Newtonbrook West

Moore Park
110 Cactus Avenue
Moore Park is a 3.9-hectare park that features four junior/mini soccer fields, three outdoor tennis courts and a children's playground.

Newtonbrook Secondary School
155 Hilda Avenue
Newtonbrook Secondary opened its doors in 1964 for students living in the neighbourhood. The school was opened by then-Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, who had grown up in the area. The large tile mural over the front doors is a representation of the history of the quest for knowledge. The school and mural stand in for themselves in the 2009 film 'Victoria Day' by Canadian filmmaker David Bezmozgis. Notable alumni of the school include Geddy Lee (singer, Rush), Howie Mandel (comedian), and Shane Kippel (actor).

Goulding Park
80 Patricia Avenue
This 4.6-hectare park features two lit ball diamonds, three tennis courts, three lit bocce courts and a children's playground. The Goulding Community Centre - located on the east side of the park - includes an indoor skating arena, outdoor pool, a viewing gallery, multipurpose room and dance studio.

Historic Newtonbrook Store
5926 Yonge Street
The building on the corner of Yonge Street and Drewry Avenue may look like a modern place of business, but the building is far older than it appears. Originally built sometime in the 1850s, the store housed the local post office, helmed at varying times by Post Masters by the names of Cummer and Goulding (who gave names to the streets around the store).

Newtonbrook School Section No. 5 Plaque
37-39 Drewry Avenue
Built in 1878, the schoolhouse that once stood on these grounds was the fourth to open in the rural village of Newtonbrook. Access to free education was becoming universal across Ontario, and red brick schoolhouses were becoming a common sight across the province. The one built here on Drewry Avenue operated as a school for 50 years, until a new public school was built in the neighbourhood. The original building, having undergone several alterations and renovations, stood until 1997.

Willowdale Welcome Centre
5800 Yonge Street
This mid-century modern building was built in 1963 to house the offices of the Hydro Electric Commission for the Township of North York. The design was created by Toronto architect Harry B. Kohl, who was responsible for many residential and commercial developments throughout the city. The building currently houses the Willowdale Welcome Centre, a temporary housing location providing over 200 beds for refugees and newcomers. This site is currently under review for future development.

Yasaman Mehrsa Artbox
28 Finch Avenue West
Toronto based artist Yasaman Mehrsa, born in Tehran, has created a design with the intention to share a colourful scene with Toronto residents to wake them up, inspire them, motivate them, make them think, or help them enjoy their surroundings.

Finch Hydro Corridor Trail
100 Talbot Road
The Finch Hydro Corridor Trail is a walkable path that spans nearly the entire neighbourhood, running from Talbot Road to Bathurst Street. From there, the Finch Hydro Recreation Trail continues west all the way across to Highway 400. The Corridor Trail is a 1.8-km walk that follows the trail of the hydro towers that were built in the 1950s to carry power lines to the newly developing subdivisions in the area.

Rueter House
270 Drewry Avenue
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the sidewalk only. Tucked in amongst the more modern bungalows and two-storey homes on Drewry Avenue sits Rueter House, a red brick farmhouse with white stone quoins. This throwback from an older generation of homes is one of only two buildings in the neighbourhood to have been built prior to the 1950s when the neighbourhood was built into its current iteration. Built around 1870, Rueter House is a designated heritage property.

Garden Void House
237 Pleasant Avenue
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the sidewalk only. From the outside, the Garden Void House looks unlike any other home on the street. Its modern facade and sharp corners are a direct contrast to the older bungalows and homes in the neighbourhood. Designed in 2014 by Alva Roy Architects, this home continues their design style of innovative material and techniques. One of the interesting elements of this home includes a garden in the centre of the building, with living plants and trees encapsulated within the walls of this modern living space.

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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

Stroll through Newtonbrook West to find green spaces like the Finch Hydro Corridor Trail, neighbourhood history and a mix of heritage and modernist buildings. This residential community is a quintessential picture of suburban Toronto while still offering plenty of shops along Yonge Street and the Willowdale BIA.

