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For shopping needs, there is the York Mills Plaza at Bayview and York Mills. This plaza has a lot of high-end stores such as vintage wine stores, gourmet desserts shops, designer clothing stores, and fancy coffee shops and restaurants. There is also the Bayview Village Shopping Centre, which has many designer stores as well. A little further away is Shops at Don Mills, which is another plaza for the elite shopper.
Residents of the Bridle Path have the beautiful Edwards Gardens to walk through, which also has the Toronto Botanical Garden, which is one of Canada’s finest public gardening centres. Edwards Gardens has ponds, waterfalls, gardens and extensive green spaces to walk or picnic on. There is the nine kilometre paved trail that goes through the Don River Valley and meets the Warden Woods Park in Scarborough. It also passes through Sunnybrook Park, which has facilities for cricket, soccer, rugby, and field hockey.
Alexander Milne settled in the land that we know now as Edwards Gardens in 1827. He operated sawmills in Wilket Creek until 1832. After this, the area became purely farmland until about 1929. In this year, the Bayview Bridge was built over the Don River Valley, so the area had potential for residential growth. In 1929, a man named Hubert Page built the Cape Cod Colonial style house at number 2 The Bridle Path. He had envisioned a neighbourhood exclusively for estate homes, and that is exactly what the area came to be.