A brand new subdivision is transforming this quiet family-centric neighbourhood and factory hub in North Toronto. Construction continues, meaning this area will continue to evolve. Humberlea lies south of Sheppard, west of Hwy. 400, north of the 401 and east of the Humber Valley. The area east of the train tracks is a manufacturing district.
Humberlea’s residential zones comprise two distinct areas – a long-established, Italian-based neighbourhood of detached homes in the southwest end and a brand-new subdivision of townhomes, semis and detached properties at the northwest corner of Humberlea. There are also a small group of older highrises at Sheppard and Weston. All of these neighbourhoods consist mainly of working families.
The streets of Humberlea are relatively quiet during the day and come alive when kids and parents are off from work and school. The newer subdivision is still finding its footing, but the community is motivated, hosting outdoor movie nights and get-togethers in Joseph Bannon Park. The older southwest area is rooted with long-term residents and a larger senior population.
Families are at the heart of Humberlea. Large homes with small children, working parents and seniors living under one roof are common. The ethnic makeup of Humberlea is extremely multicultural, with nearly all of Toronto’s minorities represented here. The southwest area was traditionally a Portuguese and Italian neighbourhood and many residents still represent these cultures here.
Joseph Bannon Park is at the centre of the new subdivision, featuring a skating rink in the winter and splash pad in the summer, along with a large playground and greenspace. Strathburn Park services the older community with a ball hockey pad, baseball diamond, tennis court and playground. Humberlea is just steps from the Humber River greenspace with great parks and paths. Retail and entertainment options in Humberlea are limited.
Humberlea is accessible via TTC bus service along Weston, Wilson and Sheppard. However, residents say the area is car-dependent in order to access amenities such as larger grocery stores and fine dining restaurants to the north and south. As this community lies just northwest of where Hwys. 400 and 401 meet, Humberlea drivers enjoy convenient highway access out of the city. ?
As construction continues in the new subdivision, residents closer to the new build may be inconvenienced by trucks and loud noise as the neighbourhood is completed, although this is only temporary. Humberlea families appreciate the peaceful and quiet community, although those looking for the downtown hustle and bustle won’t find it here. Otherwise, residents enjoy the great community lifestyle this neighbourhood offers.
Humberlea offers a wide range of housing to suit a variety of budgets and needs, from condo townhomes to large detached properties. A small strip of cheap and cheerful commercial properties on Weston Road close to the 401 boasts eateries, a nail salon and bar. Humberlea can be an affordable neighbourhood to live in, although retail options are limited, though a new complex is underway on Sheppard. ?
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Named after local war hero Joseph Bannon, this new park boasts playgrounds for tots and older kids, a soccer field and a splash pad that converts to an outdoor rink in the winter.more info
Originally founded in 1962 as a private boys’ boarding school, the facilities have since become a co-educational day school and a new building was constructed and opened in 1999. St Basil is Humberlea’s largest school.more info
African-style barbecue chicken is braised on wood charcoal at this Humberlea restaurant. Order for take-out or dine in and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and African music in the background.more info
Reverend Sheila Campbell delivers services here every Sunday at 11am. The space is also available for weddings, receptions and parties.more info
The idyllic Humber River offers a peaceful escape from the busy city. This recreational trail is well-maintained and is a great place for runners, cyclists and families to enjoy nature.
Community youths often gather here after school for a game of pick-up ball hockey. Strathburn Park also hosts community gatherings like barbecues and charity hockey games.more info