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!

Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market @ Montgomery's Inn
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market @ Montgomery's Inn
Aug 12 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market @ Montgomery's Inn
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm


The Golden Lion, front and side, after his recent spa treatment.

The Golden Lion Roars Again!

July 14, 2020

We’re delighted to announce that the Society’s Golden Lion sculpture has received a condition assessment and special treatment by conservator Susan Maltby. In the fall… Read more

Statue of the Golden Lion at Sharon Temple

The Golden Lion: His Own Tale (1960)

July 3, 2020

The handsome life-size golden lion sculpture (c. 1834) from the landmark Golden Lion Hotel, soon to be back on display at North York Central Library,… Read more

Home of Colonel Eric Phillips, date unknown (post-1943). Courtesy Toronto Public Library.

North York General Hospital’s Phillips House had Long Line of Rich Owners

June 25, 2020

‘Phillips made a fortune supplying glass to multi-millionaire Oshawa automaker,’ writes Susan Goldenberg If only the walls at Phillips House, on Buchan Court at Sheppard… Read more


Costumed participant at 1971 "March for Moatfield" re-enactment of 1837 Battle of Montgomery's Tavern

Announcing New Acquisition: 1971 Battle of Montgomery’s Tavern (1837) Re-Enactment Scrapbook

July 10, 2020

The Society recently received a special donation of an album of photographs taken at a re-enactment of the Battle of Montgomery’s Tavern which took place… 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


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