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Best Things to See in North York – A Quick Guide!

North York is a suburban district of Toronto that has a lot of culture and history to recommend it. There are very unique districts that play host to Canada's historical tales as well as a vibrant community where the people are proud of their heritage and celebrate it in grand style.


Ontario Science Centre

The science museum is one of the best places to understand the future of the planet. There is an IMAX Dome Films with which you can enjoy the beautiful planet both under the sea, over the sky and across the lands. You can even sign up for day camps, special programs which will let you in a little deeper into understanding the science of the world around us.


Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village is located in close quarters to many luxury hotel suites in Toronto. Which means you can easily head there for a day trip and be back before dinner to your local hotel like Pan Pacific Toronto. It spans across 30 acres and features over 40 heritage buildings from the 1790s and 1860s, including a collection of over 50,000 artefacts from these eras.


Aga Khan Museum

The Museum of Islamic Art and Muslim Culture is one of the best places that you should visit when you are in North York. It is the first one of its kind in North America. The museum houses 1,000 artefacts, panel discussions and many other opportunities to learn about Muslim culture and Islamic art if you are interested in it.


Glendon Hall and Rose Garden

Edward Rogers Wood and his family lived in Glendon Hall which is a very elegant house that was constructed in 1925. It is now part of the York University. The campus is an excellent place to go on a walk or even bring with you a picnic while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. There is so much you can learn about the heritage of the era and how that affected the people who lived in Glendon Hall at the time from the owner and his family to the domestic help. It is overall an enriching experience.


Gibson House

Similarly, Gibson House is also famous for being the home of Scots immigrant David Gibson and is a museum that features a heritage vegetable garden and gives you a very intimate look at what life might have been like during the mid-19th century in Toronto. It is also a great place to go see the evolution of culture and lifestyles in the area over the centuries.


Art Gallery of the York University

The Public Art Gallery of York University is another place that constantly holds regular exhibitions and programmes that will help enrich understanding of artistic culture and heritage of the surrounding areas. The gallery is also home to a permanent outdoor sculpture garden, a collection of artwork on display and plenty of exhibitions that cycle through the year which you can enjoy depending on when you are visiting Toronto.