North York covers a large area and numerous smaller neighbourhoods, which offers residents many amenities, including schools, restaurants, shopping centres, recreation facilities, and parks. Residents have many public transportation options to choose from, with routes providing access throughout the neighbourhood and to other areas of the city.
North York is a suburban neighbourhood in the northern part of Toronto. It extends from the Humber River in the west to Victoria Park Avenue in the east, and from Steeles Avenue E in the north to Northline Road in the south. The neighbourhood is actually made up of a number of smaller neighbourhoods that each have their own distinct sense of community. The neighbourhood is great for families, as there are numerous activities and events to keep kids busy and entertained.
There is plenty to do in North York for people of all ages. Those looking for shopping opportunities have a few choices. Yorkdale Shopping Centre in the southern section of the neighbourhood is home to over 270 shops and services. Residents can shop for clothing, accessories, gifts, footwear, beauty products, home furnishings and décor items, entertainment and technology goods, books, and sporting goods. Services include banking, salons, healthcare, optical, shoe repair, tailoring, and a post office. CF Fairview Mall in the eastern section of the neighbourhood has over 170 stores and services, a movie theatre, and a food court. Those interested in sports can head to the Aviva Centre, a multipurpose sports and entertainment complex with a stadium, multiple tennis courts, a large gymnasium, meeting rooms, and an outdoor entertainment area. Events held at the centre include tennis matches, basketball games, indoor rowing competitions, fencing competitions, university convocation ceremonies, concerts, and filming sessions for television and movies.
The North York neighbourhood has many restaurants representing a variety of cuisines. The Copper Chimney on Avenue Road specializes in Northern Indian fare such as tandoori, tikka masala, kebabs, samosas, basmati rice, naan bread, and butter chicken. The cozy dining space is tastefully decorated and tables can be arranged to accommodate large parties. Glow Fresh Grill and Wine Bar on Marie Labatte Road focuses on fresh, local, healthy offerings such as soups, salads, meat, seafood, and pasta, as well as desserts. Vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options are available. The sleek indoor atmosphere spills out onto the outdoor patio when the weather is fair. For something a little sweeter, Patisserie La Cigogne on Bayview Avenue serves up cakes, macarons, croquembouches, truffles, and gourmet marshmallows, as well as all-day breakfast and brunch items like croissants, tarts, quiches, and other baked goods. Glass cases display the colourful, tempting options, and a small seating area allows visitors to enjoy a treat at the location.
The most common housing types in North York are apartments and detached single-family homes, although there are also some other dwelling types available. The average price for homes in the area is $1,103,464, which is much higher than the average price for single-detached homes in Toronto overall ($730,472). The population of North York is 672,955, and this has been rising slightly for the past 15 years. Families make up 51% of the population here, 29% are couples, and 20% are single. The average annual income is $89,867, which is higher than the average annual income in the city as a whole, and 81% of residents are university or college educated.
Much like other areas of the city, North York can experience air quality issues from traffic and businesses. Noise issues are common near major roadways and busy commercial sections.
Compared to other nearby neighbourhoods, North York has a relatively low crime rate. The most common types of crime in the area are break and enter (commercial and residential) and theft.
Examples of schools in North York include Rockford Public School, Pleasant Public School, Wilmington Elementary School, Sheppard Public School, Armour Heights Public School, North Toronto Christian School, Rene Gordon Elementary School, Owen Public School, Earl Haig Secondary School, Windfields Jr. High School, and Newtonbrook Secondary School.
There are a number of post-secondary institutions in the neighbourhood, including Seneca College, Academy of Learning College, McLaughlin College, Medix College, Dominion College, CDI College, Stanford College, and York University.
Because the neighbourhood covers such a large area, there are numerous Toronto Transit Commission routes to choose from. These include regular bus routes and streetcar routes. The Barrie GO, Union Pearson Express, and Richmond Hill GO services also run through the neighbourhood, as do the 1 - Yonge-University and 4 - Sheppard subway lines. Routes running through the neighbourhood provide access to other areas of Toronto, as well as surrounding communities.
There are numerous parks throughout North York, ranging in size from small playground areas to large multi-use spaces. Rowntree Mills Park is a 92-hectare space in the northwestern section of the neighbourhood that offers bike trails, walking paths, a fieldhouse, picnic sites, a pond, and restroom facilities. Edwards Gardens in the southeastern section of North York features various floral displays with perennials, roses, wildflowers, rhododendrons, and other plants. The gardens also have an arboretum (tree displays), a children’s teaching garden, water features, and walking paths. Windfields Park in the northern section offers bike trails, walking paths, a playground, benches, treed areas, and greenspace.
Numerous community centres are located in North York and offer various recreation options for people of all ages and abilities. Northwood Community Centre in the neighbourhood’s southwest corner has a fitness/weight room, a gallery, a gymnasium, kitchen facilities, a lounge, a multipurpose area, an outdoor pool, dressing room facilities, and an onsite preschool. Drop-in and registered activities at the centre include arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, pilates, cooking, basketball, martial arts, soccer, and day camps for kids. Located in the southern section of the neighbourhood, Bedford Park Community Centre is a smaller centre offering a gymnasium, an indoor pool, kitchen facilities, and dressing rooms. Drop-in and registered activities available at the centre include swimming, cardio, yoga, pilates, ball and floor hockey, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts, racquet sports, and soccer, as well as day camps for kids. There are several libraries in the neighbourhood that also offer community programming for residents.