Rexdale-Kipling

Darren de Genova (Mr. Hydde) Artbox
West Side of Islington Avenue, south of Bergamot Avenue (at entrance to plaza)
The design of this artbox deals with how personal experience forms our identity. The faces sit pieced together side by side, like personalities which make up the parts of our city lives. They rest against each other, but don't interfere with each other. The image is a metaphor for neighbourhood community as it exists in the city.

2310 Islington Hydro House
2310 Islington Avenue
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. At first glance this appears to be a regular, albeit strangely situated, suburban house on a busy street. However, it's actually a hydro transformer disguised as a home, one of many that can be found throughout Toronto. Many of these were constructed in order to supply electricity to residential areas in a way that was visually appealing to local homeowners. Toronto Hydro has since updated the ways in which it delivers electricity, and no longer constructs these 'hydro homes'. Etobicoke has the highest amount of these still remaining in Toronto.

Alesha Aquino Artbox
Islington Avenue and Bergamot Avenue (southwest corner)
We share spaces within the city, not only with nature, but with the spirits that dwell amongst the land. The artist's modern rendition of anitos (which is Tagalog for nature spirits) is seen during a ritual, encouraging the plants around our rapidly growing city to flourish and grow.

Rexlington Park
30 Bergamot Avenue
This park features a ball diamond, drinking fountain, two playgrounds, a splash pad, and wading pool.

Frost Park
2051 Kipling Avenue
A small park on Kipling Avenue north of Rexdale Boulevard that features a children's playground.

Toronto Public Library - Rexdale Branch
2243 Kipling Avenue
This library dates back to the 1950s, when this parcel of land was set aside to construct a new public library. The Kinsman Club of the Humber Valley offered to help purchase books for the children's section, and the branch officially opened in 1959. It underwent further renovations in 1991. One notable feature of this branch is that it offers a small section of material in Gujarati.

West Acres Seniors Apartments
Ardobell Road
*Note: Private property. Please observe the buildings from the street only. The Metropolitan Toronto Housing Corporation was established in 1954 to construct affordable housing for seniors and others who required supportive housing. This group of lowrise buildings on Ardobell Road were the first to be constructed specifically for seniors by this agency in 1957. The development comprises 12 two-storey buildings with apartments on each side, each featuring its own small verandah or balcony. A plaque on the entrance to Ardobell Road from Hinton Road commemorates the opening of these homes.

Kipling Heights Subdivision/66 Fordwich Crescent
66 Fordwich Crescent
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This residential area was constructed in the 1950s as the Kipling Heights subdivision. Most of the homes reflect the mid-century modern style that was extremely popular in subdivisions across North America in the 1950s and 1960s. These homes were built featuring many of the most modern conveniences available at the time, such as refrigerators and electric stoves, and used building material that had previously been restricted during the war, like steel and aluminum. This home at 66 Fordwich Crescent was built as a model home for the Kipling Heights subdivision and was referred to in advertisements as 'The Cambrian', featuring a 'dramatic tri-level house' with furnishings supplied by Simpson's department store.

Rexdale Park
6 Drumheller Road
This neighbourhood park features a ball diamond, drinking fountain, playground, and splash pad.

Former Garbutt/Gardhouse Home
105 Elmhurst Drive
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. The Garbutt/Gardhouse home is one of the last old farmhouses in the area. The house was built around 1864 with an addition added in 1915. The property was farmed until 1952, when it was sold for the Kipling Heights subdivision. While much of the surrounding farmland was developed for the subdivision, the farmhouse survived and now has a heritage designation.

Thistletown Collegiate Institute
20 Fordwich Crescent
This high school was completed in 1957 to serve the growing subdivisions being built in the area, and was designed in modernist style. Today the school serves approximately 460 students and offers a variety of academic programs, including their Food and Hospitality Program with a fully-equipped industrial kitchen. Notable alumni of Thistletown Collegiate include rapper Nav.

West Humber Recreational Trail
Along the Humber River (paved access from the intersection of Riverhead Drive and Checkendon Drive)
The paved 19-kilometre West Humber Recreational Trail follows the path of the West Humber River and connects a number of parks along the water. It includes forested areas and recreational spaces. The trail is an ideal location for spotting wildlife.

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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.
Mark Reinhart
Thistletown Multi-Service Centre
925 Albion Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A6

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

Painting Icon StrollTO Guided Walks:

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

This largely suburban residential neighbourhood features a wonderful mix of urban and natural, with many amenities offered alongside a spectacular greenspace. The Humber River makes up the northern boundary of the neighbourhood and offers a lovely paved walking trail. Great local businesses can be found along Kipling Avenue, Islington Avenue, and Rexdale Boulevard.

