Lansing is a quiet neighbourhood that lies east of the Yonge Street corridor between Finch and the 401, as well as the corner SW of Yonge & Sheppard above the West Don River. The earliest settler was Joseph Shepard, who came in 1798, fought to defend York in the War of 1812, and who's sons fought in (and were imprisoned for their part in) the 1837 Rebellion. The community's post office was named Lansing in 1866 by Shepard's daughter. The community grew up in the 1920s and was pretty well built-up by the 1950s.
Motorists are served by Yonge Street to the west and Bayview in the east, which provide access to the 401 and continue into downtown (about a half hour away). TTC riders have excellent bus service along Sheppard Avenue, Bathurst Street, Yonge Street, and Senlac Road, which connects to the Yonge-Sheppard station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Sheppard Rapid Transit route connects the community east to Don Mills.
The community is served by 2 elementary schools, 1 Catholic elementary 2 public libraries and Earl Haig Secondary School which has an regarded for tits academic and arts programs. Seneca College has a campus SE of Yonge & Sheppard. The community has quick access to York University via Viva express routes, from the Downsview subway station and to University of Toronto and Ryerson University via the Yonge-University-Spadina subway route.
Lansing residents can walk to the Yonge and Sheppard retail district with lots of stores & restaurants, and the Sheppard Shopping Centre (Yonge & Sheppard). Bathurst Street, on the western boundary, has lots of stores & restaurants, especially catering to the area's Jewish clientele.
The community has access to significant parkland and kilometers of paved recreational pathways along the valley of the East Don River. The community is close to Earl Bales Park, with its downhill ski area and outdoor amphitheatre. The Don Valley Golf Course (public) is just SW of the community, accessed off Yonge St. In addition the community has an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, two ice arenas, a running track, and several tennis courts.
The community is home to the North York Civic Centre, adjacent to Mel Lastman Square west of Yonge, which has a world-class aquatic centre, a public library, the Toronto Centre for the Arts theatre complex, an amphitheatre, and reflecting pool (and wintertime outdoor skating rink), the Art Gallery of North York, and more. In addition to live theatre, the area has a number of movie multiplexes.
The community has a number of important heritage homes including the 1835 Joseph Shepard house(90 Burndale Avenue), the 1859 Michael Shepard house (now the York Cemetery office), the 1860 Joseph Shepard House/Dempsey Brothers Store (250 Beecroft Road), and the1918 Frank Carmichael (Group of Seven) house at 21 Cameron Avenue.
Many Lansing homes date back to the 1920s through the 50s, and include homes in the English Cottage, Craftsman, Edwardian, and Tudor styles. Southwest of Sheppard-Yonge are some homes on ravine lots with great views of the Don River Valley. Homes are in the low-medium to high-medium price ranges.