Castle Frank Brook

Castle Frank Brook
Castle Frank Brook
Name origin: Named after the summer residence of John Graves Simcoe, that had been named for his son Francis
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Greater Toronto Area
Municipality Toronto
 - left Mashquoteh Creek, Forest Hill Stream, Cedarvale Stream
 - right Lamb's Creek, Parson Stream
Source Fairbank Reach
 - elevation 177 m (581 ft)
 - coordinates 43°42′58″N 79°27′16″W / 43.71611°N 79.45444°W / 43.71611; -79.45444
Mouth Don River
 - elevation 76 m (249 ft)
 - coordinates 43°40′11″N 79°21′31″W / 43.66972°N 79.35861°W / 43.66972; -79.35861
Length 12 km (7 mi)
Location of the mouth of Castle Frank Brook in Ontario.

Castle Frank Brook is a buried creek and south-west flowing tributary of the Don River in central and north-western Toronto, Ontario, originating near the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Dufferin Street.

Residential and industrial development in the former suburban cities of York and North York have obliterated nearly all traces of its original course and topography in the uppermost reaches, but the original stream valley is evident in several older districts bordering the lower reaches. Sections of the lower valley include Cedarvale Park ravine, the Nordheimer Ravine near the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and Spadina Road, and the Rosedale Ravine just above the brook's confluence with the Don. Short segments of the creek are exposed in Cedarvale Park and the lower Rosedale Valley. The southern section of Vaughan Road roughly parallels the brook's course, bypassing the steep slopes of the Cedarvale ravine. The brook's topographic influence is still evident at Ramsden Park, to the north of the intersection of Avenue Road and Davenport Road, representing the boundary of the densely developed Yorkville district. The Toronto Transit Commission's Spadina subway line follows the path of the creek from Eglinton West station to St. Clair West station, finally deviating southward at Spadina Road.

The brook is named for the summer residence of Ontario's first colonial governor, John Graves Simcoe, which in turn was named for Simcoe's son, Francis Gwillim. It was built either on the west side of the Don River near the modern Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct, or on the east side of Cabbagetown near the river. The home featured a façade in the Georgian architectural style. It was abandoned when Simcoe returned to England in 1794, and burned down in 1829. Castle Frank subway station takes its name from the former residence. A second home of the same name was built north of this site by Sir Edward Kemp. It was demolished in 1962 for the current Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. The site of the original summer home can be seen from aerial photos as a partially cleared area with a ring-like shape.

Part of a series on the
Don Valley
· Don River
· Castle Frank Brook
· German Mills Creek
· Taylor-Massey Creek
· Edwards Gardens
· Riverdale Park
· Crothers' Woods
· Don Valley Brick Works
· John Taylor
· Todmorden Mills
· Friends of the Don East
· Task Force to Bring Back the Don
· Toronto and Region Conservation Authority


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