Things to do in North York
From site seeing and shopping to fine dining and sports events, you’ll find a lot to do in North York.
Historical Attractions and Museums
If you’re interested in history, head to Black Creek Pioneer Village,
an authentic nineteenth century village. With more than 40 recreated historic
buildings, a range of interpreters, craftspeople, and historical
reenactments, you’ll get a genuine glimpse of what life was like in
rural Ontario before the 1860s.
Want to learn more about Canada’s aviation heritage? Visit the
Canadian Air and Space Museum. Originally a factory belonging to de
Havilland Aircraft of Canada, the museum is now home to numerous
engines, flight simulators, and aircrafts including a replica of the Avro
Canada CF-105 Arrow.
Those more interested in science can visit the Ontario Science
Centre, home to several hundred displays devoted to geology, nature,
astronomy, anatomy, communication, technology, and more.
Parks and Recreation
Want to spend some time outdoors? There are numerous city parks and
greenbelts in North York where you can find an open space to relax in.
Take a few minutes out of the hustle of busy Yonge Street to enjoy the
tranquillity of Mel Lastman Square. If you’re looking for more vigorous
recreational activities, stop by Downsview Park. Along with a massive
green space suited to all sorts of outdoor pursuits, you’ll also find the
Downsview Park Sports Centre, which offers everything from weight training
and beach volleyball courts to circus arts training facilities and
indoor soccer. The park has also hosted several big name rock concerts including the Edgefest music festival and the Molson Canadian Rocks for
Toronto concert featuring the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, Justin
Timberlake, Blue Rodeo, and others.
North York is also a great place to shop. Yorkdale Shopping Centre has over 250 stores and is one of the largest
and busiest shopping malls in Canada, drawing approximately 400,000
customers weekly. If you want some help with your personal style, check
out the shops at Fairview Mall and take advantage of a range of services
such as image consultations and personal shopping for a fee. And, you
don’t want to miss out on the Shops at Don Mills, an open-air shopping
centre with more than 70 exceptional shops and services.
Places to Volunteer in North York
Want to give back to your community and gain valuable experience you
can add to your resume? Volunteer at a local non-profit or community
organization. Volunteering is also a great way to network with people,
meet new friends or use some of your hidden talents.
If you’re looking to put some of your skills to good use, consider helping out one of the agencies on the list below.
Arts and Culture
- Canadian Film Centre
- CHRY Community Radio Incorporated
Community and Social Services
- Better Living Health and Community Services
- Crime Prevention Association of Toronto
- Discoverability Inc. Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services
- Downsview Services to Seniors
- EOH Meta Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled
- JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto
- North York Seniors Centre
- North York Women’s Resource Centre
- Pace Independent Living
- Special Olympics Ontario, Inc.
- Smiles Foundation
- ALS Society of Ontario
- The Baycrest Centre Foundation
- The Hincks-Dellcrest Foundation
- North York General Hospital Foundation
- St. John’s Rehab Foundation