Weston Village, History
Weston Village dates back to 1796 then known as ” The Humber” after Lt. Govenor General Simcoe sent surveyors up the river. John Countryman saw the potential and set up a saw mill on the bank of the Humber. The early settlers tend to be mill workers attracted to the regions rich timber resources and the water-power potential of the Humber River.
The Weston name is attributed to the Wadsworth brothers who came to this area in 1828 and purchased a local flour mill and general store. They renamed this community Weston after their home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. Weston had a very british beginning farmers and workers new to the country were able to buy farmland and there were many jobs in the local mills.
The next 100 years saw significant growth, with many industries flourishing including the CCM plant, Moffat Stoves, and the Kodak factory.
It had its own school system, police/fire services and Mayor/Reeve. In 1914, a grant from the Carnegie Foundation in New York allowed the community to build a beautiful library which still stands today and is currently celebrating it’s centenary year. Our Humberstone walls are unique and very desirable! In 1850 a disastrous flood destroyed the west bank community. Weston’s fortunes would take a turn for the better when first the Grand Trunk Railway (1856) and then the Toronto Grey and Bruce Railway (1869) began service to this area. The railway and associated industry brought great prosperity to . The greatest growth to Weston Village happened at this time thus the abundance of older Victorian Homes.
Weston was first incorporated as a village in 1881 and then as a town in 1915. Weston remained an independent town until 1967 when it amalgamated with the former Borough of York, which is 1998 amalgamated with the City of Toronto.
Weston still looks and feels more like a small Ontario town than a big city neighbourhood. This is not surprising considering the two dominant features in Weston’s history the Humber River and the Railway, are still important landmarks in this community. Weston has an abundance of civic pride and is evident along Weston Road, which serves as the main street in the neighbourhood. Large green and gold road signs on Weston Road welcome visitors to this community.
The boarders of the neighbourhood run from Highway 401 to the north south to below Lawrence Ave east to Jane Street and to the west the Humber River just west of Weston Road.
Weston Village has been undergoing a major revitalization program on the neighbourhood and main streets. Holding fast to the traditions of the neighbourhood but still moving with the times making this neighbourhood a new hot hub in the real estate areas.
One of those new exciting areas is the railway transporting people from downtown Toronto to the airport has a stop in Weston Village as well as a new GO Station.
Weston Village, Toronto Real Estate
Weston has a large collection of Victorian style houses dating back to its days as a village in the mid to late 1800’s. These Victorian gems as well as some early 1900 Edwardian style houses are located south of Church Street and the Humber Memorial Church Hospital. The north pockets of Weston around Pelmo Park and Fairglen Crescent, were not part of Old Weston. These subdivisions were built up between the late 1940’s and the early 1960’s and consist mostly of Tudor and ranch-style bungalows mixed in with back and side-split houses.
Weston’s renewed popularity has also led to the recent addition of many new housing developments within this neighbourhood.
The redevelopment of 22 John Street was widely reviced well
The four corners of King Street and Rosemount Avenue offer a cross-section of Weston architecture, says Cherri Hurst, who also acts as president of the Weston Heritage Conservation District. Built in the 1800s and 1900s, the stately homes on each corner are examples of Georgian, Edwardian and Second Empire architecture Weston Village
Weston Village, Toronto Events
Weston Famers Market – Farmers from Holland Marsh, Bradford and the like set up on Saturday mornings in the GO Train parking lot on John Street.
Weston Santa Clause Parade
Best of Weston Summer Festival Welcome to Weston Website click here
Weston’s green spaces At Lion’s Park, children frolic under water spouts and shimmy down slides against a backdrop of towering trees and the Humber River. Nearby, an outdoor pool is bustling with swimmers, right next to the Weston Arena that Hurst says is a hot spot for hockey. It’s these green spaces people don’t notice about Weston, since they’re hidden away from Weston Rd. and towering apartment buildings. But for Hurst, they’re crucial parts of the community.
Weston Neighbour’s Night Out
Annual Queen’s Drive Garage Sale
Weston Village, Toronto Shopping
Weston Village Business Improvement Association click here
World Famous Peter’s Barber Shop: You can get your hair cut, but this memorabilia-filled establishment bills itself as the second Hockey Hall of Fame. To celebrate its 50th anniversary last month, it summoned the Stanley Cup.
Squibb’s Stationer’s has been providing books and stationary to the Weston and Toronto community since 1927— with a name tracing back to its founder, Arthur T. Squibb.
1974 Weston Road, Tel: 416.241.5801
Weston Village, Toronto Cafes and Restaurants
P & M Restaurant – Haibut, homemade french fries, chicken or pork souvlaki pita or dinner, homeburgers, homemade soups, sandwiches and more. Caters office meetings, small parties and seniors’ clubs. 1
1972 Weston Road, Tel: 416.241.3838
Perfect Blend Bakery Cafe and Espresso Bar
1971 Weston Road, Tel: 416.241.4444
Weston Village, Toronto Recreation
Humber River trails: In 1830, a sawmill stood on the east side of the Humber River. In later years the Cruickshank family took over the mill site and made it Weston Wagon Works. In 1929, the family donated the land to the Town of Weston and it’s known today as Cruickshank Park.