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Trinity Bellwoods is a neighbourhood whose heart lies in the park of the same name. Bordered by Dovercourt to the west and Bathurst to the east, the region encases all the best bits of Dundas Street West and Queen Street West, while having College Street at its northern border.
With residents ranging from aspiring artists to retirees, Trinity Bellwoods hosts an eclectic group of residents. This diversity is reflected by its extensive range of housing options, including detached homes, highrise apartments and quirky lofts.
No matter the dwelling type, all residents have easy access to one of the most popular parks in Toronto, which lends the neighbourhood its name. There, you'll be able to lay out a picnic blanket, jam with fellow musicians or see how far the slackliners can make it before bailing.
The Trinity Bellwoods beighbourhood is located west of downtown Toronto, but you'll never be without something to do. Take a pick from the smorgasbord of restaurants and cafes spanning the many cultures represented in the area, or hop into one of the local boutiques scattered along both Queen and Dundas streets.
Who lives in Trinity Bellwoods?
Trinity Bellwoods is a trendy neighbourhood fit for everyone. Families, musicians, artists, working professionals and established Torontonians all clamour to join one of the most popular places in the city.
The following data was obtained from the 2016 Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood census profile, and the City of Toronto Ward 19 profile. Average prices are determined by the realestatecondos.ca listings.
Population growth: -1.5%
Rent/Own: 50% / 50%
Median Age: 34
Average household income: 105,144
Average condo sale price: $1,731,575.76
Average condo rent price: $4,490.63
Average family size: 2
Population density: 9,570 people per square km
As Trinity is just west of the downtown core, you aren’t far from some of the best transit links around.
Both Queen Street and Dundas West have their own streetcars that connect you with neighbourhoods on either end of the city. Plus, there are a number of north-south routes, namely the Bathurst streetcar and Ossington bus.
Although there isn’t a subway stop in the neighbourhood, just a short streetcar journey along Queen or Dundas can connect you to their respective terminal stations. All of these fast, accessible options land the area with a Transit Score of 99/100.
The area is also a walker’s paradise. With a Walk Score of 94/100, residents can get all of their day-to-day errands done on foot, and find ample entertainment close to home.
Motorists can also get around quite easily, and have quick access to a pair of routes in and out of the city: the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Blvd.
Trinity Bellwoods amenities
If shopping is your favourite sport, Trinity Bellwoods is the right spot to play ball.
Quaint and quirky boutique shops are dotted all along West Queen West, Dundas West and College Street. Trinity benefits from a nice selection of independent grocers as well, ready to keep your pantry fully stocked with goodness.
Tusk Boutique, founded in 2012, is a great spot for those seeking unique minimalist clothing. Its handpicked offering of womenswear is both contemporary and subdued, and is a fashion favourite in the area.
For homegrown fashion, head to Coal Miner’s Daughter, a modest Canadian chain that offers clothing, jewellery, shoes and accessories by local designers, a huge proportion of whom are Torontonians themselves.
It’s not just small names that entertain these streets though; Trinity Bellwoods has big brands like Ben Sherman and L'Occitane calling the area home, too.
Sat opposite the park, on Dundas West, is a small store perfect for Bellwoods’ dog walking clientele. The Dog Bowl stocks doggie treats, dog beds, leashes, toys and grooming products, all of which will make sure your furry friend feels like royalty. They also have a decent offering for cat-lovers too.
When it comes to groceries, you have a large Loblaws just a little east of the Queen and Bathurst intersection, and some well-loved local grocers as well. The Lucky Penny, on Shaw Street, doubles as both a grocery stockist and sandwich shop, with a changing daily menu that features a mix of hot and cold sandwiches.
Well-known restaurants and coffee shops
The neighbourhood boasts a robust culinary scene. There is something that caters to every mood.
