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Situated within the Greater Toronto Area, Woodbridge is a large suburban community in the City of Vaughn. Located east of Hwy 50, West of Hwy 400, North of Steeles Avenue and Toronto, and South of Major MacKenzie, the community of Woodbridge started out as an independent town before it was amalgamated in 1971, together with neighbouring communities, to create the city.
History of Woodbridge
The community of Woodbridge began when the British Crown granted the west half of lots six and seven – Vaughan Township concession 7 – to Hugh Cameron and Jacob Phillips in 1802. In the next couple of decades, a school was started on Vaughan’s 8th concession, and a store and flour mill (Smith’s mill) thrived at Pine Grove, leading to the establishment of a few houses around the area, which are now some of the oldest areas in the city. The mill’s name was later changed to Smithsville.
There was another successful mill established by John Brown that also led to the establishment of a similar settlement known as Brownsville. Today, the area is known as downtown Woodbridge business section.
Woodbridge Proper did not, however, start to take the form of a village or settlement until 1837 following the arrival of Rowland Burr. The town’s name was changed to Woodbridge in the 1850s because there was another settlement with the name Burrwick.
The name Woodbridge was taken from the wooden bridge that connected people to the town across Humber River. The historic bridge was situated near what is today Langstaff Road and Islington Avenue. A similar bridge made out of concrete was built near the original bridge location, and can be accessed from Boyd Park. However, it is old and could be risky to stand on.
Living in Woodbridge
Woodbridge has a deep history. In the 1950s, the community experienced growth from suburban houses in Toronto, starting from the east of the Humber and then to the northeast. Housing developments in the west grew towards the north and central Woodbridge, including a section that converted older stores into smaller housing units in the early 1980s. The industrial areas started to appear in the early 1990s.
Before the 1950s, the population of Woodbridge was 3,000. In the 1960s, it shot to 10,000; 20,000 in the 1970s; 40,000 in the 1980s; 60,000 in the late 1990s; and over 100,000 in the late 2000s.
There are many schools and attractions in Woodbridge, including Maxey, Fundale, Rainbow Creek and Doctors McLean District parks, as well as sites of interest such as the Boyd Conservation Area, Memorial Hill with a tower, Kortright Centre, and Market Lane.
Woodbridge has a huge Italian population, and has some of the top Italian restaurants in the area. It is also home to the August Woodbridge Italian Festival that features a soccer tournament, beauty pageant, singing crafts, carnival rides, dancing, food, and lots more over one weekend in August.
The Woodbridge Fair is another large annual event held over the thanksgiving weekend. Locals gather together for flower, giant pumpkin, quilt, crafts, and photographer competitions, as well as lots of displays and exhibitions from the region.
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