Lawrence Park was one of Toronto’s first planned garden suburbs and developed slowly from 1910 through until just after World War 2. One of Toronto’s most affluent neighbourhoods, most homes are extensively renovated and some have been completely rebuilt.
Divided into east and west by Mount Pleasant Road, a direct route to downtown Toronto, the streets are heavily treed and many do not have sidewalks, contributing to a quiet, rural feel.
There’s no better place to explore Toronto’s ravines than the five-kilometre network of parks, which wind through Lawrence Park to the borders of Leaside. The western gateway is the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens on Yonge Street, with its inviting brick pathways and rose gardens. Stone steps lead into the ravine, which is forested with maples, willows, beeches and oaks. The path, great for a run or walking the dog, follows the course of Burke Brook through the Blythwood Ravine, linking with Sherwood Park and Sunnybrook Park beyond Bayview Avenue.
Lawrence Park, at the corner of Yonge & Lawrence has three clay surface tennis courts with lighting for night time play and a lawn bowling club. The George Locke Public Library at the North West corner of Lawrence Park offers a variety of programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.
Lawrence Park is close to 3 of Toronto’s best private schools, Crescent School for boys on Bayview Avenue, Havergal College for girls on Avenue Road and the Toronto French School on Lawrence Avenue East.