Situated northwest of downtown Toronto, York is a district that's known for great education and public parks. From championship golf courses to ice rinks, this neighborhood offers a wide range of great recreational facilities. Subway and bus services in this community are operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

Background and History

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York was established as an independent community in 1850 by the Province of Upper Canada. In its early years, the township served as a refuge for black slaves who escaped from plantations in the United States of America. At the peak of the U.S. Civil War, this relatively young community had one of the largest black populations in the Toronto region. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Humewood-Cedarvale neighborhood rapidly grew as part of the widespread urbanization of Toronto. Single-family residences lined the streets of this newly established community that was conveniently located just minutes away from major urban amenities. In the late 1990s, the district was officially absorbed by Toronto. Today, the neighborhood is home to some of the largest public and private school districts in the city in terms of student enrollment. The Toronto Public Library operates a branch to accommodate the growing student population. Built in the Postmodern architectural style, the York Civic Centre is an important hub for local politics and culture. This contemporary municipal building welcomes visitors to the pristine Coronation Park. Click to book your Toronto tours

Parks and Nature

Flowing into Lake Ontario, the Humber River marks the western perimeter of York. The Lambton Golf & Country Club is situated along this narrow river that slowly meanders through quiet residential streets. This venue includes an 18-hole championship golf course and several Har-tru tennis courts with lights. The elegant clubhouse at this country club is also a popular spot for major social gatherings. James Gardens and Lambton Woods are small parks that are situated on the western bank of the Humbler River. These neighborhood green spaces have trails that lead to the Edgehill House Community Center, which occupies a historic residence that was once occupied by a prominent family. The shallow river also flows through the Canadian Ukrainian Memorial Park, which is named in honor of the large Ukrainian population in Toronto and the nation. A military monument stands in the corner of this tranquil park. If you head northward along the riverfront trails, you'll end up at Raymore Park and Cruickshank Park. The northwestern corner of York is roughly marked by the Weston Golf & Country Club, which has a championship layout with 18 holes. The southeastern corner of the district is home to the Phil White Arena, which is open for ice hockey and skating. An off-leash dog park and the Cedarvale Cricket Field are located adjacent to the indoor arena.

Visiting York (transportation options)

You can take the Bloor-Danforth subway to York's Old Mill Station and Jane Station. Running eastbound and westbound, this rapid transit service links Union Station with more than 30 other points in the city. You may also ride the Go Transit Kitchener Line and Union Pearson Express Line to the neighborhood's Bloor Station. This busy commuter rail station is located just south of the historic Stockyards District. The Ontario 401 Express runs past the northern boundary of the district. Running along Lake Ontario, the Gardiner Expressway also leads to the southern outskirts of the community. In terms of commercial value, Eglington Avenue is perhaps one of York's most important thoroughfares. This historic avenue carries eastbound and westbound traffic between the neighborhood and Midtown Toronto. TTC bus service is also widely available in this heavily populated that's only minutes away from the heart of the city.
Published On: 2019-05-23
Updated On: 2019-05-23

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