History of North York, Ontario Canada

History of North York, Ontario Canada

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Located in the north of York, Old Toronto and East York, North York is one of the six administrative districts of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Today, the city has a total population of 869,401 people. North York is a highly diverse and multicultural city, including various ethnic groups like European, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Latin American, Aboriginal, and others. 

The First Nations

North York’s history dates back to 1791 when Upper Canada was first surveyed and divided into various townships. The first settlers took up land in what is now North York. 

For thousands of years, the First Nations who lived in North York hunted, travelled, and bartered in the area. The city’s growth and expansion began when John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, moved the capital from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Town of York. This happened in 1973. From that moment on, York became an economic centre that attracted lots of merchants, entrepreneurs, and settlers. 

The city was initially known as Dublin. York Township was a large area that surrounded Toronto. In 1793, the city was renamed York and designated to be the provincial capital. In 1850, on 1st of January, the Township of York was incorporated within the large Country of York, together with several other municipalities like Yorkville, East Toronto, Parkdale, Forest Hill, and Leaside. 

In 1953, on 15th of April, York was named one of the thirteen municipalities in the new Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto. The city and its neighbour Town of Weston amalgamated in 1967, on 1st of January, and were both incorporated as the Borough of York.

As the area’s population continued to increase significantly, the borough status rose to a city in 1979. York stopped being an individual municipality in 1998, on 1st of January when it became a part of the amalgamated City of Toronto.  

From that moment, Nork York became home to plenty of significant institutions such as York University, Seneca College, College of Applied Arts and Technology, The Ontario Science Centre, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. 

North York Today 

Today, North York is home to plenty of museums and cultural centres that celebrate diversity. The area is a suburban district of Toronto, and it includes many neighbourhoods such as Lawrence Park, York Mills, Bayview Village, and Jane and Finch. 

The suburban area is a place where everyone can get a closer look at various cultures and learn more about the history of the community here. 

Travellers in North York can visit the Ontario Science Centre, the Glendon Hall and Rose Garden, the Milne House, the John McKenzie House, the Zion Church Cultural Centre, and many others. Those who love shopping can also visit the Yorkdale shopping Centre where they’ll find plenty of stuff to buy. 

North York is also home to plenty of nature and outdoor centres that date long back in the city’s history. Nature lovers can visit the Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, York Mills Valley Park, Earl Bales Park, Edwards Gardens & Toronto Botanical Gardens and more.