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Neighbourhood Roots: The History of Fort York

As you may have seen if you’ve visited the Minto Westside site, we’re located right across the street from Fort York. There is fascinating history surrounding this unique site, and what better way to get to know your future neighbourhood than to learn about its historical roots!

Fort York View from Minto Westside

The site itself is made up of military fortifications and related buildings. Inside the buildings, you will find Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings, and it was the site of the battle of 1813.
Fort York Minto WestsideThe York Barracks, 1804. www.fortyork.ca 

Fort York was built by the British Army and Canadian military troops in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Its purpose was to defend the settlement and the new capital of Upper Canada, “York” (what is now Toronto), from the threat of a military attack from the newly independent United States. During the early years of our city’s history, Fort York played a significant role in the economic and social development of the community.

Fort York saw a lot of action during the War of 1812, when the Americans declared war on Canada and invaded. In 1813 the Americans attacked Fort York twice, burning down many of the barracks and buildings. Shortly afterwards, the Fort was rebuilt into the structure that remains today.

Fort York Map Minto WestsideMap of Fort York during the Attack of 1813. www.fortyork.ca 

Fort York was designated as a ‘National Historic Site of Canada’ in 1923.  On Victoria Day 1934, Fort York opened as a historic site museum. The City of Toronto designated the site, along with the nearby Fort York Armory, as a Heritage Conservation District in 1985.

Today, Fort York is conveniently open year-round and offers a fantastic opportunity to take part in tours, exhibits, and seasonal demonstrations. During the warmer months, the site is busy with ceremonies of the Fort Guard. The fort houses various exhibits, such as restored period rooms and traditional museum galleries, and the site hosts arts and cultural festivals on it’s grounds as well.

Fort York Guard Minto WestsideThe Fort York Guard. www.fortyork.ca

Fort York is another great reason to enjoy the King West neighborhood, not just for its vibrant culture and exciting shops and eateries, but for the rich history as well!

Find out more about Fort York at www.fortyork.ca. Or visit mintowestside.com to learn more about living in this fabulous neighbourhood!

A Golden Groundbreaking!

We’re officially breaking ground at Minto Yorkville Park!

Minto employees, our partners, MYP consultants and our trades celebrated this momentous milestone last Friday, June 10th, with lunch served by the Egg Man foodtruck and a few words of wisdom from our fearless leader, David Stewart, President of Minto Communities. The entire team cheered as Dave sunk a shovel into the dirt, officially breaking ground at our site at the northeast corner of Cumberland and Bellair Streets in Yorkville. It was a beautiful sunny day and a wonderful time to be out in Yorkville commemorating this important event!


Earlier in the week our MYP future residents joined us at Sassafraz to celebrate the start of construction and for a chance to meet their new neighbours. Next door to the site of their soon-to-be home, Sassafraz laid out quite the spread of delicious eats and delectable treats. Purchasers mixed and mingled and got to know members of the Minto Construction, MasterCare, Customer Experience, Sales, Development and Marketing teams. Agnieszka Wloch, VP of Development, and Troy Dosman, VP of Construction, welcomed guests and got everyone excited about the construction of the most luxurious new tower in the heart of Yorkville.

Guests had their photos taken with fun props and hard hats and enjoyed spectacular entertainment from the 5-piece Steve Hunter Band and slight-of-hand magician Wij.


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It was a fantastic evening and we were thrilled to get to know our future residents a little better. Thanks to all who attended.

Check out these photos to see how the site is shaping up!

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Want to learn more about Minto Yorkville Park? Check out our website or visit us at the Minto Condo Store to purchase your suite today!

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Demolition in Yorkville

If you’ve been by the intersection of Cumberland and Bellair lately, you will have noticed that the old office building is coming down as we start to prepare for the construction of Minto Yorkville Park!

Demolition of a structure like this takes careful planning and execution and the demolition team is following a step-by-step engineered process to bring down the old building at 94 Cumberland.

Minto Yorkville Park

The first step of the process was considered largely non-structural & prepatory partial demolition. The demolition crew removed and disposed of any unnecessary equipment and materials including non-structural walls throughout the building.  An opening was cut through each floor to erect the tower crane that will assist in the demolition process such as removing the exterior precast panels of the building as well as bringing down debris.

Minto Yorkville Park

Next, the demolition contractor will begin to lower the building to the top of the third floor slab using small demolition equipment, which will be operated on the floors of the building. The remainder of the building will be demolished to ground level using demolition excavators equipped with shear, grapple and hammer attachments.

