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Spacious refuge for your rest and restoration, yet close to the bustle of the city. Great for a single traveller or, for shorter stays, a couple. Residential neighbourhood, 10-minute bus ride to subway, 20 minutes from downtown. Cafes and restaurants 2-10 minutes away. Easy access to U of Toronto and York U.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A regal respite: This neighbourhood is called Regal Heights and is bounded by Davenport, Dufferin, St. Clair and Winona. It is an area full of royalty (Mount Royal, Regal Road…), so consider yourself king or queen, prince or princess during your time here.

A watery wonder: Enjoy your beachside stay: the Davenport escarpment is the shoreline of prehistoric Lake Iroquois. And you’re actually in an ancient riverbed right now. Garrison Creek, which was so polluted at the turn of the last century that it was put in underground piping, is running just about right under you.
A regal respite: This neighbourhood is called Regal Heights and is bounded by Davenport, Dufferin, St. Clair and Winona. It is an area full of royalty (Mount Royal, Regal Road…), so consider yourself king or queen, prince or princess during your time here.

A watery wonder: Enjoy your beachside stay: the Davenport escarpment is the shoreline of prehistoric Lake Iroquois. And you’re actually in an ancient riverbed right now. Garrison Creek, which was so polluted at the turn of the last century that it was put in underground piping, is running just about right under you.

A fertile growing ground: The soil around here is mostly heavy clay, but treated well it can be productive. In the 19th century, this area’s small farms and market gardens fed surrounding communities. Today, the tradition continues right here in our back yard. Please join us in planting, watering and tending, and help yourself if there’s anything to harvest.

An ancient throughway: Davenport Road is one of the oldest streets in Toronto. First Nations used a path along the base of Davenport hill to connect the Humber and Don rivers. This area has been inhabited by the Hurons and then the Iroquois in the 17th century, and the Ojibway (a group later called the Mississaugas) from the early 18th to mid-19th centuries.

An organized community

The area has some great, progressive political community organization and leadership. The resident’s association is quite active and in the election before last, we voted in NDP representatives at both provincial and national levels.

Regal Heights Residents’ Association (regalheights.ca):
The RHRA organizes some cool neighbourhood events, including annual Canada Day parades, Christmas Carol Sings, clean-up days, street parties and garden tours. They undertake neighbourhood beautification projects, such as tree and daffodil planting and a neighbourhood bulletin board. They also offer community welcome kits to newcomers to the ’hood, including Business Improvement Association coupons. If you’re here for longer than a quick visit, you can get on their neighbourhood list serve and attend their meetings—you don’t have to be a home owner!

City Councillor Cesar Palacio for Ward 17—Davenport (cesarpalacio.com):
He’s not my favourite but if you have any concerns about happenings in the community or city, like casinos, street art removal, or uranium processing plants, he’s your man. You can call or e-mail, and his office does respond.




Our Neighbourhood Online (mystclair.com):
This website has all kinds of info on St. Clair Avenue between Scarlett Road and Bayview, including neighbourhood news, events, a directory of businesses and services, and local deals and specials. You can also subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed.


Green goodness

While the neighbourhood doesn’t have a big park right in it, there is a lovely garden right here, and a number of green spaces within easy fast-walking, running, cycling or driving distance. The closest is the little parkette just up Mt. Royal at Augusta. Both Christie Pitts and Trinity-Bellwoods are, like us, in the Garrison Creek valley. In order of proximity (more or less), here are nearby places to breathe with the trees:

Hillcrest Park (Tyrrel and Christie): Four blocks E along Davenport (10-min walk). The park has a community garden, including a medicine wheel garden, tennis courts, a children’s play park and wading pool, and a relatively wild, treed hill.

Wychwood Park Neighbourhood (13-min walk or 4-min cycle): This is not so much a park as a secluded private municipality with some lovely winding roads, a pond, and a tennis court. A nice place for a stroll. Accessible from Davenport or Tyrrel.

Wychwood Barns Park (on Christie between St. Clair and Davenport. 15-min walk or 5-min cycle): An Artscape development, it includes community gardens, volleyball grounds, an off-leash area, a play park and a farmer’s market.

Earlscourt Park (Davenport and Landsdowne. 20-min walk or 6-min cycle): Community gardens, running track, pergola, indoor swimming pool.

