The North York Historical Society discovers, disseminates, and preserves historical information, protects heritage sites, and arouses interest in the unique past of North York (part of the City of Toronto).


Due to COVID-19, unfortunately all in-person NYHS meetings have been cancelled. There will be no 2020 summer outing. Stay safe, everyone!

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Intersection of Sheppard Avenue and Yonge Street (northwest corner) in 1953. Photo by James V. Salmon. Courtesy Toronto Public Library.

5-year Manhunt for Suspect in 1947 Murder Ends in North York Intersection

May 9, 2020

North York police tipped off by salesperson at Yonge and Sheppard shoe store, writes Susan Goldenberg On January 8, 1953 after five years on the… Read more

Graydon Hall is now an upscale events facility owned by the city of Toronto. - Colin McConnell/Toronto Star file photo

Next to Casa Loma in Toronto, there was Graydon Hall

March 31, 2020

Now owned by the city, Graydon Hall built in 1936 ‘by super-rich Toronto financier Henry Rupert Bain,’ writes Susan Goldenberg With 29 rooms, Graydon Hall… Read more

John McKenzie House, located in central North York, was built in 1913. - Ontario Historical Society photo

John McKenzie House is a North York Landmark that was Saved

February 26, 2020

Century-old home is a preservation lesson, writes Susan Goldenberg The saving of historic John McKenzie House at 34 Parkview Ave., built near Yonge Street in… Read more


Edith George with one of the largest and oldest oak trees in Toronto, located on Coral Gable Drive near Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue in North York

Help Save 250-Year-Old North York Tree

February 10, 2020

North Yorker Edith George is fundraising to saving a magnificent and historic red oak tree in North York’s Humbermede neighbourhood. Please have a look at… Read more

O'Sullivan's Hotel Plaque

New Historical Plaque for North York’s O’Sullivan’s Hotel Unveiled

July 30, 2019

On Saturday July 20, 2019, the North York Historical Society was proud to join Councillor Shelley Carroll and Heritage Toronto to unveil a new historical… Read more

NYHS director Marla Weingarten at the unveiling of new Heritage Toronto plaque, North York City Centre, May 4, 2019

NYHS Joins Heritage Toronto to Unveil New Historical Plaque for North York’s Golden Lion Hotel

May 4, 2019

On Saturday May 4, 2019, the North York Historical Society was proud to join Councillor John Filion and Heritage Toronto to unveil a new historical… Read more


Pioneering in North York by Patricia Hart

Books About North York History

Here are some North York history books to explore. Most of these are available through Toronto Public Library. Published by the North York Historical Society… Read more

Native Peoples Collections at Toronto Public Library

Andrew Lowe, the Toronto Public Library’s (TPL) North York History Librarian, presented an illustrated overview of the extensive Native Peoples Collections available in the TPL… Read more

Explore North York Cultural Loops Guide

Explore North York Cultural Loops Guide

The NYHS is pleased to have contributed to the Cultural Loops Guide “Explore North York: Art, History and Nature Self-Guided Tours,” published in 2016. The Cultural… Read more