Guildwood Village

One of Toronto's most scenic and exclusive neighbourhoods is Guildwood Village. A formal stone pillar and cast iron gateway marks the main entrance to this neighbourhood. This entrance is situated at Guildwood Parkway and Kingston Roads.The historic Guild Inn is the major landmark in this neighbourhood. It is located at 201 Guildwood Parkway. Overlooking the Scarborough Bluffs, The Guild Inn is situated on ninety acres of property. The Inn draws a mix of local residents and tourists to enjoy its rustic woodland nature trail. The Guildwood Inn also offers a popular historic architectural walking tour.
There is an active community association in Guildwood Village that sponsors numerous neighbourhood events. It also produces its own community newsletter. Guildwood Day is one of the many events held by the community association. This event takes place annually in June and features a parade along Guildwood Parkway, crafts, games, races, a pancake breakfast, and an evening barbeque.

The Boundaries

Guildwood Village is located with Lake Ontario to the south, Morningside Avenue to the east, Kingston Road to the north west and the CP railway to the north. Guildwood Parkway also runs through the community.

Its Story 

Guildwood Village’s history revolves around The Guild Inn. Rosa and Spencer Clark founded the Guildwood Inn in 1932 as a retreat for craftsmen and artists. Known back then as "The Guild of All Arts", the Inn featured studios and workshops. Set atop the Scarborough Bluffs it provided peace and tranquility to all its patrons. During World War II the Inn was initially used as an official naval base called "HMCS Bytown I”. Later on it was used as a specialized military hospital known as "Scarborough Hall." The Guild Inn was returned to its owners the Clarks after the war. At this time its popularity soared to new heights. Rising taxes in the 1950’s pushed the Clarks to sell 400 acres of their property. This property was sold to developers who used it to build the present day Guildwood Village neighbourhood.  The Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority purchased the remainder of the Guild Inn estate in 1978. This preserved its picturesque beauty for future generations to admire, enjoy and explore. 

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