Christie Pitts Park (Bloor and Christie. 25-min walk or 8-min cycle): outdoor swimming pool, rink, baseball and soccer fields, grassy expanses, treed areas and picnic tables, frequent community events, and great slopes for toboganning.

Dufferin Grove Park (Dufferin S of Bloor. 30-min walk or 10-min cycle): This is the heart of a really hip, community-oriented neighbourhood. The park has some nice sitting areas, picnic tables, bonfire pits, a community oven, a reflexology walk, and a farmer’s market.

Spadina Museum Grounds (285 Spadina Rd. N of Davenport toronto.ca/culture/museums/spadina.htm): Next to Casa Loma, an old Edwardian home that hosts strawberry festivals and summer concerts. Admission to the lovely gardens is free.

Cedarvale Park (26-min walk to Vaughan and Connaught entrance or 10-min cycle to Bathurst and Tichester): This is a lovely ravine park about 2 km long, great for a run or a long walk. Includes open fields for flying kites, forested areas, hills, treed areas and playing fields and an arena.

Trinity-Bellwoods Park (Shaw and Dundas. 15-min cycle): This is a big city park in a hip neighbourhood, with grassy and treed areas, slacklines for tightrope walking, playground and wading pool, ice rink, playing and softball fields, volleyball court, and an off-leash area. The site of drum-and-dance circles (Hurray for Fun) in the summer.

High Park (Bloor and High Park, 17-min cycle): One of the city’s largest parks, with a pond, zoo, café and restaurant, labyrinth, picnic areas, greenhouses, sports fields, gardening plots, hiking trails, playgrounds, off-leash areas and more.


Food Shopping

Farmer’s Markets

There has been an explosion of home-grown yumminess in the last years, so if you want to eat fresh and local, meet your farmers, and connect with community, you have some great nearby options:

Mondays 3-7 pm year-round: Sorauren Park (Sorauren Ave. and Wabash).
10-min drive, 20-min cycle.

Tuesdays 3:15-7 pm year-round: Trinity-Bellwoods Park (NW end at Shaw and Dundas). 7-min drive, 15-min cycle.

Wednesdays 3-7 pm, early June to mid-Oct: Bloor-Borden (at Lippincott Street, Green P Carpark).
7-min drive, 12-min cycle.

Thursdays 3:15-7 pm year-round: N area, Dufferin Grove Park
6-min drive, 10-min cycle.

Saturdays 8-12 year-round: The Stop’s Farmer’s Market at Wychwood Barns.
3-min drive, 5-min cycle, 15-min walk.
Also check out the Stop’s Market Café (Barn 4) open during market hours. Closest and big.

Saturdays 9-1: Junction (Train platform at 2960 Dundas St. West)
10-min drive, 14-min cycle.

Sundays 9-2 June to October: Liberty Village: Green P lot, Hanna Ave and Liberty St.
15-min drive, 20-min cycle.

Farmshare Coop delivers farm fresh raw milk products and other mainly animal products to our door! 9 Mount Royal is a depot for a cooperative run by Miro Malish with raw dairy from his farm in Grey Bruce County. They also have naturally raised eggs, chicken, pork, beef, honey, some veggies and Amish baked goods. You can order through him, once he approves you as a member. You receive the online order form Monday, send me your order by 6pm on Tuesday. Delivery is from 5:15-6 pm on Thursdays.

Fresh City Organics delivers veggies every week. (https://www.freshcityfarms.com) I order a box of organic fruits and veggies from time to time. If you are visiting, you might like to include your requests with mine.

The Neighbourhood Farm grows veggies in our neighbours’ backyards and can deliver them to our door. (theneighbourhoodfarm.ca)



Karma Food Coop (karmacoop.org): One of the few food coops in town, this one is close by (Palmerston N of Bloor, a 6-min drive or 7-min cycle). It is member-owned and democratically run, and specializes in organic, local, non-GMO and fair trade products. In other words, they do the research for you and make it easy for you to consume consciously. They have over 200 bulk items, plus produce, supplements, and household items, so it can be your one-stop shop. They will also dispose of your batteries and mercury lightbulbs, and reuse your empty containers and provide containers to help you reduce waste. I enjoy the workable scale, the funky music, and the friendly vibe. You can be a working member (for 2 hours a month) or a non-working member (for 10% on your purchases). You can shop there on a one-month free trial basis, and they have regular orientation sessions.

