Riverdale. Bendale. Willowdale. Rexdale. Summerhill. Eatonville. Rouge Hill. Downsview.
And many more examples to be had. These are neighbourhoods you know and love. You probably have a general idea of where they are too. But where does one neighbourhood end and another begin? And what do you call some of the other ‘hoods you frequent less?
Well, those are loaded questions. Everyone will have their own answer, and it will likely conflict with the next person. And if you ask the city? Eh…they just…they will tell you there are 140 of them, but that’s mashing a bunch of them into one.
That said, I have tried to make the best map I could of 216 neighbourhoods and districts in Toronto. This is a work in progress, and it is not a definitive guide; I’d like to consider it more of a conversation starter.
So if you disagree with something, or you have some suggestions, please feel free to contact me.
Toronto’s 216 neighbourhoods vary wildly in size. The smallest: Moss Park and the Distillery District, are 13 and 8 hectares, respectively, closely followed by Wychwood Park, Bathurst Quay, Queen West and Treffan Court, all at 17 hectares. The largest are Woburn, Rexdale, Agincourt and Downsview, comglomerations over 1000 hectares. The smaller neighbourhoods are generally found within the old City of Toronto (downtown).
The size and mapping of Toronto’s neighbourhoods does not include railways and freeways, which are mapped separately. Out of Toronto’s 635 km² area, they take up only 3.66% of the area. Despite this, they can be a major barrier between neighbourhoods, reducing their walkability and geographically isolating their residents. So I believe this is important in the context of a walkable Toronto.