Wilson station (Toronto)

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TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Wilson platform 01.jpg
Location 570 Wilson Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Coordinates 43°44′03″N 79°27′00″W / 43.73417°N 79.45000°W / 43.73417; -79.45000Coordinates: 43°44′03″N 79°27′00″W / 43.73417°N 79.45000°W / 43.73417; -79.45000
Platforms centre platform
Tracks 2
Structure type at grade
Parking 1498 spaces[2]
Disabled access No
Architect TTC in-house architects[1]
Opened 28 January 1978
Passengers (2015[3]) 22,810
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Vaughan
TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg Yonge–University
toward Finch

Wilson is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the median of Allen Road at Wilson Avenue. Wi-Fi service is available at this station. [4]


Wilson Station was opened in what was then the Borough of North York as the last station in the 1978 subway line extension north from St. George Station. The station and the street are named in honour of Norman D. Wilson, Toronto-based transportation engineer.

Wilson was the north-western terminus of the Yonge–University line for eighteen years and a major hub for TTC bus service, but with the extension to Sheppard West (then named Downsview) in 1996, many of the bus routes serving areas to the north were moved to the new station.[5]

Fare collection[edit]

From the station's opening in 1978 until 2017 the station featured a fare collector booth where customers can purchase TTC fare media such as tickets, tokens and Metropasses, due to the system-wide introduction of the Presto card, the TTC is replacing the fare booth collector with roaming ambassadors as of December 17, 2017 coinciding with the Line 1 subway extension to Vaughan, but customers can still pay their fares with traditonal fare media in addition to Presto though. [6]

Architecture and art[edit]

Canyons sculpture by Ted Bieler

Wilson is one of two Yonge–University line stations on the west side of the line, along with St. Clair West, that was designed by the TTC's in-house architects.[7]

The subway station building is a simple enclosed concrete structure built within the median of Allen Road where it crosses over Wilson Avenue. The mezzanine level connects by a maze of tunnels to the bus terminal, a kiss-and-ride facility and four commuter parking lots with a total of 2257 spaces.[2] An additional island bus platform, no longer needed for the reduced number of connecting buses after the line was extended to Sheppard West Station,[5] was mothballed and now serves as a storage area.

A wall sculpture by Ted Bieler entitled Canyons[8] is located at the mezzanine level.

Subway infrastructure in the vicinity[edit]

Northwest of the station is the Wilson Complex, opened in 1977, which houses the system's largest subway marshalling yard having taken over Yonge-University line operations from Davisville Yard in 1993 and a large bus garage servicing most of the bus routes in north Toronto.

Nearby landmarks[edit]

Nearby landmarks include Costco, the southern end of Downsview Park (formerly Downsview Airport); large events at the park, such as visits by the Pope John Paul II and benefit concerts, have resulted in heavy use of this station.


Surface connections[edit]

Wilson station bus terminal

TTC routes serving the station include:

Route Name Additional Information
29A Dufferin Southbound to Exhibition (Dufferin Gate)
29C Southbound to Exhibition (Princes' Gates)
96A/B/D Wilson Eastbound to York Mills station
96A Westbound to Carrier Drive via Kipling Avenue and John Garland Boulevard
96B Westbound Humberline Drive and Albion Road
96D Westbound to Carrier Drive and Westmore Drive
104 Faywood Northbound to Sheppard West station
118 Thistle Down Westbound to Thistle Down Boulevard via Tandridge Crescent
119 Torbarrie Westbound to Torbarrie Road and Clayson Road
(Rush hour service)
120 Calvington Westbound to Sheppard Avenue West and Jane Street via De Havilland
160 Bathurst North Northbound to Centre Street
(Extra fare required north of Steeles Avenue)
165 Weston Rd North Eastbound to York Mills station and westbound to Steeles Avenue West
186 Wilson Rocket Eastbound to York Mills station and westbound to Humber College
(Express service)
329 Dufferin Blue Night service; Northbound to Steeles Avenue West and southbound to Exhibition Loop. Overnight service stops on Transit Road and does not enter the station.
396 Wilson Blue Night service; Eastbound to York Mills station and westbound to Martin Grove Road and Steeles Avenue West. Overnight service stops on Wilson Avenue and does not enter the station.


  1. ^ http://archindont.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ArchindontWeb/buildingType.do?type=Subway+Stations&typeID=112
  2. ^ a b "Parking". Wilson Station. Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved August 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Subway ridership, 2015" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 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. 
  4. ^ "There's now free WiFi at over 40 TTC subway stations". blogTO. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  5. ^ a b Bow, James. "Downsview Station". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  6. ^ http://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/PRESTO/New_Customer_Service_Agents_at_TTC_stations.jsp
  7. ^ Robert Moffatt (28 October 2010). "Art and architecture on the Spadina subway". Toronto Modern. Retrieved August 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "Canyons". Ted Bieler. Dittwald Toronto Sculpture. Retrieved August 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

External links[edit]

Media related to Wilson station at Wikimedia Commons