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Weston-King – Etobicoke

Where Is It?

Stretching along Weston Road, north to King Street and south to Wilby Crescent, the Weston Village BIA, established in 1979 is one of the oldest in Toronto. The business area refects the cultural diversity of the area and consists of an eclectic mix of 200 stores, restaurants and professional buildings. There are many second and third generation-owned, family businesses, that are still going strong.

The area is well served by transit. The TTC runs buses to and from the Jane St. subway station on the Bloor line and there’s Weston GO station at Weston Road and Lawrence Ave. The station connect to Union Station to the east and Kitchener to the west.

What Is It Like?

It’s not offcially part of Etobicoke but it’s close enough. Today the neighbourhood of Weston King perches on the east banks of the Humber River running over to Jane Street in the neighbouring City of York clustered around Lawrence Ave. West. It’s a long established village in Toronto and so there are many older homes, including some Victorians.

There are some wonderful old buildings and churches such as the library which used be called the Mechanic’s Institute whose roots date back to 1821 in Scotland. It was also once a Carnegie Library.

It’s a mature neighbourhood with some of the mature trees lining the streets are thought to me more than 100 years old. There are some great parks with trails stretching all the way to Lake Ontario and sometimes you can even see salmon swimming upstream in the Humber to spawn.

The biggest park is Cruickshank Park and the Weston Farmers’ Market, in its 37th season, is one of the oldest and highly respected markets in the GTA.

Demographics

Demographically about 57 per cent are working adults 25 to 54 consistent with the city of Toronto generally, while there’s slight more youth 14 to 24 years old and 15 per cent more children under 15 and 14 per cent fewer seniors over 65.

The most common language other than English with nearly eight per cent claiming it as their mother tongue and 5.7 per cent speaking it at home. This was followed by Portuguese and Italian. Somali is also a common language spoken at home (2.5 per cent) as is Vietnamese (1.9 per cent).

Structurally there are 4,300 apartments in buildings of more than fve storeys, 875 low rise, 220 duplexes and 1,695 single family detached home, with 250 semi-detached 205 row homes.

Schools include:

Weston Memorial Junior Public School – Serving families in the town of Weston since 1919. Named in honour of students from the old Weston Public School who gave their lives during World War I, the school combines the charm of yesterday with today’s state of the art fbre optic technology and Internet access in each classroom.

Weston Collegiate – Weston Collegiate Institute is a Grade 9 to 12 public high school located in the York South-Weston area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

It is the second oldest high school in Toronto, after Jarvis Collegiate Institute. Weston CI is located on 100 Pine Street and has a student population of 1,234.

Branksome Hall – Branksome Hall is an independent girls’ school for day and boarding students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Toronto, Canada, that was founded in 1903. It is an International Baccalaureate World School and a university preparatory school.

HJ Alexander Community School – H.J. Alexander Community School is located in the community of Weston on the corner of King Street and George Street. The original school was built in 1892. It was replaced by a new building in 1958.

Other Institutions in the area include:

Weston-King Neighbourhood Centre

Cruickshank Park

King’s Mill Park

Driftwood Community Centre

Churches

Central United Church

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