In a city known for its unique neighbourhoods, The Eglinton Way stands out as a picturesque, pedestrian-friendly, nine-block destination located at the north end of Toronto’s Forest Hill neighbourhood just a few blocks from Yonge Street. The area is home to the historic Eglinton Grand, the Eglinton Way Gateway, and a wide-ranging community of shops and services. The area is easily accessible by public transit and offers ample parking. Visit our directory section for a parking map.
Formed in 1987, The Eglinton Way Business Improvement Area (BIA) was one of the first BIAs to be recognized and approved by the city of Toronto. We began as a way to engage with neighbourhood businesses, providing an economic and social anchor in the area. To this day, our passionate management board is comprised of local business owners who work to engage with our community on matters relating to streetscapes, events, city and transit matters, and more.
The Eglinton Way BIA’s ongoing mandate is to create vibrant and prosperous business areas for residents, visitors, tourists, and entrepreneurs. From hosting community events like the annual Scavenger Hunt and raising money for local charities, to beautifying the area with decorative lighting and seasonal flower boxes, the BIA board serves the area’s aesthetic, social, and economic goals while also providing timely updates regarding parking, construction, and events.
Style Lives Here – With multiple stores, services, and eateries in its radius, The Eglinton Way is the perfect place to shop, stroll, browse, eat, and get pampered. Find everything from unique boutiques, specialty stores, and professional services to fitness studios, health centres, authentic dining experiences, and sought-after hair and beauty destinations. The area is considered one of Toronto’s most fashionable shopping districts and features a myriad of upscale boutique shops offering designer and one-of-a kind artisanal wares.
Show love for local – Shopping local is a concept that is important to us. Studies show that money spent at local merchants is redistributed back into the community at a higher rate than money spent at national chains. Our boutique shops reflect the consumer’s desire for one-of-a-kind, curated items and boutique service that contributes to our neighbourhood’s unique spirit.
Stay Connected – Construction is currently underway on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, a transit expansion that runs across Eglinton with service set to begin in 2021. The Crosstown project is the largest transit expansion in the history of Toronto. Check our Bulletin Board for construction updates in the area.
HISTORY OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
The Eglinton Way’s story begins with Agostino Arrigo Sr., a 15 year-old Italian immigrant with the dream of opening a stand-alone movie theatre. In 1936, Arrigo’s dream came to fruition when The Eglinton Theatre (now known as The Eglinton Grand) opened its doors in an undeveloped corridor now known as The Eglinton Way.
Its true Art Deco style, along with rich wood and marble, set the stage for what would become one of Toronto’s most eclectic and elegant shopping destinations. Today, The Eglinton Grand acts as the ‘jewel in our crown’ and a landmark tribute to the area’s history; Arrigo’s dream of a spirited, diverse community lives on as The Eglinton Way.
It’s THE WAY
It’s the way hours fly by when window shopping with your best friend
It’s the way the tailor knows your name
It’s the way one errand turns into a spa day
It’s the way you find that perfect one-of-a-kind gift
It’s the way coffee tastes better when someone else makes it
It’s the way you walk a little slower on a Sunday afternoon