North York Centre station

North York Centre is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University of the Toronto subway system. The station is located under Yonge Street, where it is intersected by Park Home Avenue and Empress Avenue. The station, the system's first and only infill station, opened in 1987 to serve North York Centre, a high density business district in the Willowdale neighbourhood. Wi-Fi service is available at this station.[2]

North York Centre
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
North York Centre Station Platform 01.jpg
Location5102 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates43°46′06″N 79°24′46″W / 43.76833°N 79.41278°W / 43.76833; -79.41278Coordinates: 43°46′06″N 79°24′46″W / 43.76833°N 79.41278°W / 43.76833; -79.41278
PlatformsSide platforms
Structure typeUnderground
Disabled accessYes
OpenedJune 18, 1987 (1987-06-18)
Passengers (2018[1])25,380
Rank29 of 69
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University


North York Centre opened in 1987 in what was then the City of North York as an infill station of the Yonge–University line.

This station was added by excavating alongside the existing tracks, on a level section of route provided for this purpose when the line was built. The view across the tracks between platforms is not as open as most stations, as the solid concrete wall had to retain its load-bearing strength, and smaller openings were cut.[3]

In late 2007 the TTC began work to make the station accessible to those with limited mobility, and in November 2009 the work was completed.[4] Two elevators were installed to take passengers from mezzanine level to the subway platforms. Persons in wheelchairs or with other mobility restrictions are now able to enter from street level by way of existing facilities in the major buildings on both sides of the station.

Public artEdit

Artwork in the station consists of North York Heritage Murals by North York artists Nicholas and Susana Graven, located at the platform level. The two murals, each made of over 5000 pieces of glazed ceramic tiles using a process invented by Artessa Studios of North York, depict scenes of North York in the 19th century in an abstract way and are titled:

  • Top of the North Hill—1850s on the northbound platform (surtitled with the historic place names “Don Mills, Flynntown, L'Amoreaux, Lansing, Milneford, Newtonbrook, Oriole, O’Sullivan’s Corners, Willowdale”), and
  • Traffic at Yonge and Sheppard—1860s on the southbound platform (surtitled with the historic place names “Downsview, Dublin, Eglinton, Elia, Emery, Fairbank, Fisherville, Humber Summit, Kaiserville, York Mills, Weston”).

The historic place names shown above each of the murals are names of historic communities near an imaginary line from the northwest to the southeast through the historic Lansing.

Top of the North Hill—1850s
Traffic at Yonge and Sheppard—1860s

Nearby landmarksEdit

Yonge Street in 2005, looking north toward the Empress Ave intersection

Direct underground level connection from the station are: on the east side with the Empress Walk shopping, entertainment and residential complex; and on the west side with City Centre, which includes commercial office and retail space as well as a cluster of City of Toronto facilities that include Mel Lastman Square, North York Civic Centre, North York Central Library and Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre.[5] Other nearby landmarks include Earl Haig Secondary School, Gibson House, Toronto Centre for the Arts and York Cemetery.

Surface connectionsEdit

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
97F Yonge Northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Davisville station
(Transfer to buses at stops on the street outside the station)
320 Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue and southbound to Queens Quay
(Transfer to buses at stops on the street outside the station)


  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2018" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2019. This table shows the typical number of customer-trips made on each subway on an average weekday and the typical number of customers travelling to and from each station platform on an average weekday.
  2. ^ "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  3. ^ James Bow (October 21, 2010). "North York Centre Station". Transit Toronto. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Accessible Transit Services Plan – 2009 Status Report". Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre". Parks, Forestry & Recreation. City of Toronto. Retrieved August 1, 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to North York Centre Station at Wikimedia Commons