Things to do in Willowdale

If being in nature is your thing, you’ll enjoy living close to G. Ross Lord Park (complete with biking and walking paths, fishing ponds, and sports fields), Westminster Memorial Gardens, Westminster Creek, Dufferin Creek, West Don Parkland (a riverside park with plenty of hiking and cycling trails), Willowdale Park, the Finch Hydro Corridor (a long trail along Willowdale’s northern border), and more.

There are plenty of recreation centres, community centres, arenas, and multipurpose facilities in Willowdale to support an active lifestyle while living in the middle of the city. Residents can access places like Edithvale Community Centre and Mitchell Field Community Centre to skate, swim, partake in art programs, camp, and more, all within minutes of your Willowdale home.

Mel Lastman Square, located in the middle of the neighbourhood, serves as a cultural hub where many events are held and residents gather to celebrate throughout the year. It’s also home to a large outdoor skating rink where locals are often found during the winter months.

Amenities in Willowdale

There are dozens of top elementary and secondary schools in the neighbourhood (like Earl Haig Secondary School), providing parents with an excellent variety of education options and making Willowdale a favourite place to raise kids. Families here will also appreciate the peace of mind that comes with knowing the North York General Hospital Finch Site is just outside their doorstep.

Pharmacies, doctors’ offices, grocers, florists, and more are peppered along the Yonge Street shopping corridor. It’s here that you’ll also find numerous local and international restaurants, including Korean, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine, as well as deli fare, Middle Eastern dishes, Mexican cuisine, and many more options.

The Finch TTC Subway Station is located at the corner of Finch Avenue East and Yonge Street, and Highway 401 conveniently makes Willowdale’s southern border, so you’ll never have an issue commuting across Toronto, or out of the city.

Real estate in Willowdale

Willowdale is home to picturesque, tree-lined streets and expansive lots that attract buyers to the area. There’s a mix of real estate in the neighbourhood, including older properties, newer homes, and luxury condominiums. The original builds in Willowdale were constructed between the 1940s and ‘50s and feature detached bungalows and two-storey brick homes. Because of the lot sizes available in Willowdale, some buyers are tearing down old homes and building new infill houses. A number of condo townhomes and apartments have been built in recent years, offering entry-level real estate opportunities into the coveted Willowdale community.

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