Willowdale West is an established community in the city of Toronto, located in the former City of North York. It was originally made up from three postal villages, namely Newtonbrook, Willowdale and Lansing.
The boundaries of the current neighbourhood extend east to Yonge Street, west to Bathurst, south to the 401, and north to Steeles Avenue.
The Willowdale neighbourhood has a variety of housing styles: single-family homes, older style bungalows and new-build larger homes, condominium townhouses and high-rise condominium towers. High density development is restricted along the Yonge Street corridor and offers a variety of condominiums.
Willowdale West hosts a variety of parks and recreational facilities. Edithvale Community Centre was designed with extensive community input and features a double gymnasium, banquet hall, youth lounge, seniors’ lounge, two preschool rooms, a demo/cooking kitchen, three craft rooms, fitness and dance studios, a weight room and an indoor, elevated running/walking track. The Douglass Snow Aquatic Centre boasts a 50 metre pool which offers recreational swim programs for all ages including lap swimming, leisure swim and therapy times in the whirlpool. Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre offers a wide range of instructional programming from guardian (parent and tot) to senior learn to swim programs. It has a great aquafit program which runs 5 days a week. Willowdale Lawn Bowling is home to three greens of eight rinks each (one new artificial green), a clubhouse, a locker room, and storage facilities.
CulturaFestival is an annual event that provides four weeks of diverse and exciting musical, artistic, culinary and cinematic programming for residents to enjoy. Money raised from busker performances and certain vending sales are donated to charities that benefit the Willowdale community.
Willowdale West is served by well-regarded schools, including Cardinal Carter and Earl Haig, which both have specialized arts programs. Restaurants and retail shops are increasingly reflective of the diversity in the area. You will find a mix of Korean, Persian, Chinese, and Canadian cuisine. Shoppers can find pretty much anything they need on Yonge Street from Whole Foods to farmers markets and electronics. The Yonge and Sheppard subway lines offer a convenient alternative to commuting downtown.