North York is the central northern area of the GTA. It’s bound by Steeles Avenue to the north, Eglinton to the south, and runs from Highway 400 in the west to Victoria Park in the east. It covers a huge amount of land and is the second-largest municipality in the GTA. It has a population of about 700,000 and offers a range of lifestyle options. The landscape is a great contrast of urban and suburban. There’s both urban sprawl and vertical sprawl to accommodate the ever-growing population.
North York has a few active and attractive urban centres. Midtown, from York Mills to St. Clair (North York extends to Eglinton, but mid-town meanders further south) is a great mix of old and new. The upscale area features great boutique shopping and epicurean dining options. It’s a trendy and interesting area to tour around. A growing financial centre has made this area a great alternative to downtown.
Concentrated around North York centre to Sheppard is the downtown of uptown. The area has been urbanized and revitalized with a lot of construction and infill over the last 10 to 15 years. It’s got a modern feel to it and makes for a great lifestyle, with an even mix of amenities including restaurants, movies, nightlife and shopping as well as a commercial centre. At the hub, Mel Lastman Square hosts festivals and community events – and the outdoor skating rink is a winter favourite.
North York is extensively serviced by public transit, and the infrastructure continues to grow. Subways run into and out of the city via both the Yonge Street line and the Downsview/Dufferin/Spadina line. The Sheppard line services Sheppard from Yonge east to Don Mills. There is also a huge network of city routes including extensive 24-hour routes. North York also has great highway access. The Allen Expressway runs from Finch to Eglinton in the west end near Dufferin and Highway 400, at the western border runs south right to the Gardiner. The Don Valley Parkway and Highway 404 run north/south near North York’s eastern border while Highway 401 runs right through the middle. People are drawn to North York because of its ease of travel, the city was well planned and is extremely easy to navigate for the commuter.
Students will find that there’s no lack of schools. While York University is central to North York as well as campuses of Sheridan and Centennial Colleges, it’s easy to access The University of Toronto and Ryerson, as well as the other campuses of Sheridan, Centennial and George Brown.
North York is a gateway to the countryside and offers a lot of suburban living. There are numerous parks and greenspace, but Downsview Park is definitely the most spectacular and an incredible asset to the community. It’s got extensively landscaped outdoor space with numerous trails, as well as buildings that host sports facilities, the Aviation Museum and community events. It’s been the meeting ground for the city’s biggest outdoor gatherings, from the Pope John Paul II’s visit in 2002 to the “SARS-stock” fundraiser in 2003, which saw a massive roster of rockstars performing in the space, headlined by AC/DC, Rush, Justin Timberlake, Blue Rodeo and The Rolling Stones, among others.
North York has culture and numerous modern amenities. There is great ethnic diversity, which is reflected in various neighbourhoods throughout its borders. The Toronto Centre for the Arts is at the heart of the municipality, where the stage is set for Broadway productions, orchestras, award-winning shows and other fantastic acts of international acclaim.
Legendary comedians Rick Moranis and Howie Mandel are from North York, as is Lloyd Roberston and hockey heroes Gary Roberts, Sean Avery and Mark Napier and musicians The Dream Warriors, Geddy Lee and Snow.
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