Welcome to the York District Masonic Website.The growth of the Greater Toronto Area lead to the initiation of the new Masonic District of Toronto-York in 2006. In the year 2008 the name is changed to York District.
In the mid 1850’s there were some 83 Masonic Lodges in what is now Canada, and each of them was chartered by one of the “Old World” Grand Lodges in England, Ireland, or Scotland. In an effort to bring some consistency to the structure of Masonry in this part of the new world, representatives from 41 of these Masonic lodges met in Hamilton Ontario on October 10 th 1855 and resolved to form the Grand Lodge of Canada. It is interesting to note that Masonry in Canada precedes the actual formation of the country itself, Confederation not taking place until 1867.
Starting from that rural and agricultural base, the Grand Lodge met the needs of the Masonic community, initiating lodges, defining districts, and providing the continuity needed for the survival of the organization. For clarity, as the country grew and additional Grand Lodges were formed within the nation, the name became The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.
From time to time various districts in Ontario have been set up for the organization, originally named alphabetically, and later numerically. In 2006 the districts governed by Grand Lodge were once again re-aligned to reflect the growth and development of the area. This time they were named for the locations they represent. Toronto York District included some twenty Masonic Lodges in an area bounded by Major MacKenzie Road on the south, Airport Road on the west, as far north as the community of Sutton, and as far east as Uxbridge. They meet regularly in twelve Masonic Lodge buildings in this District.
We have built this website with Masons and non Masons in mind. For those members looking for information you can find that here. And for those who may possibly be interested in discovering more about Freemasonry, we have something for you as well. Please feel free to reach out and contact us if this is the case. by clicking HERE.
What Is Freemasonry?Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Its members share a common goal of helping each other become better men. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity.
Its roots go back centuries and its members are diverse: high profile leaders, physicians, construction workers, farmers…and maybe you.
Ancient…and modern.We’re united by three ancient and fundamental principles—brotherly love, charity and truth—that are made relevant to the 21st century through the personal development, good works and social connections available to our members in the 550+ lodges across Ontario. We make good men better.
Great benefits…for you and the world.Freemasonry offers much to its members—the opportunity to grow in many ways, as well as the opportunity to make a difference in our communities and the means to build a better world for our children. It offers the chance to socialize and work with men who have the same values , ideals and similar beliefs.
We strengthen and improve our character by learning and practicing basic virtues of fraternal love, charity, and truth. Our principles extend far beyond our interactions with each other, and we strive to apply them to our daily lives.
Who are Masons?Everyday men. Ones you may run across on a daily basis and aren’t even aware of it. Men looking to associate with other like minded individuals. From the butcher to heads of state and county, librarians and mechanics. What they all tend to find in Freemasonry is a disciplined, systematic course of self-improvement based on the Golden Rule: always do unto others what you would like them to do to you.
There are over 3.2 million Mason’s around the world and over 40,000 throughout Ontario. Everyone is welcome, regardless of race creed or colour. Masons are spiritual and moral people, but there’s no room for discussion of sectarian religion or partisan politics in freemasonry. All are free to follow their own religious path.
Masonry is not a secret society. We are more than happy to share what we know with other like minded individuals. A good library or internet search will bring a copious amount of information regarding Masonry. Our buildings are all clearly marked and a good number of our members identify themselves by wearing Masonic jewelry.