Yorkdale-Glen Park

Gerald Gladstone 'Universal Man' at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
3401 Dufferin Street
When the Yorkdale Shopping Centre opened in 1964, it was the first indoor mall in Canada and biggest in the world. It was constructed during the modernist period and contains unique brutalist pieces of architecture such as the former Simpson's store. Several new wings have been added to the original project, however some features of the initial design remain. The mall was first targeted to suburban automobile-based communities until it was connected to the Spadina subway line in 1978, with its own station linked to the mall. Sitting outside the western entrance is an unusual piece of public art. Completed in 1976, this monument by Toronto sculptor Gerald Gladstone was commissioned by CN Railways and was originally located near the base of the CN Tower. In 1987 it was removed to make space for the construction of the SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre). After lying forgotten under the Gardiner Expressway for several years, 'Universal Man' was moved to its present location in 1994.

Yorkdale Subway Station & Yorkdale Park
256 Ranee Avenue
Yorkdale Subway Station opened in 1978 as one of the eight stations in the Spadina Subway Extension. The station was designed by architect Arthur Erickson, who incorporated glass, steel columns and concrete into this modernist project. Built into the median of Allan Road, the station won the 1982 Governor General's Medal in Architecture. The station's futuristic and sci-fi appearance was utilized by Canadian filmmakers David Cronenberg ('Scanners') and Martyn Burke ('The Last Chase'). The entrance to Yorkdale Park provides the perfect vantage point to see the station from the exterior. The park itself contains a paved walking path that links the subdivision to the subway station and mall.

Dane Parkette
21 Dane Avenue
Dane Parkette features a playground and open, free-play turf area.

Caledonia Park & Lawrence Pumping Station
1141 Caledonia Road
The 11.5-hectare Caledonia Park features two cricket pitches with a practice wicket, a lit ball diamond, a multipurpose sports field and sand volleyball courts. Parking is available and accessible from Caledonia Road. At the edge of the park is the Lawrence Pumping Station, which still functions as the central hub for the west operations of Toronto Water. Built in 1958-59, the building reflects an earlier Art Deco style with its limestone clad siding on black granite base. The two sculptures flanking the windows consist of a fountain with an owl sitting atop a mini obelisk. The building was added to the City's Inventory of Heritage Properties in 2004.

Andre Kan Artbox
1200 Lawrence Avenue West
Andre Kan is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. He describes his design for the artbox saying, 'My piece is an investigation with interaction, interconnectivity and the fundamentals of structure building. My design depicts busy, fast paced cargo boxes implementing forward movement and change. The colours are meant to be inviting for the viewer, and its architectural qualities subtly reference Toronto architecture.'

Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Avenue West
*Private property. Please observe from the street only. In 1980, the Columbus Centre opened to the Italian-Canadian community at Dufferin and Lawrence. The centre is part of a complex that was originally designed to provide care facilities for the elderly. Fundraising efforts of the community throughout the 1970s allowed for the creation of Villa Columbo in 1976, the retirement residences Caboto Terrace in 1983 and Casa Del Zotto in 1990. The Columbus Centre rotunda is built into an Italian sculpture garden with landscaped pathways, and offers recreational and cultural facilities. The centre was added to the City of Toronto Historical Register in 2018.

Wenderly Park
89 Wenderly Drive
Wenderly Park offers a children's playground, baseball diamond and open play fields.

Ghazaleh Rastgar Artbox
2975 Dufferin Street
The design of this artbox is a beehive to not only bring a bit of nature into the city but to emphasize and remind the passersby of the importance of bees and protecting their habitat, which is the environment as a whole. The warm and vibrant colour scheme has a positive effect on the viewers.

Glen Long Park
35 Glen Long Avenue
A 2-hectare park near Dufferin Street and Glencairn Avenue featuring a children's playground. Located within the park is the Glen Long Community Centre, an outdoor pool and an artificial ice rink.

Dominion Bank Robbery
2849 Dufferin Street
In July, 1950, Edwin Alonzo Boyd was back from the Second World War, and struggling to find work. Deciding that the best course of action would be bank robberies, he planned his next operation with an accomplice. Stealing a green convertible on the afternoon on July 3, they drove it to the Dominion Bank the following day. Leaving the car idling outside, the men headed into the bank. Boyd, with a flair for the dramatic, wore a stylish suit and a full face of garish makeup. The duo forced the six employees and one patron into the bank basement before making off with $1954 in cash and a revolver from the bank security. Boyd would continue to pull off bank robberies in Toronto over the next two years before being arrested in 1952, but not before earning a level of fame and infamy as the namesake of the Boyd Gang. The Boyd Gang were notorious for their gun fights, prison escapes, and ensuing manhunts in Toronto.

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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

Local bakeries, eateries, and one-of-a-kind shops can be found as you stroll through the neighbourhood of Yorkdale-Glen Park, which includes the MarkeTO District BIA. There are also several lovely parks and public art pieces to enjoy.