Minto Yorkville Park

Once the building has been leveled to grade, the crew will demolish and remove the existing foundation of the building, demolishing while backfilling to facilitate the start of excavation & shoring for Minto Yorkville Park.

We’re looking forward to seeing the progress on site at Minto Yorkville Park! We’ll continue to keep you in the loop on construction as the building starts to take off.

Do you want #24KaratLiving in Yorkville? We have suites available starting from the low $400s. Contact us today or come in and visit us at our sales centre at 101 Yorkville Ave



Construction is Hot at Minto30Roe!

This summer has been hot, just like construction at Minto30Roe! The tower is taking off, and is now rising above the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood. You’ve probably seen it if you’ve been by the area – it looks exactly like our rendering! Life mimicking art, isn’t it beautiful!

Minto 30Roe Construction

The construction team is now pouring concrete for the 25th floor. The pours are coming along quickly thanks to the fly forms being used to help pour concrete on each floor. The windows have been installed up to the 16th floor, making the exterior of the building look almost finished up to these floors!

Minto 30Roe Construction

Inside the building, lots of work is going on to creating the interiors of your future home at Minto30Roe. The corridors of each floor have been framed up to the 10th floor. The suites are also coming along quickly and have been framed up to the 6th floor, making the suites come to life with their individual rooms. The drywalling team is following up framing, now drywalling up to the 3rd floor suites.
Minto 30Roe Construction

If you’re in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood, be sure to take a walk down Roehampton Ave to catch a glimpse of the progress at Minto30Roe!

Minto 30Roe Construction

Want to live here? We still have suites available at Minto30Roe! Contact us or come visit us at the Minto Condo Store to speak with a sales representative today!



Westside Neighbourhood Profile: Colette Grand Café

Colette Grand Café – on Wellington Ave, just up the street from Minto Westside – brings modern French cuisine in a sophisticated and beautiful atmosphere you can’t get enough of. Located in the Thompson Hotel, this pretty and unique restaurant is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Surrounded by a beautiful park and water feature, Colette is a hidden oasis in a bustling city.

Colette Minto Westside

Colette brings Paris living to life with its Parisian-style interior. Designed by Gianpiero Pugliese of AUDAX Archiecture, the restaurant is divided into different areas for a bakery café, bar, lounge and library area, dining room and a wrap-around outdoor dining space decorated with elegant plants and shaded cut-out pavilion.

Colette Minto Westside

The café overlooks the Thompson’s courtyard pool. It’s a great place to grab a latte or one of their house made pastries. Inside, the café is cozy, elegant and quiet, allowing you to bring your laptop or a book to get some work done. The dessert cases in the café will make your mouth water with their stacks of delish French macarons, petit fours, tarts, croissants, baguettes and more.  Outside, the outdoor seating area is a beautiful extension of the indoor café, covered by a tall trellis and sitting directly over the water. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy lunch on a sunny day.

Colette Minto Westside

The café’s dining room has a lunch and dinner menu that embodies everything about fine French food. The menu features favourites such as veal tartare, goat cheese soufflé, foie gras and steak and frites. The bar is equipped mainly of French bottles and wine. All cocktails are premium and handcrafted.

Colette Minto Westside

Minto Westside will be steps away from this beautiful restaurant and café. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and enjoy fine French pasteries in your energetic neighbourhood on the Westside. The bakery is open from 7 am to 6 pm daily, and the dining room is open at 11:30 am and on Sundays at 10 am for brunch and dinner.

Colette Minto Westside

Want to live in the Westside neighbourhood? Register for Minto Westside – design-forward condos at Front and Bathurst. Visit us at our sales centre today!



Kenya Bruce

Meet Daniela: Assistant Superintendent at 88

Meet Daniela, our enthusiastic Assistant Superintendent at 88. As Assistant Superintendent, Daniela is in charge of build out and finishes. Build out is the composition of the interior structure of the building, working from framing of exterior and interior walls to mechanical and electrical rough in. Daniela carries this process through to the finishes which include cabinets, countertops, and flooring, to name a few.

There’s a lot to keep track of in a building that’s 35 storeys high, and Daniela does a incredible job at keeping everyone positive and keeping the work on schedule.

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In her 7 years at Minto, Daniela has been a part of 4 projects – Minto Skyy, Minto775, Minto WaterGarden and 88.  She started her career as a coordinator at Skyy and the hands-on learning she attainedby being able to participate in on site activities helped her gain the experience she needed to move up in her position. She became more confident and transitioned into her role as an assistant superintendent at Minto 775, where she learned how to manage the process, trades, and any obstacles that came her way.

