The Bridle Path
Millionaire’s Row” is another name for this neighbourhood, Canada’s most affluent. The list of residents of this neighborhood literally is a list of “Who’s Who” Check out this article about the famous and not so famous who reside here. Conrad Black, Prince, Robert Herjavec (Dragon’s Den and computer biz extraordinaire), and Celine Dion all are purported to have homes here.
The street’s name is frequently misspelled as “The Bridal Path” by those who are unfamiliar with its equestrian history. The area actually was developed with an elaborate system of equestrian bridle paths for the estate owners, most of whom were horse-owners too.
It is generally bounded by The Bridle Path on the north, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to the south, Bayview Avenue on the west, and Wilket Creek to the east. Toronto Real Estate section C12.
It was the Bayview Bridge development in 1929 that a developer Forsey Page, envisioned the Bridle Path as an exclusive enclave of estate homes. He built the neighbourhood’s first home at 2 The Bridle Path.
Later, in 1937, developer EP Taylor purchased a large section of land north of The Bridle Path and created his estate “The Windfields” which today is occupied by the Canadian Film Centre.
Behind this parcel, is Windfields Park. Taylor’s business partner George Montegu Black, Jr. (Conrad Black’s father) purchased this area and in an effort to control who his neighbors were, took over the company that owned the farmland that was to becme The Bridle Path and set restrictions for zoning. Only single family homes, with lot minimums of 2 acres. This created 50 lots in the subdivision.