Main Streets: Kipling Avenue, Islington Avenue, and Rexdale Boulevard
  1. Darren de Genova (Mr. Hydde) Artbox
    West Side of Islington Avenue, south of Bergamot Avenue (at entrance to plaza)
    The design of this artbox deals with how personal experience forms our identity. The faces sit pieced together side by side, like personalities which make up the parts of our city lives. They rest against each other, but don't interfere with each other. The image is a metaphor for neighbourhood community as it exists in the city.
  2. 2310 Islington Hydro House
    2310 Islington Avenue
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. At first glance this appears to be a regular, albeit strangely situated, suburban house on a busy street. However, it's actually a hydro transformer disguised as a home, one of many that can be found throughout Toronto. Many of these were constructed in order to supply electricity to residential areas in a way that was visually appealing to local homeowners. Toronto Hydro has since updated the ways in which it delivers electricity, and no longer constructs these 'hydro homes'. Etobicoke has the highest amount of these still remaining in Toronto.
  3. Alesha Aquino Artbox
    Islington Avenue and Bergamot Avenue (southwest corner)
    We share spaces within the city, not only with nature, but with the spirits that dwell amongst the land. The artist's modern rendition of anitos (which is Tagalog for nature spirits) is seen during a ritual, encouraging the plants around our rapidly growing city to flourish and grow.
  4. Rexlington Park
    30 Bergamot Avenue
    This park features a ball diamond, drinking fountain, two playgrounds, a splash pad, and wading pool.
  5. Frost Park
    2051 Kipling Avenue
    A small park on Kipling Avenue north of Rexdale Boulevard that features a children's playground.
  6. Toronto Public Library - Rexdale Branch
    2243 Kipling Avenue
    This library dates back to the 1950s, when this parcel of land was set aside to construct a new public library. The Kinsman Club of the Humber Valley offered to help purchase books for the children's section, and the branch officially opened in 1959. It underwent further renovations in 1991. One notable feature of this branch is that it offers a small section of material in Gujarati.
  7. West Acres Seniors Apartments
    Ardobell Road
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the buildings from the street only. The Metropolitan Toronto Housing Corporation was established in 1954 to construct affordable housing for seniors and others who required supportive housing. This group of lowrise buildings on Ardobell Road were the first to be constructed specifically for seniors by this agency in 1957. The development comprises 12 two-storey buildings with apartments on each side, each featuring its own small verandah or balcony. A plaque on the entrance to Ardobell Road from Hinton Road commemorates the opening of these homes.
  8. Kipling Heights Subdivision/66 Fordwich Crescent
    66 Fordwich Crescent
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This residential area was constructed in the 1950s as the Kipling Heights subdivision. Most of the homes reflect the mid-century modern style that was extremely popular in subdivisions across North America in the 1950s and 1960s. These homes were built featuring many of the most modern conveniences available at the time, such as refrigerators and electric stoves, and used building material that had previously been restricted during the war, like steel and aluminum. This home at 66 Fordwich Crescent was built as a model home for the Kipling Heights subdivision and was referred to in advertisements as 'The Cambrian', featuring a 'dramatic tri-level house' with furnishings supplied by Simpson's department store.
  9. Rexdale Park
    6 Drumheller Road
    This neighbourhood park features a ball diamond, drinking fountain, playground, and splash pad.
  10. Former Garbutt/Gardhouse Home
    105 Elmhurst Drive
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. The Garbutt/Gardhouse home is one of the last old farmhouses in the area. The house was built around 1864 with an addition added in 1915. The property was farmed until 1952, when it was sold for the Kipling Heights subdivision. While much of the surrounding farmland was developed for the subdivision, the farmhouse survived and now has a heritage designation.
  11. Thistletown Collegiate Institute
    20 Fordwich Crescent
    This high school was completed in 1957 to serve the growing subdivisions being built in the area, and was designed in modernist style. Today the school serves approximately 460 students and offers a variety of academic programs, including their Food and Hospitality Program with a fully-equipped industrial kitchen. Notable alumni of Thistletown Collegiate include rapper Nav.
  12. West Humber Recreational Trail
    Along the Humber River (paved access from the intersection of Riverhead Drive and Checkendon Drive)
    The paved 19-kilometre West Humber Recreational Trail follows the path of the West Humber River and connects a number of parks along the water. It includes forested areas and recreational spaces. The trail is an ideal location for spotting wildlife.

Accessibility information: All points of interest on this stroll are viewable from the street. Some of the amenities in Rexlington Park require crossing grass for access. Paved access to the West Humber Trail is available from the intersection of Riverhead Drive and Checkendon Drive.

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.