With a plethora of parks, restaurants, retail, schools, shops, and cafés all just minutes from your front door, the neighbourhood of Bedford Park is a wonderful reminder of just how comfortable and convenient city living can be.
A network of ravines and forest connects through the community, starting at the Douglas Greenbelt, tracing a green line all the way to the Don Valley. This lush landscape sits alongside thriving urban amenities — a blend of inviting boutiques, cinemas, transit, private clubs, and gourmet grocery shops.
Delight your senses with a lineup of international products at Pusateri’s Fine Foods. Shop your favourite designer brands in the stores along Yonge Street. Work up a sweat at local studios like Barreworks. Walk your kids to one of the best schools in the city.
With all of this at your fingertips, it’s no wonder that Bedford Park residents are so fiercely proud and protective of their community. After all, this is a neighbourhood bursting with charm, character, and a personal touch.
Connected to Nature
On any given afternoon you can find residents walking their dogs through the Douglas Greenbelt, a hidden band of parkland on the northeast corner of Avenue and Lawrence. The greenbelt connects to the Toronto ravine system, extending more than eight kilometres across the city all the way to the Don Valley, providing locals with easy access to a wide variety of parks, paths, and places to stay active and fit.
In fact, Bedford Park is brimming with residents who aren’t willing to compromise access to nature, for life in the city. And here, they don’t have to. The area surrounding Avenue and Lawrence boasts over two dozen parks filled with playgrounds, baseball diamonds, wading pools, basketball and tennis courts, not to mention the numerous walking, jogging, and cycling paths.
There are community centres and a host of private clubs, including the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, the Granite Club, and the Rosedale Golf Club.
The Douglas Greenbelt Ravine will be expanded with the addition of 250 Lawrence, providing improved access, putting your daily walks closer to home.
Every spring the graduating class of Havergal College gathers under the tents on Ratcliffe Field, a stone’s throw from 250 Lawrence, ready to take their place as the school’s newest “Old Girls.” The bright young women join the esteemed ranks of Havergal alumni, graduates that include distinguished authors, athletes, journalists, politicians, even an inductee in the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Since 1894 this revered private school for girls has been preparing young women to make a difference, turning out more than 9,000 alumnae who have helped shape the cultural, political, economic, and academic landscapes of the nation and the world. Today, Havergal continues to build on more than a century of tradition, but they’re not the only school in the area pushing the boundaries of education to turn out tomorrow’s leaders.
250 Lawrence offers access to an impressive lineup of esteemed institutions including Upper Canada College, Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, Bedford Park Public School, John Ross Robertson Junior Public School, Glenview Senior Public School, and John Wanless Junior Public School, nearly all of which have consistently appeared on lists of the top schools in Toronto.
Directly across the street is Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute. The distinguished high school has consistently scored well on Ontario’s EQAO testing, with 97% of students surpassing provincial standards. They also offer an award-winning music program and strong student support in the arts.
- 1. 12 Tables
- 2. Ambrosia Natural Foods
- 3. Bobbette & Belle Artisanal Pastries
- 4. Bruno’s Fine Foods
- 5. Cibo Wine Bar
- 6. Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse
- 7. Coppi
- 8. De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters
- 9. Dufflet Pastries
- 10. Grazie Ristorante
- 11. Greenhouse Juice Co.
