As one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Toronto…
Bloor West Village has a great selection of home styles dominated by the Edwardian architectural influence sprinkled with the occasional art and crafts or Victorian inspired house. Homes in a modern style (like those seen Dwell magazine) are popping up on various sites and homeowners are renovating to bring their Bloor West Village Homes into the 21st century. Some of these houses look traditional from the streetscape but have huge modern additions on the back of the house. Families want to be in Bloor West Village.
The Bloor West shopping district on Bloor Street between Glendonwynne and Jane provides the anchor for the neighbourhood since many families are seeking useful amenities within a short distance. Here you have restaurants, bookstores, churches, parks, movie theatres and a wider variety of straightforward shops. Bloor West Village is also quite close to the highway and subway to take you into town or out. Families with school age children love the schools in this pocket which is a major determining factor when families seek out real estate in such neighbourhoods.
Schools in Runnymede Bloor West Village:
Runnymede Collegiate Institute – Is part of the Toronto District School Board. It is located on the fringe of the Bloor West Village. It has been certified as a bronze eco-school for its environmental endeavours. The offers a specialized Masters of Math, Science, and Technology program designed for students who excel in math, science, and computer sciences. It also has one of the largest extra-curricular clubs of Robotics in Toronto. Its course runs from grade 9 to grade 12.
Western Technical Commercial School – Is a technical/commercial school located in the Bloor West Village. Its courses run from grade 9 to grade 12. They offer Applied, Gifted/Enriched and Academic levels. They also offer a post graduate year of education. It is also designated as a CyberArts School and High Skills Major (SHSM) school in Manufacturing Technology/Robotics.
Ursula Franklin Academy – Is part of the Toronto District School Board and is located in the Bloor West Village. It shares the building with Western Technical Commercial School. It offers courses from grade 9 to grade 12.
The Student School – Is an alternative high school part of the Toronto District School Board. It offers grade 11 and grade 12. It is located in the same building as Western Technical Commercial School. The students and teachers vote on general policies of the school. Students are encouraged to take an active role in the community and global politics.
Humberside Collegiate Institute – Is an Academic school part of the Toronto District School Board. Its courses are offered from grade 9 to grade 12. It offers extended French and French Immersion Program as well has a strong music program.
Runnymede Public School – Is a Public Elementary School part of the Toronto District School Board in the Bloor West Village. Its courses are offered from JK to Grade 8.
James Culnan Catholic School – Is a Catholic Elementary School part of the Toronto Catholic District School Board in the Bloor West Village. Its courses are offered from JK to Grade 8.
St. Pius X Catholic School – Is a Catholic Elementary School part of the Toronto Catholic District School Board in the Bloor West Village. Its courses are offered from JK to Grade 8.
The neighbourhood has two Toronto Public Library locations, Runnymede and Annette, and there two other nearby locations in Swansea and Jane and Dundas.
The BIA hosts:
- Annual Ukrainian Festival in September (music, foods and crafts).
- July Festival, which is a local fair of amusements and entertainment.
- Halloween Festival on Armadale Avenue, Beresford Avenue and Glendonwynne Road (family-friendly activities).
- Participates in the Toronto city-wide “Cavalcade of Lights” (December)