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History of Summerhill

The Summerhill neighbourhood is named after 'Summer Hill' house, a magnificent Regency cottage built in 1842, by transportation baron Charles Thompson. Summer Hill stood on the crest of the hill where the houses on Summerhill Gardens are located today.

Thompson's two hundred acre Summer Hill estate stretched from the present day Yonge Street to Mt. Pleasant Road. On this site Thompson established the 'Summer Hill Spring Park and Pleasure Grounds'. This amusement park featured rides, games, swimming and a popular dance pavilion that was located inside the Summer Hill house. Thompson's heirs subdivided Summer Hill in the 1860's.

From the 1880's onward Summerhill's development revolved around the railway. The first residents of this neighbourhood worked at the North Toronto Railway station which was established on Yonge Street near Summerhill in the 1880's. This station - rebuilt in 1916 - is distinguished by its grand clock tower and now serves as the neighbourhood liquor store.

In the 1920's the Canadian Pacific Railway made Summerhill their main Toronto station. When Summerhill station closed this neighbourhood went into a period of decline that lasted until the Summerhill subway station opened in 1965. Summerhill has enjoyed a position of prominence among Toronto neighbourhoods ever since.

Schools in Summerhill

Editor's Note. If you are using the TorontoNeighbourhoods.NET website as a resource to buying or renting a home in the City of Toronto, please note that the schools listed below have very definite enrollment boundaries. Prior to buying or renting , you should phone the school you are interested in enrolling your child, in order to confirm that they will accept children from the address you are considering moving to.


(P) Cottingham Jr., 85 Birch Ave.,
(416) 393-1895

(P) Deer Park Jr. & Sr., 23 Ferndale Ave.,
(416) 393-1550

(PH) North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 70 Roehampton Ave.,
(416) 393-9180

(PH) Jarvis Collegiate Institute, 495 Jarvis St.,
(416) 393-0140

(PR) Branksome Hall, 10 Elm Ave.,
(416) 920-9741

(PR) Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Rd.,
(416) 4834325

(PR) Upper Canada College, 200 Lonsdale Rd.,
(416) 488-1125

(PR) The York School, 1320 Yonge St.,
(416) 926-1325

(P) Public School
(PH) Public High School
(CA) Catholic School
(PR) Private School
(PC) Private Catholic School
(PJ) Private Jewish School
(C) College
(U) University

*Note: all information was taken from

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