Brookhaven-Amesbury

Andre Kan Artbox
Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West
This artbox serves as a bright and colourful landmark. An inviting, intricate piece of work that is influenced by the architecture around it. The box gives an aquatic feeling using a blue palette.

Tretheway Park West
665 Tretheway Drive
Tretheway Park West features an outdoor basketball court, table tennis, sports field, children's playground, and gazebo.

Trethewey Airfield at Harding Park
59 Hearst Circle
In early July 1910, the Ontario Motor League sponsored the first aviation show in the Toronto area, held in a grass field on mining entrepreneur W. G. Trethewey's model farm. From here, thousands watched French pilot Jacques de Lesseps become the first to fly an airplane over the city of Toronto. This site, called the de Lesseps Aerodrome, was a popular licensed airfield for early aviators. In 1928, the de Havilland Aircraft Company of England opened its first Canadian assembly plant here, and in the 1930s the airfield was the base for the Royal Canadian Air Force No. 10 Squadron. The airfield was closed in the mid 1940s and homes were built for Second World War veterans and their families. The site is now home to Harding Park, a 2.3 hectare park with a ball diamond and children's playground. A plaque can be found across the street from the park.

Hearst Circle Parkette
108 Hearst Circle
This small parkette is cradled at the southeast end of Hearst Circle and The Wishbone, the latter of which is an aptly named street that splits into two and joins the circle, forming a shape that resembles a bird's wishbone. It is a lovely place to have a small picnic under the trees and enjoy the quietness of the neighbourhood.

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
1 Brookhaven Drive
Located near Trethewey Drive and Brookhaven Drive, this Greek Orthodox Church is a distinctive building in the neighbourhood. The main entrance is framed by a large arched roof with red roof tiles. Church services are provided in both Greek and English.

Amesbury Park & Amesbury Sports Complex and Arena
151 Culford Road & 155 Culford Road
Amesbury Park is a 12 hectare multi-use park with three ball diamonds, a multipurpose sports field, two outdoor tennis courts, four outdoor bocce courts, an outdoor basketball court, a picnic area, a splash pad, and two children's playgrounds. With the Amesbury Community Centre and Amesbury Sports Complex adjacent to it, this park is a major community hub for the neighbourhood. It has also hosted local annual Canada Day celebrations for over 35 years, with their signature family-friendly Strongman and Strongwoman competition and body-building shows where athletes demonstrate feats of strength. Further west is the Amesbury Sports Complex and Arena with facilities for various sports, such as an outdoor hockey rink and swimming pool, a basketball court, and four indoor bocce courts.

Toronto Public Library - Amesbury Park Branch
1565 Lawrence Avenue West
Operating since 1967, the Toronto Public Library branch at Amesbury Park has a small collection of Italian materials and a small collection of DVDs in Hindi and Vietnamese for its diverse community.

Amesbury Community Centre
1507 Lawrence Avenue West
Amesbury Community Centre, located between Black Creek Drive and Keele Street on Lawrence Avenue West, offers a wide range of programs for all ages. Entrance to the centre is from the Amesbury Park side.

Robert De Luca, 'the6mural'
2270 Keele Street
Located inside the business at this address, 'the6mural' is a 140-feet long mural. Artist and local business owner, Robert De Luca, has spent over 1,200 hours and counting painting this tribute to Toronto. The colourful mural is full of references to everything and everyone connected to the city, such as The Weeknd, Honest Ed's, Caribana, the Rogers Cup, Sam the Record Man, Rob Ford, TIFF, Spider Jones (who signed the wall), and even the capybaras who escaped High Park Zoo in 2016.

Gulliver Park
55 Gulliver Road
A 1.4 hectare park near Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue West that features a ball diamond and a children's playground.

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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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On select weekend dates, join guided walks and discover the diverse histories and cultural significance behind neighbourhood landmarks and attractions.
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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

Brookhaven-Amesbury is a residential neighbourhood in northwest Toronto. It has a diverse population and many of its residents speak Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. The area is divided in the middle by Black Creek Drive and Black Creek Valley, which form part of the Toronto ravine system. Older houses are found on the west end of Black Creek Drive, mostly built in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The eastern side features curvilinear streets and homes built later in the 1950s and early 1960s. There are plenty of parks and many pockets of ravine woodlots and hills, all of which contribute to the natural beauty of this neighbourhood. This stroll takes you through some of the best parks in the area, highlights church architecture, and points out an iconic laundromat. Fantastic local businesses can be found on Lawrence Avenue West, Jane Street, Trethewey Drive, and Keele Street.

