About Deer Park
Deer Park is a residential neighborhood that closest to the intersection of Yonge & St. Clair – one of Toronto’s bustling shopping and business districts. It’s a central neighborhood of families, young couples, professionals and seniors who appreciate the scenic surroundings, quiet atmosphere and convenience that Deer Park offers.
This area of the city was originally inhabited by the Heath family. They had purchased 40 acres of land on the northwest corner of Yonge and St.Clair in 1837 and named it Deer Park. In 1846 the land was subdivided and by the1850s Deer Park grew to include a racetrack, a school and a hotel where visitors could feed deer that roamed the Heath property. As with many larger family-owned properties of the times, the Heath Property of Deer Park was eventually entirely sold off by 1874.
Deer Park offers tree-lined residential streets, traditional family homes, a nearby commercial and shopping area (simply known as “Yonge & St. Clair”) and a large handful of schools to choose from for children.
Throughout its history Deer Park saw a number of accredited private schools move from more rural or downtown locations and take up residence in the neighborhood, including Upper Canada College and De la Salle College (Catholic). Today, both schools are still highly regarded and located right where they were so many years ago! Other nearby options include Northern secondary school, St. Michael’s College (further west on St.Clair) or Deer Park Junior & Elementary school. –all within a short walk or quick drive.
Deer Park has both commercial and residential districts, and homes are a blend of larger detached and semi-detached properties as well as condos and apartments. Notable residents who have lived in Deer Park include pianist Glenn Gould, J.E.H MacDonald (Founding member of the Group of Seven painters), Pierre Salinger (Press Secretary to JFK), writer Farley Mowat, and more. Today, the average neighbour in Deer Park is a single-family, young couple, or retiree who is well-educated, well-travelled, and generally a skilled professional. This is a neighbourly area of Toronto where everyone knows your name.
Local Deer Park Hot Spots include: Moksha Yoga uptown, Union Social Eatery, Cava tapas bar, Suki Japanese restaurant, the Bull & Firkin and more.