Life in North York

Despite the amalgamation into the city of Toronto in 1998, each region of the city remains as distinct and unique as it was before. North York is certainly no different.

Part of the Township of York, North York was founded as a township in 1922 and then as a borough in 1967. It completed its journey into adult hood as the City of North York on February 14, 1979. Because it was commemorated on Valentine’s Day, North York is known as the “City With Heart”.

As of the 2006 census, the population of North York was over 635,000. North York is extremely diverse, and as of 2006 almost 60 per cent of the residents were not born in Canada. North York’s portion of Bathurst Street also has a large Jewish population and a notable amount of Holocaust survivors.

Much of North York, including the Cricket Club Neighbourhood, is a chunk of suburbia on the footsteps of one of the largest cities in Canada. Most of the area around North York Centre is constantly being developed, and the section of Yonge Street that runs through it is dotted with skyscrapers. Some of these skyscrapers are condominiums, and others are head offices for large companies like Xerox, Procter & Gamble and Cadbury. One of the larger shopping complexes, Empress Walk, is located here. Empress Walk houses the Empire Theatre and the tallest residential buildings in North York.

Highway 401 also travels through a portion of North York nearby, and this particular section of freeway is the busiest in North America. The city has several giant shopping mall complexes, such as Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and smaller ones like Sheppard Centre and Bayview Villiage, and North York is also home to some of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the city, including Lawrence Park, the Bridle Path and York MIlls.

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