Riverside is a great example of a neighbourhood that has drawn on its history as the impetus for a new era of prosperity and growth. This everything old is new again approach has been spearheaded by the Riverside Business Improvement Area. A renewed pride of ownership in the community is evident in the area’s award-winning beautification and revitalization projects that include new pedestrian lighting and façade restorations.

Riverside has undergone a gentrification of sorts but it has still been able to maintain a gritty urban charm. Riverside includes some of Toronto’s more remarkable century old buildings that have provided the perfect backdrop for the plethora of shops and restaurants that have recently sprung up in the area. Some would describe the area as Bohemian due to the eclectic and artsy businesses along Queen Street and mingling of people from all walks of life.

When you are in Riverside it is hard to imagine you are just 2.5 kilometers from downtown Toronto. The railway corridor and the Don Valley that border this neighbourhood have resulted in a tightly knit community within a well defined area. Some notable neighbourhood landmarks include: the New Broadview House Hotel, Ralph Thornton Community Centre, The Opera House, Jimmy Simpson Park and Recreation Centre, Toronto’s east chinatown located at Broadview and Gerrard, and last but not least DeGrassi Street. This street was made famous by the popular CBC Degrassi series of television shows for youth. While largely filmed elsewhere the vibe of the show originated with this area and many exterior shots were filmed in this neighbourhood.


The public transit system can be an easy, cost-effective and efficient way of getting around the city, accessible from your neighbourhood. See the closest Public Transit stops near you below:

The nearest street-level transit stop is Queen St East At Boulton Ave – about a 4 minute walk – 0.29 KM away

The nearest rail transit stop is Chester Station – about a 25 minute walk – 1.85 KM away

Your neighbourhood is part of a community of Public Schools offering Elementary, Middle, and High School programming. See the closest Public Schools near you below:

Dundas Junior Public School – about a 2 minute walk – 0.16 KM away
935 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1R4, Canada

Dundas Public School is a downtown school located in the South Riverdale area. The original building was built in 1917, with a large addition constructed in 1961. The school serves almost 280 students of multicultural background. Approximately one half of the children’s first language is Cantonese or Mandarin. We share our building with First Nations School of Toronto. The school site is a multi-use site shared with Dundas Kindergarten Enrichment Program, Head Start Program, Queen Alexandra Middle School and S.E.E.D., an alternative high school.

Queen Alexandra Middle School – about a 4 minute walk – 0.31 KM away
181 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2G3, Canada

Queen Alexandra Middle School is a diverse community of learners who will be prepared to meet the academic challenges of the 21st century. All members will be empowered to be global citizens by thinking critically and acting collaboratively. The school serves approximately 250 students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 with more than half of the population of east Asian backgrounds. Queen Alexandra staff is committed to building a strong partnership between students, staff and parents in order to provide our adolescents with a productive, relevant learning environment as well as a rich, extensive co-curricular program to engage our largely inner-city population.

Riverdale Collegiate Institute – about a 18 minute walk – 1.37 KM away

1094 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 2A1, Canada

Since 1907, Riverdale Collegiate has established a reputation for academic excellence and strong community involvement. Riverdale is home to a modern library learning commons and students regularly use technology to enhance their learning. The academic program is complemented by a wide variety of clubs and sports such as: the Riverdale Environmental Action Committee, SASSD, yearbook, athletics, music and theatre. Our school prides itself on a strong spirit of community.

Rosedale Heights School of the Arts – about a 27 minute walk – 2.01 KM away

711 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 1J4, Canada

We provide students with a unique educational opportunity by preparing them for university and college through challenging academic programs with an emphasis on the performing and visual arts. Our facilities include: computer and science labs, technology and video communications equipment, dance studios, drama studios, music studios, a dark room, visual arts studios, a fitness centre and a swimming pool. Rosedale offers a wide selection of courses in academic and artistic areas of study complemented by numerous opportunities for extra-curricular involvement in student clubs and sports.

Your neighbourhood is part of a community of Catholic Schools offering Elementary, Middle, and High School programming. See the closest Catholic Schools near you below:

St. Joseph Catholic School – about a 17 minute walk – 1.28 KM away
Elementary and Middle

176 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M4M 3C7, Canada

St. Joseph School houses approximately 180 students. This school is a community based school that works closely with the Church and Parent Community. Our students come from all walks of life. Because St. Joseph offers programs in Learning Disabilities, Multiple Exceptionalities and Language Instruction, many of the students in these programs are bused to the school from surrounding communities. St. Joseph School also has 8 regular classes including two all day kindergarten classes. In addition, we have 1 Special Education class to service students with special needs. Vocal music is offered to students from J.K. to grade 5 and instrumental music is offered to students in grades 6-8.

St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School – about a 32 minute walk – 2.38 KM away

49 Felstead Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1G3, Canada

Founded in 1986, St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School is a semestered, co-educational institution guided by Catholic beliefs, values and traditions. Our mission as a Catholic school is the development of the whole student both academically and spiritually presented in a safe, academically challenging and creative environment. As predicated by our motto: “Impelled by the love of Christ,” we strive to help students discover their skills and passions and to nurture these abilities to their full potential always in the spirit of Christ. We provide a full range of comprehensive programming which prepares students for a variety of post-secondary destinations.

See a list of the closest private schools near you:

Montcrest School – about a 20 minute walk – 1.47 KM away

TAIE International Institute – about a 21 minute walk – 1.55 KM away

Whether you want to sit at a park bench with a good book or use one of the special facilities offered, you’ll be happy to know that your neighbourhood is close to many wonderful recreational opportunities. See the closest Parks and Recreation facilities near you below:

De Grassi St Parkette – about a 1 minute walk – 0.08 KM away

125 DeGrassi Street
1 Playground

Bruce Mackey Park – about a 1 minute walk – 0.09 KM away

55 Wardell St
1 Trails

Dundas Parkette – about a 2 minute walk – 0.14 KM away

155 Boulton Ave

Jimmie Simpson Park – about a 2 minute walk – 0.15 KM away

870 Queen St E

This 2.6 hectare park just east of Broadview Avenue on Queen Street East features a ball diamond, multipurpose sports field, lit hockey rink, two lit tennis courts, basketball courts, a wading pool and a children’s playground. Adjacent to the park is this Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre.

1 Ball Diamond, 2 Basketball Courts, 2 Tennis Courts, 1 Sports Field, 1 Wading Pool, 1 Playground, 1 Picnic Facilities, 1 Outdoor Dry Pad, and 1 Outdoor Rink

Thorogood Gardens – about a 3 minute walk – 0.23 KM away

53 Allen Ave