Fiesta Farms Supermarket (fiestafarms.ca): Best full supermarket in the neighbourhood as far as I’m concerned. It’s on Christie S of Dupont, a 4-min drive or 6-min cycle. It’s family run and one of the few independent supermarkets in town. They partner with local entrepreneurs and community organizations and have lots of local, organic, eco-friendly products. Like Karma Coop, they make it easy to consume in a way that’s good for you, other living beings, and the planet. I enjoy the music, the knowledgeable and friendly staff, and the community feel. They also have a great garden centre.

Other supermarkets:
• Loblaws (Christie and Dupont, a 3-min drive, 5-min cycle, 15-min walk, open 24 hours): banking, flowers, fresh bakery, sandwiches, salad bar, you name it…
• Sobeys (Shaw and Dupont, a 3-min drive, 3-min cycle, 10-min walk, open 24 hours): Nearby.
• No Frills (Alberta N of St. Clair, a 4-min drive, 5-min cycle, 10-min walk): Close by and cheaper.

Bulk foods:
• Bloor and Concord

Our Fave Cafés

The Sovereign Espresso Bar: 3 Oakwood Avenue N of Davenport, a 1-min walk. A bustling little place, great for picking up your coffee and baked goods.

Crosscut Coffee: 1142 Davenport Rd at Ossington, a 2-min walk. A nice place to sit and work, with great home-roasted coffee and some nice lunch offerings.

BOB Coffee Bar: 440 Christie Street at Davenport, a 3-min cycle and a 10-min walk. Nice atmosphere.

Contra Coffee House and Locavorium: 1028 Shaw St. S of Dupont, a 4-min cycle and 12-min walk. A neighbourhood gem, this place is on a residential street yet usually packed. Yummy and healthy local breakfast, lunch, and snack food, free wifi, and an outdoor patio. Great place to work, read or hang out with friends.

Pain Perdu French boulangerie/patisserie: 736 St. Clair W, an 8-min cycle and 16-min walk. Quiet, with yummy French treats and popular for weekend bistro brunch.


Recommended Restaurants

The Gem Bar & Grill: S side of Davenport just W of Mt. Royal, a 1-min walk. This place wins out just for proximity. It’s a popular, hip hang-out with fun décor, a great patio, a juke box, and variable food and service. Open from 5pm to 2 am Mon-Sat, 12pm to 2am Sun.

Barista and Chef: 1006 St. Clair W, W of Oakwood, 11-min walk or 6-min cycle. Best value great food I’ve found in the city! Delicious Mediterranean food, friendly service, lovely ambience. Great for a cosy date or if you’re just in need of some good quality food.

Savera Indian Cuisine: 815 St Clair W, 2 blocks E of Alberta, a 4-min cycle or 12-min walk. Charming, family-owned, quiet, pleasant feel, yummy food at reasonable prices.

Dave’s friendly neighbourhood pub: 730 St. Clear W, just E of Rushton, a 7-min cycle or 14-min walk. Great food, much of it locally sourced, live music, rotating local art exhibits, and a cozy vibe.

Mezzeta Restaurant and Tapas Bar: 681 St. Clair W, just E of Christie, a 6-min cycle or 17-min walk. Cozy atmosphere, and a really fun place to eat with friends. They have a selection of 40 appetizer-sized Middle-Eastern dishes, including 25 veg choices, that you can mix, match and share.

El Rincon Mexicano: 653 St. Clair W, just E of Christie, a 6-min cycle or 18-min walk. Authentic Mexican food, great back patio and friendly service.

Local Yoga and Pilates Studios

Ahimsa Yoga (ahimsayoga.com): 440 Bloor St. W, E of Bathurst, an 11-min cycle. I love this place and its owner, J-P. They do flow yoga, both active and restorative, as well as worskhops and events.

Body Harmonics Pilates Studio (bodyharmonics.com): 672 Dupont St. at Christie, 5-min cycle and 15-min walk. One of Toronto’s leading Pilates studios, with a full schedule of drop-in classes.

Vidya Institute (vidyainstitute.com) : 255 Christie St. S of Dupont, a 5-min cycle and 17-min walk. Classical yoga and wisdom traditions with asana classes, teacher training, yoga sutras course and workshops.

