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Danforth Road

Route information

Maintained by City of Toronto

Length 7.2 km[2] (4.5 mi)

Major junctions

South end Danforth Avenue

  St. Clair Avenue Midland Avenue Brimley Road Eglinton Avenue

North end Continues as McCowan Road
McCowan Road
south of Lawrence Avenue

Highway system

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Street signs from various eras for Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
in Toronto

Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
(informally also known as the Danforth) and Danforth Road are two historically-related arterial streets in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
is an east–west street that begins in Old Toronto
at the Prince Edward Viaduct
Prince Edward Viaduct
as a continuation of Bloor Street and continues for about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east through old Toronto, about 350 metres (1,150 ft) of old East York, and a further 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) in Scarborough until intersecting with Kingston Road via a trumpet interchange. Danforth Road
Danforth Road
splits off the Avenue west of Warden Avenue, and runs diagonally northeast until south of Lawrence Avenue, where it continues as McCowan Road. Line 2 Bloor–Danforth
Line 2 Bloor–Danforth
of the Toronto
subway runs just north of Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
from the Don River as far as Main Street station, before gradually veering north as it heads east.


1 History 2 Route description

2.1 Points of interest 2.2 References in pop culture

3 See also 4 References

History[edit] Danforth Road
Danforth Road
was named for American contractor Asa Danforth Jr., who built portions of what would become Queen Street and Kingston Road. He started work in 1799 on Danforth's Road as (originally) a hundred-mile route from Scarborough to the Trent River. That road was completed 1801, but soon fell into disrepair and was largely replaced by the 1817 Kingston Road stagecoach route. Danforth Avenue, named because it was created to connect Toronto
to Danforth Road, was officially built by the Don and Danforth Plank Road Company in 1851 to Broadview Avenue, as well as connecting to Kingston Road. In Scarborough, Danforth Road
Danforth Road
connects Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
with McCowan Road. It is possible, therefore, to stand at the intersection of "Danforth and Danforth", i.e. Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
and Danforth Road. Local references, therefore, are careful to note whether it is the Avenue or the Road being referred to—although the term "the Danforth" always refers to Danforth Avenue, and never to Danforth Road. Warden Avenue
Warden Avenue
and Birchmount Road
Birchmount Road
in Scarborough are two of the four routes to intersect with both Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
and Danforth Road
Danforth Road
(the others being residential Scotia and Medford avenues). With other routes, the distinction is unnecessary; for example, "Victoria Park and Danforth" means Danforth Avenue, while "Kennedy and Danforth" means Danforth Road. Previously, Danforth Road
Danforth Road
continued around the Highland Creek along local residential roadways now known as:

Painted Post Drive - two broken sections from Bellamy Road
Bellamy Road
to Scarborough Golf Club Road north of Lawrence Avenue
Lawrence Avenue
East Military Trail - begins east of Scarborough Golf Club Road from Ellesmere to Morrish Road (does not connect with Kingston Road) Colonel Danforth Trail - near Kingston Road and Lawson Roads to near Meadowvale Road and Lawrence Avenue
Lawrence Avenue
East Clonmore Drive - from near Victoria Park Avenue
Victoria Park Avenue
and Kingston Road to Warden south of Danforth Avenue Highland Creek Drive - short street branching off from Colonel Danforth Trail and Kingston Road southeast and ends within Colonel Danforth Park

Route description[edit] The west end of Danforth Ave. spans the Don River valley, the Don Valley Parkway and Bayview Avenue
Bayview Avenue
via the Prince Edward Viaduct. West of that bridge, the street continues as Bloor Street. Line 2 Bloor–Danforth
Line 2 Bloor–Danforth
of the Toronto
subway system runs parallel to most of the road's route, offset to the north some 50 metres (160 ft). The subway follows Danforth from the Viaduct west of Broadview station
Broadview station
to Main Street station. Danforth GO Station, just off Main Street, takes its name from the avenue, where the commuter rail line intersects with it, on the Lakeshore East route. Danforth is served by the Toronto
Transit Commission bus system only east of Main Street Station. Routes 16 McCowan and 113 Danforth serve the road during the day and 302 Danforth-McCowan run during the night. Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
was formerly designated as Ontario
Highway 5 from the Don River (at Bloor Street) east to Kingston Road. Like many urban stretches of provincial roadway, it was formally decommissioned as a Connecting Link
Connecting Link
on January 1, 1998. Points of interest[edit]

Many street signs along the western Danforth are in both English and Greek.

"Taste of the Danforth" attracts one million visitors over three days every August.

Danforth is home to Toronto's Greek community, also known as Greektown. Shoppers World Danforth, a World War II
World War II
munitions plant (and before that, a Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company
plant). It became a Ford plant again after the war, until Ford moved to Oakville in 1953, then an American Motors (AMC) plant, producing Ramblers, Nashes and Hudsons, before AMC moved to Brampton. The buildings were retained and were converted to a shopping mall in 1962. Scarborough War Memorial, at the eastern end of Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
at Kingston Road, once the junctions of former Highways 2 and 5. Variety Village, an athletic facility for adults and youths with disabilities. Birchmount Stadium
Birchmount Stadium
and Scarborough Arena Gardens. Bill's House of Wood - Largest wooden shoe shop in Canada. Ralph Day Funeral Home was the Danforth's oldest business at 180 Danforth, east of Broadview. The Day family still owns the business; however, they recently[when?] closed it and moved it to larger facilities in neighbouring Thorncliffe Park Trull Funeral Home located at 1111 Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
is now[when?] the oldest business on the street Square Boy Drive-In - Classic burger restaurant

On Christmas Eve 2001, the Woodbine Building Supply fire occurred. The hardware store was located at the intersection of Danforth and Woodbine Avenues. It was one of the biggest fires in Toronto's history, as 170 firefighters were required to bring the six-alarm blaze under control. The building was less than 50 m (160 ft) from residences in the neighbourhood and more than fifty families had to evacuate their homes on Christmas morning. One person was killed and another was severely disfigured. Police and insurance quickly suspected arson and several people have since been convicted. The Magno family has since built a 12-storey condo building on the site. References in pop culture[edit]

The band Rush reference the street in the instrumental "La Villa Strangiato" from the album Hemispheres (1978), in which section VII is subtitled "Danforth & Pape". The Barenaked Ladies
Barenaked Ladies
reference this street in their song "The Old Apartment" from the album Born on a Pirate Ship
Born on a Pirate Ship
(1996) in the line "I know we don't live here anymore/We bought an old house on the Danforth". (This would in reality be difficult to do, as the Danforth is almost entirely composed of commercial buildings and apartments.) The Only Cafe, a popular hangout famous for its beer selection, is the subject of a song, "Just about 'The Only' Blues", by the Canadian alternative rockers The Lowest of the Low. In the seventh Flavia de Luce story As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley, the fictional Miss Bodycotes Female Academy is located on the Danforth.

See also[edit]


Highway 33 - now Loyalist Parkway and parts of the road once named Danforth's Road, a stagecoach route


^ "Danforth Ave route". Google Maps. Retrieved March 28, 2017.  ^ " Danforth Road
Danforth Road
route". Google Maps. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 

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