This large Toronto neighbourhood, stretches from Steeles in the north to Sheppard in the south. The western boundary is Allen Road and Dufferin, and the eastern boundary zigs and zags, roughly following the course of the Don River through G. Ross Lord Park, the West Don Parkland, the Carscadden Greenbelt, and the Hinder Property.
Bathurst Manor is largely residential, with the area’s shopping clustering mainly along Sheppard, especially in Sheppard Plaza. There are lots of parks and schools in the neighbourhood to serve the large number of families that live here, and the area is serviced by multiple transit routes that make it easy to get around. The area is filled with activity during the day, but is quiet during the evenings.
Bathurst Manor is a quiet neighbourhood filled with families and a strong sense of community. Parks, playgrounds, and community centres all see good use, and there are lots of schools in the area. Sheppard Plaza and other shopping areas are busy in the daytime, but the neighbourhood is fairly quiet at night.
Bathurst Manor is a young and family-oriented neighbourhood, with 45% of households being made up of couples with children at home1. It is also a culturally diverse area, with 33% of residents speaking a home language that is neither English nor French2 and a large Jewish population2. The residents of Bathurst Manor tend to be well-educated, with 73% having a postsecondary education2.
Bathurst Manor has plenty of green space, with G. Ross Lord Park, the West Don Parkland, the Carscadden Greenbelt, and lots of smaller parks. The Forest Valley Outdoor Education Centre is a great place for people of all ages to experience the outdoors. The area has public and private schools, a community centre and skating rink, and synagogues. The main shopping strip is along Sheppard, especially at Sheppard Plaza.
It’s easy to get around Bathurst Manor by transit and by car. Downsview subway station sits at the southwest corner of the neighbourhood, and there are multiple bus routes running through the neighbourhood as well as along its borders. The Allen Expressway provides a great route for drivers to get to other parts of the city.
The parks and green space make Bathurst Manor attractive, as does the easy access to TTC. However, shopping tends to cluster along Sheppard, which can make things awkward for residents who live farther north and don’t have cars. The area is also a quiet one, so people looking for a lively nightlife need to travel to other areas of the city to find it.
Bathurst Manor is a moderately priced neighbourhood – it is not too expensive, but it is not especially cheap either. There are some kosher restaurants and shops in the area, and prices there tend to be a bit on the higher side, but no more so than kosher food in general.
With plenty of trails, picnic areas, sports fields, and a riding stable that hosts the Community Association of Riding for the Disabled, G. Ross Lord Park is a favourite among area residents.more info
Although relatively new to the area, opening in fall 2014, Guacamole Mexican Grill has gained a reputation for fresh, authentic food and good prices. The menu is also vegetarian-friendly, which is always a plus.more info
Offering kosher pizza, falafels, sandwichees, and side dishes, King David is a favourite with the local Jewish community. The falafels are filled to bursting and very tasty, but they can be messy as well.more info
The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a Jewish cultural organization that promotes inter-cultural dialogue through art. They run programs for adults and children, and show exhibitions by contemporary Canadian and international artists.more info
Nanalyn Jerk serves up excellent Caribbean cuisin, including curried goat, oxtail, fish, rotis, and of course, jerk chicken and pork. The food is great and staff are welcoming and friendly.more info