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Overview of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

The city of Vaughan is Canada's fastest growing municipality, and has nearly doubled in size since 1991. Vaughan is located in the York Region just north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The city has a total population of roughly 235,000 people, has an area of 275 km², and is made up of four smaller townships: Kleinburg, Woodbridge, Thornhill and Maple. The city is home to the enormous Vaughan Mills mall, Canada's Wonderland, the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, which holds more of the Group of Seven's artwork than any other gallery in the world. Vaughan is also one of Canada's most culturally diverse city's, and hosts many annual events, such as Canada Day Celebrations, the Mayor's Gala and Winterfest

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  • Population: 235,000 (2005 estimate)
  • Area: 275 km²
  • Latitude: 43°50?N
  • Longitude: 79°30?W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Vaughan, Ontario

The first European to pass through Vaughan was the French explorer Etienne Brule, who traversed the Humber Trail in 1615. However, it was not until the townships were created in 1792 that Vaughan began to see any settlements, as it was considered to be extremely remote and the lack of roads through the region made travel difficult. The township was named after Benjamin Vaughan, a British commissioner who signed a peace treaty with the United States in 1783. In 1971, the new regional government of York Region was established, acquiring policing and welfare services from the communities it served; simultaneously, the township merged with the Village of Woodbridge to form the Town of Vaughan. In 1991, it officially changed its legal status to City of Vaughan.

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Vaughan's Demographics

The region of modern Vaughan, Ontario was first explored by Europeans in 1615. Settlement in the area, however, did not begin until the townships were created in 1792. The majority of those arriving in the region were Pennsylvanian German, but a few English families and one group of French Royalists went as well. Vaughan's population grew little after the initial settlement, but developed rapidly following World War Two, when many Western and Eastern Europeans came to the area, increasing the ethno-cultural diversity of the region.

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Vaughan's Climate

The city of Vaughan, Ontario has a climate amongst the mildest in Canada. The average July maximum temperature is 27°C, and the average January temperature is roughly -2°C. The autumn months are generally mild during the day and refreshingly cool at night, and the spring is typically rainy.

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Education in Vaughan, Ontario

Many elementary and secondary schools operate in Vaughan, Ontario, under the York Catholic District School Board and the York Region District School Board. In addition, York University lies on the Toronto side near the Vaughan-Toronto border. York University is one of Canada's largest post-secondary institutions, with an enrolment of over 43,000 students.

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Transportation around Vaughan, Ontario

Vaughan, Ontario, is home to extensive transportation opportunities, including a bus transit system, numerous train stations, and close proximity to Toronto's Lester B. Pearson Airport. Many major Ontario highways also run through the city.

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Tourism and Attractions of Vaughan

Vaughan offers many attractions for tourists, including the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Canada's Wonderland and the massive Vaughan Mills mall.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Vaughan
  • Woodbridge
  • Pine Grove
  • Elder Mills
  • Castlemore
  • Kleinburg
  • Nashville
  • Tormore
  • Nobleton
  • Coleraine
  • Wildfield
  • Ebenezer
  • Sunset Corners
  • Vellore
  • Purpleville
  • King Creek
  • Teston
  • Concord
  • Maple

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Geography of Vaughan, Ontario

The city of Vaughan is located in Ontario, Canada and is made up of four smaller communities: Maple, Thornhill, Kleinburg and Woodbridge. Vaughan is bounded by Toronto to the South, King to the North, Caledon and Brampton to the West, and Markham and Richmond Hill to the East.

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Vaughan's Government

The city of Vaughan, Ontario, is governed by a nine-member city council. The council consists of a mayor who is elected at large, three regional councillors that represent Vaughan at both the regional and local levels of government, and five local councillors representing different city wards.

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Vaughan's Economy and Industry

Vaughan, Ontario is home to a flourishing economy. The city was chosen by the Globe & Mail as one of Canada's five best cities for business. More than 7,000 companies have chosen Vaughan for their business offices, including Tesma International, Royal Group Technologies Limited, Global Contract, Scintrex Limited, Royal Group Technologies Limited and The Toronto Star Press Centre.

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Vaughan's Culture and Significant Events

The city of Vaughan, Ontario is renowned for the multiculturalism of its residents. The city is also home to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, which holds the largest collection of art by the infamous Group of Seven in existence. This has resulted in a heavily artistic culture, with many aspiring and amateur artists among the city's residents. Annual events held by the city include Winterfest, Canada Day Celebrations, Concerts-in-the-Parks and the Mayor's Gala.

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Sports in Vaughan, Ontario

Popular recreational sporting activities in Vaughan, Ontario, include bocce, recreational swimming, spring and summer recreational sports, aqua-fitness, outdoor skating, trail-hiking, tennis and more!

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Media of Vaughan

Vaughan, Ontario is highly dependent on the city of Toronto for local, national and international news and media.

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