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Humber Summit

Humber Summit
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto
Community North York
Changed Municipality 1998 Toronto from North York
 • MP Judy Sgro (York West)
 • MPP Mario Sergio (York West)
 • Councillor York West)

Humber Summit is one of the northernmost neighbourhoods in Toronto, Ontario, located in the North York district of the city. It is bounded by Steeles Avenue to the north, Duncanwoods Dr to the east, Finch Avenue to the south, and follows the Humber River (east branch) to the west.


In the 1840s, Humber Summit began as a pioneer community, centred on the grist and saw mills. However, as the city boundaries crept closer, the area evolved into a resort community, called Riverbank Park. It became home to a large number of Toronto residents who built cottages on the banks of the Humber River. When Hurricane Hazel hit Toronto in 1954, a large number of the cottages were swept away by the overflowing river.

Today, Humber Summit is a middle class community. It contains a significant, well-established Italian community, but has also become the home for new East Indian and Asian families. The residences are generally semi-detached backsplits with built-in garages. Adding to the character of the suburban post-World War II 1960s homes are front porches decorated with cast-iron railings, and elaborate front archways.

The Toronto Public Library branch located at 2990 Islington Ave., Toronto, ON M9L 2K6, is named "Humber Summit Library" in memory of the area's fair beginnings. Officially opened by the North York Public Library Board, 15 May 1974. First branch in North York to be in a shared facility with another community agency (the North York Parks and Recreation Department.)


  • Gracedale Public School is a public elementary school on Gracedale Boulevard.
  • Humber Summit Middle School is a public middle school on Pearldale Avenue.
  • St. Roch Catholic School is a catholic elementary & middle school on Duncanwoods Drive.
  • Venerable John Merlini Catholic School is a catholic school on Whitfield Avenue.

External links

  • Humber Summit neighbourhood profile at the City of Toronto website
  • Humber Summit at Toronto Neighbourhoods
  • [1] provides further details of the Humber Summit Library location, hours of operation, & services provided

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