Thistletown - Etobicoke, Ontario neighbourhoods and nearby communities
Thistletown or "Old Thistletown," is located along Albion Road SE of Kipling & Finch, and the ravines of the two Humber River valleys. The community was once called "Coonats Corners" for a family that settled here in the early 1800s, followed by John Grubb who's 1832 riverstone home is still standing, in the community. There were some turn of the 1900s housing though the area remained rural until Toronto's post-war housing boom.
Motorists have fast access to Highway 401 via Islington Avenue or Weston Road. Commuters has TTC bus service along Finch Avenue West to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line , and along Albion Road to connect to the Islington Avenue bus which connects to the Islington station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
The community is served by a public and a Catholic elementary and a public high school. It is also vbery cloe to the North Campus of Humber College.
The retail district centred around Islington Avenue and Albion Road is one of the most culturally diverse shopping areas in the City of Toronto. Included in this mix are a plethora of East and West Indian, African, Middle Eastern and Asian food shops and restaurants. Convenience-type shops including supermarkets, drug stores and banks can be found at the Thistletown Plaza on Albion Road.
The 5.5 km paved West Humber recreational trail connects to the Humber Arboretum, beside Humber College, is a popular botanical & ornamental garden featuring hundreds of flowering species especially Rhododendrons and Azaleas. There are two parks in the community, each with tennis and baseball facilities. The Franklin Carmichael Art Centre overlooks the Humber River Valley, and offers art classes and the Thistletown Multi-Service Centre and the Seniors Centre offer a variety of programs.
The community has many houses overlooking the forest ravines of the Humber River. There aree some older homes that were summer cottages from the 1910's, and bungalows built in the 1940s and 50s. Albion Gardens Park and Beaumonde Heights Park areas, dating to the 1950's and 1960's include ranch-style bungalows, split -level houses, and storey-and-a-half homes