The Wychwood Heights community has grown into one of the most vibrant neigbourhoods in the heart of Toronto, offering a harmonious blend of greenscapes and city living. A hidden gem, the area mirrors the city’s diversity, and visitors and residents alike will find a range of services that cater to every need. It’s easy to see why you could fall in love with Wychwood Heights while exploring the shops, restaurants, galleries, events and rich history this dynamic urban oasis offers.
Surrounded by the Cedarvale Ravine, Casa Loma, The Toll Keepers Cottage and the recently-restored Wychwood Barns; Wychwood Heights was founded as a haven for arts and culture. Former residents like famous author Ernest Hemmingway and the prolific Marshall McCluhan called it home. This eclectic, family-friendly area has grown into a local destination for markets, festivals and gastronomic delights with over 130 businesses serving the area around Bathurst and St. Clair West, just steps away from St. Clair West Subway Station. A significant part of the ongoing revitalization includes new condo and retail developments, bringing many fresh faces to the area, and the R.O.W. – TTC Right of Way construction, improving transit for the area; whether you cab, walk, drive or TTC, it’s all only minutes away.
The Wychwood Heights community is constantly growing and developing to cater to the thousands of energetic visitors and residents of Wychwood. Ask local residents and they will likely share their passion for the area pointing out a local haunt or new favourite place. Their sense of community and pride for the area is no surprise given what’s on offer. Come spend the day exploring the architectural marvels of the arts and crafts era and stroll the woodland paths and take a peak in the boutiques and shops, or spend the evening indulging your senses with mouthwatering cuisine and drinks at one of our many restaurants or secret hotspots that are only steps away from each other.
The Wychwood Heights BIA is an organization of business and property owners who, with member and community input, are committed to working and advocating for the creation and management of a vibrant, commercially successful and physically-improved neighbourhood main street, with its own unique local identity.
A Business Improvement Area or BIA as it is known is a municipally designated association composed of property owners and business operators dedicated to maintaining and promoting the business community and local culture. For Wychwood Heights this includes everything between Hilton Ave to the east and Christie St./Humewood Ave. to the west along St. Clair Ave. West.
The Wychwood Heights BIA is managed by a Volunteer Board, City Councillor(s) of the ward and a diverse group of community representatives. These dedicated members have joined together to help to set goals and budgets, implement infrastructure improvements, host special events, promote local businesses and attract new ones.
Each of the commercial and industrial property owners within the BIA help support and fund it through a special tax levy calculated proportionately for each property based on its assessed value. Once the City collects the levy, the funds are returned to the BIA to manage and allocate based on the yearly budget approved and ratified by the BIA members and City Council.
City of Toronto: www.toronto.ca/bia/
Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA): www.toronto-bia.com