Allenby was first settled in the 1400’s by the Huron Tribe which had a village here until sometime in the early 1700’s.
This village is described in Lyman B. Jackes Tales of North Toronto as “a well organized and extensive community that had its centre in an artesian spring of pure water. The spring flowed where the modern water tower rears its head on Roselawn Avenue, just west of Avenue Road. The great tribal huts were on the site of the present day Allenby Public School.”
Jackes goes on to say that the Allenby school hill is not natural but was man-made, the result of the Huron’s practice of burrowing food stocks underneath ground.
The present day neighbourhood was developed when Allenby Public School opened in 1927. The school was named after Lord Allenby, a British World War One hero.
The water tower Jackes refers to on Roselawn Avenue, is now a police communications tower.
Allenby is very popular with families that have young children. This neighbourhood’s biggest drawing card is the Allenby Public School which has an excellent reputation; built around its French Immersion program for students in grades one through six.
Allenby’s tudor style houses were built in the 1930’s and 1940’s. They include a mix of detached two storey homes and bungalows. Overall, Allenby’s lot sizes are above average, with 25 and 35 foot frontages being typical. All Allenby houses have either a mutual or private driveway.
Much of Allenby’s housing stock has undergone extensive renovations by new owners who have been careful to preserve the original wood detail and decorative accents found in many of the houses in this neighbourhood.
Allenby residents are well served by the shops and restaurants along Eglinton Avenue West. In particular there are a large number of shops and professional services geared towards families with young children. There are also many fine clothing stores, food shops and restaurants in this shopping district.
The ultra modern North Toronto Memorial Community Recreation Centre, on Eglinton Avenue west, has an indoor and outdoor pool, a gymnasium, walking track, aerobic and weight rooms and two artificial ice rinks that are used as tennis courts in the summertime. The Centre is located next to Eglinton Park which has a baseball diamond, sports field and a wading pool.
Allenby residents are also close to the Beltline trail, a popular seven kilometre leisure and exercise path that winds through the central part of the city. There is local access to the Belt Line, south of Eglinton off Chaplin Avenue and at Oriole Parkway.
(P) Allenby Jr., 391 St.Clements Ave., (416) 393-9155
(P) Glenview Sr., 401 Rosewell Ave., (416) 393-9390
(PH) Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, 730 Eglinton Ave. West, (416) 393-1860
(PH) North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 70 Roehampton Avenue, (416) 393-9180
(Pr) Havergal College, 1451 Avenue Road, (416) 483-3519
(Pr) St.Clement’s School, 21 St.Clements Ave., (416) 483-4835
Regular bus service on Eglinton Avenue and on Avenue Road connect passengers to the Eglinton station on the Yonge – University – Spadina subway line.
Motorists are ten to fifteen minutes from the Allen Expressway and approximately fifteen minutes to the Avenue Road on ramp to Highway 401.
Toronto’s downtown business and entertainment districts are within a twenty minute drive of this neighbourhood.
Dunkelman, David, Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, Copyright © 1997 by David Dunkelman