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 at present. Stay safe, everyone!

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation Presents “Opening the Schoolhouse to All”: Session Four @ online
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm
ETSF Presents These topics will be taken up in a four-part ZOOM series, sponsored by the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation, which begins in November 2020 and will continue in January 2021. The sessions feature presentations and panel discussions on a range of important educational themes. The series, free of charge, and accessible online, is designed for a broad audience interested in the past, present and future of Canadian education. The final session (January 19) turns to higher education, and asks “Does Liberal Education Matter in the 21st Century?” Lorna Marsden, former President of York University, is joined on the panel by Paul Gooch, past president of Victoria University in the University of Toronto and author of Course Correction: A Map for the Distracted University; the University of Waterloo’s Ian Milligan, author of History in the Age of Abundance? How the Web is Transforming Historical Research; and Qiang Zha, York University professor, and co-editor of International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: The Soviet Legacy in China and Russia.


Oriole Public School in September 1956, Sheppard Ave. E, south side, between Provost Dr. and Old Leslie St. (Photo by James Victor Salmon courtesy Toronto Public Library)

North York’s Last Functioning One-Room Schoolhouse Served for 132 Years

January 5, 2021

Closure paved way to widening of Sheppard Avenue, writes Susan Goldenberg North York has the distinction of having had Toronto’s last functioning one-room little red… Read more

St. John’s rehab in North York. - Dan Pearce/Torstar

St. John’s Rehab is North York’s Oldest Surviving Hospital

December 1, 2020

‘The 30-acre site was purchased for $18,000,’ writes Susan Goldenberg Eighty-seven years ago on Dec. 7, 1933 the cornerstone was laid for St. John’s Rehabilitation… Read more

Lawrence Plaza opened Oct. 29, 1953. - Dan Pearce/Torstar

Lawrence Plaza: Toronto’s First Suburban Shopping Centre Opened in 1953

November 1, 2020

At 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, 1953, a huge bang resounded throughout North York, as a cannon was fired at the northwest corner of Lawrence… Read more


NYHS New Logo

NYHS Launches New Logo

December 15, 2020

The North York Historical Society is pleased to share our new logo! It features an image of the Golden Lion in front of the historic… Read more

Humber Valley Pond, also known as Crang’s Pond, behind the Rivermede Estate at Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue West

NYHS Tours North York Natural Heritage Sites with Edith George

November 17, 2020

On October 14, 2020, a glorious fall morning, NYHS President Glenn Bonnetta and Director Sheryl Adelkind received a socially-distanced tour of several North York sites… Read more

NYHS director Sarah McCabe and Gibson House Museum interpreter Madi, after a terrific socially distanced guided neighbourhood walking tour. Photo by Richard Fiennes-Clinton.

New HistoricTO Walking Tours

August 16, 2020

Wednesday, July 29 – Friday, September 4 Toronto History Museums welcomes you to HistoricTO – a new cultural experience that connects Toronto’s communities through time-ticketed,… 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