Resource page for North York, Ontario Canada
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North York, once a standalone city in Ontario, Canada, is now integrated into the City of Toronto as one of its six administrative districts. Location wise, it lies between Etobicoke to the west and Scarborough to the east, north of the former city of York, Old Toronto and East York. It’s an area known for its colorful history, charm and multiculturalism.
The first settlers landed in the current North York area 1759. Locals dealt with agriculture mostly and not much changed until the 20th century. Then in 1922 the Township of North York was created, from the rural region of the Township of York. As population increased, North York changed its administrative status and became a borough in 1967 and in 1979 it was declared a city. Finally, in 1998, North York merged with the rest of Metropolitan Toronto to form the present City of Toronto. Since then, the area developed into an important economic hub characterized by a high level of ethnic diversity.
North York’s unique character stems from its vibrant mix of cultures and ethnicities that give it an undeniable charm. This is reflected in many of North York’s colourful districts, each of them having a distinct identity and atmosphere:
- Little Moscow – the district, located along Bathurst from Sheppard to Steeles and Steeles from Dufferin to Yonge, is home to a large population of Russians, Ukrainians and Georgians that keeps on growing.
- Koreatown North – Yonge St between Churchill Ave and Steeles Ave is the area where you’ll find the largest Korean community in Toronto after the downtown Koreatown. The district is packed with Korean retail stores, shops, karaoke bars and Korean restaurants.
- Persian Section – Yonge St between Finch and Steeles, the Persian district boasts a wide variety of Persian grocery stores and restaurants, being the go-to place for delicious shish kebabs, halvah or baklava.
- Lawrence Manor – Allen Rd to Avenue Rd, Briar Hill Ave to Highway 401, is an area dominated by a numerous Jew community. Expect to see an impressive lineup of synagogues, bookstores and kosher markets.
There are plenty of things to see and do in North York as long as you know where to look.
- The Aga Khan Museum, at 77 Wynford Dr, is the place to be for anyone interested in Islamic art, Iranian (Persian) art and Muslim culture, displaying wonderful collections of Islamic artefacts and heritage.
- Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, takes visitors on a vivid journey through history, allowing them to explore life in early Ontario.
- Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave E, are every nature lover’s dream, offering 35 acres of parkland and countless plant species to enjoy.
- Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd, gives science aficionados the chance to immerse themselves into the wonderful world of science and technology.
- Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street, is a 20,000 square feet park where you’ll find a garden court, an outdoor amphitheatre, fountains and plenty of entertainment options.
Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, brings contemporary art to the public through the amazing shows and performances it hosts.