Forest Hill

Overview

Forest Hill is a village that is one of Toronto’s most prestigious districts.

Forest Hill is known for its top quality schools including two of Canada’s most well-regarded private schools, Upper Canada College for boys, and Bishop Strachan School for girls.

The shopping district in Forest Hill has a small town feel even though it is in the city of Toronto. The village has a wide variety of unique boutiques, as well as many fine restaurants and food stores. Forest Hill offers many beautiful little parks to enjoy as you stroll through the upscale neighbourhood.

Forest Hill is known for its lavish mansions. It has a very charming feel and is one of the prettier areas of Toronto.

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Recreation

Forest Hill offers a beautiful nature trail that follows the route of the former Belt Line railway. The Belt Line path is a great way for nature and fitness enthusiasts to get out and get active.

Forest Hill also offers residents and visitors the chance to visit beautiful parkettes located throughout the village. The Robert Bateman Parkette is one of the many gorgeous outdoor gathering spaces available.

Forest Hill’s Public Library offers programming for preschoolers, children and adults. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the community of Forest Hill. It offers a small town feel, in the heart of the big city.

If you are looking for a unique shopping or dinning experience you will want to be sure to discover the boutiques and cafes that this area has to offer. The village is perfect for a casual coffee catch-up session with friends, or a romantic evening for two.

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History

Forest Hill was incorporated as a village in 1923. It was named after the summer residence of John Wickson, built in 1860, at the junction of Eglinton Avenue and Old Forest Hill Road. The hill is still there, but the forest is long since gone, having been replaced by apartment buildings. Prior to its incorporation, Forest Hill had been known as "Spadina Heights". Spadina is a derivative of the First Nations word "Ishapadenah", which means a hill or sudden rise in land. The boundaries of the present day neighbourhood are shaped from the old Spadina Heights school district.
"Lower Forest Hill", south of Eglinton, was completely developed by the 1930's. "Upper Forest Hill" was slower to develop due to the fact it had previously been occupied by the old Belt Line railway, and then by industry. In 1967, Forest Hill Village joined Swansea Village as one of the last two independent villages to be annexed by the City of Toronto.

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