A Brief Look Back in Time
Prior to the European settlement of this area, there was an extensive Iroquois-Huron settlement in midtown Toronto. This settlement was located where present-day Allenby Public School is located and likely was established due to the proximity of an artesian spring close by.
In the 1700s, European settlement began in earnest, and the area of Yonge and Eglinton grew to be known as the Village of Eglinton, and surrounded by pasture. The local Cowbell Lane is a tribute to the many bovine residents of these days gone by.
Later, this little village grew into the town of North Toronto, which was eventually connected by horse-drawn streetcar to the young, but growing city to the south.
As the major landowners in the area sold off their extensive estates, the areas of Chaplin Estates, Davisville, North Toronto, Lytton Park and Allenby began to develop as popular commuter suburbs.
This area boasts a National Historic Site at the location of the new development, The Montgomery. This was the site of the famous Battle of Montgomery's Tavern, a pivotal skirmish in Canada's youth.
So too have many notable Canadians made Midtown home, among them, Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven, who lived on Oriole Parkway. William Lyon Mackenzie King, the Prime Minister of Canada during the first half of the 20th century, is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetary. This cemetary also has the Pioneers plot that is the resting place of some of Toronto's earliest citizens, originally buried in Yorkville and relocated in the mid-1800s.