Welcome to Forest Hill
Beautiful neighbourhood with grand historic mansions
Forest Hill is a beautiful Toronto neighbourhood featuring elegant mansions on peaceful tree-lined streets. Forest Hill was initially incorporated as a village in 1923 and was amalgamated into Toronto in 1967. Bylaws in place since the 1920s require each home to be designed by an architect, resulting in an enchanting mix of architectural styles.
Forest Hill Village is the oldest part of the neighbourhood and its commercial centre. Entirely developed by the 1930s, Forest Hill Village offers a good selection of independent shops and eateries. Upper Forest Hill features an attractive mix of original 1940s and ‘50s homes and contemporary builds in predominantly Georgian, Tudor, and Neoclassical styles. The grandest properties are found in Lower Forest Hill, where large brick and stone mansions sit on streets lined with mature trees. Other housing options include luxury condominium buildings close to Forest Hill Village amenities to the west of Spadina Road.
What to Love
- Elegant mansions on tree-lined streets
- Forest Hill Village shopping and dining
- Unique architectural mix
- Toronto Beltline Trail
People & Lifestyle
Forest Hill is an affluent and highly-desirable neighbourhood where each property is a unique work of art. The neighbourhood is located in a quiet area of Midtown Toronto. Several bus routes connect the neighbourhood with Toronto’s subway network, while the adjacent Allen Expressway provides transportation links into and out of Toronto. Forest Hill is home to two of Toronto’s most prestigious private schools: Upper Canada College and Bishop Strachan.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Centred on Spadina Road and Lonsdale Road’s intersection, Forest Hill Village offers a village-like mix of local businesses with an upscale vibe. Relaxed Italian restaurant Pizza Banfi
has been a beloved Forest Hill favourite since 1988. Diners at Pizza Banfi enjoy thin-crust pizzas and an extensive selection of well-executed pasta dishes in an elegantly designed space decorated with classic paintings. Mashu Mashu Mediterranean Grill
serves traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, including kabobs, chicken schnitzel and shawarma, lamb racks and burgers, and grilled or oven-baked fish. For a quick bite, What a Bagel
sells delicious and fresh specialty bagels alongside baked goods, pastries, challah, and sweets. Aroma Espresso
also offers tasty breads and pastries baked in-store plus made-to-order sandwiches and salads. These light bites are paired with sublime espresso blends made with arabica beans imported from small farms across the globe. You can also grab nutritious organic cold drinks from Forest Hill Village’s Greenhouse Juice Co
. and Village Juicery
. The Kitchen Table
is a delightful full-service market stocked with fresh produce, meat and cheese counters, and a deli. Other Forest Hill Village businesses include convenience store Village Market Variety
and off-license LCBO
Things to Do
Toronto Beltline Trail
runs through Forest Hill on its nine-kilometre route from Caledonia to Bayview and Bloor. This scenic fitness and nature trail follows the path of the old Beltline railway, taking in scenic bridges, parks, woods, and ravines. The lush green spaces of Larratt Parkette and Forest Hill Road Park are located along the Beltline within Forest Hill. Oriole Park and Neshama Playground sit on the Beltline just beyond the neighbourhood’s eastern boundary. Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena
in Upper Forest Hill has an ice skating rink used for public skating sessions, pick-up hockey games, and local hockey team practices. In Lower Forest Hill, William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports Complex
features both NHL and Olympic-sized rinks for students at Upper Canada College.
The Toronto District School Board serves forest Hill. A few of the most notable academic institutions include:
- The Bishop Strachan School, PK-12, Private, Girls
- Upper Canada College, K-12, Private, Boys