My Old Stompin’ Grounds …

While browsing through Wikipedia looking for one of the well-known areas here in Toronto where one of my old friends grew up, I came across this article on the area I grew up in, Thorncliffe Park. I found it pretty interesting; particularly the current demographic statistics. They’re quite different from what they were like back when I was growing up there. Also of particular interest was something mentioned in the Talk Page concerning the percentage of Muslims living in the area. It was considerably lower during the time I lived there (from 1977-2000), but started creaping up to the figure quoted closer to the time my family and I moved out of the area.

Anyhow, for those interested, here’s a bit from the article:

Thorncliffe Park is a multi cultural neighbourhood in central east Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the former Borough of East York. East York merged with five other municipalities and a regional government in 1998 to form the new “City of Toronto”.

It is commonly considered to be bounded on the east by the Don River, on the west by Millwood Road, on the north by Wicksteed Avenue and Research Road, and on the northwest by a railway track between Millwood and Wicksteed. However, the official Community Planning Area named Thorncliffe Park includes the neighbourhood to the north of the railway tracks, east of Laird Avenue, south of Eglinton Avenue, and east of the Don River.

Thorncliffe Park has both an industrial and a residential section. The residential section is in the south, and consists chiefly of 34 high-rise and low-rise apartment buildings grouped in and around a rough oval with Overlea Boulevard dividing Thorncliffe Park Drive. Some condominiums (in a converted office building) and townhouses have recently been added on Overlea.

Read on … Thorncliffe Park.

Here’s the bit from the Talk Page:

Is it not noteworthy that approximately 40% of the neighbourhood’s population is Muslim? It adds a significantly to the feel of the neighbourhood and even the local Pizza Pizza has a big neon sign with “Halal Meat” hanging in the window. The 40% Muslim statistic comes from Jan Wong’s article (same as above).

Read on … Talk: Thorncliffe Park.


About Rasheed Gonzales
My name is Rasheed Gonzales. I’m a Muslim convert of Filipino descent. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I was guided to Islam through one of my younger brothers and a couple of friends, all of whom had converted to Islam sometime before me (may Allah reward them greatly). I am married with four children (and the praise is Allah’s) and also a volunteer for the Qur'an & Sunnah Society of Canada, based in Toronto.

One Response to My Old Stompin’ Grounds …

  1. Habashi says:

    Honestly i’d say the population now is in the 75% … 65-70% for sure

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