About the Neighbourhood
Welcome to Willowdale, an affluent community centred around Yonge St. from Steeles Ave. down to the 401, and from Bayview to Senlac Rd. Massively popular for its conveniences, accessibility and continuously changing landscape. It’s prized for being located on the subway lines, and offers easy access to all parts of the city. Willowdale hosts great events throughout the year: Fall Fair, Earth Day and Trail of Lights, with parks and walkways dedicated to the arts, incorporating art installations and performance spaces. A perfect blend of suburban and urban, Willowdale offers the best of both worlds. Willowdale is sometimes distinguished between its eastern and western parts and the vibe varies depending on where exactly you are in the neighbourhood. Willowdale East is more city-like and has an abundance of restaurants, pubs and cafes in the area. It’s also much more populated than its western counterpart. Currently home to more than 79,000 people, the majority of residents fall within the 25 to 54 age bracket with a skew toward 44 to 54, and this growth continues to climb as younger families are drawn in by the phenomenal lifestyle offered. As for schools, this neighbourhood boasts some of the best in the GTA and families flock in to register their kids at schools such as Cardinal Carter and Earl Haig. The diversity of the neighbourhood is another key draw and reflected in the large amount of ethno-cultural restaurants, particularly along Yonge Street. Empress Walk is a mixed-use building and a staple in North York. The first three floors of retail space contain Loblaws, Staples and a Cineplex theatre. North York Civic Centre features Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre, North York Central Library and Mel Lastman Square. Then there’s the Bayview Village Shopping Centre, located at the north-east corner of Bayview and Sheppard Avenues, known for its excellent selection of clothing stores and restaurants. Willowdale Avenue provides residents in the east part of this neighbourhood with additional convenience-type shopping and also contains a number of specialty service stores and professional offices. Willowdale gets a huge nod for accessibility as buses run frequently and connect you to all subway lines, with both the Yonge and the Sheppard lines at the heart of the community. In addition, both Viva and York Region Transit serve Willowdale. The subway station and GO transit bus terminal are located on Yonge Street and Finch Avenue.