of their homeland established new communities around the globe. The Estonian community purchased the site in 1960 with several additions throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The facade on Broadview is now modern but, when viewed from the south side, the original outline of the building can be seen.

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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.
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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

Nestled along the Don River Valley, Broadview North offers a chance to experience historic and green spaces. Taste the many Danish and Greek desserts available while exploring the eclectic mix of local shops along Broadview Avenue and Pape Avenue in the Pape Village BIA.

Main Streets: Pape Avenue and Broadview Avenue
  1. Lower Don River Trail
    170 Pottery Road
    Pottery Road is one of the access points to the Lower Don River Trail. From here, take the trail northwest to the final end point at Don Mills (two exit points exist before Don Mills), or travel south to Riverdale Park (next exit point). There are several art installations along the way in both directions, a fish ladder, and a vantage point that looks up under the Bloor Viaduct along with the green space in the middle of the city. Be sure to wear your walking shoes if you choose to travel the River Trail!
  2. Drew Mosely Mural
    Pottery Road Underpass at Don Valley Parkway
    The murals remind everyone to treat surrounding wildlife with dignity and respect by giving residents the opportunity to engage with their environment more closely. The mural aims to fulfill the same goal by depicting only plant and animal life native to the area. The artist's illustrative, character-based works depict the creatures of his imagined world, in which they appear frozen and in mid-mission. With the artist's use of three-dimensional views and deep shadows, a convincing atmosphere is evoked within this fantastical world. Use caution while walking under the bridge, as this is a shared space with pedestrians and cyclists.
  3. Todmorden Mills
    67 Pottery Road
    Todmorden Mills Heritage Site features a group of historic buildings set in the scenic Don Valley that were once part of the small industrial community of Todmorden. The site exemplifies the changing human and natural history of the Lower Don Valley over the past 12,000 years. A 9.2-hectare wildflower preserve with a walking trail is located onsite. A number of natural habitats can be explored, including upland and bottomland forests, dry and wet meadows, swamp lands and a pond.
  4. Charles Sauriol Parkette
    4 Hillside Drive
    Located in Charles Sauriol Parkette is Filipino-Canadian artist Katrina Canedo's Artbox 'Outstretched Branches'. Kanedo's design is intended as, 'a love letter to Toronto. The design's vibe is pleasant and welcoming in hopes it is reminiscent of how Canada prides itself as more of a cultural mosaic than a melting pot.' The parkette is named for naturalist Charles Sauriol, responsible for much of the Don Valley's preservation as a green space.
  5. Livingstone Park
    21 Woodville Avenue
    Just off Broadview Avenue, Livingstone Park offers a playground and wading pool for children to enjoy.
  6. Fernwood House (Sisters of St. Joseph)
    2 O'Connor Drive
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This red brick Queen Anne Revival home - built in 1885 by wealthy business owner and miller John F. Taylor - originally stood alone overlooking the Don River Valley. Today, the home now stands as a part of the Residence for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. The restoration and rebuild of the site earned the 2014 Governor General's Medal in Architecture and the 2014 Living City Award. The addition by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects features green and photovoltaic roofs, solar water heating, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and rain water management systems.
  7. Don Mills United Church Cemetery
    126 O'Connor Drive
    The Taylor family owned and operated several business along the Don River, including Todmorden Mills and the Don Valley Brick Works (now the Evergreen Brick Works). They were also responsible for building several of the homes in the neighbourhood, including Bellhaven (a mansion at the top of Pottery Road, torn down in the 1960s), Fernwood House, and houses along Beechwood Crescent. The family burial ground was built in 1839, and is now attached to the Don Mills United Church. The graveyard is maintained by the City of Toronto.
  8. Agnes Macphail Square
    900 Pape Avenue
    This humble square was named for Agnes Campbell Macphail one of Canada's most notable politicians. Commemorated during Canada's one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary with her portrait on the ten-dollar bill, Macphail was the first woman elected as a Member of Parliament. After her first victory in 1921, she went on to win five successive elections, including becoming MPP for York East in 1943. Macphail is recognized for her contributions to health insurance, low-rental housing, workers' rights, penal reform, women's rights, and seniors' pensions. As a member of the World Disarmament Committee, she was also the first Canadian woman delegate to the League of Nations.
  9. Centennial College - Story Arts Centre
    951 Carlaw Avenue
    The original building onsite, completed in 1915, operated as the Kitchener Public School and then the Toronto Normal School (another name for teacher's college) starting in 1941. By 1955, the current building was completed for the new Toronto Teacher's College campus. In 1996, Centennial College's Story Arts Program launched their media communications program on the site. Fans of the television series "Degrassi High" (1989-1991) will recognize the distinctive filming location. Just up the street on Carlaw is Westwood Middle School, where "Orphan Black" (2013-2017) filmed some of its scenes.
  10. Estonian House (previously Chester School)
    958 Broadview Avenue
    Built in 1891 by the architecture firm Gordon & Helliwell, this Romanesque inspired building was originally the six-room Don Mills Road School. It was renamed Chester School in 1927, and remained so until 1959 when the school moved to their new location. Prior to the start of the Second World War, Estonians fleeing from the occupation of their homeland established new communities around the globe. The Estonian community purchased the site in 1960 with several additions throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The facade on Broadview is now modern but, when viewed from the south side, the original outline of the building can be seen.

Accessibility information: All points of interest are viewable from the street. The sidewalk along Pottery Road is a steep incline shared by cyclists and pedestrians. All other sidewalks are accessible and the Lower Don River Trail is paved.

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.