Whitchurch-Stouffville in York Region, Ontario
Whitchurch-Stouffville has 25,000 residents and is about 24 kilometres north of Toronto. Whitchurch Township was created in 1792, and the hamlet of Stouffeville was founded in 1832,The municipality includes a number of rural communities including Ballantrae, Musselman Lake, Gormley and Vandorf. The rural landscape is made up of fertile farms (raising horses, dairy, beef, pork and poultry), forested highlands, with ravings and kettle lakes. Whitchurch-Stouffvllle is home to several corporate head offices, high-tech manufacturing and warehouse-distribution centres.
Highway 404 is to the west, providing access to downtown Toronto via the Don Valley parkway, and Regional Road 30 to the east gives fast access to Pickering and Lake Ontario
Whitchurch-Stouffville has 7 elementary schools (5 public, 2 Catholic), 1 high school and a private Christian school.
There are shops in the larger communities, but most people head west to Richmond Hill or south into Markham for major purchases.
Recreational activities include country markets, several hiking trails and cross-country skiing in Rouge Park, and the Spring maple syrup harvest. Whitchurch-Stouffville has 13 equestrian centres 4 outdoor ice rinks, 18 soccer fields, 7 baseball diamonds, 1 hockey arena, 2 toboggan hills, and and 1 indoor pool.
Housing options include century homes, country estate properties, modern neighbourhood developments, seniors' residences and low-rise apartment complexes with varying price tags.