Bedford Park began as a farming hamlet centred around the crossroads of Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue. This village was a popular stopover for farmers travelling to and from the markets in Toronto. It is likely that Bedford Park is named after the Bedford Park Hotel which opened in 1873 at the south west corner of Yonge Street and Fairlawn Avenue.
The residential development of Bedford Park was linked to the Metropolitan Street Railway which began service to this area in 1890. That same year Bedford Park amalgamated with the former Town of North Toronto which was then annexed by the city of Toronto in 1912. To this day Bedford Park is commonly referred to as North Toronto.
The Bedford Park neighbourhood is geared toward families with young children. It has an excellent selection of public, private and separate schools, many parkettes and playgrounds, a community centre, a library, and convenient access to Toronto's transit system.
Bedford Park has a good mix of detached and semi-detached homes. The original housing stock was built between 1890 and 1940. However, many of the bungalows in the neighbourhood have recently been torn down and replaced with custom designed houses. The award winning Bedford Glen development on Sylvan Valley Way, is a pretty collection of low-rise terraced condominium apartments and townhouses in a private ravine setting.
(P) Bedford Park Jr., 81 Ranleigh Avenue, (416) 393-9424
(P) John Wanless Jr., 250 Brookdale Avenue, (416) 393-9350
(P) Glenview Sr., 401 Rosewell Avenue, (416) 393-9390
(PH) Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, 125 Chatsworth Drive, (416) 393-9500
(CA) Blessed Sacrament, 24 Bedford Park Avenue, (416) 393-5226
(PR) Havergal College, 1451 Avenue Road, (416) 483-3519
(PR) Toronto French School, 296 Lawrence Avenue East, (416) 484-6533