Forest Hill has been a popular, wealthy neighbourhood since the early 1900s, filled with elaborate and impressive homes in terms of both architecture and size. What used to run from Lonsdale to Eglinton has spilled upward to create Forest Hill North and reaches Briar Hill Avenue, running from Latimer Avenue to Allen Road east-west. Historically home to a Jewish community, the area is largely residential with beautifully manicured gardens and public parkettes and is conveniently positioned between Eglinton and Eglinton West subway stations.
Perfect for biking and running enthusiasts, the Beltline path follows an old disused Belt Railway line that runs for over 14 kilometres (and is named The Kay Gardner Beltline Trail after a councillor who campaigned to stop the railway line from development). The trail now forms part of a trail network called Discovery Walks where you can take in mature trees and wildlife, while checking out the route that Toronto’s first commuter train once took. Stop by Memorial Park for more walks in scenic surroundings. For indoor activity in cooler seasons, there’s the Forest Hill figure skating club offering group and personal lessons, as well as skating camps.
Beltline Path, Rosedale to Davisville
Forest Hill Figure Skating Club, 340 Chaplin Crescent
Established 1954, this Toronto Library is a neighbourhood hub offering wireless WiFi, book discussion groups and toddler and pre-school activity sessions.
Toronto Library, 700 Eglinton Avenue West, http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?R=LIB046
Eats of the East
The area is well connected to other hotspots more celebrated for food, with Rosedale, The Annex, St Clair not being far, but the area does have a few authentic spots including Jerusalem which has been serving up Middle Eastern cuisine to locals since the 1970s.
Jerusalem, 955 Eglinton Avenue West