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.
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 Steeles and Bathurst to Steeles and Younge. Known for its Russian populace, with a large Russian Jewish population, one will find various stores with russian signs, as well as Ukranian, Polish, and other minor ethnicities. It has grown significantly since the fall of communism 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 largely Persian population. Some of the cheapest and best Shish Kebabs, Halva, and Baklava can be purchased here.
Jane and Finch Corridor
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 mediocre relative to other universities in the country. Its isolated location on the northern fringes of the city makes it difficult to access and a relatively uninteresting sight for tourists considering what they have to go through to get to it. On top of this, several recent assaults on campus have emphasized the lack of safety present outside of daylight hours. It you do wish to visit the university, however, it can be accessed by taking the orange Viva 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 second best mall to visit in Toronto next to Eaton's centre. 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.
Many parts of this neighbourhood are extremely dangerous at night and several are extremely dangerous at all times. The Jane and Finch neighbourhood in particular is well known in Canada as being one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in the country, it is advisable to stay out of this area all together at all times. As a result of its suburban nature, most of this area can be very dangerous to pedestrians, many drivers will not obey laws meant to protect pedestrians, and making right turns on red lights is legal throughout the province. Therefore, it is extremely necessary to be very cautious as a pedestrian.