Nestled in a peaceful valley on the Oak Ridges Moraine, the town of Uxbridge is high on the list of communities for residents seeking the serenity of country living within an hour of Toronto.
Settled in 1806 by Quakers from Pennsylvania, the Uxbridge Friends Meeting House for the Quaker community was built in 1820, and is a fine example of early architecture in the region. The public library was built in the late 1800s and was expanded in honour of the 1987 centennial. The Thomas Foster Memorial Temple, built in 1935 by a former Toronto mayor, is an architectural gem inspired by the the Taj Mahal. Some of the original industries to develop in the town were musical – the Gold Medal Radio and Phonograph Company and Uxbridge Piano and Organ Company.
Uxbridge’s 11,000 residents have included some Canadian legends. Glenn Gould, Canada’s most renowned pianist, has deep roots there, as his parents and grandparents lived and worked in the town. David Milne, an artist whose work is featured at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg, had his studio in Uxbridge in the 1940s. Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables, lived in Leaskdale just north of Uxbridge, and much of the outdoor footage for the TV series ‘Road to Avonlea’ based on her book was filmed in Uxbridge.
The Uxbridge community has so many recreation clubs, you’ll never wonder what to do in your spare time. Ladies Slow Pitch, OnStage Uxbridge, the Uxbridge Chamber Choir, Lacrosse, Hockey, Skating and Soccer…the list is endless. Hatha Yoga, Step & Stability Ball, Bingo, Euchre and Genealogy are some other activities offered all year long.
And whether you like to amble along a country lane or take a long hike or ride your bike, the Uxbridge Town Trail system will get you outdoors, appreciating the beauty of the area while giving you a great workout. You can follow one of the trails, Wooden Sticks, and admire the beautiful estates homes with their stunning gardens. The Wooden Sticks Golf Club features several holes that recreate famous holes from top golf courses around the world. Mill Run Golf course, challenging for its rolling hills, is also surrounded by desirable estate homes, and its 18-hole executive course has been voted the best in Ontario. The trails connect to the Trans-Canada Trail and the Oak Ridges Trail for those ambitious enough to pursue a real adventure. You can also visit the fragrant herb garden at the, and admire 10 garden plots with a variety of plants that have been cultivated for cooking, medicine and dyeing.
Uxbridge Fall Fair, a yearly family event that’s not to be missed, features a horse and cattle show, tractor exhibitions, harvest fruits and vegetables, handmade crafts and much more. Some other neighbouring communities in the township of Uxbridge include Coppins Corners, Goodwood Leaskdale, Roseville, Sandford, Sandy Hook, Siloam, Victoria Corners and Zephyr, each with its own wonderful small town ambiance.
Goodwood Public School
Joseph Gould Public School
Scott Central Public School
Quaker Village Public School
Uxbridge Public School
Uxbridge Secondary School
St. Joseph’s Catholic School
Uxbridge Free Methodist Church
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Uxbridge Baptist Church
Zephyr United Church
Glenn Gould, Pianist
David Milne, Artist
Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables
Thomas Foster, Builder of Memorial Temple
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