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Whitby [1] is located in the heart of the Durham region, 48 km (30 miles) east from the centre of the City of Toronto, in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario. It has a population of 110,000 people (2006).

The Town of Whitby was incorporated in 1855, three years after it was chosen as the seat of government for the new County of Ontario. Although settlement dates back to 1800, it was not until 1836 that a downtown business centre was established by Whitby's founder Peter Perry.

It is named after the fishing town of Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. It is officially "twinned" with Longueuil, Quebec; Feldkirch, Austria and Whitby, England.

Whitby Waterfront Park


Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • Coach Canada [2] and Megabus [3] provide service to Whitby from Montreal, Cornwall, Brockville, and Kingston.
  • GO Transit [4] provides commuter bus service to Whitby from Toronto and other parts of the GTA.
  • Durham Region Transit [5] provides bus service within the Town of Whitby with connections to GO Transit commuter bus and rail stations, and other municipalities in the Durham Region.

By plane[edit]

Pearson International Airport [6] is situated about 45 minutes to the west by car from Whitby and is serviced by most major international carriers.

Oshawa Municipal Airport [7] provides a full service commercial and general aviation facility for Durham Region.

By train[edit]

Whitby is situated along a primary VIA Rail [8] corridor. Trains travel both east towards Montreal and westwards towards Toronto and Western Ontario. The closest VIA Rail station is in Oshawa, Ontario, which borders Whitby to the east.

Remember to ask for student fares if you have an ISIC card.

GO Transit [9] offers regular commuter train and bus service to Toronto and throughout the GTA. Main train connections are at the Whitby GO Station [10].

By car[edit]

Major highways leading into Toronto from Whitby are the 401, highway 7/407ETR [11], and highway 12. Be advised that traffic on highways can be extremely heavy, especially during rush hours.

Get around[edit]

Durham Region Transit provides bus service within the Town of Whitby with connections to Go Transit commuter bus and rail stations, and other municipalities in the Durham Region.

Several taxi services are available:

Circle Taxi - 128 Brock Street North - (905) 668-6666

Ajax Taxi - Ajax - (905) 686-8888

Bell Taxi - 109 Dundas Street West - (905) 668-8888

See[edit][add listing]

Whitby Dunlops[edit]

Catch Ontario Senior Hockey League action! http://www.whitbydunlops.com/

Brooklin Redmen[edit]

Catch Ontario Major Lacrosse League action! http://www.brooklinredmenlacrosse.com/home.asp

Camp X Intrepid Park[edit]

"Canada's School for Secret Agents 1941-1945"

Located at Boundary Road, south of Wentworth Avenue (at Lake Ontario)

Between 1941 and 1946, British Security Co-ordination under the leadership of Sir William Stephenson, known as Intrepid, trained agents who parachuted into Nazi occupied territory to not only lead the resistance movement, but to provide valuable information to invading Allied Armies. Intrepid Park is accessible by Whitby's Waterfront Trail.

For further information you may wish to view the following site: http://www.campxhistoricalsociety.ca or http://www.camp-x.com

Centennial Building[edit]

416 Centre Street South, Whitby The Centennial Building was built in the early 1850s as the Ontario County Courthouse. Designed by prominent architects Frederick Cumberland and Wallace Storm, this building served from 1854 until 1964 as a trial court and a meeting place for County Council. In 1967, a local Centennial project turned the building into a community centre. The courthouse presently houses the Whitby Courthouse Theatre , a banquet facility, local archives and is used by community organizations. In 1979, the Centennial Building was designated as a Heritage Structure under the Ontario Heritage Act, and a Heritage Easement was registered with the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1984, protecting the heritage value of both the property and the building.


Historic Whitby and Brooklin[edit]

Many of Whitby's significant buildings of architectural heritage exist today and are in remarkably good state of repair, serving new and useful purposes for the citizens of the town and for generations to come. Whitby has joined over 200 other Ontario cities and towns in taking steps through the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC) to ensure that the fine buildings that give character and individuality to the community are preserved for the future as practical and aesthetic evidence of the past. For further information on LACAC contact the Secretary, LACAC, Municipal Building, Town of Whitby, 575 Rossland Road East, Whitby, ON L1N 2M8 or Tel: 905-668-5803.

