Like an urban oasis, Leslieville’s cozy homes, quaint shops and tree-lined streetsprovide a surprisingly serene and peaceful neighbourhood close to the bustling downtown Toronto core.
The lush Leslieville community is bordered by Coxwell Avenue on the east, Empire Avenue on the west, the Canadian National railway line and Gerrard Street to the north and Eastern Avenue to the south.
One of the first buildings to be erected in Leslieville was the Leslieville Public School, built in 1863. It’s first principal was the composer of “The Maple Leaf Forever,” Alexander Muir. It is said Alexander Muir’s inspiration came from a falling maple leaf from a tree, still standing at the intersection of Laing Street and Memory Lane.
Most of Leslieville’s homes were built between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and among the stately Victorian homes and country cottages are modest detached and semi-detached houses and bungalows.
The “India Bazaar,” on Gerrard Street, between Coxwell Avenue and Greenwood Avenue is a vibrant stretch attracting many from Toronto’s East Indian community. Small shops along Queen Street also attract many out for a stroll.
Greenwood Park is a wonderful attraction for local families and provides multiple baseball diamonds, an artificial ice rink, a pool, and a playground. Jonathan Ashbridge Park just a few blocks away on the south side of Queen Street offers two tennis courts, a children’s playground, and a wading pool.
With close proximity to the downtown core, Leslieville is rich in public transit and access to bus routes along Carlaw, Jones, Greenwood, Coxwell, and Eastern Avenues, as well as Queen and Gerrard Streets provide commuters with easy access.