Main Streets: Lawrence Avenue West, Jane Street, Trethewey Drive, and Keele Street
  1. Andre Kan Artbox
    Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West
    This artbox serves as a bright and colourful landmark. An inviting, intricate piece of work that is influenced by the architecture around it. The box gives an aquatic feeling using a blue palette.
  2. Tretheway Park West
    665 Tretheway Drive
    Tretheway Park West features an outdoor basketball court, table tennis, sports field, children's playground, and gazebo.
  3. Trethewey Airfield at Harding Park
    59 Hearst Circle
    In early July 1910, the Ontario Motor League sponsored the first aviation show in the Toronto area, held in a grass field on mining entrepreneur W. G. Trethewey's model farm. From here, thousands watched French pilot Jacques de Lesseps become the first to fly an airplane over the city of Toronto. This site, called the de Lesseps Aerodrome, was a popular licensed airfield for early aviators. In 1928, the de Havilland Aircraft Company of England opened its first Canadian assembly plant here, and in the 1930s the airfield was the base for the Royal Canadian Air Force No. 10 Squadron. The airfield was closed in the mid 1940s and homes were built for Second World War veterans and their families. The site is now home to Harding Park, a 2.3 hectare park with a ball diamond and children's playground. A plaque can be found across the street from the park.
  4. Hearst Circle Parkette
    108 Hearst Circle
    This small parkette is cradled at the southeast end of Hearst Circle and The Wishbone, the latter of which is an aptly named street that splits into two and joins the circle, forming a shape that resembles a bird's wishbone. It is a lovely place to have a small picnic under the trees and enjoy the quietness of the neighbourhood.
  5. Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
    1 Brookhaven Drive
    Located near Trethewey Drive and Brookhaven Drive, this Greek Orthodox Church is a distinctive building in the neighbourhood. The main entrance is framed by a large arched roof with red roof tiles. Church services are provided in both Greek and English.
  6. Amesbury Park & Amesbury Sports Complex and Arena
    151 Culford Road & 155 Culford Road
    Amesbury Park is a 12 hectare multi-use park with three ball diamonds, a multipurpose sports field, two outdoor tennis courts, four outdoor bocce courts, an outdoor basketball court, a picnic area, a splash pad, and two children's playgrounds. With the Amesbury Community Centre and Amesbury Sports Complex adjacent to it, this park is a major community hub for the neighbourhood. It has also hosted local annual Canada Day celebrations for over 35 years, with their signature family-friendly Strongman and Strongwoman competition and body-building shows where athletes demonstrate feats of strength. Further west is the Amesbury Sports Complex and Arena with facilities for various sports, such as an outdoor hockey rink and swimming pool, a basketball court, and four indoor bocce courts.
  7. Toronto Public Library - Amesbury Park Branch
    1565 Lawrence Avenue West
    Operating since 1967, the Toronto Public Library branch at Amesbury Park has a small collection of Italian materials and a small collection of DVDs in Hindi and Vietnamese for its diverse community.
  8. Amesbury Community Centre
    1507 Lawrence Avenue West
    Amesbury Community Centre, located between Black Creek Drive and Keele Street on Lawrence Avenue West, offers a wide range of programs for all ages. Entrance to the centre is from the Amesbury Park side.
  9. Robert De Luca, 'the6mural'
    2270 Keele Street
    Located inside the business at this address, 'the6mural' is a 140-feet long mural. Artist and local business owner, Robert De Luca, has spent over 1,200 hours and counting painting this tribute to Toronto. The colourful mural is full of references to everything and everyone connected to the city, such as The Weeknd, Honest Ed's, Caribana, the Rogers Cup, Sam the Record Man, Rob Ford, TIFF, Spider Jones (who signed the wall), and even the capybaras who escaped High Park Zoo in 2016.
  10. Gulliver Park
    55 Gulliver Road
    A 1.4 hectare park near Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue West that features a ball diamond and a children's playground.

Accessibility information: All points of interest are visible from the street, except 'the6mural', which requires entering the business to view. Most of this walk takes place on streets and paved paths, however, there may be some unpaved paths and uneven surfaces along Hearst Circle Parkette and Amesbury Park.

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.