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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!

Meet another one of your Longbranch Neighbours!


Meet Christa, a very excited future-resident of Minto Longbranch! Aside from her enthusiastic admiration for the neighborhood’s mix of nature and city living, she has many reasons why the Longbranch/Mimico community is a perfect match for her lifestyle!


Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

About 3 years ago, I moved to Canada. I grew up and spent most of my life in Switzerland. So why leave that beautiful place? Well, I needed a change. Been there, done that. And if not now, when would I ever explore another great part of the world. I have not had any regrets since.

I love my job in the pharmaceutical industry and was lucky enough to be able to move within my company to their Mississauga office. What a stroke of luck it was that this gave me the opportunity to move to the GTA which has so much to offer: from city living and amenities, culture, all the way to farms and nature.

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Why did you choose to live at Minto Longbranch? What drew you to the Long Branch/Mimico neighbourhood?

The proximity to the lake and public transport drew me in at first. The location cannot be beat. I can hit Hwy. 427 to get to work and on weekends I can easily catch a train to get downtown – and being so close to transit means there is no problem enjoying a drink or two as I’m out. There are some great culinary finds in the area and shopping is so close. It has been a while since I could just walk to the supermarket and ditch the car.

Although, the floor plan layouts and the unique exterior of the Minto Longbranch development gave the final deciding factor. The buildings have a very European touch. I felt well taken care of by the sales staff and so the decision to buy instead of renting somewhere else was an easy one to make.


What type of Longbranch home did you buy and why did you choose it?

I bought the Providence SP at first,  but when I went through the plan in detail at home over the weekend I came to realize that that unit was just not big enough for my purposes. So I went back to the Sales Centre and bought the Urban SP instead (thank goodness it was still available!). I am thrilled with the open plan living room and kitchen area. The rooftop is a great bonus and I can already envision having neighbours and friends over and chilling out.


What are you most looking forward to when you move into your Minto Longbranch home?

What I hope for is to be part of and get involved in the community. Being new to the neighbourhood is something we will all have in common, so I’m excited to meet everyone and see them outdoors in the area, on our way to work. I can’t wait to feel connected to where I live.


Any hobbies or anything else you’d like to tell us about?

In my free time, I love to bake and cook. Over 200 cook books grace my shelves and I find it very inspirational to just browse through my books. My co-workers are spoiled by now as I bring baked goods into work at least once a month if not more. And perhaps sharing with neighbours will allow me to experiment even further. I love to be around produce and anything food related, I volunteer at a local farmer’s market – a tough job as I start is 5am, but so rewarding. Cherry, peach, nectarine, plum and apricot picking are a favourite past time of mine as well, including making jam and pies with these wonderful fruits.

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And last but not least, what would life be without travelling? I love going on trips close and far. Road trips are definitely top of my list for a great time, but I also enjoy flying to anywhere in the world that’s new or re-visiting some of the great places I’ve visited in the past. I love to explore new things and places – and getting to know new friends.


We look forward to tasting Christa’s delicious baked goods and are so happy that she is a part of the Minto Longbranch community!

Interested in living at Minto Longbranch? Register today for Phase 2!



Did you know….Fun facts about Oshawa

Filled with parks, arts, and history, Oshawa is a fantastic place to live! There is so much to see and do in this city where our Kingmeadow community is situated. Here are some of our favourite facts about Oshawa:


Oshawa has an abundance of parks, trails and natural areas

Oshawa Kingmeadow Minto

With over 410 hectares of parkland and more than 27 kilometers of paved trails, there is lots of space to explore in Oshawa! The parks and trails are a great place to enjoy with friends and family, but also a great place to bike, run, rollerblade or workout. Everyone loves working out in the great outdoors, and in Oshawa there’s over 130 parks for you to choose from! During the summer and fall, these parks can be a nice quiet setting for reading a book or having a picnic.




General Motors Canada was founded in Oshawa

GM Oshawa Minto

Founded in 1876 as the McLaughlin Carriage Company, General Motors of Canada’s main headquarters and major assembly plants are located in Oshawa. In 2011, Oshawa was named the “Automotive Capital of Canada.” You can also visit the Canadian Automotive Museum located in Downtown Oshawa. The museum holds a significant collection of Canadian cars from the 19th century to the present.







Many movies were filmed in Oshawa

 leblanc-parkwood09re01The home of Samuel McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada has been the backdrop of many known films. The Parkwood Estate was officially designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1989. Tours are given year-round at the estate. Movies that were filmed here or used the estate as a backdrop are Studio 54, Billy Madison, Chicago and X-Men. The estate is a great place to learn the history of Oshawa’s founding family and see how they live. The surrounding grounds and gardens are perfect for photos.




Farmers’ Markets are a big thing in Oshawa

 Oshawa Farmers Market Kingmeadow Minto

With over 6 different farmers’ markets to choose from, Oshawa has your organic grocery needs covered all throughout summer until fall. Durham Farm Fresh has all the latest information about farms, markets, chefs and restaurants in the area. If you’re interested in buying local and fresh ingredients you can check out their farm food directory here.