Main Streets: Dufferin Street and Lawrence Avenue West
  1. Gerald Gladstone 'Universal Man' at Yorkdale Shopping Centre
    3401 Dufferin Street
    When the Yorkdale Shopping Centre opened in 1964, it was the first indoor mall in Canada and biggest in the world. It was constructed during the modernist period and contains unique brutalist pieces of architecture such as the former Simpson's store. Several new wings have been added to the original project, however some features of the initial design remain. The mall was first targeted to suburban automobile-based communities until it was connected to the Spadina subway line in 1978, with its own station linked to the mall. Sitting outside the western entrance is an unusual piece of public art. Completed in 1976, this monument by Toronto sculptor Gerald Gladstone was commissioned by CN Railways and was originally located near the base of the CN Tower. In 1987 it was removed to make space for the construction of the SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre). After lying forgotten under the Gardiner Expressway for several years, 'Universal Man' was moved to its present location in 1994.
  2. Yorkdale Subway Station & Yorkdale Park
    256 Ranee Avenue
    Yorkdale Subway Station opened in 1978 as one of the eight stations in the Spadina Subway Extension. The station was designed by architect Arthur Erickson, who incorporated glass, steel columns and concrete into this modernist project. Built into the median of Allan Road, the station won the 1982 Governor General's Medal in Architecture. The station's futuristic and sci-fi appearance was utilized by Canadian filmmakers David Cronenberg ('Scanners') and Martyn Burke ('The Last Chase'). The entrance to Yorkdale Park provides the perfect vantage point to see the station from the exterior. The park itself contains a paved walking path that links the subdivision to the subway station and mall.
  3. Dane Parkette
    21 Dane Avenue
    Dane Parkette features a playground and open, free-play turf area.
  4. Caledonia Park & Lawrence Pumping Station
    1141 Caledonia Road
    The 11.5-hectare Caledonia Park features two cricket pitches with a practice wicket, a lit ball diamond, a multipurpose sports field and sand volleyball courts. Parking is available and accessible from Caledonia Road. At the edge of the park is the Lawrence Pumping Station, which still functions as the central hub for the west operations of Toronto Water. Built in 1958-59, the building reflects an earlier Art Deco style with its limestone clad siding on black granite base. The two sculptures flanking the windows consist of a fountain with an owl sitting atop a mini obelisk. The building was added to the City's Inventory of Heritage Properties in 2004.
  5. Andre Kan Artbox
    1200 Lawrence Avenue West
    Andre Kan is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. He describes his design for the artbox saying, 'My piece is an investigation with interaction, interconnectivity and the fundamentals of structure building. My design depicts busy, fast paced cargo boxes implementing forward movement and change. The colours are meant to be inviting for the viewer, and its architectural qualities subtly reference Toronto architecture.'
  6. Columbus Centre
    901 Lawrence Avenue West
    *Private property. Please observe from the street only. In 1980, the Columbus Centre opened to the Italian-Canadian community at Dufferin and Lawrence. The centre is part of a complex that was originally designed to provide care facilities for the elderly. Fundraising efforts of the community throughout the 1970s allowed for the creation of Villa Columbo in 1976, the retirement residences Caboto Terrace in 1983 and Casa Del Zotto in 1990. The Columbus Centre rotunda is built into an Italian sculpture garden with landscaped pathways, and offers recreational and cultural facilities. The centre was added to the City of Toronto Historical Register in 2018.
  7. Wenderly Park
    89 Wenderly Drive
    Wenderly Park offers a children's playground, baseball diamond and open play fields.
  8. Ghazaleh Rastgar Artbox
    2975 Dufferin Street
    The design of this artbox is a beehive to not only bring a bit of nature into the city but to emphasize and remind the passersby of the importance of bees and protecting their habitat, which is the environment as a whole. The warm and vibrant colour scheme has a positive effect on the viewers.
  9. Glen Long Park
    35 Glen Long Avenue
    A 2-hectare park near Dufferin Street and Glencairn Avenue featuring a children's playground. Located within the park is the Glen Long Community Centre, an outdoor pool and an artificial ice rink.
  10. Dominion Bank Robbery
    2849 Dufferin Street
    In July, 1950, Edwin Alonzo Boyd was back from the Second World War, and struggling to find work. Deciding that the best course of action would be bank robberies, he planned his next operation with an accomplice. Stealing a green convertible on the afternoon on July 3, they drove it to the Dominion Bank the following day. Leaving the car idling outside, the men headed into the bank. Boyd, with a flair for the dramatic, wore a stylish suit and a full face of garish makeup. The duo forced the six employees and one patron into the bank basement before making off with $1954 in cash and a revolver from the bank security. Boyd would continue to pull off bank robberies in Toronto over the next two years before being arrested in 1952, but not before earning a level of fame and infamy as the namesake of the Boyd Gang. The Boyd Gang were notorious for their gun fights, prison escapes, and ensuing manhunts in Toronto.

Accessibility information: All points of interest are visible from the street on level, paved ground. Use caution while navigating the area around Yorkdale Shopping Centre and subway station. Yorkdale Station is only accessible via stairs.

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.