For organic, farm fresh food, be sure to check out Union on Ossington Avenue. A Parisian-inspired bistro that serves up simple, tasty meals, Union offers roast chicken and fresh fish, and hearty vegetarian lasagne.
Down on West Queen West is the iconic Drake Hotel, a neighbourhood staple since 1890. Whether you’re after a juicy burger or a hand-crafted cocktail, this local favourite has something for every occasion. The multipurpose boutique hotel has a ground-floor restaurant lounge and bar area, as well as a cool roof terrace open in the summer months. DJs and bands regularly frequent the spot and offer live music for the evening. On Sunday mornings, you can score some delicious brunch. Just make sure you get there early to avoid the inevitable lineups.
For a more relaxed, chilled-out vibe, try Bellwoods Brewery, a Toronto brewpub that occupies a renovated auto shop. The brewpub also has an open area in the front which becomes a patio in the warmer months, complete with white picnic tables. Be wary though, this place gets busy, fast. If you can’t get a seat, you can still enjoy one of their in-house brews from the bottle shop next door. Bellwoods Brewery has a nice selection of appetizers and small plates to pick at while you sip on your beer.
If a caffeine buzz if what you’re searching for, you don’t have to look far. One of the most well-known cafes in the area is the White Squirrel Coffee Shop, named after the legendary, elusive, albino squirrel said to frequent the historic park. This multilevel cafe offers organic, fair-trade coffee, two levels of seating and free WiFi.
Opposite the park’s gated entrance is one of Toronto’s favourite chains, Sam James Coffee Bar. This small but well-designed hub offers its own coffee blends along with house-made cold brew and bottles of cold-pressed juice from The Organic Press in Kensington Market.
With Trinity Bellwoods Park right on your doorstep, there is always something to do in the ‘hood. If you ever get bored of park-grazing, there are plenty of opportunities to expand your horizons.
If you’re a fitness freak, there are a number of boutique studios specializing in everything from Crossfit to yoga. Two quirky yoga favourites are Misfit Yoga Studio and Mula Yoga, both located along West Queen West, offering special classes for practitioners of all levels.
If the pricing of a fitness studio is too much, there is also the Trinity Community Recreation Centre, nestled on the western corner of the park. With a newly renovated gym, it’s a great place to get fit on a budget. Plus, they offer a range of educational and activity programs for all ages.
Thanks to the artistic community that engulfs Trinity Bellwoods, there are a number of art hubs spread across the area. Mostly dotted along Queen West – although there are also a handful on Dundas – these artistic communities present great opportunities to appreciate the local work being produced by Toronto creatives while enabling visitors to meet like-minded neighbours.
Craft Ontario (formally the Ontario Crafts Council), is a space that hosts exhibitions and sells items from the council’s craft shop. It’s a not-for-profit organization that promotes crafts as a valuable part of life.
Other galleries in the area include David Kaye Gallery, Twist, Artscape Youngplace, Show Gallery and Analogue Gallery.
Schools in Trinity Bellwoods
There are some great schools in the neighbourhood, perfect for those who hope to plant their roots in a vibrant Toronto community.
Some of the schools in the area include:
Givins/Shaw Junior Public School
Charles G. Fraser Public School
Niagara Street Junior Public School
Ossington Old Orchard Public School
St. Mary Catholic School
Parks in Trinity Bellwoods
Trinity Bellwoods is a neighbourhood that revolves around the park of the same name. One of the largest green spaces in the Downtown Core, this 14.6 hectare park was once the home of Trinity College. It sits atop the now buried Garrison Creek, and welcomes herds of Torontonians throughout the year.
In the summer months you can find a mishmash of age groups socializing, eating, playing sports and even practicing acrobatics from the trees. In the winter, the park is frequented by dog walkers, embracing the frosty mornings. You can also find three baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, two volleyball courts, an off-leash dog area, a picnic area, wading pool and children’s playground on the grounds.
Bursting with life, it’s no wonder this park is one of the most popular hangouts in the entire city.