Local Focus: Whitchurch-Stouffville
by Gale Beeby
The Town of Whitchurch–Stouffville consists of several distinct communities and the intermediary countryside. The largest urban area is the community of Stouffville while other communities include Ballantrae, Bethesda, Bloomington, Cedar Valley, Gormley, Lemonville, Lincolnville, Musselman’s Lake, Pine Orchard, Pleasantville, Preston Lake, Ringwood, Vandorf, Vivian, and Wesley Corners. Click here for a list of homes for sale in Whitchurch-Stouffville.
The former Stouffville Town Hall (constructed in 1896) is now a multifaceted arts, culture and entertainment called 19 On The Park: The Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment. The Latcham Gallery features exhibits of traditional and contemporary work by local and provincial artists.
The Stouffville Strawberry Festival is a traditional community fair held on the Canada Day weekend and celebrates the area’s agricultural heritage. The Markham Fair is hosted by the Markham and East York Agricultural Society and supported by both the City of Markham and the Town of Whitchurch–Stouffville. The Markham Fair dates back to 1844 and is one of Canada’s oldest and largest fairs, hosting upwards of 80,000 visitors yearly. The fair is held on the weekend before Thanksgiving in the Markham Fairgrounds.
The Whitchurch–Stouffville Museum includes five historic structures, including the Bogarttown Schoolhouse (1857), a pioneer log cabin (c. 1850), a Victorian farmhouse built by James Brown (1857), a barn (c. 1830) and the Vandorf Public School (1870). In 2012, the museum added a community centre and the new facility includes a research room, exhibition gallery, discovery room and two rental spaces.
Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area hosts an annual Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival over four weeks in March and the Musselman Lake community hosts an Winter Carnival at Cedar Beach in April.
PARKS & REC
More than 2,800 acres in the 20 York Regional Forest tracts are found within the borders of Whitchurch–Stouffville. The Whitchurch Conservation Area covers 25 acres and is connected to a larger York Region Forest Tract and to trails of the Oak Ridges Trail Association.
An extensive trail system within urban Stouffville is being developed that will connect to the larger forested areas. The most significant trail begins in town along the Stouffville Creek and leads through a mature forest around the Stouffville Reservoir.
Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area is the northern gateway to the Rouge National Urban Park. The Master Plan for the conservation area includes not only a trail system but also future trail connections to inter-regional trails.
A stroll down Main Street of Stouffville offers many experiences and showcases the small-town charm and welcoming ambience that the town is known for. There are many shops, restaurants and community events for residents and visitors to enjoy. There is also a SmartCentre in Stouffville while the closest mall is Markville Shopping Centre in Markham.
Highways 48, 407 and 404 serve the area while GO Transit has train stations in Stouffville and Lincolnville and also provides bus service north to Uxbridge and south to Union Station.
BY THE NUMBERS
Population: 2.81 million
Walk score: 32