Yonge and Eglinton, also known as Yonge-Eglinton or Uptown, is a neighbourhood in Midtown-Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which was once a part of the old Town of North Toronto.
In recent years, its centralized location has spawned development, including a number of big-box retailers and tall, high density residential towers. Development has concentrated around the Eglinton subway station, and has resulted in a mixed-use neighbourhood with a mix of detached houses, townhouses, and high rises. The Eglinton–Scarborough Crosstown line is expected to further boost development.
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The area is home to a variety of small retail stores, restaurants, larger stores, and a mall/movie theatre complex. Numerous public high schools dot the neighborhood, including North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Northern Secondary, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, several private schools, and the TCDSB (Catholic board) Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School and St. Monica’s Catholic Elementary School. Public parks in the area include Eglinton Park, Oriole Park and the Belt Line Railway.
It is a popular neighbourhood for young professionals, a fact reflected in one of its nicknames, “Young & Eligible”. Another nickname is “Yonge & Eg.”
Few Historical facts about Yonge and Eglinton
- When the subway station opened in 1954 it was the northern end of the Yonge subway line, and remained so until 1973 when the line was extended north to York Mills.
- In 1837 the Confrontation at Montgomery’s Tavern took place just north of the Yonge and Eglinton intersection.
A number of businesses call the area home, notably retailer Canadian Tire, whose home corporate head offices are located in the Canada Square office complex. Other organizations calling the area home include public broadcaster TVOntario and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Many restaurants and businesses can be found in the area, including sushi, Thai food, Mexican food, and Italian food, among others.