Clairlea is a quiet, middle-income Toronto neighbourhood that is filled with well treed streets and affordable homes. There are tons of opportunity for shopping on Warden, Victoria Park and Eglinton Avenues. The area is ideal for commuters as there is plenty of access to public transit. This neighbourhoods major landmark is Warden Woods and the Taylor-Massey Creek. It is a deep ravine valley that spans the south-east perimeter of this neighbourhood. Residents have access to nature as the Warden Woods Ravine parkland has scenic paved trails.
The Clairlea neighbourhood was formerly part of a pioneer crossroads village called Moffat’s Corner. The corner is best remembered for the Strangford Post Office which opened in 1863. This post office was located at the present day intersection of St. Clair and Victoria Park Avenues. The name Strangford was given to the post office because its first settlers were of Irish descent and that is the name of a small town in Northern Ireland.
The post office closed in 1873 and then Moffat’s Corners became part of the greater Scarborough Junction community. During the early 1900’s, the children in this area attended the Scarborough Junction school which was located at Kennedy and Danforth Roads. In the 1950’s furrowed farm fields were replaced by rows of houses. The neighbourhood received its name from the Clairlea Public School which opened in 1951.
The original homes in Clairlea date back from the 1940’s and 50’s. The style of the homes found here feature small bungalows, modest storey-and-a-half houses, and two-storey, detached houses. North of St. Clair the streets have a curvilinear street pattern and the houses are fairly uniform in style. Residential areas south of St. Clair features a steep hill topography and smaller , older homes. The newer Warden Woods Ravine subdivision offers a collection of townhouses, semi-detached and detached family-style houses.
Those looking for shopping opportunities can go to the Warden Power Centre located at the north-east corner of St. Clair and Warden Avenues. The location features a modern day shopping centre that has “Big Box” retail chain stores including Winners, Future Shop, and Hy & Zels. Victoria Park contains shops, and a good variety of restaurants including Chinese, Caribbean, Mediterranean and East and West Indian foods.
Those looking to get active have many options when living in Clairlea. Warden Woods Park is a heavily wooded ravine valley with a paved trail frequently visited by nature enthusiast, joggers, and cyclists. If you are looking to access this park, you need to go to St. Clair and Pharmacy Avenues. There is also the Byng Park which features a bocce club and horseshoe pits.
The Detonia Park Golf Course is located on the east side of Victoria Park Avenue just north of Danforth Avenue. It is considered a challenging scenic course that is ideal for beginners and advanced players looking to work on their short game.
This Toronto neighbourhood has bus service along Warden, Pharmacy, Victoria Park and St. Clair Avenues. It connects passengers to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Motorists in Clairlea are just a few minutes from the Don Valley Parkway on-ramp located off Eglinton Avenue, west of Victoria Park.
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