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North York History Resources

Here are essential resources for learning about North York’s history.

Also please explore our History page, including a historical map of North York, local history articles, and a timeline of North York.

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

StrollTO
City of Toronto StrollTO Self-Guided Walking Tours

Discover shops, stops, places and spaces — and history — on Toronto’s main streets as part of StrollTO’s self-guided walks. StrollTO is part of ShowLoveTO,… Read more

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Downsview: Places and People at Toronto’s Highest Point

Downsview is a cultural heritage landscape that reflects the place and the people over time. What was once a forest has been forever changed in… 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

North York Historical Walking Tour
Historical Walking Tour of North York Centre

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of North York Central Library (1987-2012), the Toronto Public Library Board in partnership with North York Historical Society, North York Community… 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

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Timeline of North York

1787 The Toronto Purchase was the surrender of lands in the Toronto area from the Mississaugas of New Credit to the British crown. An initial,… Read more