A history lesson in East York
Though Leaside got its name from William Lea and the Lea family who settled in the area at the beginning of the 19th century, the best street in the neighbourhood commemorates the Rykert family. RYKERT CRESCENT is a short road above Eglinton, and if you manage to snag a home on the north side of the crescent, it will back onto Serena Gundy Park. It was named after John C. Rykert, who, strangely, never lived in the area and actually called St. Catharines home (where there is also a street named after him). The Rykert family rose to fame when, upon arriving in Canada after the War of 1812, several generations of the family served in various levels of government.