History

“York” makes reference to the former Town of York – the forerunner to modern day Toronto and “Mills” refers to the grist and saw mills that churned in this valley from 1804 until 1926. During this period of industry York Mills was a busy place. It included a distillery, a tannery, a blacksmith shop, three churches, a school, a post office, a toll gate and the Jolly Miller Tavern which is still standing today at 3885 Yonge Street. Another York Mills landmark is St. John’s Anglican Church which began in 1816.

York Mills’ transition from a rural hamlet to a residential neighbourhood began in the 1930’s on the ridge of the hill near St. John’s Church, and in the Hedgewood Road area south of York Mills Road. St. Andrew’s College, a venerable boy’s private school owned the land east of Old Yonge Street over to Bayview Avenue during the early 1920’s before moving north to Aurora in 1924. The former St. Andrew’s College grounds were then purchased by St. Andrew’s Estates which operated a championship golf course at this site until the 1950’s when the club was sold to developers. St. Andrew’s Park, Tournament Park and local street names including Foursome and Lower Links, are reminders that this part of York Mills was once a golf course.

E.P. Taylor, a giant in the archives of Canadian business, oversaw the development of York Mills Plaza in 1952 and was responsible for subdividing much of the neighbourhood.

Borders & Transportation

York Mills is loosely bordered by Yonge Street to Leslie Street and from the 401 down to Edwards Gardens. Edwards Gardens features many delightful walking paths that are beautifully adored with a splendid selection of flora and fauna.

Transportation is easy with Yonge Street, Mt Pleasant Road, and Bayview Avenue all major arteries for cars to get downtown. Subway stations are located at Yonge/York Mills and Yonge/Lawrence. The 401 major highway is conveniently located just north of York Mills.


Homes

York Mills is one of the wealthiest communities in Toronto and is sometimes referred to as “Millionaires Row”. York Mills is made up of the neighbourhoods of Hogg’s Hollow, St. Andrews-Windfields and Banbury. This area features many custom built homes of unique statue with exquisite amenities and lavish landscaping.

Schools

York Mills also includes some of the best private schools in the Toronto area, including Crescent School (boys) on Bayview, Toronto French School (co-ed) on Lawrence, St. Clement’s School (girls) on St. Clement’s Ave, and Havergal College (girls) on Avenue Rd.


Public Schools include Owen Public School (North of York Mills), Harrison Road Public School on Harrison Road, Rippleton Public School (South of York Mills), St. Andrews Junior High on Fenn Avenue, Etienne-Brule French School on Banbury Road and York Mills, Windfields Junior High on Banbury Road (North of York Mills) and York Mills Collegiate on York Mills Road.

Nearby University is York University's Glendon College on Bayview and Lawrence.


Recreation

Bayview Plaza is the local shopping plaza at Bayview and York Mills and Bayview Village is located at Bayview and Sheppard with its high end assortment of upscale designer shops. York Mills Arena features both a park, as well as a covered skating arena, that hosts skating lessons and many skating tournaments.



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