|York Mills: NW entrance|
There’s more to York Mills than meets the eye. Although non-descript from the street, the station boasts: a sizeable bus bay, built into the underside of the north-east office building that replaced the original, forgotten-but-stylish surface bus station; a GO Transit bus platform connection (often used to get to Canada’s Wonderland); a Kiss ’N Ride dropoff point; a parking lot; and the system’s longest escalators (at least until those at Highway 407 are completed).
|York Mills subway station, from the lonely end.|
The subterranean station was constructed extremely deep, ‘floating’ beneath the Don River (West branch). Originally the proposed station design involved a massive elevated bridge above the river, but local residents objected.
|76 steps to freedom!|
For artwork, the station features Breaking Ground, a large tapestry by noted Canadian artist Laurie Swim. The piece commemorates the Hogg’s Hollow Disaster, the 1960 tunnel-collapse tragedy that took the lives of five Italian immigrant workers. The incident prompted an outcry over safety standards and a partial review of Ontario’s labour laws.
|Detail from Breaking Ground, by Laurie Swim|
|York Mills connects directly to two office complexes|
|The surprisingly airy enclosed bus bay with a red theme|
|A hint of ominous horror-film lighting.|
The neighbourhood of York Mills is named for the flour-, cider-, and saw-mills that operated close by on the Don River. The immediate area is also referred to as Hogg’s Hollow, after James Hogg, a prominent settler and mill owner. The Jolly Miller tavern also references the area’s milling history.
The station was opened March 31, 1973 and was briefly the Yonge line’s terminus.
Photo GalleryTour the station, and view captioned historical images from its past (including photos of the original surface bus station):
(hint: turn on the captions)
|York Mills station transfer|
More about York MillsTTC Station info | Map | Wikipedia: York Mills
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