Local Focus: Vaughan
by Gale Beeby
No longer just the city above Toronto, it’s now known as ‘The Place To Be’
In Vaughan, over 80 per cent of the housing is single-family, detached dwellings, and about 94 per cent of residents own their own home. However, with the province’s Places to Grown policy, Vaughan is seeing a boom of condominium towers along the vibrant Highway 7. Maple, Concord, Kleinburg and Woodbridge are also seeing housing booms, with lots of master-planed communities on offer. Click here for a full list of developments for sale.
The largest theme park in Canada – Canada’s Wonderland – is in Maple and measures 330 acres and boasts 16 roller coasters. It also has a 20-acre water park and its fall season includes Halloween Hunt. Historically, the areas of Woodbridge, Concord, Nashville and Maple have been agricultural and a number of farmers’ markets are open during the summer.
The City of Vaughan is also home to some of the best public and private golf courses in the GTA, including The National, The Board of Trade, Bayview, Thornhill, Cardinal, Eagles Nest, Maple Downs and Copper Creek.
PARKS & REC
People are drawn to Vaughan because of its high quality of life, abundant green spaces and exciting attractions.
In Woodbine, the Kortright Centre for Conservation is a natural oasis and environmental educational centre on 800 acres of pristine woodland. Located at the headwaters of the Don and Humber Rivers, the 990-acre Boyd Conservation Area offers a number of outdoor activities, including a trail system, lots of picnic areas and bocce courts.
Bindertwine Park in Kleinburg features a trail systems that links it to the grounds of McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Kortright Centre.
Vaughan Mills, located at Highway 400 and Rutherford Road, is one of the GTA’s popular shopping attractions, with over 200 outlets shops and services. It also includes entertainment attractions like Hollywood’s Lucky Strike Lanes, Pro Hockey Life, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. At Highway 7 and Jane Street is another large shopping district, the Colossus Centre, which also features a slew of outlet and big box stores, plus a 19-screen Cineplex.
Vaughan mass transit is served by the York Regional Transit/Viva system, which links the entire region with Toronto and the Region of Peel. Currently, YRT is building a bus rapidway along Highway 7, between the Richmond Hill Centre (where the subway extension will end) to Warden Ave. The City of Vaughan is surrounded several major highways, including Highways 400, 401, 404, 407 and 427, making it an easy place to commute anywhere in the GTA.
BY THE NUMBERS
Walk Scores: 49
From Vaughan: Elizabeth Arden