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Bloor West Village / Runnymede - Community Info

Overview

Bloor West Village / Runnymede

Bloor West Village is a popular neighbourhood for families. It has many excellent schools and is within walking distance of High Park - Toronto's biggest and best known park.

This west end neighbourhood is highlighted by the Bloor West Village retail district which attracts shoppers from all over the city.

Homes

Bloor West Village homes are all fairly similar in size and style having been built in a relatively short period of time between 1912 and 1923.

Bloor West Village houses feature deep front porches that are well shaded by the majestic Oak and Maple trees that line the streets of this neighbourhood.

The majority of houses feature decorative oak accents, hardwood floors, and fireplaces.

Shopping

The Bloor West Village shopping district is as much about eating as it is about shopping. It's a virtual smorgasbord of bakeries, delicatessens, specialty food shops, cafes and restaurants.

Convenience stores, fruit and vegetable markets, dry cleaners, video stores, and other shops catering to everyday household needs, can also be found on Jane and Annette Streets.

Recreation

The Bloor West Village (BIA) hosts many family-oriented festivals and events throughout the year. There is a June Sidewalk Sale, a July Festival, Ukranian Festival and Sidewalk Sale, Halloween Festival, Calvacade of Lights, and Christmas in the Village.

High Park, a 399 acre parkland, is within walking distance of Bloor West Village. This Toronto landmark contains picnic areas, flower gardens, animal paddocks, a restaurant, an outdoor amphitheatre, sports facilities, a trackless train, an adventure playground and a large pond.

Annette Recreation Centre is attached to the Annette Street public school. This Centre has an indoor pool, a small gymnasium and a baseball diamond. A little bit east of the Annette Centre is the Annette Street Public Library which offers programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.

Bloor West Village also has one movie theatre Ü the Humber Ü which is conveniently located on Bloor Street, just west of Jane Street.

Schools

Annette Jr. & Sr., 265 Annette Street., (416) 393-9040 (Public School)

Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Ave., (416) 393-0000 (Public High School)

Western Technical Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Cres., (416) 393-0500 (Public High School)

St. Cecilia, 355 Annette St., (416) 393-5218 (Separate School)

St. Pius X, 71 Jane St., (416) 393-5237 (Separate School)

Transportation

The Jane and Runnymede subway stations, are part of the Bloor-Danforth subway line. They are both within walking distance of the homes in Bloor West Village. The Annette Street bus connects passengers to the Dupont subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. There are additional bus routes on Jane Street and Runnymede Road.

Motorists are approximately ten minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard. Both these routes provide quick access into and out of the city.

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