Pleasant View

O'Sullivan Hotel Plaque
Northwest corner of Victoria Park Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East
A plaque along Victoria Park Avenue in front of the shopping plaza highlights the history of what once stood on this site: The O'Sullivan Hotel. Ann and Patrick O'Sullivan opened the hotel here in 1860, and it included a dining room, bar, and shed for horse-drawn wagons. The O'Sullivan family continued to operate the hotel for several decades, and when Ann and Patrick's son Michael opened a post office nearby in 1892, the area became known as O'Sullivan's Corners. The hotel remained standing until 1954, when it was demolished for new residential development and the construction of Highway 401.

Alexander Muirhead House
179 Old Sheppard Avenue
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This old farmhouse (the only heritage-designated building in Pleasant View) once belonged to Alexander Muirhead and his family. It was constructed in Ontario vernacular style in 1853, and a portion of the lot became known as Muirhead's Corners by the early 1900s. The area remained largely rural until the 1950s, when the Muirhead property was divided up and transformed into a modern residential subdivision. It is the only remaining remnant of the Muirhead Corner's farming community.

Old Sheppard Park
101 Old Sheppard Avenue
A 1.2-hectare park near Sheppard Avenue East and Highway 404 that features a children's playground. There are plans to construct a new playground in the park that will feature an accessible pathway, accessible play surfacing, new equipment for ages 2.5 to 14 years, and additional accessible seating with sightlines to the playground.

Muirhead Park
65 Muirhead Road
This 2-hectare park near Sheppard Avenue East and Highway 404 features a lit ball diamond and a children's playground.

Clydesdale Park
116 Clydesdale Drive
A 2.8-hectare park near Victoria Park Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East. This park features a ball diamond, a multipurpose sports field, four lit outdoor tennis courts with a clubhouse, five lit bocce courts and a children's playground. The park is home to the Pleasantview Tennis Club and the Oriole Bocce Club.

Toronto Public Library - Pleasant View Branch
575 Van Horne Drive
This Toronto Public Library branch opened in 1975, with a design from Seligman and Dick Architects. It was opened in cooperation with the North York Parks and Recreation Department. Some of the branch features include a medium collection of materials in Chinese, and a small collection of material in French.

Pleasantview Community Centre
545 Van Horne Avenue
Pleasantview Community Centre is a multipurpose facility in the Victoria Park Avenue and Finch Avenue East area. This facility offers programs for preschoolers, children, youth, adults and older adults. Rooms are available for groups to permit. Some of its notable features include an indoor rink, an indoor bocce court, an indoor dry pad, a kitchen, an outdoor pool, and a ProShop.

Pinto Park
23 Pinto Drive
This park features a ball diamond, a drinking fountain, and a playground.

Gosia Komorski Artbox
Southeast corner of Finch Avenue East and Cherokee Boulevard
This artbox features a pattern of plants and flowers that are native to Toronto.

Shawnee Park
81 Shawnee Circle
This 2.9-hectare park is nestled in a residential neighbourhood beside Cherokee Public School. It features a playground and tennis court area.

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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

For many years, this area was known by two other names: Muirhead's Corners and O'Sullivan's Corners, both referring to two local families who owned land here. As the area developed into the modern, suburban area it is today, its name changed, and today the only remnant of that time is the heritage-designated Alexander Muirhead House on Old Sheppard Avenue. The Pleasant View neighbourhood boasts a number of great parks, a library and community centre, and great shopping along Sheppard Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue.

Main Streets: Sheppard Avenue East and Victoria Park Avenue
  1. O'Sullivan Hotel Plaque
    Northwest corner of Victoria Park Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East
    A plaque along Victoria Park Avenue in front of the shopping plaza highlights the history of what once stood on this site: The O'Sullivan Hotel. Ann and Patrick O'Sullivan opened the hotel here in 1860, and it included a dining room, bar, and shed for horse-drawn wagons. The O'Sullivan family continued to operate the hotel for several decades, and when Ann and Patrick's son Michael opened a post office nearby in 1892, the area became known as O'Sullivan's Corners. The hotel remained standing until 1954, when it was demolished for new residential development and the construction of Highway 401.
  2. Alexander Muirhead House
    179 Old Sheppard Avenue
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This old farmhouse (the only heritage-designated building in Pleasant View) once belonged to Alexander Muirhead and his family. It was constructed in Ontario vernacular style in 1853, and a portion of the lot became known as Muirhead's Corners by the early 1900s. The area remained largely rural until the 1950s, when the Muirhead property was divided up and transformed into a modern residential subdivision. It is the only remaining remnant of the Muirhead Corner's farming community.
  3. Old Sheppard Park
    101 Old Sheppard Avenue
    A 1.2-hectare park near Sheppard Avenue East and Highway 404 that features a children's playground. There are plans to construct a new playground in the park that will feature an accessible pathway, accessible play surfacing, new equipment for ages 2.5 to 14 years, and additional accessible seating with sightlines to the playground.
  4. Muirhead Park
    65 Muirhead Road
    This 2-hectare park near Sheppard Avenue East and Highway 404 features a lit ball diamond and a children's playground.
  5. Clydesdale Park
    116 Clydesdale Drive
    A 2.8-hectare park near Victoria Park Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East. This park features a ball diamond, a multipurpose sports field, four lit outdoor tennis courts with a clubhouse, five lit bocce courts and a children's playground. The park is home to the Pleasantview Tennis Club and the Oriole Bocce Club.
  6. Toronto Public Library - Pleasant View Branch
    575 Van Horne Drive
    This Toronto Public Library branch opened in 1975, with a design from Seligman and Dick Architects. It was opened in cooperation with the North York Parks and Recreation Department. Some of the branch features include a medium collection of materials in Chinese, and a small collection of material in French.
  7. Pleasantview Community Centre
    545 Van Horne Avenue
    Pleasantview Community Centre is a multipurpose facility in the Victoria Park Avenue and Finch Avenue East area. This facility offers programs for preschoolers, children, youth, adults and older adults. Rooms are available for groups to permit. Some of its notable features include an indoor rink, an indoor bocce court, an indoor dry pad, a kitchen, an outdoor pool, and a ProShop.
  8. Pinto Park
    23 Pinto Drive
    This park features a ball diamond, a drinking fountain, and a playground.
  9. Gosia Komorski Artbox
    Southeast corner of Finch Avenue East and Cherokee Boulevard
    This artbox features a pattern of plants and flowers that are native to Toronto.
  10. Shawnee Park
    81 Shawnee Circle
    This 2.9-hectare park is nestled in a residential neighbourhood beside Cherokee Public School. It features a playground and tennis court area.

Accessibility information: Most of the points of interest featured on this stroll are viewable from the street or from paved paths within a park. Old Sheppard Park will be undergoing renovations soon that will provide more paved areas and more accessible amenities. Some amenities in Pinto Park require crossing grassy areas to access.

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.