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The Town of Whitby
The Municipality of Whitby is a town in Durham Region, population of 122,022. Whitby is located in Southern Ontario east of Ajax on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and is home to the headquarters of Durham Region. It is approximately a 30-minute drive to the Toronto borough of Scarborough, and it is known as a commuter suburb in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area. While the southern portion of Whitby is predominantly urban, and an economic hub, the northern part of the municipality is more rural and includes the communities of Ashburn, Brooklin, Myrtle and Myrtle Station.
Whitby offers a variety of housing options including waterfront condos, townhouses, traditional family homes, as well as rural options.
Whitby has a highly developed standardized public education system. Public schools and Catholic schools are publicly funded. They are paid for through the Ontario Ministry of Education and are operated by Municipal Boards of Education. In Whitby, students attend elementary and secondary schools within the public education system.
Public education in Whitby is provided via the Durham District School Board, which also has its headquarters in Whitby.
- Pre-schools – The pre-schools in Whitby offer programs for students starting from the age of 2-1/2.
- Elementary Schools – There are 24 elementary schools in Whitby, there are both public and Catholic elementary schools, many of which offer French immersion programs.
- Montessori Schools – There are numerous Montessori schools offering programs for early elementary grades.
- Post Secondary Schools – There are 5 Post Secondary Schools in Whitby offers plenty of options for post secondary education. Durham College provides top quality community college programming within a modern applied learning environment. Whitby is home to the Durham College Skills Training Centre.
- Private Schools – Private schools in Whitby offer the optimum in education. There are several private schools in Whitby, including one of the oldest girls schools in Canada that attracts students from all over the world.
- School Boards – Whitby has a public school board and a Catholic school board, as well as a French language school board. For more information on the local school boards in Whitby, please click on the button below.
- Secondary Schools – The public and Catholic boards in Whitby both provide secondary school education. There is also a virtual high school that offers online high school credit courses and continuing education programs.
- Special Needs Schools – Whitby offers education opportunities to students with special needs.
The Durham Catholic District School Board oversees public Catholic education in Durham Region. There are 12 Catholic elementary schools and 2 secondary schools; Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School and All Saints Catholic Secondary School.
Whitby is home to Trafalgar Castle School, an independent school for women that offers grades 5 through 12 in a university preparatory program.
There are also a number of Montessori schools offering programs for early elementary grades.
Whitby’s proximity to major highways as well as railways. Ontario Highway 401 runs through the south end of Whitby, with interchanges at Brock Street and Thickson Road. Proposed eastward extensions of Highway 407 will likely see that toll highway extended through Whitby to its planned terminus at the junction of Highways 35 and 115. The southern terminus of Highway 12 is also located in Whitby. The southern terminus is now located just south of Brooklin at Highway 407. Finally, Highway 7 runs east-west between Brooklin and the City of Pickering. At Brooklin, the road changes to a north-south alignment and is multiplexed with Highway 12 to the northern boundary of the Town.
The extension of Ontario Highway 407 eastward from Pickering started in 2013, with completion scheduled for spring 2016. The toll highway passes between Brooklin and the urban portion of Whitby. Ontario Highway 412, connecting the 401 with the 407, is also scheduled to open to traffic in 2016. Another toll highway, 412 is a north-south route located just east of the Whitby-Ajax boundary.
Four railways pass through Whitby. The Toronto-Montreal corridor main lines of the Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway both pass east-west through the south end of Whitby. A second CP line running from Toronto to Havelock also passes through the northern part of Whitby. Via Rail trains travel through Whitby, but the nearest station is in Oshawa. Finally, GO Transit provides frequent service via its Lakeshore East line, which (in Whitby) runs parallel to the CN tracks. A GO Station is located in Town.
Local transit services are provided by the region-wide Durham Region Transit. GO Transit buses also connect Whitby with Durham Region (including Port Perry and Beaverton to the north) and areas further afield.
Whitby Harbour, an important factor in the development of the Town, is now home to a 430-berth recreational marina.
Although Whitby is one of the 100 largest cities/towns in Canada, it lacks a full-service hospital. The town was served by the Whitby General Hospital until 1998, when Durham hospitals were amalgamated by the Lakeridge Health Corporation, Under the amalgamated system, the hospital became Lakeridge Health Whitby and is a specialized health centre, with the closest full-service hospitals being Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Markham Stouffville Hospital in Markham and the Rouge Valley Health System, Ajax and Pickering campus in Ajax.
Whitby is policed by the Durham Regional Police‘s Central West Division. There is also a detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police located in Town, mainly to patrol area provincial highways within Durham Region.
Whitby Fire & Emergency Services provides firefighting services from five fire stations and ambulance/emergency medical services are provided by Durham Region EMS at the Whitby Paramedic Station (also as EMS Headquarters).
Recreational & Cultural Facilities
Whitby is home to Canada’s largest municipally owned and operated recreation facility, Iroquois Park Sports Centre. Located on 50 acres of parkland, the Centre has
- 6 arenas
- 2 swimming pools
- elite athletic training facilities
- 6 tennis courts
- 5 baseball diamonds
- a soccer pitch
- Licensed Restaurant
- Banquet Facilities
The Town operates a number of indoor facilities for organized team sports, as well as other recreation and leisure activities. You can book your child’s next birthday party at the Brooklin Community Centre and Library, sign up for a Health Club membership or enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Whitby harbour at the first-class Avalon Lounge at Port Whitby Marina, a 420-slip award-winning marina with a public launch ramp.
Many arenas have Community Centres that provide space for recreational and community programming. Other dedicated community centres like Heydenshore Pavilion, the Centennial Building, Brooklin Community Centre, Spencer’s Community Centre and Ashburn Community Centre can be rented for special events. Visit Facility Rentals for additional information.
The Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre offers affordable programs that promote healthy and active aging. A variety of programs are available from creative arts to computers, fitness, history, language and music.
- Camp X
- Durham Council for the Arts
- Whitby Brass Band
- Whitby Courthouse Theatre
- Whitby Heritage Day
- Whitby Public Library
- Station Gallery