South Hill is defined by the Avenue Road hill. This historic land formation used to be the shoreline of the Lake Iroquois, whose waters ran into what we know as Lake Ontario, during the ice age 12,000 years ago. Lake Iroquois left behind an escarpment that was covered by a forest with creeks, ponds and waterfalls until the 1900’s. When people began to settle in the area, South Hill became a popular neighbourhood for the wealthy, as they built large estates with the beautiful nature around them. Examples of these properties are Casa Loma, Spadina House and the Oaklands mansion.
For most shopping needs, residents need to go to the main streets such as St Clair and Avenue. There one can find groceries, household items and some restaurants. If residents would like more variety, they can travel to the upscale shopping districts in Forest Hill Village, Yorkville and even Yonge and St Clair.
Nordheimer ravine is a popular location for walkers, joggers and cyclists. The ravine is located right beside Sir Winston Churchill Park, which has a wading pool, a playground and tennis courts for families and active members of the community. There is also Brown School and Community Centre, which has a gym, a pool and tennis courts.
Residents of South Hill have a number of transportation options. There is the Avenue Road bus, which brings one to the Bloor-Danforth subway at Museum station. There is also the St Clair streetcar, which brings one to the Yonge-University-Spadina line, at St Clair station. For drivers, there is easy access to a number of major roads, such as Avenue Road and Bathurst Street, which quickly bring people in and out of the downtown core.
Brown Junior Public School
Cottingham Junior Public School
The Mabin School
George Brown College Casa Loma Campus
St Clair Avenue to the north
Avenue Road to the east
Davenport Road to the south
Spadina Road to the west
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