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
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market @ Montgomery's Inn
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Town of York Historical Society Online Talk: The Wreck of HMS Speedy: The Tragedy that Shook Upper Canada @ online
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Town of York Historical Society Online Talk: The Wreck of HMS Speedy: The Tragedy that Shook Upper Canada @ online
Join us online Thursday July 23th 2020, for a special talk with author and historian Dan Buchanan! Author and historian Dan Buchanan presents an engaging 45-minute talk based on his new book The Wreck of HMS Speedy: The Tragedy That Shook Upper Canada. The loss of HMS Speedy in 1804 was a disaster of immense proportions for the fledgling province of Upper Canada. and much of it happened in York, the former Toronto. It is a story that has been told many times in the past but Buchanan takes a different tack. He digs deep into contemporary documents to uncover the conflicts and forces and prejudices that conspired to send the Speedy to its fate. Who were the twenty people on board and why were they there? What did they leave behind? Buchanan then enhances this Canadian history story with never-before published details about the efforts in the early 1990s to discover the remains of HMS Speedy in Lake Ontario. With exclusive access to the personal papers of Ed Burtt, the diver who undertook three years of exploration in the water south of Presqu’ile Point, Buchanan helps us understand what was found and what it might mean. Why was Ed Burt 99.99% sure he had found the remains of HMS Speedy? This presentation will answer that question and leave you with more to ask.


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

Good friends enjoy a lunchtime walk through Edwards Gardens in this file photo from June 2002. - Tannis Toohey/Toronto Star file photo

North York’s Edwards Gardens Named after Millionaire who Cut City Good Deal

June 1, 2020

Businessman Rupert Edwards turned down more lucrative offers from private developers, writes Susan Goldenberg “Grab That Park!” the Toronto Star urged in an Aug. 6,… 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