North York Home Neighborhoods: Weston Neighbourhood
Weston was built around the Humber River and grew with the Railway, and still has a small town feel. In the 1790s, early mills were built here using water power to process the area's timber. In 1828 millers and merchants, the Wadsworth brothers, named the community Weston after their hometown in Somerset, England. In 1856, the Grand Trunk Railway began servicing the community, followed in 1869 by the Toronto Grey and Bruce Railway (1869) brining prosperity. Weston was home to Canada Cycle and Motor Company ("CCM") which was once one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world. Weston was a separately incorporated community until it was amalgamated into the Borough of York in 1967, and became part of the City of Toronto in 1998. The community has Humber Memorial Hospital to the north, and West Park Healthcare Center to the south.
Motorists have fast access to Highways 400 and 401 (via Weston Road and Jane Street) and also connect to major arteries into downtown Toronto. TTC bus routes along Weston Road and Jane Street connect to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line, and Lawrence Avenue buses connect to the Lawrence station (Yonge-University-Spadina subway). Weston's GO Train station zips commuters into Union Station.
The community is served by 4 public elementary schools, an catholic elementary, a public high school, and a public library. York University is a few miles to the North via Jane & Steeles, and Humber College's North Campus is accessible view Weston & Finch. University of Toronto is accessible via either subway route.
The community's shopping lies along the length of Weston Road, which has a shopping district marked by cast iron street lamps and blue & white street signage. The Crossroads Centre (Weston Road & Highway 401) is a "power centre" with big box chains.
Weston has access to paved recreational pathways north and south along the Humber River, continuing all the way to the Toronto waterfront. The community has a running track, four tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, two swimming pools , an ice arena, a children's playground and a community centre. The Weston Golf and Country Club is across the Humber off St. Phillips Road.
Weston has a charming mix of homes. You can find late 1800s Victorian-style houses from its village days, early 1900 Edwardian style houses (between Lawrence & Church Street ). Along the community's north (closer to the 401) are homes built in the 1940s through the 60s, typical bungalows, Tudor-style and split-level homes. There are a number of high rise apartments, mostly rentals, along Weston Road with excellent river valley views that were built in the early 1960s. More-recently built homes dot the community as well. Homes in Weston are in the low to middle price ranges.