- 12. Issmi Sushi
- 13. Karbouzi
- 14. La Bamboche
- 15. La Vecchia Ristorante
- 16. Loblaws
- 17. Metro
- 18. Miller Tavern
- 19. Padella – Italian Eatery
- 20. Parmigiano Trattoria
- 21. Pusateri’s Fine Foods
- 22. Riz on Yonge
- 23. Shinobu Sushi
- 24. SIP Wine Bar
- 25. STACK
- 26. Starbucks
- 27. The Burger Cellar
- 28. Trio Ristorante
- 29. Tutto Pronto
- 30. Uncle Betty’s Diner
- 31. Wildfire Steakhouse
- 32. Yonge Sushi
- 33. Club Monaco
- 34. Distinct Furniture & Upholstery
- 35. Gilded and Green Flowers
- 36. Jerome’s Menswear
- 37. L’Occitane
- 38. Manor Manor
- 39. Melmira Bra & Swimsuits
- 40. Out on a Limb Boutique
- 41. Roots
- 42. Spectacle
- 43. Sporting Life
- 44. Su Casa Design
- 45. The Hatter
- 46. WANT Apothecary
- 47. Want Boutique
- 48. West Elm
- 49. AVRO Academy
- 50. Bannockburn School
- 51. Bedford Park Public School
- 52. Beth Jacob Private School
- 53. Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
- 54. Canadian Language Learning College
- 55. Glenview Senior Public School
- 56. Havergal College
- 57. John Ross Robertson Junior Public School
- 58. John Wanless Junior Public School
- 59. Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
- 60. Ledbury Park Elementary and Middle School
- 61. Martha Hicks School of Ballet
- 62. Scholars Education Centre
- 63. Bedford Parkette
- 64. Brookdale Park
- 65. Chatsworth Ravine
- 66. Douglas Greenbelt
- 67. Duplex Parkette
- 68. Frame of Mind Gallery
- 69. Fusion Artz Cafe
- 70. Heart Park
- 71. Ledbury Outdoor Swimming Pool
- 72. North Toronto Aquatic Club
- 73. Otter Creek Centre
- 74. Sheldon Rose Gallery
- 75. Anytime Fitness
- 76. Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto
- 77. Barreworks
- 78. Bella Fit Yoga
- 79. Civello
- 80. Corallo Men’s Salon
- 81. Don Valley Golf Course
- 82. Granite Club
- 83. La Beauty Boutique
- 84. Lawrence Park Tennis Club
- 85. LCBO
- 86. Mind Health Toronto
- 87. Pure Salon & Spa
- 88. Rosedale Golf Club
- 89. Shoppers Drug Mart
- 90. The Blowdry Lounge
- 91. Valley Tennis Club
- 92. Yoga Centre Toronto
INSPIRED TASTE Q&A WITH IDA PUSATERI
Ida Pusateri is a tough woman to get a hold of. But it should come as no surprise since she sits at the helm of a gourmet grocery chain that includes three stores, two Saks Food Halls, and plans to expand into British Columbia and Quebec.
Pusateri’s, one of North Toronto’s most beloved retail institutions, has been tantalizing palates from its flagship location at Avenue and Lawrence since 1986, just steps to 250 Lawrence. Today the business is run by Ida, her brother, and her three children, continuing the legacy started by her husband Cosimo and his parents, more than 50 years ago.
We had a chance to speak to the Pusateri’s matriarch about today’s evolving lifestyle, the importance of a good olive oil and good taste. Here’s what she had to say.
Q Welcome Ida! Thank you so much for being with us today and for sharing the impressive story behind Pusateri’s, a family-run business for three generations. How did you and your husband decide on Avenue and Lawrence as the location for Pusateri’s flagship store?
A It’s my pleasure. I’m always excited to welcome new neighbours to midtown. We were operating a small grocery store on St. Clair. It started as a fruit market and slowly we added meat and grocery items. Cosimo was a visionary, he decided to move the store to Avenue and Lawrence. We had some customers follow us there and we built up a new customer base in the neighbourhood. We really became a destination. Chefs would always say if you can’t find it anywhere you can find it at Pusateri’s. We began to import Italian olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Parma Ham and truffles. We became known for our amazing imports and the best local products and meat.
Q What’s your favourite part about having a shop here?
A Our history in the neighbourhood. We’ve been around so long that we’ve really gotten to know our customers – they’ve become like one big extended family. I love walking through the store on a Saturday, chatting with old friends. We feel like we’re part of the fabric of the community, this really feels like our home.
Q What do you love most about the neighbourhood?
A It’s the perfect location. The street itself is always evolving, the schools are wonderful, and there’s a mix of young families and older generations and everyone is so friendly. It’s also really easy to get everywhere in the city from Avenue and Lawrence.
Q What sets Pusateri’s apart in the market?
A First and foremost quality, we offer the best. Whether it’s the freshest product from the market that day or the best imports from Europe and Italy - we have it all under one roof. And, at this location, we also have staff that have been with us since the beginning, some for 30 years.
Q Pusateri’s also offers home-meal-replacement and catering, so if someone wanted to throw a dinner party with all the fun and none of the fuss, they could call up the store and order a feast set to impress?
A Our customers love good food but sometimes don’t want the mess, so we have chefs in every Pusateri’s location, making the freshest items for our counters. We have a full catering department offering everything from simple lunch platters to fully planned events. Our chefs will also come to your home, cook and plate a 3-course meal, and serve it to your guests. We also partner with a wine rep who will come to present a wine and food pairing. It’s a wonderful event for a small dinner party and one of our most requested services these days.