There is plenty to see and do in Princess-Rosethorn whether you are looking for family-friendly activities, solo, or adult only. Locals love the friendly atmosphere and ease of access to Toronto and beyond. As a neighbourhood of Toronto, you get both the comforts of city life while enjoying a peaceful, open community. Princess-Rosethorn is one of the first subdivision communities in Etobicoke and is a prime example of post-WWII architecture and design. Most of the community consists of subdivisions and planned communities so it’s easy to meet your neighbours and join in on the community fun.
Because Princess-Rosethorn is made up of subdivisions, you’ll find this to be a family-friendly community. Princess-Rosethorn has wonderful public transport as well as great walkability to enjoy all the community has to offer. You may find yourself exploring nearby parks or some of the local eateries. You may also notice most of the streets and services are royally named. Princess-Rosethorn is unique in that it is technically split into two areas, Princess Anne and Princess Margaret. Most find that Princess-Rosethorn is laid back and relaxed with a large appeal to families.
Since Princess-Rosethorn is a residential area, there are no commercial centres in the neighbourhood. There are plenty of great restaurants and fun shops minutes away though. Mai Bistro, for example, is an Asian restaurant with a Latin flare created by one of the top ten chefs in the city. Small tapas include green mango with tiger shrimp and large tapas include lemongrass pork with Asian slaw.
At Bramble Gastropub you will find a warm atmosphere and classic, comfort food. Their brunch is popular for the smoked duck breast benedict and house-made ricotta. Be sure you save room for their Eton Mess, which is brandied blackberries with burnt marshmallow over cake with chantilly cream and meringue. Cano also has a popular brunch. They are a family-owned Italian restaurant specializing in seafood dishes, such as their grilled Mediterranean sea bass with orange beurre blanc.
The closest shopping mall is the Humbertown Shopping Centre, where you find locally owned boutiques, a bookstore, a grocery store, and services. The largest area mall is the Woodbine Mall and Fantasy Fair. There you will find big box stores, like Best Buy, along with upscale boutiques, toy stores, gift shops, and more.
Princess-Rosethorn is located between the coveted The Kingsway and west Toronto giving you exclusive access to all the amenities of both. Travel to Kingsway and find golfing, fine dining, and specialty shopping. Head into the city for all the art and culture that Toronto has to offer, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the CN Tower.
There are plenty of community parks in the area for Princess-Rosethorn residents to enjoy, including Princess Anastasia Park, Rosethorn Park with a tennis court and playground, and Lloyd Manor Park. One of the favourite places in the summer, for kids and adults alike, is the Thorncrest Village Pool.
Nearby, in Humber Valley Village, is the botanical garden, James Gardens. In addition to the stone pathways winding through flower gardens, spring-fed pools, and lush trees, there is lawn bowling in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. Anytime is a great time to enjoy the scenic lookout over downtown Toronto and Humber Valley.
There are several schools serving the students in the Princess-Rosethorn community. Some of note are:
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