We sat down with Daniela to talk about what it’s like to work on site as an Assistant Superintendent.


What’s your favourite part about your job?

To have to pick one particular aspect about my job that I favour is hard. It’s a challenging and exciting environment where I have the ability to be part of a team that creates a massive structure which one day someone will call their home. We construct a landmark in this beautiful city and have the satisfaction of knowing that we were involved in creating it.

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What’s the hardest part?

The fast-paced nature of the work is tough, and it can become pretty stressful at times but I think that’s what I also enjoy about it. I don’t think I could ever work in a slow-paced environment.


What are you most looking forward to seeing come together at 88?

I’m excited to see it all come together, especially with the amazing water feature– I think Minto always executes water features very well. As all the finishes come together in the amenities and common areas, you start to realize that the final product of a project you’ve been working on for a long time is finally coming into fruition and you feel as though you’ve achieved something great. I’ve gained so much from my past projects and I’ve enjoyed working on this one too; we have a great team, we have a lot of fun, and we get the job done.

last concrete pour


 What’s a typical day like?

I normally meet with the labourers and handymen before 7am to go over the plan for the day. Once we’ve mapped out what needs to be done, I ensure that everyone, including the trades, are all executing our plan accordingly, ensuring everyone is on track. There’s always going to be hurdles throughout the day but it’s how I deal with them that makes a difference in our productivity. I also have an iPad that helps me keep track of our daily progress, problems, and deficiencies which allows me do my job more effectively. I’m constantly on my feet, usually getting to most of the 35 floors in the building in one day. It can be quite the workout!


What’s it like working in a predominately male work environment?

I have a great relationship with the trades and my team, and there is a lot of mutual respect. To me, it doesn’t make an impact in the way I work or how I interact with the trades on site. We are all working together to achieve a common goal. I’m proud to be one of the few women working in this field, hopefully I can inspire more to follow my lead.


Thanks for the update Daniela! It was great hearing more about what happens on-site. The construction of 88 is almost complete and our home owners will be moving in soon! We only have a few suites left at this fabulous condo. Contact us at 416.915.3800 to book your private tour.


Décor DIY: Freshen Up for Spring

It’s time to get rid of those winter chills! Start this spring off right with some easy DIY décor tricks that will make your condo vibrant, spacious and cheerful. Make your condo the source of entertainment by turning your patio into a whole new outdoor space, or switch up a few things around the house for a major refresh! Here are a few quick and easy DIY spring décor tips to bring out that inner interior designer.


Make your own mini art gallery 

Minto Decor DIY

Buy different sized picture frames that have precut mats inside them. Print out your favourite and most unique artistic photos. Make sure your frames don’t clash with your wall colour. If your wall and furniture are simple and white, buy thin black frames with white paper mats or silver frames with linen or grey mats. This way your gallery will look professional, sleek and elegant. You can make this gallery work anywhere in your home: in the foyer, in the living room, or in your den.


Add a mirror next to your dining table 

Minto Decor DIY

In feng shui, dining rooms are the perfect place to add a mirror. Dining represents a family’s wealth and by adding a mirror in the dining room will magnify this energy. You can choose a big and bold mirror to hang in a small dining room. Make sure the mirror is big enough to complement the room, but not too big and overpowering. You can also choose to lean your mirror against a wall. This way the whole dining room is reflected, making it seem larger.


Make your balcony cozy 

Minto Decor DIY

With the summer months just around the corner, transform your balcony into your dream outdoor space.  Add your own style by adding a small outdoor dining set, vibrant mat, your favourite plants and outdoor string lighting.  You can even throw a blanket over the chairs for those cool summer nights.


Change up your bedding 


The vibe of an entire room can change instantly with a new set of bedding. Add a pop of pastel to your room by choosing spring colours, think baby pinks, blues, lavender. Find pillows with textures and patterns that will match your bedding and give your room a hint of colour. Keep the bedding simple and natural so you can reuse it whenever you like. You can find bedding sets, such as “bed in a bag” for $100 at stores like Bed Bath and Beyond.


Use open storage in your kitchen

MInto Decor DIY

If your condo is lacking storage in your kitchen, use open storage. Choose an industrial metal shelving unit for extra kitchen space. The metal touches will compliment stainless steel appliances that many modern condo kitchens have. Add baskets to store snacks and incorporate a few decorative touches to make it look fun!

Starting to spring clean and spruce up your space? Share you spring decor ideas with us!


© Kenya Bruce