Scarborough Ontario Home Neighborhoods: Agincourt and Milliken Neighbourhoods
Agincourt, which lies north of the 401 from Kennedy east to the railway & industrial lands, is home to a strong Asian and south Asian community, with many East Indian, Pakistani, and Chinese restaurants, stores and several foreign language theatres.
The area was first settled in 1807 by Norman Milliken, a United Empire Loyalist, who established a lumbering business and a hotel at roughly Steeles & Kennedy. The community of Agincourt, a bit to the south, grew into a village in the 1840s centered around a Presbyterian Church, which grew into the 1872 structure that still stands today. By 1858 Agincourt had a post office that was named for the 1415 battle where King Henry defeated the French army with his longbow archers.
Railway expansion built train stations that helped grow the community and the farmland began to be subdivided before World War I, but he community did not boom until the post-War boom from 1945 into the 1960s. The more northern area of Milliken was developed in the 1970s.
Motorists are minutes away from Highway 401, via Kennedy Rd or McGowan, which connects to the Don Valley Parkway into Downtown Toronto. TTC Transit riders have good bus service on Kennedy and Midland which connect to stations on the Scarborough Rapid Transit, which in turn connects to the Bloor-Danforth Subway line. There also is a Brimley bus during rush hours which connects to the Scarborough RT station at Scarborough Centre.
From Scarborough Centre, there is GO Transit bus service to York University. Regular east-west bus service is provided on Steeles, Finch and Sheppard, which connect to stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. The #42 McNicoll (regular service west of Kennedy, rush hour-only east of Kennedy) connects to the Finch Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Finch Station is also a GO Station and terminus for various York Region Transit Routes (including Viva express routes) serving communities in the eastern York Region including Richmond Hill, Markham and Unionville.
There are 12 elementary schools, 2 secondary schools in this community, as well as two libraries. It is a short commute from Humber College to the east or University of Toronto in Scarborough to the north.
Agincourt's shopping is clustered along Sheppard, centered around Midland Ave, with its largest mall the Agincourt Mall (Sheppard & Kennedy), accompanied by Woodside Mall (Finch & McGowan), and Pacific Mall (Steeles & Kennedy) by the Milliken GO Station.
The community is bisected by a power line corridor, which has paved recreational trails which connect to others in Agincourt that connect various community parks and schools. Brimley Woods Park (on Finch Avenue) is a forested area with trillium flowers that bloom in early May. The community has 2 running tracks, several tennis courts, an indoor ice arena, an indoor pool, a lawn bowling club, several baseball diamonds, basketball courts, and there is a movie theatre at Woodside Square.
Most of the homes in Agincourt were built between the 1940s and 60s, with some older homes in Old Agincourt (really close to Sheppard& Midland) are Edwardian-style that date to the 1920s, while Milliken's homes--north of Finch-- were built in the 1980s and 90s. The newer houses are a combination of bungalows, split-level homes, detached 2-storey homes and townhouses, most with driveways and garages. Milliken's houses, being the newest have larger homes on narrower lots. There area some high rise condo buildings on Alton Towers Drive and along Finch, and number of townhouse complexes along Brimwood Blvd. Houses in this neighbourhood are in the inexpensive to low-medium price ranges.