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TORONTO NEIGHBOURHOODS - ARMOUR HEIGHTS

June 8, 2015 - Updated: June 8, 2015

 

Armour Heights was originally settled in the 1830's by John Armour after whom this neighbourhood is named. The Armour homestead was situated where Armour Heights Community Centre is located today.

 

The Armour family sold their farm in 1911 to Colonel F.B. Robins, who planned the Armour Heights neighbourhood. Robins envisioned Armour Heights as a high-class address with its own polo field and bridle path. The polo field was never built however the bridle path has become today's Yonge Boulevard.

 

 

 

 

When the first World War broke out Colonel Robins put his subdivision on hold and instead donated land in Armour Heights to the air force as a training school for American and Canadian pilots. American Aviatrix hero Amelia Earhart was a regular visitor to the airfield during the latter part of the war when she was stationed in Toronto as a nurses aid with the Canadian Red Cross.

 

The Armour Heights subdivision was beginning to gather steam when in 1929 Robins and fellow developer W.P. Mulock sold all their interest in Armour Heights to R. J. Lillico & Associates. This sale was described in local papers at the time as one of the largest real estate transactions ever in Toronto.

 

The new owners attempted to change the name of this subdivision to Beverley Hills but it is the original Armour Heights name that has stood the test of time.

 

 

 

 

Armour Heights is an established Toronto neighbourhood with a rich history. The Don River Valley, Earl Bales Park and the Don Valley Golf Course form a natural boundary along the north and east end of this neighbourhood. Highway 401, one of Toronto's main commuter highways winds its way discreetly through the centre of this neighbourhood.

 

The Armour Heights Community Centre is well known for its excellent selection of children's programs while Armour Heights School is highly regarded as one of the top public schools in Toronto.

 


Tagged with: toronto neighbourhoods armour heights john armour colonel f.b. robins yonge boulevard amelia earhart don river valley earl bales park don valley golf course
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