Forest Hill Village was incorporated into Toronto in 1923 but it maintains its intimate small town feel to this day. Bordered by St Clair Avenue to the South, Briar Hill Avenue to the North, Cedarvale Ravine to the West and Avenue Road to the East, Forest Hill feels like a local village tucked into a larger city. Quiet streets lined with shops, galleries, cafes, and restaurants make it a fun area to explore or settle down with a family.
Places to Shop
Local shopping and leisure revolves around the historic Forest Hill Village, a bustling strip of independent boutiques alongside your favourite household names. Purchase market produce and fresh flowers at The Kitchen Table.
TYPE Books stocks upcoming bestsellers alongside independent magazines and newspapers, and their friendly staff are always ready to recommend a new read. Check out the creative window displays, explore the small art gallery in their basement or look out for readings by local authors. The community-oriented staff work with local schools to host literacy programs.
Places to Eat
EDO-KO – Sister restaurant to Japanese restaurant EDO, EDO-KO’s menu is bold and exciting. The restaurant itself has a simple, modern design, placing all emphasis on the food. Reflecting their passion for excellent, authentic Japanese cuisine, EDO-KO’s founder Barry Chaim and Chef Ryo Ozawa hope to teach us that there is more to Japanese cooking than sushi. Stop by to peruse their extensive menu for traditional favourites, or if you’re feeling adventurous, ask the staff to recommend something new.
Il Mulino Nuovo – For a special evening out, Forest Hill boasts one of Toronto’s finest Italian restaurants. Since opening, Il Mulino Nuovo has won over locals and critics with its excellent food and extensive wine selection. The classic interior design and beautiful ambient lighting present the perfect setting for a romantic night out, and the personalized service only adds to the warm, intimate atmosphere.
Things to Do
Get Outdoors – In recent years, Forest Hill’s Suydam Park has benefited from new development under the North Gateway Streetscape Project. Improved seating areas, lighting, and planting have transformed Forest Hill’s green spaces. Residents can also enjoy the beautiful Belt Line fitness and nature trail, which links Forest Hill with Rosedale and is very popular during the warm summer months.
Forest Hill Spa – For a more relaxed way to enjoy the weekend, escape to Forest Hill Spa. They offer a full range of services including massage, aromatherapy, manicures, facials, and other therapeutic treatments.
Schools in the Area
Bishop Strachan School – A prestigious independent day and boarding school for girls, Bishop Strachan is a university prep school for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. As the oldest Canadian girls’ school of its kind, Bishop Strachan has a long history of excellence.
Upper Canada College – For the boys, Upper Canada College has an equally impressive reputation. UCC offers the International Baccalaureate with one of the broadest range of course choices in Canada. Students here benefit from the best education and continuing support as members of the esteemed UCC alumni.
Forest Hill also contains a co-educational public school with excellent facilities and a fantastic academic reputation.
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