Rexdale lies south of the picturesque West Humber River Valley and has a wide airport-area industrial corridor to its south. Rexdale was farmland until the1950s, when developers anticipating Highway 401 and the growth of nearby Pearson Airport (then just called Malton Airport). Rexdale's residential and industrial lands were fully developed during the 1960s, and many home buyers lived and worked within the community.
The Elms, east of Islington and adjoining the scenic Humber River Valley, is a diverse community also blessed with plenty of parks and mature trees, though close to the Pearson International Airport's runway approaches. The community is named for the former Elms Golf Club.
Rexdale & The Elms are very close to key highways including the 401, 427, 409 and 27 highways, and Pearson International Airport is located just minutes away. TTC buses along Islington Avenue and on Albion Road connect to Islington station (Bloor-Danforth subway). From Kipling station, you can connect to GO Transit, the Pearson Airport express bus service, and to the Mississauga Transit system.
Rexdale and The Elms are served by 5 public elementary schools, 2 catholic elementary schools, two public high schools, a private school and a public library. Rexdale is not far from Humber College's North Campus.
The Rexdale Plaza on Rexdale Boulevard at Islington Avenue has a large Asian supermarket and a public library. Heading west along Rexdale is a shopping strip that continues to the Woodbine Centre at Highway 27, with nearly two hundred shops, and popular indoor amusement park and cinema. Across the street is Woodbine Race Track.
Rexdale has a number of parks with wading pools, and Falstaff Park has an outdoor swimming pool. There are a number of tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and a wintertime outdoor rink. The community has access to the 5.5 kilometre paved West Humber and Humber recreational trails which are popular with walkers, joggers, bladers and cyclists. There is also a seniors centre, a lawn bowling club, two arenas, an indoor and an outdoor pool, a golf course, and the Woodbine Race Track which offers thoroughbred racing during the daytime and harness racing in the evenings.
Rexdale and The Elms are served by 5 public elementary schools, 2 catholic elementary schools, two public high schools, a private school and a public library.