Rosedale is an affluent neighbourhood that was historically the estate of William Botsford Jarvis, a key figure in the early development of Toronto. It was named by his wife for the wild roses that grew in abundance throughout the area. Rosedale has an established heritage feel and acts as an oasis within the hustle and bustle of the urban centre. Built on a series of ravines, the neighbourhood features winding residential streets that tend to discourage faster, cross-town traffic (nobody takes a shortcut through Rosedale).

The “Five Thieves” at Yonge and Price Street is a row of specialty food purveyors, known for their fine foods and lavish prices. The shops – including Harvest Wagon for baked goods, Pisces for fish, and Olliffe for meat – are set in a historic, character-rich building. The nearby Summerhill LCBO is also an attraction in its own right; the former train station’s Great Hall features 44-foot-high ceilings with original light fixtures.


Terroni is a must-visit Rosedale institution, famous for its delicious food and celebrity sightings. You can also head over to Rebel House in the heart of Rosedale for traditional pub fare and microbrews, or if you’re on the go, check out Black Camel café to grab a coffee and sandwich, or Pantry for fresh homemade food served with speed and style.


Rosedale Junior Public School serves children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 and feeds to Deer Park Senior Public School for Grades 7 and 8. Rosedale Heights School of the Arts serves Grades 9 to 12 and is known as one of the best arts-focused schools in Canada. Many residents buy homes in Rosedale for access to Branksome Hall, an all-girls private school. Other local private schools include Upper Canada College, Bishop Strachan School, and Royal St George’s College.


Parks & Recreation

Rosedale Park has a fantastic playground and wading pool with splash features. It is also home to the Rosedale Tennis Club. The park is known for the annual Mayfair Festival celebrated on the first weekend of May with food, carnival rides, and games. If you’re looking for trails, Chorley Park and Park Drive Reservation Trail can both connect you to the Beltline Trail, so you can get through many parts of Rosedale while walking amidst the beauty of nature.

For a game of tennis or squash, visit the Toronto Lawn & Tennis Club, which has 18 tennis courts hidden away. Mooredale House Community Centre runs numerous sports teams for the whole family and also has a pool. It’s a place where kids can learn ballet, karate, and take music lessons, and has a pre-school program for young children and day camps for older kids.


Rosedale is practically surrounded by TTC stations, including Rosedale, Bloor-Yonge, Sherbourne, and Castle Frank stations, making it easy to commute across the city. You can also easily get to the 401 or 404 via the nearby Don Valley Parkway, or get downtown by car by taking Jarvis Street or Sherbourne Street (which also has dedicated bike lanes). If you prefer to walk, the footbridge at the corner of Glen Road and Dale Avenue will provide you with a quick access point to Bloor Street East or Sherbourne station.


People are attracted to Rosedale for the architecture and the character that comes from the historic and established properties. The houses here were built mainly in the late 1800s, yet they are all quite different from each other; you’ll see a range of architectural styles, from Victorian to Georgian to Edwardian to Tudor, and even the odd contemporary design. Many of these homes are heritage protected as they fall within the north and south Rosedale Heritage Conservation Districts.

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