You too can live in beautiful North Oshawa. We have brand new single family homes and townhomes available at our award winning Minto Kingmeadow communtiy! Visit our website or contact us today for more information.


Kenya Bruce


Yorkville Park Neighbourhood Profile: Equinox Fitness

Hitting the gym can now feel like a luxury at the new Equinox Fitness Club in Yorkville. Just down the street from Minto Yorkville Park, Equinox Yorkville allows you to experience a new level of fitness in the city’s trendiest neighbourhood.Yorkville_2048x1000

The new Equinox Fitness Club is designed based on its neighbourhood setting. As Yorkville has a close-knit neighbourhood, the creators of Equinox in Yorkville wanted that mirrored in their fitness club. “What we really want incorporated in this gym is that community-feel like Yorkville has” explains  Claudia Madalena, Membership Advisor at Equinox Yorkville.

Incorporating the community-feel into this gym will make you feel comfortable and at home. Just steps away from Minto Yorkville Park, Equinox Yorkville is a great place to try different fitness classes or personal training, when you want to branch out from the gym equipment at home in Minto Yorkville Park.


“We have a lot of classes to offer, classes that are signature to Equinox. And what’s great about them is they will be different every single time,” says Claudia. Some of the classes offered at Equinox Yorkville are Yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts, and Studio Cycling, to name a few. The gym will also be equipped with a full-service spa, steam rooms, a juice bar and snack lounge.

“We have a very strong focus on functional training, which is everyday movements that you use in your everyday life. That’s why we say it’s not fitness, it’s life,” adds Claudia.


This luxury fitness centre is right in the neighbourhood when you live at Minto Yorkville Park. If you’re interested in a membership, drop into the Equinox show room at 108 Yorkville Avenue to learn more about Equinox and what fitness program is right for you!



 Kenya Bruce

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

300th Move-In at Kingmeadow

We’ve had a busy summer in the Kingmeadow neighbourhood, not only with construction but also with moving homeowners into their new homes. We celebrated a milestone a few weeks ago when we had our 300th move-in at Kingmeadow!

Group photo

When our 300th home owners, Jessica and Nicholas, arrived at their new home after picking up their keys, they were greeted with champagne, cupcakes, and an entire welcoming committee made up of the Minto MasterCare, Construction, and Sales Teams.

Jessica and Nicholas grew up in Whitby and so they chose to buy a home in Kingmeadow to be close to their families. The area is ideal for them because of the location, with the 407 coming through and the new RioCan shopping mall coming to the community. Jessica is a nurse who works nearby at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, and Nicholas is a steel stud framer who has worked on Minto projects such as Minto775 and Minto WaterGarden.

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The two are high school sweethearts and Kingmeadow is their first home together. They both went to school at UOIT down the street, so they’re familiar with the area. “We’ll probably be at the St. Louis Wings down the street a lot!” Nicholas told us.

Jessica and Nicholas are excited to start their new chapter of their lives together at Kingmeadow, and they’re looking forward to seeing the community develop. Congratulations and welcome to the neighbourhood!


Interested in living in the Kingmeadow community? We still have homes available at Kingmeadow! Check out our website or come visit us at our sales centre today to learn more and choose your dream home!


Meet Your Neighbours at Minto Longbranch

Meet Trevor and Barbara Ann! They’re a young couple who purchased at Minto Longbranch and can’t wait to move into their new home. We met up with them get the scoop about everything from Longbranch living to Fashion blogging. Here’s what they have to say about the community.

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1. What brought you and Trevor to the Minto Longbranch neighbourhood?

My husband, Trevor and I are two creatives, always looking for adventure and inspiration. Living so close to the water and the city is actually a dream come true.


2. What are you most looking forward to when you move into your Minto Longbranch home?

After renting for 5 years, we cannot wait for a fresh start with a lot more space! I work as an art director and fashion blogger and Trevor works in finance and moonlights as a photographer. We plan to create beautiful projects and memories in our little Minto Longbranch home!


3. You purchased a Village 3 bedroom corner with a rooftop terrace, what did you like about this suite?

We fell in love with the outdoor space on the rooftop terrace. Trevor and I love to entertain. We are also looking forward to all of the natural light that will come in from being a corner unit. I can’t wait to decorate the entire house!


4. As a fashion blogger, can you tell us about what you do? Trends you see? Favourite stores?

I’ve been a fashion blogger for 3 years now, after a friend pushed me into posting outfit pictures on Instagram. From there things sort of took off, I started my website, Barbara Ann Style Blog, and started working with exciting brands like ClearlyContacts.ca, Hudson’s Bay, Swell and Zara. My favourite trend for the spring/summer season is the 1970s. Everything from bold prints to flares and platforms are coming back for the season.


We look forward to welcoming Barbara Ann and Trevor, as well as the rest of our residents to the Minto Longbranch neighbourhood!


Interested in living at Minto Longbranch? Register today for Phase 2!