Welcome to Trinity Bellwoods
Trendy neighborhood attractive to young people named for the Trinity Bellwoods Park, the former site of Trinity College
Named for the Trinity Bellwoods Park, this neighbourhood is a trendy locale that attracts a lot of young and single folks along with a diverse hipster crowd. The park at the epicentre was constructed around the old Garrison Creek ravine and used to function as the original site of Trinity College, which is now part of the University of Toronto. If you visit the park today, you can still see the restored gates that were once part of the college.
By the 1900s, the picturesque surroundings became an optimal location for residential development, and thus the neighbourhood of Trinity Bellwoods slowly came to fruition. During that era, many of the adjacent streets were lined with Gothic Revival homes, which influenced construction in Trinity Bellwoods. Several of those historic houses are still standing in the neighbourhood today.
What to Love
- Fascinating historical legacy
- Ossington Strip
- Trinity Bellwoods Park
- Excellent nearby schools
People & Lifestyle
Considering how vibrant and lively Ossington Avenue is, it’s apparent that the strip lined with gourmet cafés, upscale boutiques, bars, nightlife options, and acclaimed restaurants is like a siren call to hipster-types and young people. Add in Trinity Bellwoods Park, which is known for its frequent events and pop-ups, and it’s easy to understand why this neighborhood boasts some of Toronto’s most coveted real estate.
There is an inherently creative and artistic vibe to the neighborhood that appears to be ingrained in its DNA manifested in the eclectic townhomes and distinctive architecture that has popped up throughout the decades.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
A few blocks away from Trinity Bellwoods lies Ossington Strip
, a popular hub featuring dozens of restaurants and bars. At night, this slightly hipster locale comes to life in a vibrant capacity. There’s a great balance of casual and upscale places.
- Pizzeria Libretto is a bustling and convivial space on the strip serving classic Neapolitan pies, all wood-fired, with vegan and gluten-free options available.
- Anyone craving Greek food such as meze plates and grilled lamb kebabs will appreciate Mamakas, a relaxed tavern on the Ossington Strip.
is a lively outdoor outpost where guests dine on pizzas and sandwiches beneath twinkly lights and the upscale bar Mother
specializes in cocktails. Escape to the tropics at The Shameful Tiki Room
, an immersive Polynesian restaurant known for its exotic cocktails. All three locations are on Queen Street West.
––a seafood-focused eatery––comes highly recommended by seafood lovers. This cozy establishment is known for teaching guests everything there is to know about oysters, from shucking demonstrations to presentations.
Overlooking the scenic Trinity Bellwoods Park you’ll discover Tampered Press
, a quaint café serving homemade sweets and gourmet coffee drinks.
The Drake Hotel
in Toronto is a trendy boutique hotel ornamented with contemporary art collections. If you’re planning a staycation, you can’t beat The Drake in Toronto’s West Queen neighborhood.
Things to Do
Trinity Bellwoods used to host all kinds of fun pop-up events throughout the area, it is expected that these will start to reappear once the pandemic eases. The Trinity Bellwoods Park is a popular backdrop for many of these pop-ups and dozens more annual gatherings. This 14.6-hectare park perched atop the buried Garrison Creek was once even home to Trinity College. Today it’s a beautiful place to play and enjoy its many amenities such as an off-leash dog park, an outdoor ice rink, a wading pool, and a children’s playground.
The park also hosts the Queen West Art Crawl
(QWAC), a charitable organization that hosts a two-day multidisciplinary event that attracts thousands of artists, creatives, and visitors each year.
Trinity Bellwoods is home to many great public, private, and Catholic schools, such as the following:
- Ossington/Old Orchard Junior Public School
Catholic and private:
- ÉSC Saint-Frère-André
- Pope Francis Catholic School
- St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School
- ÉÉC du Sacré-Coeur-Toronto