1987 marked a historic occasion for the neighbourhood of Leslieville. It was at this time when the green and white Leslieville Street signs that run along Queen Street were installed. These historic markers are symbolic of a renewed interest and pride in Leslieville among the residents of this trendy east end neighbourhood. This area still feels very much like a small village. It's cute houses, tree lined streets and quaint stores are surprisingly peaceful and calm considering Leslieville's close proximity to downtown Toronto.
The neighbourhood of Leslieville is bounded by the Canadian National Railway to the north, Lake Shore Boulevard to the south, Coxwell Avenue to the east, and Carlaw Avenue to the west.
In the 1850's Leslieville began as a small village, which soon grew up around the Toronto Nurseries. George Leslie and Sons established the business in 1849. Owing to the importance of Toronto Nurseries in the area’s development, the neighbourhood was named after George Leslie and his family.
Leslieville’s first residents were either employed at one of several brick making companies that used to operate in the area, or were market gardeners.
Built in 1863 one of the first buildings in the village was the Leslieville Public School. It was Alexander Muir, Leslieville's first principal who composed the song "The Maple Leaf Forever". Inspiration for this iconic Canadian song came from a brilliant autumn maple leaf that fell from a Leslieville tree onto his jacket one crisp fall day. A historic plaque found at the intersection of Memory Lane and Laing Street memorializes this moment in Canadian history.
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