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History:

If you look at Vaughan, Ontario today, it is hard to imagine that what is now one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities was once a collection of small rural hamlets that relied heavily on agriculture. Thankfully, the area had the good fortune of attracting skilled tradespeople early in it's history to help build and develop the infrastructure to support a community which is still growing to this day.

The growth of Vaughan is a result of both necessity and good fortune. The earliest inhabitants arrived in the 1800's and consisted mainly of Pennsylvania Germans with a smaller amount of English families and French Royalists. The majority of the population growth in the early 1800's was a direct result of Britain's defeat in the American Revolution as many British Loyalists fled to the security of British controlled lands to the north. This migration from the United States gradually decreased and by 1814 was replaced by an influx of immigrants from Britain. With most of the farm land already occupied, it was fortunate that many of these British immigrants were blacksmiths, carpenters, millers, merchants and other essential tradespeople that contributed to the community.

The area was officially incorporated in 1850 as Vaughan Township and the population stood at just over 4300. Growth was minimal up to 1935 when just under 4900 residents called Vaughan home. The next population boom came after World War II as the population reached just under 16,000 by 1960. This created a need for more homes and also sparked a new mind-set which embraced commercial and industrial development. Prominent community members and leading figures were at the forefront of this new philosophy which still continues to shape real estate in Vaughan today.

By 1971 Vaughan Township merged with the Village of Woodbridge to form the Town of Vaughan. Exactly 20 years later on January 1, 1991, it officially changed its legal status to City of Vaughan and adopted the slogan "The City Above Toronto".

Attractions:

Boyd Conservation area, Canada's Wonderland, Reptillia, Vaughan Mills Mall, Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, Southbrook Farms, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Putting Edge, Nascar Speed Park and many more

 

Education:

Type Name Website Ranking
Elementary Bakersfield P.S
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Elementary Blue Willow P.S
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Elementary Brownridge P.S
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Elementary Carville Mills P.S
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Elementary Charlton P.S
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Elementary Dr. Roberta Bondar P.S Site Rank
Elementary Elder's Mills P.S
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Elementary Forest Run P.S
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Elementary Fossil Hill P.S Site Rank
Elementary Glen Shields P.S
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Elementary Glenn Gould P.S
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Elementary Herbert H. Carnegie P.S. Site Rank
Elementary Joseph A. Gibson P.S. Site Rank
Elementary Juliard P.S
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Kleinburg P.S

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Elementary Lorna Jackson P.S
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Elementary Louis-Honore Frechette P.S. Site Unranked
Elementary Mackenzie Glen P.S
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Elementary Maple Creek P.S
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Elementary Michael Cranny E.S Site Rank
Elementary Nellie McClung P.S
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Elementary Pierre Berton P.S. Site Unranked
Elementary Pine Grove P.S
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Elementary Rosedale Heights P.S
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Elementary Teston Village E.S
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Elementary Thornhill P.S
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Elementary Thornhill Woods P.S
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Elementary Vellore Woods P.S
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Elementary Ventura Park P.S
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Elementary Westminster P.S
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Elementary Wilshire E.S
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Elementary Woodbridge P.S
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Secondary Emily Carr S.S
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Secondary Maple H.S
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Secondary Stephen Lewis H.S
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Vaughan S.S
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Secondary Westmount C.I
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Secondary Woodbridge College
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