Discovering Downsview

We’re excited to be launching our newest project, The Keeley, very soon. Over the past several months we’ve spent a lot of time getting to know the Downsview area better, and our favourite discovery has been all of the history and activity within Downsview Park.

Despite it’s massive size, many Torontonians don’t know too much about Downsview Park—and they’re missing out. In addition to its huge expanse of trails and seasonal outdoor events, the park is home to sports facilities and markets, rock climbing and go-karting, and even a school of circus arts.

Before it became a leisure and activity hub for the city’s residents, Downsview Park was the home of de Havilland Canada, a manufacturer that produced aircraft from 1929 right through World War II. After the war it was used as a Canadian Forces military base, until its conversion into the existing park space in the mid 1990s. A huge portion of the land is still owned by Bombardier, although it was recently put up for sale, marking more change for the park and the neighbourhood around it in the years to come.

As excited as we are about the future of this 291 acres of parkland, we’re also fascinated by its past. We love dazzling contemporary architecture, but there’s something magical about the grit and character that marks older buildings. If you haven’t explored the park for yourself yet, enjoy some of our favourite images that capture its rich history.

If you’d like to learn about The Keeley, register today to receive more information.