Wednesday October 21st at 7:30 p.m. A TALE OF TWO SISTERS: THE HISTORY OF THE ATLANTIC EMPRESSES Ian Kinder, author. The steamships from construction to collision."
CENTURIES OF CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY
For thousands of years, the First Nations lived, hunted, traveled and bartered in the North York area of the City of Toronto. When John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of the newly created province of Upper Canada, moved the capital from Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) to the Town of York in 1793, the foundations of the future growth were laid. York became the economic center of the province, attracting merchants, entrepreneurs and settlers.
With about 50,000 acres of gently rolling countryside and Yonge Street as the main road, villages sprang up at crossroads, and wherever there was water power for mills. The area became one of the most desirable and forests soon gave way to farmsteads and fertile fields.
In 1922, the Township of North York was incorporated, with a population of 6,000. The township prospered, soon there were schools, libraries, stores, recreation facilities and the first planned subdivision in Canada.
By 1960, the area had changed and local residents were concerned that the early history was vanishing. The North York Historical Society was formed, with strong support from the C. W. Jefferys Chapter of the Independent Order of the Daughters of the Empire and Mayor James Service.