Baby Point’s rich history dates back to the 1600s when it was a prosperous Seneca Nation village known as Teiaiagon. The Seneca people found Teiaiagon to be the perfect location for conducting their fur trading activities as this high peninsula of land, located in a bend of the Humber River, was easily defended from attack.
The Seneca village had long since been abandoned when in 1816 the Honourable James Baby settled on this peninsula of land overlooking the Humber River. The present day neighbourhood is named after Baby, a member of a prominent Quebec fur trading family and a former politician in Upper Canada. Baby’s settlement was a virtual Garden of Eden. A lush apple orchard occupied much of the land, and salmon swam in the Humber River. There was even a spring of fresh water that flowed from the hillsides. This water was bottled and shipped around the world.
Baby’s heirs continued to live in Baby Point until 1910 when the government acquired Baby Point with the intention of establishing a military fortress and army barracks on this site. As fate would have it, the government changed its plans and sold Baby Point to developer Robert Home Smith who began developing the Baby Point subdivision in 1912.
Ed Note: Long time Baby Point residents pronounce the name of this neighbourhood “Bobby Point,” using the French pronunciation for Baby, after whom this neighbourhood is named.
The signature streets in this neighbourhood are Baby Point Road and Baby Point Crescent both of which feature large English Manor houses shaded by towering oak trees. Many of these houses back onto the Humber Valley ravine with some commanding a magnificent view of the Humber River. There are also more modest two-storey detached houses located near the Jane Street and Baby Point Road entrance to this neighbourhood. These houses contain rich oak trim and oak doors as well as fireplaces. The majority of Baby Point houses were built in the 1920s and 1930s.
Baby Point residents enjoy the luxury of being able to walk to the nearby shops on Annette and Jane Streets. These two shopping districts offer an eclectic mix of stores including European food shops, antique stores, a discount store, a grocer, variety stores and restaurants. Baby Point residents are a 15-minute walk from the popular Bloor West Village shopping district, which includes specialty food shops, bakeries, restaurants, gift shops, bookstores and clothing stores.
The social and recreational centre of this neighbourhood is the Baby Point Club, located off of Baby Point Road. This private neighbourhood club features two tennis courts, lawn bowling and a log cabin clubhouse that hosts various social events throughout the year.
Baby Point is also an excellent place for exercise walks, jogging and cycling. Its picturesque, winding streets and hilly terrain provide a good challenge for fitness enthusiasts. Baby Point residents can walk to Etienne Brule Park, which has a paved trail that follows the course of the Humber River. This multi-purpose trail is ideal for walking, jogging, cycling and cross-country skiing. This park is also popular for fishing and picnics. Across the street from the park is the Old Mill Tennis Club, which includes four public tennis courts.
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