North York

Having an area of just less than 70 sq miles, North York is one of the largest districts in Toronto by land size and population. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates multiple subway lines in this well-established community. Dozens of parks and several cultural attractions define the rich character of this residential neighborhood.

Attractions and Activities

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Nested in the southeastern corner of North York, the Ontario Science Centre is one of the most visited family attractions in Toronto. Hundreds of educational galleries are installed in eight permanent exhibit rooms at this complex that caters to children of all ages. The Space and Planetarium exhibitions introduce visitors to important concepts in astronomy and extraterrestrial physics. The Living Earth and Cohon Family Nature Escape offer fun activities for youngsters who are interested in natural biology. Click to book your Toronto tours. Other permanent installations at the Ontario Science Centre include the Forest Lane, Weston Family Innovation Centre and Science Arcade. Demonstrations and lectures are routinely held at this attraction that stimulates the minds of curious guests. The Aga Khan Museum is one of the city's premier ethnic cultural hubs. Opened in 2014, this venue presents Islamic and Persian culture. The growing collection includes more than 1,000 items ranging from paintings and tapestries to pottery and traditional apparel. This specialty museum also pays tribute to the large Muslim population in Ontario. Featuring 350 seats, a modern theater shows films and other presentations relating to Islam all over the world. The goal of the museum is to educate Canadians about the beliefs, rituals and other aspects of the religion. Having distinct geometrical patterns, the Aga Khan Museum is also one of Toronto's modern architectural landmarks. Fumihiko Maki from Japan designed this contemporary building that sits on 17 pristine acres. The museum is affiliated with the neighboring Ismaili Centre, one of the largest Islamic community facilities in the nation. Sunnybrook Park is one of the most popular green spaces in North York. Originally used as a private farm in the late 19th century, the property was donated to the city in the late 1920s. Today, the sprawling park has miles of scenic trails and other family-friendly facilities. The Estate of Sunnybrook is a historic homestead that highlights the rich heritage of the area. A narrow creek meanders through this park and the adjacent grounds of the Ontario Science Centre. Some other notable green spaces in the district include Moccasin Trail Park, Downsview Park, Flemingdon Park and the Betty Sutherland Trail Park. Click to book your Toronto tours

Commerce

The CF Shops at Don Mills is the premier retail complex in North York. More than 70 businesses operate at this mixed-used development that has over 500,000 sq feet of retail space. Fountains and spacious promenades highlight the pedestrian-friendly layout of this shopping center. From fashionable clothing to toys, you'll find bargains on the hottest consumer items that are in style. Optical shops, medical doctors, spas and other service providers are also based at the Shops at Don Mills. Located a few miles north of the open-air mall, Bayview Village is another major retail complex in the district.

Visiting North York (transportation options)

Used for aerospace research and development, Downsview Airport is centrally located in North York. Claiming the busiest status in Canada by passenger volume, Toronto Pearson International Airport is located just west of this large district. The Ontario 401 Expressway connects all major points in the community with the airport. The Don Valley Parkway links the district with Old Toronto and East York. The Toronto Transit Commission operates daily subway service in the area. The Yonge-University and Sheppard lines stop at various points in the neighborhood.
Published On: 2019-05-22
Updated On: 2019-05-22

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