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).

We are on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and this land is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.

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Hidden Histories Unveiled: NYHS Tours Hoggs Hollow for Doors Open Toronto

July 6, 2024

In keeping with the Doors Open Toronto theme of Hidden Histories, the NYHS led three tours over the weekend of May 25-26. Despite mixed weather conditions, the event saw a good turnout, with history enthusiasts braving the elements to explore the rich past of Hoggs Hollow in the Old Yonge… Read more

Little Jamaica Music History Walking Tour

July 4, 2024

Join for an immersive tour of Little Jamaica’s music history on Eglinton Ave. W., from Dufferin St. to Marlee Ave. Discover the rich reggae music heritage of this Caribbean cultural hub. Learn about the reggae music icons from Little Jamaica and explore local shops, restaurants, vibrant street art and more.… Read more

Celebrating Black History this month

February 10, 2024

Celebrate Black History this month by exploring the remarkable stories of three notable Black individuals from North York’s vibrant past, each contributing to the rich tapestry of its history. Please Check out these three individuals. Paul Smith – Commander Paul Smith, the first Black officer to command a ship in… Read more

Local History Articles by Susan Goldenberg

1950s North York Water Crisis

June 20, 2024

By: Susan Goldenberg North Yorkers resorted to drastic measures in the 1950s such as bathing their babies in ginger ale because of a severe water… Read more


May 20, 2024

Susan Goldenberg from a tip by fellow NYHS board member Linda Gargaro Downsview Airport experienced its only fatal plane crash in its years of operation… Read more


March 16, 2024

Susan Goldenberg This year (2024) is the bicentennial of North York’s oldest residence, the John Bales House near Bathurst and Sheppard, located in 51 hectare… Read more

North York Street Stories By Deborah Sacrob

Finch and Sheppard

February 28, 2023

By Deborah Sacrob, NYHS Board member   Finch Avenue Finch Avenue is named after John Finch who bought land at Yonge and Finch in 1847… Read more

The Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club

February 28, 2023

By Deborah Sacrob, NYHS Board member   The Cricket Club area was originally settled by a Scotsman named Andrew McGlashan who settled here with his… Read more

McGlashan Road/McGlashan Court

February 28, 2023

By Deborah Sacrob, NYHS Board member   Andrew McGlashan operated a tannery on the southwest corner of York Mills and Yonge. James McGlashan and Thomas… Read more