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June 03, 2017

Come celebrate with us!

Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing 12 outstanding sites in our community. This is the 13th Doors Open event in Whitchurch-Stouffville, and we are happy to be exploring the Doors Open Ontario theme of Identity: Knowing ourselves.

Each site you’ll visit this year is of architectural, historical, and/or cultural interest to the community – and each site will offer a unique experience for the whole family.

Admission is FREE for visitors at all participating sites between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

We can’t wait to see you!

Whitchurch-Stouffville is growing rapidly. In 2011, we were the second-fastest-growing community in Ontario, and the third-fastest in Canada. That alone is one of the town’s most important strengths.

At the end of 2015, the population of Whitchurch-Stouffville was estimated to be 45,335. This marks an 89.5 per cent increase in population since 2006. The median age is 40 years (two years lower than the provincial average) and the population growth rate between now and 2020 is projected to be 38.3 per cent – all while Ontario is estimated to be 5.7 per cent. The 2020 projected population of Whitchurch-Stouffville is 70,467 with over 17,500 households.

The town also has a diverse local economy – with a workforce of over 26,000 people. Strengths include knowledge-based industries, manufacturing, building and construction, as well as agriculture and tourism.

Being so close to other major urban areas is a huge asset for the town. Major transportation and communication routes run through Whitchurch-Stouffville, directly connecting the town to areas within York Region, the GTA and internationally. GO Transit and local York Region bus service provide constant and reliable transportation. And the town is only a 35-minute drive to Toronto.

Whitchurch-Stouffville is becoming more urbanized, while retaining its rural roots – offering the best of both worlds. Owing to the area’s natural beauty and recreational assets, the town has strong tourist attractions, including the York Region Forest, Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area and many other sites spread across the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Lebovic Centre for the Arts and Entertainment, 19 on the Park, and the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre are the local hubs of cultural activity. The town is also blessed with three local wineries.

Most of the town is located within the greenbelt, which includes the Oak Ridges Moraine. While the town is known for its beautiful setting, industry-based activities such as agriculture and aggregate extraction help drive the local economy.

There is something for everyone in Whitchurch-Stouffville – country life, city life and everything in between, not only for residents, but also for businesses and visitors.

When you volunteer for Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville, you have an opportunity to get together for friendship and fun as you share in meaningful, worthwhile activities that promote and enhance the heritage of the town.

Volunteers will be stationed at various sites and will assist with a variety of duties. For more information or to obtain your volunteer application, visit www.townofws.ca/museum.