History of old Mill

The historic Old Mill neighbourhood located on the banks of the Humber River was a favourite fishing and hunting spot for people of the First Nations Tribes long before the first European pioneers settled here in the 1790’s.
In 1793 the Kings Mill – the forerunner to todays Old Mill – was built in order to process lumber for the first homes in Toronto – which was then known as the Town of York. A series of fires forced the Mill to be re-built three times. Today the skeletal ruins of the last grist mill also destroyed by fire in 1881, provide the backdrop for the Old Mill restaurant.
The Old Mill restaurant and “Tea Garden” was opened in 1914, at the outbreak of World War I. The Old Mill attracted a clientele from all over the city and doubled as a sales office for Home Smith and Company, which developed this neighbourhood in the 1920’s and 30’s.


Lifestyle in old Mill

The Bloor West Village shopping district is a five to ten minute walk from most of the homes in this neighbourhood. This shopping district is known for its European food shops, gift shops and specialty stores. Residents of this neighbourhood are also within close proximity of the Kingsway Village shopping district located just west of the Bloor Street bridge at Royal York and Bloor.


Homes in Old Mill

The houses in this neighbourhood were built between 1920 and 1940. These distinctly Tudor style homes range in size from cosy two bedroom bungalows to four bedroom two-storey houses. All of the houses are detached and contain many decorative features like leaded glass windows, rich wood trim, and hardwood floors. Many of the houses back onto the ravine or overlook the Old Mill and the Humber River.
The most diverse street in this neighbourhood is Old Mill Road. This street contains a mix of houses, a co-op apartment building, a rental apartment building, and a few luxury condominiums. Many of these homes command a spectacular view of the Humber River Valley.




This neighbourhood is well served by public transit. The Old Mill subway station on Riverside Drive at Bloor Street and the Jane subway station at Jane and Bloor Streets both connect passengers to the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
Motorists are twenty minutes away both from downtown Toronto and the Pearson International Airport.

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