YORK MILLS - ST. ANDREW - WINDFIELDS
York Mills is one of Toronto's most affluent neighbourhoods. Its mills are long gone replaced by shining office towers and luxury condominiums. Its main arterial roadways including Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue - which were once impassable by car, now serve as major roadways to and from the city core. Yet, despite all these changes York Mills has managed to maintain a peaceful tranquility and natural beauty that has helped make it one of Toronto's most desirable neighbourhoods.
Part of the area is also known as Hoggs Hollow, named for James Hogg, a Scottish settler who settled in the area in 1824 and operated the mill on Yonge Street at the Don River north of the Town of York (now Toronto), by his sons John and William in 1856. Another portion is named St. Andrew-Windfields. York Mills most famous resident was the popular Canadian Philanthropist E. P. Taylor who left Canada towards the latter years of his life and donated Parkland (now Windfields Park) and his mansion (now the Canadian Film Centre).
York Mills Park provides walking trails along Wilket Creek, a busy hockey arena for winter and a baseball diamond for summer; Tournament Park features tennis courts, and St Andrew’s is full of pretty walks and green spaces. The Don Valley Golf Course is nearby in the 401 and Yonge Street area and Donald Golf Club is just East of Leslie Street South of York Mills Road.
For shoppers, Bayview Village is a smaller, diverse upscale mall; The Shops of Don Mills and Fairview Mall are within minutes of driving. A little farther west is the upscale Yorkdale. York Mills Centre, St Andrew’s Square and York Mills/Bayview Plaza provide many convenient services. Close by is Longos Plaza, located at Leslie Street and York Mills Road, and just East on York Mills Road is Starbucks and numerous fast food chain restaurants. These developments in the past 10 years have enhanced the area greatly.