Timeline of North York 

The Timeline is the beginning of a process to present the history of the North York area in a chronological sequence. Additions to the timeline are welcome. Please send comments, additions, corrections, pictures, etc. to Please try to include a verifiable source whenever possible.

Compiled by Bill Aird:                                                             Timeline.pdf


2014 Spire Stelae at Cranbrooke by Peter Powning

In November 2013, residents of North York were invited to participate in the creation of two public art sculptures by Canadian artist Peter Powning. The two sculptures were unveiled on June 6th, 2014 at Cranbrooke Village, 35 Saranac Boulevard. NYHS took part in the community participation in this art project and has helped with the documentation of those who contributed. To see the record of those contributors go to


2011 Mystery Ruins

On May 31, 2011 the CBC Radio (99.1) Metro Morning program carried a piece about some mystery ruins in the York Mills & Don Mills area. The North York Historical Society (NYHS) had been asked to provide some information on these ruins, first by Mike Filey, author and columnist, and more recently by John Chipman, CBC Producer/The Sunday Edition and a contributor to Metro Morning.

Clarice Dale, a new member of the NYHS, undertook extensive research.

Research material written by Clarice Dale:                               2011MysteryRuinsDMYM.pdf


2011 Jane’s Walk

On May 7, 2011, The North York Historical Society teamed with the Don Watershed Regeneration Council to present an overview of the history of Hoggs Hollow as part of the Jane’s Walk program. Glenn Bonnetta covered the historical setting from the arrival of settlers to the present, whereas Peter Heinz focussed on the environmental scene from the last Ice Age with a glimpse into the future.

A summary of Peter Heinz’s presentation:                               2011JanesWalk-DWRC.pdf

A summary of Glenn Bonnetta’s comments:                            2011JanesWalk-NYHS.pdf


From the Newsletter

York Mills Presbyterian Church:                                              200908-12-Newsletter-P3.pdf

Newtonbrook Creek & St. George’s Anglican Church:            201003-06-Newsletter-P2.pdf

Downsview United Church & 2 Valleyanna Drive                    201008-10-Newsletter-P4.pdf

Canadiana Reading Room of the Toronto Public Library:       201103-06-Newsletter-p2.pdf

Gladys Allison, the First Lady of the Library:               201103-06-Newsletter-p3.pdf