Old North is located between the Downtown area and Western University. Its character is defined by the Thames River, which forms its western and northern boundary, its historic stately homes, mature trees and its proximity to the university. The neighbourhood is mostly made up of single detached homes mixed with the occasional apartment building. Lots of families, older adults and students call Old North home. The nearest commercial zones are at the corner of Richmond and Oxford and along Adelaide between Huron and Kipps Lane. There are also a few small businesses mixed throughout the residential area of the neighbourhood.
The Old North neighbourhood has many great parks. Doidge Park is located in the centre of the neighbourhood on Cheapside Street, across from St. Joseph’s Hospital and has a tennis court, play structure, basketball court, and hills for tobogganing in the winter. Gibbons Park, at the banks of the Thames River, is connected to the Thames Valley Parkway, and has many great amenities including a pool, spray pad, play structures, tennis courts, picnic shelters, and beautiful green space and views of the river. The North London Athletic Fields and Ross Park are both located on the northern edge of the neighbourhood along the Thames River.
There are three elementary schools in Old North: Ryerson Public, St. George’s Public, and St. Michael Catholic. High school students attend nearby Central, H.B. Beal, or Catholic Central secondary schools.