is an east-west principal arterial road
. A small portion of a continuation of the road in Pickering, Ontario
is also called Sheppard Avenue.
Sheppard is named for Joseph Sheppard I, who acquired of land at the northwest corner of Sheppard and Yonge Street
. His son opened a general store there. The site was occupied in 1860 by the Dempsey Hardware Store
, which was later moved and restored as a museum
. The former site is now an empty lot pending developed of a commercial building.
In the former Scarborough
municipality, Sheppard was once called the Lansing Sideroad
Sheppard Avenue East
East of Yonge Street, Sheppard travels east through North York
to Highway 404
. Historically, it continued straight to Victoria Park Avenue
at the Scarborough border, where travellers then turned south to meet up with the Sheppard section through Scarborough. However, a new section called the Lansing Cutoff was constructed joining the two disconnected pieces. The orphaned section of Sheppard between the 404 and Victoria Park was renamed Old Sheppard Avenue.
Sheppard continues straight east through Scarborough until just east of Meadowvale Road, where the Rouge River
valley presents steep grades , and so Sheppard curves southwards to meet Kingston Road
just north of Highway 401
. At that junction, it also meets Port Union Road, which heads south into the Port Union
neighbourhood. However, Twyn Rivers Drive continues east into the... Read More