Estates of Sunnybrook
The Estates of Sunnybrook became Toronto’s prominent event venue in the early 1980’s following its rich, local history. The Estates, located behind the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Hospital, comprise of three historic venues: ¬the McLean House, the Vaughan Estate, and the Coach House, all surrounded by Sunnybrook Park and Glendon Forest, a stunning backdrop that no other venue in Toronto can offer. Together, McLean House, Coach House and Vaughan Estate offer 17 meeting rooms of various shapes and sizes, accommodating 800 events a year, from groups of as few as six, to as many as 300 or more, all easily accessible from downtown Toronto with ample complimentary parking at the estate.
Rich Toronto History
Built by James Stanley McLean, President and founder of Canada Packers, in 1928, McLean House, originally known as Bay View, remains as one of Ontario’s most splendid Georgian-style mansions. In 1966, the University of Toronto took over the property, and it was converted into a clinical facility by Sunnybrook Hospital. In 1982, McLean House was renovated, revitalized and opened by Sunnybrook Hospital as a venue for social and corporate events.
The Vaughan Estate, originally known as Donningvale, was built in 1931 as a family home for John James Vaughan, Vice President of the T. Eaton Company. This a simple Elizabethan style country mansion offers lavish detail such as massive fireplaces, intricate cornice moldings, carved plaster ceilings, and leaded casement windows, and its original grandeur is exemplified by beautiful walkouts onto a series of tiered patios, gardens and stone pathways overlooking the grounds. Restored in 1991, today, along with its neighbour, the McLean House, the Vaughan Estate provides a stunning backdrop for private social and corporate events.
The Estates of Sunnybrook is owned by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and revenues generated from the Estates are contributed to further research at Sunnybrook Hospital.
The Estates also opened a new venue in October; the Pavilion at the Estates of Sunnybrook. The new 7,500 square foot, semi-permanent clear span tent is capable to comfortably accommodating over 300 guests in a beautiful forest setting for three seasons of bookings.
The Estates of Sunnybrook offers the ideal venue for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions and social events, taking pride in turning life changing events such weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, bar and bat mitzvahs, graduations and family celebrations into unforgettable memories.
Opening its doors a few times a year to the general public, the Estates hosts an annual sellout Mother’s Day brunch and festive holiday luncheons and brunches.
The Canadian Business Journal spoke with Ken Boyd, General Manager, about the estates unique position in the Toronto’s events space that offers not just an extraordinary venue but also competitive pricing.
“We provide professional service and catering to social and corporate groups. The Estate offers a unique setting, with old manor architecture and 40 acres of lush gardens for the clients to enjoy. The feel of the Estate is very quaint, exquisite, and exclusive, and our service is on the upper level of the clients’ expectations of food and atmosphere.”
“Besides social events, the corporate events represent a large part of the Estate business, and the combination of secluded atmosphere, highly personalized service, and close proximity to downtown Toronto make the Estates the ideal place to hold meetings and conferences in a retreat setting.”
The Estates of Sunnybrook has long had a reputation for exceptional locale and service and was recognized by Wedding Bells in 2013 as one of Canada’s Loveliest Wedding Venues.
In addition, many top bridal publications such as Wedding Bells, Wedluxe and Today’s Bride continue to make use of the venue for bridal photo shoots and editorials. Many of the real life couples of the Estates are featured online and in print in these same publications.
Another business aspect is the fact the property is so beautiful; it is used many times throughout the year as the perfect backdrop for movies, television shows and commercials. The homes have been featured on eTalk and Global Television news.
The Estates of Sunnybrook remain a staple of Toronto’s event sector, and continues to offer its unique upscale experience to Canadians.