BEDFORD PARK (commonly referred to as North Toronto) began as a farming hamlet centred around the crossroads of Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue. It is likely that Bedford Park is named after the Bedford Park Hotel which opened in 1873 at the south west corner of Yonge Street and Fairlawn Avenue.In 1890 Bedford Park amalgamated with the former Town of North Toronto which was then annexed by the city of Toronto in 1912.
The Bedford Park neighbourhood is popular with families with young children. It has an excellent selection of public, private and separate schools, many parkettes and playgrounds, a community centre, a library, and convenient access to Toronto's transit system.
Bedford Park has a good mix of detached and homes and semis. The original housing stock was built between 1890 and mostly closer to 1940. However, many of the bungalows in the neighbourhood have been torn down and replaced with custom designed houses.
Yonge Lawrence Village is a family oriented shopping district with a good cross-section of stores. It also features a good selection of coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants.
The Avenue Road shopping district, north of Lawrence, has a diverse mix of shops and restaurants including national chain stores, home decorating stores, fast food restaurants, gift stores and gourmet food shops.
The Woburn Parkette, west of Yonge street, is a popular destination point for neighbourhood parents with toddlers and preschoolers. It features a tots' playground and a wading pool. A few blocks north of the Woburn Parkette is The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre, which operates out of the Fairlawn Heights United Church and includes seasonal programming for residents of all ages.
The George Locke Public Library at the south-east corner of Yonge and Lawrence, offers year round programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.
The Lawrence subway station at Yonge Street is within reasonable walking distance of all the homes in this neighbourhood. There is also bus service on Yonge Street, as well as limited service on both Avenue Road, and Mount Pleasant Road.
Motorists are twenty minutes from downtown and approximately five minutes from the Yonge Street on-ramp to Highway 401.