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York Mills
—  Neighbourhood  —
Traffic in York Mills, east of Yonge.
Coordinates: 43°44′35″N 79°24′24″W / 43.74306°N 79.40667°W / 43.74306; -79.40667
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
Community North York
Changed Municipality 1922 North York from York
1998 Toronto from North York
 - MP Rob Oliphant (Don Valley West)
 - MPP Kathleen Wynne (Don Valley West)
 - Councillor Clifford Jenkins (Ward 25 Don Valley West)

York Mills is the name for the area around Yonge Street and York Mills Road in the part of Toronto, Ontario, Canada formerly known as North York.

Part of the area is also known as Hoggs Hollow, named for James Hogg, a Scottish settler who settled in the area in 1824 and operated the mill on Yonge Street at the Don River north of the Town of York (now Toronto), by his sons John and William in 1856. Another portion is named St. Andrew-Windfields. St. Andrew-Windfields most famous resident was the popular Canadian Philanthropist E. P. Taylor who left Canada towards the latter years of his life and donated Parkland (now Windfields Park) and his mansion (now the Canadian Film Centre).


The area name is linked to saw and grist mills that dotted the Don River, which flows through York Mills. The Town of York Mills became part of the Township of North York. North York later became a borough, and then a city, and was merged with five other municipalities and a regional government to form the new "City of Toronto" in 1998.

The area was the site of a tragic accident on March 17, 1960, when five Italian construction workers on a water main project were killed in a tunnel fire.

Today, the area is home to luxury condos and high end homes. As well, the area once linked by radial railways and Highway 11, now can be reached via Highway 401, GO Transit, and Toronto Transit Commission buses and York Mills station on the Yonge-University Spadina subway line.


Points of interest in York Mills:

  • Jolly Miller Tavern (now Miller Tavern) 1857, site of James Hogg Tavern 1853
  • George S. Pratt House 1866
  • St. Andrew's Park - site of St. Andrew's Junior High School
  • Auberge du Pommier Restaurant - former mill workers cottage
  • St.John's Anglican Church 1844
  • York Mills Plaza (now York Mills Shopping Centre) 1952
  • 4111 Yonge Street - home to Canadian artist C.W. Jeffrey
  • William and Elizabeth Harrison House
  • Don Valley Golf Course
  • York Mills Collegiate Institute (local high school - built in 1957)
  • Path of Glory - Access can be gained across from York Mills Collegiate
  • Windfields Park - host to tennis courts, a community centre and green space.
  • York Mills Collegiate Institute

At one time, the town of Bancroft, Ontario, on the York River, was also known as York Mills.

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