Welcome to North York
The brilliant Toronto suburb district where urban vitality meets access to green spaces
Picture living within five minutes of stunning ravines, sprawling natural vistas, outdoor recreation, and the metropolitan area of Toronto, and you’ll find yourself in the gorgeous region of North York. Directly north of York and Midtown Toronto and just 20 minutes from the bustling centre of Old Town Toronto, North York is one of the six administrative districts of the city of Toronto. Well-developed and exciting, North York boasts some of the best schools and elite universities in Toronto, an exquisite culinary scene, and its status as a highly desirable location for families.
Prior to being amalgamated with the cities of Toronto, York, Scarborough, and Etobicoke to create the City of Toronto in 1998, North York was first established as a township in 1922 before becoming a city of its own in 1979. Modern North York is a secondary economic hub on Toronto’s outskirts, having drawn many corporate headquarters to its North York Centre business district.
North York’s residential architecture is as eclectic as the city of Toronto itself. It ranges from charming historic Georgians and bungalows to an array of postmodern condos and contemporary single-family houses. The area is replete with spectacular multimillion-dollar estates and mansions whose architectural styles radiate luxury regardless of whether they’re drawing inspiration from French chateaux or more traditional customization.
What to Love
- Thriving urban development in its own right, 20 minutes from downtown Toronto
- Diverse housing options including stately mansions and luxe condos
- Just five minutes from a bevy of green spaces and beautiful natural features
People & Lifestyle
As with the city of Toronto, North York’s population is rich in diversity and serves as a multicultural haven for its residents, many of whom are international immigrants, speak languages outside of English, and contribute to the radiant tapestry of the city’s heritage. It’s a great mix of families, and young professionals, the former of which benefits from the excellent school system and the latter are often students from the nearby universities.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
North York is home to an abundance of shopping centres and retail destinations in addition to its large and sweeping culinary cuisine. One of the most well-known shopping locations, Yorkdale Shopping Centre
is the go-to for retail therapy thanks to its dozens of restaurants and name-brand retailers such as Burberry
, and Michael Kors
One of the best places in Toronto for dining, North York houses several of the area’s most beloved restaurants. Here, cuisine ranges from Japanese tapas to Mediterranean bars, and in particular, North York is known for its collection of French restaurants along Yonge Street.
Dine-in at Auberge du Pommier
, and you’ll fall in love with the romantic refinement of their venue, nestled around the vestiges of historic cottages and updated with luxurious finishes. The menu is brimming with traditional French cuisine-influenced yet innovative North American styles, and their seasonal offerings play off the most in-season local produce and flavors. Beloved by those with a never-ending sweet tooth, Pastel
is a creperie and dessert shop along Yonge featuring creative combinations of flavors, such as the green tea crêpe or the maple bacon latte.
Things to Do
North York is expansive enough to include opportunities for exploration that can excite any number of passions, just like the city of Toronto itself. In particular, North York’s relatively lower density allows it to house plentiful parks and green spaces, many of which were private estates donated to the city.
Traverse the boardwalks of Sherwood Park
and marvel at the 150-year-old trees, hike the Glendon Forest Trail
for a picturesque afternoon by the river and York University, or hit the slopes in the winter at the expansive Earl Bales Park
—no matter your outdoor recreation needs, North York has you covered.
For those more inclined to delve into the arts and culture, North York maintains great museums, galleries, theaters, and learning centres to hold your attention and expand your intellectual horizons. The Ontario Science Centre
is known for its incredible domed IMAX theater, which often displays visually magnificent documentaries on the natural world, and for its one-of-a-kind demonstrations that make school trips memorable.
North York is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- York University, top-ranked international teaching and research university, the third-largest university in Canada
- Stanford International College of Business and Technology, highly rated private trade college
- Hillmount Public School, JK-5, one of the top-rated public elementaries in the province
The Best Public Schools in North York 2020:
1. Hillmount Public School (K-5)
2. Arbor Glen Public School (K-5)
3. Hollywood Public School (K-5)
4. Seneca Hill Public School (K-5)
5. Cherokee Public School (K-5)