North York Tourist and Visitor Tips

Sightseeing Suggestions

North York straddles the 401, and its attractions are clustered in the west, along Yonge Street and in the east in the two Don Valleys.

Downsview Park

Western North York

  • East of Highway 400 on Steeles, is Black Creek Pioneer Village, the metro area's best showcase of mid-1800 structures and pioneer living, complete with period-costumed interpreters and guides.
  • right beside it is the large campus of York University, with interesting architecture and lots of recreational facilities
  • Head south along Keele to Sheppard to Downsview Park, where the Pope held mass a few years back, but also home to the Toronto Aerospace Museum, with some incredible exhibits of Canadian historical aircraft.
  • Head south along Keele Street past the 401 to Yorkdale Shopping Centre, a popular shopping destination since the mid-1960s, with lots of shopping, dining and recreation, but also a major transit point for subway and GO Transit.

Yonge Street & West Don River

    Mel Lastman Square
  • Yonge Street is the commercial heart of Toronto, as well as North York. With lots of shops and malls the entire stretch form Eglinton to Steeles, north of Sheppard is the Civic Centre which includes Mel Lastman Square, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, and several movie theatres.
  • West of Yonge Street is Earl Bales Park, straddling the West Don River, with an outdoor ampitheatre and a popular ski hill.
  • Just west, along Bathurst is the Holocaust Education & Memorial Centre

In and around the Don Valley

    Edward Gardens and Toronto Botanical Gardens
  • Ontario Science Centre at Don Mills & Eglinton, with not only great hands-on science (and science & technology history) exhibits, but stunning views over Ernest Seton Park in the Don River Valley
  • West along Eglinton, at Leslie, is Sunybrook Park, an major creational park on the West Humber River is also home to the Metro Police Riding Stables (west end of park), and recreational pathways connect northwards to Edwards Gardens
  • At Edwards Gardens, just up Leslie, you'll also find the Toronto Botanical Gardens, Greenhouses a Rose Garden

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