North York is one of the cities that in 1997 City of Toronto Act became a part of the Toronto Mega City, North York has a unique charm being its own brand of multiculuralism. There are many aspects of North York that make up the vast proportion of Toronto living, from its university, historical sites, and various unique neighbourhoods, North York has become a City within a City.
- York Mills Yonge St. and Leslie St., Lawrence Ave. to Highway 401. Home to the famous Bridle Path, lined with multi-million dollar estates and mansions, this area boasts the highest household incomes in Canada. Also home to Glendon College, part of York University.
- Central North York.Yonge St., from Highway 401 to Finch. Rural in character until after World War II, this is the central business and cultural district. Home to a performing arts center, movie theatres, shopping centers and other amenities, area boasts significant concentration of highrise condo buildings and impressive skyline.
- Lawrence Manor Allen Rd. to Avenue Rd., Briar Hill Ave. to Highway 401. Developed in the 1950s, this is the heart of Jewish Toronto, when many Toronto Jews moved out of the city core. Many orthodox Jews live on the residential streets off Bathurst, which is lined with synagogues, Hebrew schools, bookstores, delis and kosher markets.
- Little Moscow Bathurst from Sheppard to Steeles and Steeles from Dufferin to Younge. Known for its Russian populace, with a large Russian Jewish population, one will find various stores with russian signs. As in it's multi-ethnic namesake city, there're Russians, Ukranians, Georgians, and other ethnic groups from former USSR. It has grown significantly since breakup of the USSR and has recently swollen into Thornhill and Richmond Hill.
- Korean Strip Yonge St. between Churchill Blvd. and Steeles. Second largest population of Koreans in Toronto next to Little Korea downtown, it is one of the largest congregation of Koreans outside of their native land. Known for its karaoke Fridays. Large numbers of Chinese live here as well.
- Persian Section Yonge St. between Finch and Steeles. Many Persian grocers and restaurants line this section of Yonge Street, while the residential streets house a large Persian population. Some of the cheapest and best Shish Kebabs, Halva, and Baklava can be purchased here.
- Downsview Downsview was originally a farm located in the 1870s near the present-day intersection of Keele Street and Wilson Avenue. It now extends beyond the intersection of Sheppard Avenue and Dufferin Street, in the former City of North York. The area includes several large post-WWII subdivisions. It includes Downsview Airport, the former site of Canadian Forces Base Downsview, recently largely converted into an urban park known as Downsview Park. The airport is still used as a manufacturing and testing facility for Bombardier Aerospace.
- Jane and Finch Corridor The area is roughly bounded by Jane Street to the west, Driftwood Avenue to the east, Grandravine Drive to the south, and Shoreham Drive to the north. The Jane-Finch community has one of the largest concentrations of criminal gangs of any area in Canada, as well as one of the highest proportions of youth, sole-supported families, refugees and immigrants, low-income earners and public housing tenants of any community in Toronto. The area was alternatively named University Heights in January 2009 to get rid of its notorious tag.
- Flemingdon Park is bordered on the north by Eglinton Avenue East, on the west by the Don River (west branch), and on the east and south by the Don River (east branch). The 2 branches of the Don join at the neighbourhood’s southwest corner. The south border is technically a parkland access road formerly known as Old Lawrence Avenue. The community derives its name from its original owner, Robert John Fleming, the mayor of Toronto in 1892-1893 and 1896-1897, and the nearby Don River
Central North York developed as a result of the subway and it is, therefore, easily accessible by transit. The Sheppard, North York Centre and Finch stations on the Yonge line and the Yonge station on the Sheppard line all serve central North York. From York Region, Viva express buses run to the Finch subway station, as do GO commuter buses and a large number of TTC buses.
However, the areas away from the subway lines are pretty much inaccessible by transit, there are buses but they tend to be infrequent and slow.
- Black Creek Pioneer Village To visit Black Creek Pioneer Village is to journey back in time to discover life in early Ontario. The Village is an example of a typical crossroads community found in the Toronto area during the 1800s. Here you will do much more than just learn about history. You will taste it, smell it, touch it, hear it and walk through it. As you explore 40 carefully restored heritage homes, shops & gardens, history will come alive as interpreters and artisans in period dress help you discover how settlers lived, worked and played.
- Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave E (South west corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue East, accessible from Eglinton Station, take Lawrence East Bus 54 or 54A), ☎ +1 416-392-8188, . Dawn to dusk every day, year round. 35 acres of 20th century naturalistic parkland famous for rhododendrons, seasonal perennials, roses and wildflowers on the uplands.
- York University founded in 1959, is one of three universities in Toronto and is quite excellent in its education offerings. Its northerly location in the suburbs of the city give it a homey feel wheres its structure and landscape are breathtaking. Visiting the university is easy, it may be accessed by the 196 bus from Downsview subway station on the University-Spadina line.
- Centre Point Located at Yonge and Steeles, the place is the last bastion within the city of toronto for a one stop shop on Yonge Street.
- Yorkdale Yorkdale Shopping Centre was 1,200,000 sq.ft. when it opened in 1964 with 110 stores. It cost 44 million dollars to build. Today Yorkdale is over 1,600,324 sq.ft. and has over 200 stores and services. An additional 165,000 sq.ft. of state-of-the-art entertainment and retail space have been added in the summer of 1999 thus making a visit to Yorkdale a better shopping experience than ever before. It is the best mall to visit in Toronto with the Eaton's centre coming a far second. The mall is easily accessible by transit, with a subway station of the same name on the University-Spadina line as well as a bus station services by GO commuter buses and local TTC buses.
- Tovli's South of Steeles and Bathurst, Tovli's serves tradition Isreali Middle Eastern foods, no pork allowed!
- Nox On Sheppard and Yonge Nox is a Korean bistro that serves inexpensive food that tastes fantastic.
- Sakura's On Sheppard and Yonge, Sakura's is a fine Japanese & Korean restaurant with excellent meals. Absolutely everything is delicious and their service is top notch.
- Great Khan Mongolian Grill Located next to Pacific mall Mongolian Grill is a buffet that allowed you to pick your meat (chicken, lamb, beef, or pork) accesorize it and have it cooked in front of you by skilled chinese cooks.
Asahi, at the North West Corner of Bathurst and Steeles is a great place to grab a dinner if you aren't in the mood for anything too fancy and very reasonably priced. Staff are also exceptionally friendly.
The Jane and Finch neighbourhood is world renowned for being the most dangerous in Toronto. It's sights, smells and sounds are those one will never, ever forget. With Jane and Finch Mall and Yorkgate at the northwest and southeast corners, respectively, the streets are always bustling with busy shoppers and hustlers.