Harbord Village residents work together in many inventive ways to improve the neighbourhood. The notes below describe recreational and other opportunities provided by groups other than the HVRA. Links are given for more information; they will take you outside the HVRA website.
The Central Tech pool is open to the public every Saturday from 2 to 4 from late September to the May long weekend. Donations at the door of $2 per person pay the lifeguards. Sections for lap swim, family fun, and diving. Everyone welcome! Inquire about booking kids’ parties. Where: Lennox and Lippincott, southeast of Bathurst, door 16. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This team has won medals in the B Division of the Canada Day Regatta, and has given dozens of people lots of enjoyment. In weekly practices in May and June, you can go from never having sat in a dragon boat to racing on Canada Day. All are welcome: men and women of any age or ability, and young adults aged 14 and up. For current information and to sign up, go to the Rusty Dragons website and click on Harbord Village in the left sidebar.
This non-profit social dance group welcomes everybody to share the joy of traditional live music and dancing. Informal dances are held at Trinity/St. Paul’s or St. Stephen’s-in-the-Fields church on the second and fourth Fridays each month in the winter, and in High Park in the summer. No partner or dance experience is required, and fees are modest. Visit the Toronto English Country Dancers website to find out more.
From early June until late October, Wednesdays 3-7 pm, in the Green P parking lot between Borden and Lippincott just south of Bloor; a Verified Local Farmers market. Buy real farm produce, including fruit, vegetables, meat, honey and baked goods. Meet your neighbours, enjoy musicians and kids’ games, and revel in the abundance of healthy food.
Sign up on Facebook to become a member of this active group communicating about neighbourhood events and questions. It’s a great place to request or contribute information about yard sales, rentals, lost or found pets, or people to do home repairs. (NOTE: The Facebook page called simply “Harbord Village” is mainly a collection of real-estate ads tagged #harbordvillage. The Friends of Harbord Village page is an interactive bulletin board moderated by residents.)
This Facebook group connects Harbord Village residents who want their children to grow and flourish in the heart of downtown Toronto. They plan informal playdates, swap info on daycares and schools, and keep each other informed of great activities and camps, among other topics. Sign up on Facebook to join.
This community theatre group meets at the Tranzac Club at 292 Brunswick. They put on three shows a year, including a child-friendly pantomime in December, and they keep us amused at the Fall Fair too. Follow what they’re up to on their website or their Facebook page. They have a lot of fun preparing shows and are always glad of new members.