North York Information aboout the community

Here are some basic facts about North York:

Location

North York (which used to be a borough and then a city within Metropolitan Toronto) is the northern part of the 1998-created City of Toronto, anchoring the top of the "Golden Horseshoe" of Ontario, and is only about 90 minutes from the U.S. border. Specifically, North York is situated at a latitude of 43 44' north and a longitude of 79 24' west, 173 metres (570') above sea level. We are in Eastern standard time, like Toronto and New York, and 6 hours earlier than western Europe. Area: 111 square miles (288 km2); 71,040 acres (28,750 ha)

Name

The name "North York" comes from the fact that it lay north of the City of Toronto. While the old municipal boundary wiggled significantly on its east-west path, FoundLocally uses Eglinton as the dividing line.

Population

Formed originally as a township in 1922, North York is now a part of Canada's largest city, with a population of 624,000 residents representing cultures from around the world.

Ontario is the most populous of Canada's provinces, and was one of the original provinces in Canada's Confederation in 1867. Ontario has 11 million residents in its 1,100,000 square kilometres (413,000 sq miles). North York just west of the boundary of the province's capital city, Toronto.

Industries

Many of the community's businesses are in the manufacturing, product distribution or corporate sectors. N There are a number of national head offices located in North York, particularly along the Yonge Street corridor, but also in the east in the Don Mills are.

Weather

The region's proximity to Lake Ontario has a moderating effect on the climate in the area. The area is the convergence of two weather patterns, one from the southwest bringing warm humid air (all the way from the Gulf of Mexico, actually) and from the northwest brings drier Arctic air. In the summer the area has high humidity levels with temperatures occassionally soaring above 30C, and in the winter North York is colder and cloudier but with relatively light snows. The stabilizing effect of the Great Lakes means that Falls stay frost-free longer and the Spring comes later. Easterly winds off the open waters of Lake Ontario may add substantially to local snowfall however the prevailing winds are from the southwest. The average date for a late frost is May 3rd, and the first autumn frost occurs about the 15th day of October.

Average daily temperatures are:

ScaleJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Celsius

-6

-6

-1

6

12

18

21

20

15

9

3

-1

Fahrenheit

21

22

30

43

54

64

69

67

59

48

38

26



An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:

Metric-Imperial temperature conversion chart

North York a total of 700 millimetres (28 inches) of precipitation per year,and 200cm (78 inches) of snow.

Tipping

Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will match the GST & tax), with 20% for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.
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