Alderwood is a well-established family-oriented neighbourhood situated in the south-west part of Toronto. Alderwood has a strong home and school association and a privately-run day care facility called “Alderwood Action Alliance” which operates out of Sir Adam Beck School. This neighbourhood is bordered on the west by the Etobicoke Creek Valley and to the east by light industry which includes corporate giants such as Chrysler Canada Ltd. and Domtar Packaging.
Alderwood residents are proud of the Sir Adam Beck Centre. This multi-use recreational facility built on the former Sir Adam Beck School Grounds at 544 Horner Avenue, features a new primary school which will be combined with a public library, a community room, a day care centre, and a fitness room. These facilities are connected to the newly renovated Alderwood Pool.
Alderwood was originally known as New Toronto Park or New Toronto Heights, or simply as “the place above the tracks”. Alderwood was the home of the six O’Connor sisters who achieved great fame in the 1910’s touring North America’s vaudeville theatres. The O’Connor sisters were often featured on the same bill with stars such as Jimmie Durante, Al Jolson and Sophia Tucker.
Alderwood’s farms began to be subdivided for residential development in the 1920’s however most of this neighbourhood’s development occurred after World War II. Many of the streets in Alderwood are named after the original farmers in this area including Brown, Evans, Lunness and Horner.
The Alderwood name officially came into use in 1933 when the local post office was opened. Robert Johnson a long time Alderwood resident, is credited with originating the name Alderwood. He derived this name from the First Nations word “Etobicoke,” meaning “the place where the alders grow”.
Alderwood Pool located at 520 Horner Avenue offers Aqua Tot, Aqua Quest and Aqua Fit programs as well as Bronze Cross, snorkelling, recreational swims and Junior Lifeguard programs. Across the street the Alderwood Public Library offers children’s and adult programming. The Horner Avenue Senior’s Centre, located at 320 Horner Avenue offers field trips, barbecues, workshops, information centres and special events.
Etobicoke Valley Park located along the north-west border of Alderwood, is the finishing point for the Etobicoke Creek Interpretive Trail, a 2.5-kilometre trail which begins at the Marie Curtis Park on the shore of Lake Ontario. This nature trail was developed by the Alderwood Environmentalists in association with the city. Alderwood Memorial Park, located in the centre of this neighbourhood, is a wide-open greenspace with a children’s playground. Connorvale Park, located off Valermo Drive, has a pretty baseball diamond and a children’s playground.
Bus service on Browns Line and Evans and Horner Avenues connects passengers to the Long Branch Go Transit and TTC station located on Lakeshore Boulevard.
Motorists can reach downtown Toronto in approximately twenty minutes via Lakeshore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway. Commuters heading out of the city have convenient access to the Highway 427 North on-ramps at Browns Line and Evans Avenue and the Queen Elizabeth Way on-ramp off Evans Avenue.
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Sir Adam Beck Junior School (GR. JK-05)
544 Horner Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8W 2C2
Lanor Junior Middle School (GR. JK-08)
450 Lanor Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8W 2S1
Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (GR. 09-12)
350 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8V 3L1
Karin Kain School of Arts (Gr 6 – 8)
60 Berl Ave Etobicoke, ON M8Y 3C7
Etobicoke School of the Arts (Gr 9 – 12)
675 Royal York Rd Toronto, ON M8Y 2T1
20 Coules Court Etobicoke, ON, M8W 2N9
St. Leo (Gr JK – 8) and (Gr JK – 2) – French Immersion
165 Stanley Ave Toronto, ON M8V 1P1
St Josaphat – Eastern Rite (Gr JK – 8)
24 Tenth St Toronto, ON M8V 3G1
Bishop Allen Academy (Gr 9 – 12)
721 Royal York Rd Etobicoke, ON M8Y 2T3
Michael Powers – St Joseph (Gr 9 – 12)
105 Eringate Dr Etobicoke, ON M9C 3Z7
Father John Redmond – Regional Arts Centre (Gr 9 – 12)
28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr Etobicoke, ON M8V 4B7
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