Esther Myers Yoga Studio (estheryoga.com): 390 Dupont St. E of Bathurst, an 8-min cycle and 26-min walk. Deeply reflective yoga, has been here for almost 35 years!

Moksha Hot Yoga (st-clair-west.mokshayoga.ca): 934 St. Clair W E of Oakwood, a 3-min cycle and 10-min walk. Drop-in classes.

Yoga Therapy Toronto (yogatherapytoronto.com): 692 Bloor St W 1 block E of Christie, a 9-min cycle or 25-min walk. Prana flow and restorative yin yoga, private yoga therapy, satsang and chanting.

Tourist Attractions

Hop-on hop-off tour bus: (citysightseeingtoronto.com) If you’re visiting or new to town, this is a great way to get to know the city. 24 stops, 3 consecutive days, $35.

Casa Loma (www.casaloma.org): 1 Austin Terrace, a 10-min cycle or 30-min walk. A mock medieval castle, this 98-room mansion has lovely grounds and can be a fun jogging destination and a place for kids to exercise their imaginations.

Other Nearby Attractions

Davenport Public Library: 1246 Shaw St at Davenport, 2-min cycle, 5-min walk. Nice place to hang out and read or work.

Dovercourt House dance hub (dovercourthouse.com): 805 Dovercourt Rd., 5-min cycle, 20-min walk, 15-min on the 63 or 161 Southbound. Check out:
- Ecstatic Dance Mondays and Thursdays 7:30-9:30 pm
- The Move on Fridays 7:30-9:30 pm
- Contact Improv Jam Sundays 11 am -1 pm
- Contact Improv Jam with live music Wednesdays 6-8:30 pm
They also are the site of 5 Rhythms, swing, salsa, tango, belly, 80's, country, Irish folk, English and waltz dances, capoeira, dance therapy, and expressive arts.

Shambhala Meditation Centre (toronto.shambhala.org): 670 Bloor St. W, E of Christie, 8-min cycle, 30-min walk. Part of the global Shambhala network in the tradition of Chogyam Trunga, this centre offers meditation instruction and group practice, contemplative arts (including photography, ikebana, Qigong) and wisdom teachings.

True Peace Toronto sangha in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh (truepeacetoronto.ca): Meets for readings, sitting and walking meditation and circle sharing on Mondays 5:30-7:30 at the Uof T Multifaith Centre and Fridays from 6:45-8:45 at the JCC at Bloor and Spadina.


Local Health Clinics
We hope you stay healthy, but if you need medical attention, here are the nearest walk-in clinics:

Dr. Ernest Jonathon Walk-In Clinic: 1176-A St. Clair West, Toronto 416-652-5600

Walk-in & family practice clinic: 799 Bloor St. W (W of Christie) 416-553-1330

College & Ossington walk-in clinic: 815 College @ Ossington 416-533-1145

And the nearest hospital in case of emergency:

Toronto Western Hospital: 399 Bathurst Street N of Dundas.

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I'm from Toronto, a self-employed facilitator and trainer, lover of connection, discovery and learning. I work from home. I also travel a lot, mainly for working and learning, and love to go "local" wherever I am. I am fluent in English, French and Spanish and also speak Hungarian. As a host, my intention for my house is that it be a space to support community for the Great Turning to a sustainable, just and thriving society. I'd love to meet you if you're already participating in and co-creating that community—within the house, the neighbourhood, and the larger local and global community. Or, perhaps your stay here will kindle your desire to play a part in this unprecedented transition. In any case, my hope is that guests find here a safe harbor, a place of nurturance, joy and inspiration in which to rest, play, be nourished and create beauty. During your stay here, unless you are renting the whole house, you will be sharing space with me, and possibly at various times with my boyfriend, other house guests and other AirBnb guests. Sometimes you will be alone in the house (I am often away for the weekend), sometimes you will be just with me, and at other times with me, my boyfriend and up to two other guests. If you are interested in staying with me, please tell me about yourself. For example, what brings you to Toronto; what will you be doing here, what will your daily schedule look like...? Guests stay with me in my home, so I look for reviews, photos and profiles that say something about you to help me decide if we will be a good fit. If you don't have those things I may ask you for references.
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