Main Streets: Yonge Street
  1. Moore Park
    110 Cactus Avenue
    Moore Park is a 3.9-hectare park that features four junior/mini soccer fields, three outdoor tennis courts and a children's playground.
  2. Newtonbrook Secondary School
    155 Hilda Avenue
    Newtonbrook Secondary opened its doors in 1964 for students living in the neighbourhood. The school was opened by then-Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, who had grown up in the area. The large tile mural over the front doors is a representation of the history of the quest for knowledge. The school and mural stand in for themselves in the 2009 film 'Victoria Day' by Canadian filmmaker David Bezmozgis. Notable alumni of the school include Geddy Lee (singer, Rush), Howie Mandel (comedian), and Shane Kippel (actor).
  3. Goulding Park
    80 Patricia Avenue
    This 4.6-hectare park features two lit ball diamonds, three tennis courts, three lit bocce courts and a children's playground. The Goulding Community Centre - located on the east side of the park - includes an indoor skating arena, outdoor pool, a viewing gallery, multipurpose room and dance studio.
  4. Historic Newtonbrook Store
    5926 Yonge Street
    The building on the corner of Yonge Street and Drewry Avenue may look like a modern place of business, but the building is far older than it appears. Originally built sometime in the 1850s, the store housed the local post office, helmed at varying times by Post Masters by the names of Cummer and Goulding (who gave names to the streets around the store).
  5. Newtonbrook School Section No. 5 Plaque
    37-39 Drewry Avenue
    Built in 1878, the schoolhouse that once stood on these grounds was the fourth to open in the rural village of Newtonbrook. Access to free education was becoming universal across Ontario, and red brick schoolhouses were becoming a common sight across the province. The one built here on Drewry Avenue operated as a school for 50 years, until a new public school was built in the neighbourhood. The original building, having undergone several alterations and renovations, stood until 1997.
  6. Willowdale Welcome Centre
    5800 Yonge Street
    This mid-century modern building was built in 1963 to house the offices of the Hydro Electric Commission for the Township of North York. The design was created by Toronto architect Harry B. Kohl, who was responsible for many residential and commercial developments throughout the city. The building currently houses the Willowdale Welcome Centre, a temporary housing location providing over 200 beds for refugees and newcomers. This site is currently under review for future development.
  7. Yasaman Mehrsa Artbox
    28 Finch Avenue West
    Toronto based artist Yasaman Mehrsa, born in Tehran, has created a design with the intention to share a colourful scene with Toronto residents to wake them up, inspire them, motivate them, make them think, or help them enjoy their surroundings.
  8. Finch Hydro Corridor Trail
    100 Talbot Road
    The Finch Hydro Corridor Trail is a walkable path that spans nearly the entire neighbourhood, running from Talbot Road to Bathurst Street. From there, the Finch Hydro Recreation Trail continues west all the way across to Highway 400. The Corridor Trail is a 1.8-km walk that follows the trail of the hydro towers that were built in the 1950s to carry power lines to the newly developing subdivisions in the area.
  9. Rueter House
    270 Drewry Avenue
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the sidewalk only. Tucked in amongst the more modern bungalows and two-storey homes on Drewry Avenue sits Rueter House, a red brick farmhouse with white stone quoins. This throwback from an older generation of homes is one of only two buildings in the neighbourhood to have been built prior to the 1950s when the neighbourhood was built into its current iteration. Built around 1870, Rueter House is a designated heritage property.
  10. Garden Void House
    237 Pleasant Avenue
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the sidewalk only. From the outside, the Garden Void House looks unlike any other home on the street. Its modern facade and sharp corners are a direct contrast to the older bungalows and homes in the neighbourhood. Designed in 2014 by Alva Roy Architects, this home continues their design style of innovative material and techniques. One of the interesting elements of this home includes a garden in the centre of the building, with living plants and trees encapsulated within the walls of this modern living space.

Accessibility information: All points of interest are viewable from the street. Sidewalks and roads are paved and level. Some residential roads may not have sidewalks.

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.