This area is named after the Rathnelly house Senator William McMaster built in 1830, which got it’s name after the town in which he was born, Rathnelly, Ireland. This estate remained there until the 1880’s when it was sold to developers.
In 1967, on Canada’s 100th birthday, the residents of this neighbourhood playfully named themselves as in independent republic of Canada. They elected a queen, had a parade, released balloons and even issued Rathnelly passports to everyone in the neighbourhood. To this day, there is a large street party to celebrate the neighbourhood.
Rathnelly is small neighbourhood in midtown Toronto. Residents are close to a small area located at Davenport and Avenue, which is full of exclusive shops and restaurants. Yorkville shopping area is close to this neighbourhood as well, which is full of high-end restaurants, cafes, art galleries and clothing shops.
South of St Clair on Avenue there is the Brown Community Centre, which has a baseball diamond, tennis courts, a pool and a gym. There is also easy access to the Nordheimer Ravine and Nature Trail off Boulton Drive. The ravine goes through a beautiful park- Sir Winston Churchill Park, which also has a pool, tennis courts and a playground.
There is easy access to downtown and to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line with the Avenue Road bus. The Davenport bus provides access to the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Along St Clair, there is a streetcar which provides quick and easy access to St Clair subway station.
Cottingham Junior Public School
The Mabin School
Brown Junior Public School
Poplar Plains Crescent to the north
Avenue Road to the east
CNR to the south
Poplar Plain Road to the west
Photos from Republic of Rathnelly: