Vaughan

Overview

Vaughan is a great place to live and raise a family. It’s diverse population and cultural backgrounds provide a unique blend of local cuisine, shopping, events and attractions.

The city has a distinct advantage when it comes to business. It’s proximity to Toronto as well as major commuting routes like the 404 and 407 have resulted in major business investment into the area, bestowing Vaughan with a very vibrant economy.

Canada's Wonderland

This 330 acre theme park has something for everyone.

Thrill seekers can fill their day with over 15 roller coasters, including the giant 306 foot Leviathan, the 124 km/h Behemoth, as well as the classic Mighty Canadian Minebuster.

Families will enjoy the over two dozen children's rides, numerous children's shows and activities, several family friendly dining and snack options, including the park's famous funnel cakes.

Spend hot summer days at the 20 acre Splash Works water park, with an enormous outdoor wave pool, numerous water slides, lazy river, and children's splash pad areas.

Canada's Wonderland is truly Canada's premiere theme park.

ref. - Cedar Fair Parks - https://www.canadaswonderland.com/rides/Fast-Lane/Vortex
ref. - Cedar Fair Parks -

Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre

Vaughan Mills is not just some ordinary mall. A very popular destination for residents and tourists, Vaughan Mills is not only one of the largest malls in the greater Toronto area, but it has such a diverse variety of shops that there's something for every type of shopper.

If you're shopping for clothing, Vaughan Mills showcases will be some of the nation's best clothing brands at discount outlet store prices: Holt Renfrew, Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Banana Republic, Michael Kors, J Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, just to name a few.

If you're looking for something more fun or adventurous, the mall also features a bowling alley, Legoland and a massive Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World.

ref. - Vaughan Mills - http://www.vaughanmills.com/about/discover-ontario-at-vaughan-mills.aspx
ref. - Vaughan Mills - http://www.vaughanmills.com/about/discover-ontario-at-vaughan-mills.aspx

Recreation

As a large and growing city, Vaughan has a comprehensive set of activities available for residents of all ages and interests. The city hosts numerous events and festivals, and maintains top tier, modern public facilities. The city has numerous swimming pools, ice rinks, basketball courts, fitness centres, and community centres for residents to enjoy.

Those that love the outdoors can enjoy the fresh air and bike, rollerblade, run or walk on the city’s many nature paths, or one of Vaughan’s many premiere golf courses.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the area, the is conveniently located along the 400 for easy access to downtown Toronto, and all of the excitement of the big city.

Canada's Wonderland

This 330 acre theme park has something for everyone.

Thrill seekers can fill their day with over 15 roller coasters, including the giant 306 foot Leviathan, the 124 km/h Behemoth, as well as the classic Mighty Canadian Minebuster.

Families will enjoy the over two dozen children's rides, numerous children's shows and activities, several family friendly dining and snack options, including the park's famous funnel cakes.

Spend hot summer days at the 20 acre Splash Works water park, with an enormous outdoor wave pool, numerous water slides, lazy river, and children's splash pad areas.

Canada's Wonderland is truly Canada's premiere theme park.

ref. - Cedar Fair Parks - https://www.canadaswonderland.com/rides/Fast-Lane/Vortex
ref. - Cedar Fair Parks -

Dufferin Clark Community Centre

This community centre offers a variety of drop-in recreational activities like ball hockey, basketball and swimming as well as creative, educational and instructional programs open to people of all ages, skill levels and experience. During the winter, the centre features an outdoor skating rink.

ref. - City of Vaughan

History

Prior to European contact, the Huron-Wendat people lived in the area that is today known as Vaughan. The Skandatut ancestral Huron village was home to an estimated 2000 Huron in the sixteenth century, which was by the east branch of the Humber River.

In 1800, Vaughan consisted of 19 men, 5 women and 30 children, quickly growing to 4,300 in 1840, where the population remained relatively stagnant until an influx of immigration from World War II. Vaughan has since become a diverse city with approximately 290,000 resident in the city today.

The township of Vaughan was incorporated in 1850, and named after Benjamin Vaughan, a British commissioner who signed a peace treaty with the United States in 1783. Vaughan was not incorporated as a city until 1991.

The pictures displayed are of the post office in Edgeley from around the turn of the 20th century, Old Woodbridge around 1850, and main street Kleinburg in 1911.

ref. - Norberta O'Rourke - http://archivescanada.accesstomemory.org/edgeley-ontario-post-office-1
ref. - Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Old_woodbridge_circa_1850.jpg
ref. - Vaughan Township Historical Society - http://archivescanada.accesstomemory.org/main-street-in-kleinburg-ontario-1

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