This former village was amalgamated into Toronto in 1967, and has become one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the city. Populated by successful business owners, doctors and lawyers, the prestige of the neighbourhood continues to grow steadily. Forest Hill is centred on the intersection of Spadina Road and Lonsdale Road. In addition to the grand homes of the area, the Forest Hill Village on Spadina Road offers boutiques, shops and fine restaurants.
In the early 1900s, homeowners in the area were required to hire architects to build their homes and plant at least one tree in the front yard. The results were brick, neo-traditional mansions and majestic trees that filled the winding roads and sloping hills of Forest Hill. Homes here are mostly detached and boast large lots. There are some semi-detached houses and town homes. A variety of architectural styles, including Tudor and Georgian, and generously proportioned, immaculate lawns and gardens add to the desirability of this neighbourhood.
The Beltline Trail, a 9-kilometre path, passes through Forest Hill to Rosedale, making a great place for a hike or leisurely stroll, away from the city scene. Forest Hill contains a few main roads including Spadina and St. Clair, where residents choose from a wide selection of places to shop and dine. Forest Hill also has some of Canada’s most prestigious schools including Upper Canada College, Bishop Strachan, and Forest Hill Collegiate Institute.