Forest Hill is an affluent neighbourhood in central Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Along with Rosedale, and The Bridle Path, it is one of Toronto's three wealthiest neighbourhoods.
The Forest Hill neighbourhood is one of Toronto's most prestigious districts. The mansions in Lower Forest Hill are rivalled only by those found in Rosedale. Forest Hill's schools are among the best in the country. They include two of Canada's most revered private schools: Upper Canada College for boys, and Bishop Strachan School for girls.
Forest Hill was originally incorporated as a village in 1923, and later annexed by the City of Toronto in 1967, along with the Village of Swansea. The village was named after the summer home of John Wickson; previously it had been known as Spadina Heights (a name that continued to be applied to the neighbourhood into the twentieth century). Rather than electing a mayor as in a city, the leading municipal official was the reeve of the village.
Prior to World War II, Forest Hill's population was predominantly made up of wealthy Anglo-Protestants. During the 1940s and 1950s, many upwardly mobile Jews moved from the Spadina area of Toronto into Forest Hill. Forest Hill has many businesses catering to the Jewish community along Eglinton Avenue West. Today, Jews make up about half of the population of Forest Hill, according to the 2001 census.
Its original boundaries were Bathurst Street to the west, Upper Canada College to the east, Eglinton Avenue to the north, and Lonsdale Road and a portion of Montclair Avenue to the south (the original boundaries of School Section 30). Neighbourhoods north of Eglinton are sometimes though not unanimously regarded as Forest Hill.
North and South
Currently, for the purposes of social policy analysis & research, the city of Toronto's Social Development & Administration division divides Forest Hill into two neighbourhoods: Forest Hill North and Forest Hill South.
Village of Forest Hill Council, 1929. Back row, from left to right: L.W. Archer, Clerk and Treasurer; Melville Grant, Solicitor; R.E. Grass, Councillor; James H. Lowry, Commissioner of Works. Front row, from left to right: Hugh E. Ferguson, M.D.; A.H. Keith Russell, Reeve; Charles McKay, Councillor; Andrew Hazlett, Councillor; and Brig.-Gen. G.S. Cartwright, Deputy Reeve.
Forest Hill North extends from Briar Hill Avenue in the north to Eglinton Avenue West in the south, and from Latimer Avenue in the east to Allen Road and Fairleigh Crescent in the north-west and south-west, respectively. For administrative purposes, Forest Hill North is Toronto neighbourhood #102. Politically, the residents of Forest Hill North are represented either in the Eglinton-Lawrence ward or in the St. Paul's (west) ward.
As the name would imply, Forest Hill South is directly south of Forest Hill North. It extends from Eglinton Ave West in the north to Tichester Road in the south, and from Bathurst Street in the west to Elmsthorpe Road in the northeast and Avenue Road and the Oriole Parkway in the east. There is an additional stretch of Forest Hill South between Bathurst Street and Spadina Road, north of Lonsdale Road. The city of Toronto counts Forest Hill South as neighbourhood #101. The residents of Forest Hill South are represented in either the St. Paul's (west) ward or the St. Paul's (east) ward.
Forest Hill Village is a part of Forest Hill occupying most of the original area of the village. The Village extends roughly from Briar Hill Avenue in the north (the Upper Village, officially part of Forest Hill North) to Heath Street in the south (the Lower Village, officially the major part of Forest Hill South along Spadina Road between Bathurst Street/Cedarvale Ravine (whichever is further east) and Avenue Road. The designations Upper and Lower are based on height of land and not on positions on a map or along a watercourse.
The Lower Village is known for its upscale shopping and dining, although the actual mix of stores includes several modest enterprises. The Lower Village has attracted extensive residential development (especially of apartments), both within the original boundaries of Forest Hill and in adjacent neighbourhoods to which developers have now extended the Village and Forest Hill names.
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S C H O O L S
Forest Hill Jr. & Sr., 78 Dunloe Rd., (416) 393-9335
Alternative Primary Jr., 1100 Spadina Rd., (416) 393-9199
North Preparatory Jr., 1100 Spadina Rd., (416) 393-9230
West Preparatory Jr., 70 Ridge Hill Dr., (416) 393-1633
Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, 730 Eglinton Ave. W., (416) 393-1860
(Public High School)
Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Rd., (416) 483-4325
Upper Canada College, Prep School, 220 Lonsdale Rd., (416) 488-1125
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