Davisville Village Jane’s Walk

Forty people, interested in Davisville Village’s rich history, came out on a day threatening rain, wind and cold temps to learn more about the neighbourhood we call home.

They were not disappointed. The 90-minute walk, which started at the original J. J. Davis store at the corner of Yonge and Davisville (today a thriving Starbucks), meandered throughout the Village and took in sights as diverse as the Glebe church lands (now the beautiful Belsize area), a home that doubled as a “gentleman’s club” during Prohibition, Davisville School (slated for redevelopment and expansion with the addition of a new Midtown Hub), The Church of the Transfiguration, which is home to a very special native garden created by SERRA member Janet Harrison, and the musical Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground at June Rowlands Park.

We were very pleased to have Councillor Josh Matlow accompany us on our walk.

Many thanks to the Davisville Village Jane’s Walk organizers – amateur historians Amy Isaac and Sharon Mourer – for introducing the Jane’s Walkers to the neighbourhood from their eyes. Next year: we head east of Mt. Pleasant to explore the “Village” leading to Bayview. Join us!

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Feb 4, 2018 Update: More than 100 people attended the community meeting to share ideas on how to save the Regent Theatre. Thanks to Councillor Matlow for taking the lead on this important initiative and for his support. Click here to read the Streeter.ca article about the community meeting. We will share more information once it is made available. Click here to read the CBC Toronto news article from January 22, 2018. The Regent Theatre on … Read moreSAVE THE REGENT THEATRE

129-year old house on Balliol St. is threatened!

The rare “Ontario Cottage” style house at 505 Balliol St. was built about 1888. It appears on an 1890 map of the Davisville area. This house served as a neighbourhood grocery store and post office until the 1950s. Local children would frequent the store for candy and Popsicles. A Coca-Cola sign remained in the front bay window until the 1970s. Despite being one of the oldest existing houses in the Davisville area, it is under threat … Read more129-year old house on Balliol St. is threatened!

1890 Fire Insurance Map of the Davisville Area

Yonge Street is to the left with a cluster of buildings of the village of Davisville. The purple circle is around Davisville school. The blue line is where Tullis Dr is now on top of Mud Creek. It appears that today’s short block of Glebe Road is all that remains of the original Glebe Road that went thru the Clergy Reserve. The yellow line is along the Toronto Beltline Railway which is today the Beltline … Read more1890 Fire Insurance Map of the Davisville Area

The North Toronto Historical Society – Guest Speaker Series

The North Toronto Historical Society has guest speakers every month. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd., 2nd Floor.   Please click here for details as dates and events may change. 2018 Talks: The North Toronto Historical Society and Northern District Library cosponsor the following talks: February 28, 2018 – York County Archaeology and the Underground Railway March 28, 2018 – Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922) Canada’s Darling Poet … Read moreThe North Toronto Historical Society – Guest Speaker Series