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Rosedale, Toronto

The Glen Road bridge
The Glen Road bridge
Rosedale, Toronto is located in Toronto
Location within Toronto
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto

Rosedale is an affluent neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which was formerly the estate[1] of William Botsford Jarvis, and so named by his wife, granddaughter of William Dummer Powell, for the wild roses that grew there in abundance. It is located north of Downtown Toronto and is one of its oldest suburbs. It is also one of the wealthiest and most highly priced neighbourhoods in Canada. Rosedale has been ranked the best neighbourhood in Toronto to live by Toronto Life.[2] It is known as the area where the city's 'Old Money' lives, and is home to some of Canada's richest and most famous citizens, including Ken Thomson who was the richest man in Canada at the time of his death.

Rosedale's boundaries consist of the CPR railway tracks to the north, Yonge Street to the west, Aylmer Avenue and Rosedale Valley Road to the south,[3][4][5] and Bayview Avenue to the east. The neighbourhood is within the City of Toronto's Rosedale-Moore Park neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is divided into a north and south portion by the Park Drive Ravine.


  • History 1
  • Character 2
  • Music 3
  • Important buildings in Rosedale 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


A postcard from the 1920s shows Chestnut Park in Rosedale
Aerial Photograph of the area, 1942

South Rosedale was first settled by Sheriff William Jarvis and his wife, Mary, in the 1820s.[6] Mary Jarvis, whose frequent walks and horseback rides blazed the trails for Rosedale's meandering streets (which are one of the area's trademarks), named Rosedale as a tribute to the abundance of wild roses that graced the hillsides of the Jarvis estate. The Jarvis Family sold the Rosedale homestead in 1864, which led to the residential development of the area soon after.

A noteworthy piece of Rosedale's History, is that it was home to Ontario's fourth Government House. The house was called Chorley Park, and it was built for the Lieutenant Governor in 1915. It was demolished in 1960 by the city of Toronto to save money. It is now a public park of the same name.


Rosedale is built among three ravines, preserved as parkland. Rosedale has convoluted routes through the neighbourhood and other physical boundaries, and thus has low levels of vehicular traffic. Even though Rosedale is located in the middle of Toronto, virtually no vehicular traffic can be heard due to the abundance of trees and foliage that surround the community. The homes are mostly single family detached dwellings.

South Rosedale is currently home to an exclusive all-girls school, Branksome Hall. Rosedale Public School is a small elementary school in central Rosedale, across the street from Rosedale's community centre: Mooredale House.

Rosedale Park is home to the annual spring park party, Mayfair. The event typically consists of rides, games, flea market and other such carnival-type activities. The event is traditionally on the first Saturday in May. The event is run and funded by Mooredale House.

According to Census tracts 0086.00 and 0087.00 of the 2006 Canadian census, Rosedale has 7,672 residents, up 4.8% from the 2001 census. Average income is $213,941, one of the highest incomes of all Toronto neighbourhoods. In 2008 the average Rosedale house sold for over $1 000 000.[7]


Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu wrote a three movement piece for solo guitar called "Into the Woods" in 1995 whose second movement "Rosedale" was inspired in this area of Toronto.

Important buildings in Rosedale

Whitney Park in Rosedale


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  2. ^ "The Best Places to Live in the City: A (Mostly) Scientific Ranking of All 140 Neighbourhoods in Toronto | Toronto Life". Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  3. ^ "About Us | South Rosedale Residents' Assoc | The SRRA is one of Canada’s oldest ratepayer groups. Formally incorporated in 1931, the Association is committed to providing South Rosedale’s residents with a strong voice relative to the area’s unique position as one of Toronto’s most desirable residential communities.". Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Image: SouthRosedale_MAP2.jpg, (382 × 446 px)". Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  5. ^ Marsha Kelmans (15 May 2003). "South Rosedale Heritage Conservation District Study, November 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  6. ^ "History of Rosedale". Toronto Neighbourhood Guide. 
  7. ^ Toronto Life, 3 December 2011

External links

  • Rosedale Neighbourhood profile
  • North Rosedale Ratepayers Association
  • Historic photos from North and South Rosedale
  • South Rosedale Residents' Association
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