Welcome to Forest Hill
A forested neighborhood with sophisticated old-world charm
As one of the most distinguished neighborhoods in Toronto, Forest Hill enjoys a rich history. The impressive estates in the lower Forest Hill area were built in the early 1900’s with an eye toward the future. Planting trees in front of homes was part of the early building code, and those who planted could only dream of the beauty this would eventually bring to the area. Add in a mix of opulent condominiums and a strategic spattering of simpler homes in upper Forest Hill, and you find yourself in a unique and desirable neighborhood.
Forest Hill is graced with historic stone architecture and eye-catching gables. Residents enjoy the world at their fingertips with posh boutiques, elegant shopping centers, and fine dining. The tree-lined streets allow for long, comfortable strolls and enjoyable bike rides in a village-like atmosphere, yet with all the advantages a larger city has to offer.
What to love
- A mix of breathtaking old world and newer architecture
- Tree-lined streets with year-round forested beauty
- Upscale shopping and dining experiences
- Nature walks on the popular Kay Gardner Beltline Trail, which passes right through Forest Hill
- Excellent public transportation to rapidly connect anywhere in Toronto
- Some of the best schools in the country
The Forest Hill locals know a good thing when they have it. The large lot sizes of their homes allow for beauty, nature, and a sense of quiet retreat right in the city. Forest Hill has managed to keep its old-world charm and encourages healthy engagement with nature. A mix of quiet living with bustling shopping and dining areas makes Forest Hill one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Toronto.
Dining, entertainment & shopping
Live it up at the Mashu Mashu Mediterranean Grill, and try one of their lunch plates with a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. When you are craving Japanese cuisine, stop at EDO-ko, where the menu goes “far beyond sushi,” but you will also enjoy their traditional cuisine known as “Washoku.” If you find yourself busy, The Kitchen Table is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight. Grab something from the salad bar, deli department, or bakery, and don’t forget to pick up some fresh flowers on your way out.
One of the gems in Forest Hill is the shopping district at the intersection of Spadina and Lonsdale roads. In addition to high-end restaurants and boutiques, there are many things to do. The Lonsdale Gallery offers contemporary art with continually changing exhibitions. A yoga class might be nice afterward. Alternatively, you could spoil yourself on a day trip to the Forest Hill Spa. All of this works up an appetite, however, and the Sea Witch Fish & Chips (voted best of the city by Toronto Life magazine for their ciabatta sandwich) will help you refuel.
Things to do
Forest Hill residents are engaged in their community. To stay active, the Forest Hill Walk Club meets every Sunday, rain or shine, for health and camaraderie. You can make new friends and get to know the area intimately by walking every week with other club members. Or you can surround yourself with sloping hills and breathtaking countryside views at the Oakdale Golf & Country Club, about a 20-minute drive from Forest Hill. After golf, head to the clubhouse for some relaxation.