Silverthorn is a neighbourhood within a reasonable commuting distance of downtown Toronto and is home to many Canadians from different backgrounds. The area has a an established Italian community and features hilly terrain.
Silverthorn predominantly has one way streets that twist and wind through the community. The rolling hills and different style of roads are a refreshing change from the grid-like pattern that is very common in Toronto.
The approximate boundaries of Silverthorn are the GO transit Barrie line to the East, Black Creek Drive and the CP railway line to the west, and the city of York to the north and south.
Silverthorn was named after Aaron Silverthorn who settled here with his family in 1825. His home was situated high on a hill near the present-day Silverthorn and Eglinton Avenues. Aaron’s son, Francis, eventually converted his father’s property into a successful cattle farm. He also began to pioneer a life in dietetics and healthy living.
Francis made honey and salt-free biscuits and sold these products under the “Silverthorn Honey and Hardtack Company.” After Francis passed away in 1894, the former farm opened up for residential development in 1914. It wasn’t until the late 1920’s that residents in Silverthorn would receive the basic city services such as water and sewer systems.
The majority of homes in this neighbourhood were built between 1914 and 1930. Many of the homes are two -storey detached and semi-detached houses as well as storey-and-a-half and bungalow detached houses. Many of the Silverthorn houses have an old world charm and feature modest brick and frame walls.
Silverthorn has a main shopping area that is located along Eglinton Avenue. In this area you would find local convenience stores mixed in with professional and medical offices. There is the Westside Mall, on Eglinton Avenue at Caledonia Road. It is anchored by national department stores and grocery stores. On Rogers Road, you will find a fairly busy retail strip that includes the Black Creek Super Value Shopping Centre.
Residents can also enjoy a variety of recreational activities in the Black Creek Drive and Eglinton Avenue area. There are four large public parks, an indoor swimming pool and a local historical museum. Some of the parks feature T-Ball and Softball leagues, tennis courts, children’s playgrounds and woodland trails. There are a variety of sports fields, Ice hockey arenas, and a public library.
Residents in Silverthorn are in proximity to the Keele and Ossington stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Eglinton Avenue bus connects to the Eglinton station on the Yonge-University- Spadina subway line. Motorists can reach Toronto’s financial and entertainment district in roughly 20 minutes using Keele Street.
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