Toronto West Baby Point Neighbourhood
Baby Point is a residential neighbourhood in the York district of Toronto. It was part of the former City of York before the amalgamation of Toronto in 1998. The area began as two independent municipalities.
The Baby Point enclave was originally a Seneca village. James Baby, pronounced 'Babby', was a member of a prominent Quebec fur trading family and a former politician in Upper Canada. He settled at Baby Point in 1816, after discovering the abandoned village. A lush apple orchard covered the area and salmon swam in the Humber River, giving it an Eden-like quality. Water from a fresh spring nearby was bottled and shipped worldwide.
A set of historic stone gates at the intersection of Jane Street and Baby Point Road mark the entrance to the Baby Point enclave, which could be said to be a precursor to modern gated communities. Baby Point is situated on a peninsula of land—or a 'point' -- overlooking the Humber River, surrounded by ravines and parkland. The larger homes tend to back onto the Humber Valley ravine and are found along Baby Point Road and Baby Point Crescent, while the smaller homes are found near the Jane Street and Baby Point Road entrance. Most of the homes in the enclave were built in the 1920s and 1930s.
Conn Smythe - owner and manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his family, were long-time residents of Baby Point Road
Raymond Souster - Canadian poet (often described as Toronto’s unofficial poet laureate), lived for many years on Baby Point Road