Whitchurch-Stouffville, more commonly known as “Stouffville”, is a community in northern York Region that is rich in history and full of potential.
Abraham Stouffer founded the then hamlet of Stoufferville in 1804. By 1832, the community’s name was changed to Stouffville when the first post office came to town. It began to grow into a bustling village with its first hotel – the Mansion House Hotel – a lumber mill (where Schell Lumber now stands), a barbershop, a coal yard and seed businesses all located on its historic Main Street. Today, Whitchurch-Stouffville’s population is 45,837, a stark contrast to the 600 inhabitants on the eve of confederation in 1866.
The greatest portion of Stouffville lies on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Stouffville is composed of many communities including: Ballantrae, Bethesda, Bloomington, Cedar Valley, Gormley, Lemonville, Lincolnville, Musselman’s Lake, Pine Orchard, Pleasantville, Preston Lake, Ringwood, Vandorf, Vivian, and Wesley Corners. The community is “quite secluded, but not far from amenities, and only 40 minutes down to Toronto” states Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Justin Altmann.
Stouffville has expanded far beyond its Main Street. Between 2011 and 2016, the town grew by 21.8%, making it the second fastest growing municipality in York Region.1 The number of private dwellings jumped from 7,642 in 2001 to 15,712 in 2016.2 As the number of homes increased, so did the price. In 20173, there were 280 detached homes sold with an average sale price of $1,032,613. This is a strong indicator that Stouffville is a sought-after place to live.
The community has seen considerable retail growth since its early days. Retailers such as Wal-Mart, Sport Chek, Canadian Tire, Winners, Tim Hortons, Reitmans, Sleep Country, Shoppers Drug Mart, have opened in Stouffville.
However, the heart of Stouffville still lies within its Main Street where many local businesses call home. Walking along, you can find bakers, butchers, restaurants, flower shops, barbers and jewelers.
Stouffville has numerous community events that attract people from far and wide. The Strawberry Festival, which occurs every Canada Day long weekend, can attract upwards of 35,000 people. In 2015, Stouffville launched their Food Truck Frenzy event which attracts over 10,000 people annually, most notably Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
With current and former players such as Michael Del Zotto, Brad May, Raffi Torres, Keith Acton, Jeff Marek all growing up in Stouffville, it has been recognized as a hockey town. Former player and coach Keith Acton is the current franchise owner of the local Boston Pizza restaurant.
Whitchurch-Stouffville is recognized as the “country close to the city”. Although it has developed into a major community, it still maintains its small-town charm.
- 2016 Census Profile, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
- Compare Statistics Canada, 2001 Census community highlights for Whitchurch-Stouffville., with Census Profile 2016, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario.”
- Data gathered through the Toronto Real Estate Board between January 1, 2017 and November 17, 2017