Hunter Farms[edit]

Hunter Farms in Brooklin is the largest Emu farm in Ontario. Prearranged guided tours offer an informative and educational learning experience on these unusual exotic birds, as well as a Petting Zoo of uncommon farm animals. Call regarding tour arrangements: 905-655-3393. (No longer a petting zoo and no longer does tours or shows the birds. According to the lady who answered the phone they are only a gift shop now)

The Station Gallery[edit]

1450 Henry Street (Victoria & Henry Streets) Whitby, Ontario Tel: 905-668-4185 E-mail: stationgallery@whitby.ca

In 1967, a group in Whitby started a community gallery, operating under the name Whitby Arts Incorporated. In 1969 a Victorian Grand Trunk Railway Station located in Whitby, was slated for demolition. The community gallery group, supported by interested volunteers and benefactors purchased and moved the Station in 1971 to Henry and Victoria Streets. 'Station Gallery' was adopted as the name to reflect the heritage of the building.

Supported by unprecedented municipal cultural commitment, the Station Gallery began a major transformation on November 11, 2005. The original Victorian Railway Station and Port Stanley boxcar were moved across the street to its new location on the Iroquois Park Sports Complex landscape and expanded.

The building expansion saw Station Gallery's space increase to close to 10,000 sq. feet. Designed by Phil Goldsmith of the nationally acclaimed Goldsmith, Borgel and Company, the new addition significantly enhanced gallery capacity with increased exhibit, studio, collection storage and administrative space.

The newly renovated Station Gallery re-opened on January 3, 2006 with an exhibition comprised of a selection of works from the Canada Council Art Bank entitled Cross-Over.

Station Gallery has operated as a community visual arts centre for over 35 years. Be sure to stop in and check out the beautiful architecture of both the new and previous Station Gallery exhibition spaces. Admission to the Station Gallery is free.

Trafalgar Castle School[edit]

An independent residential and day school for girls, located on Reynolds Street in Whitby is situated on 10 acres of lovely grounds. The original castle was constructed between 1859 and 1862 as the residence of Nelson Gilbert Reynolds, Sheriff of Ontario County at that time. The impressive stature of the original castle with 73 rooms has retained its elegance through the years. An increased expansion has complemented the gothic architecture, as well as provided the ultimate in added space for educational programs. Girls from all over the world attend this academic independent school, where enrollment is kept to a maximum of 240 students to maintain the optimum teaching environment. The school is located at 401 Reynolds Street, Whitby, L1N 3W9.

Tel: 905-668-3358. Internet: http://www.castle-ed.com .

Whitby Courthouse Theatre[edit]

The Theatre, located in the Centennial Building, provides quality community theatre to the public. For information on upcoming productions, visit their website. Internet: http://www.whitbytheatre.org .

Annual Events[edit]

The Town of Whitby Marketing and Economic Development Department produces yearly a Events Calendar and Visitors Guide that lists tourist attractions, special events, cultural activities, tournaments, festivals, and craft shows happening in Whitby throughout the year. The Calendar of Events is available at any branch of the Whitby Public Library or the Community and Marketing Services Department of the Town of Whitby, 575 Rossland Road East, Whitby.

Events are listed in the Tourism section of the Town of Whitby website.

The following list provides an overview of the variety of events happening in Whitby in 2001.

   * Brooklin Spring Fair - First Saturday in June
   * Heber Down and Lynde Shores Conservation Areas - seasonal activities
   * Station Gallery - Art exhibitions, special events, workshops
   * Downtown Special Happenings
   * Crafts and Collectibles Shows
   * Music in the Park - Rotary Centennial Park
   * County Town Carnival - Late June
   * Theatre productions
   * Santa Claus Parade
   * New Years Eve Celebrations


Whitby has something for everyone - indoor shopping, world class attractions, the finest recreational harbour or nature trails - they are all here in this unique town.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Whitby's Waterfront Trail, [12]. Whitby Shores is where you will find the Town's waterfront trail and other waterfront activities for all ages.  edit
  • Iroquois Park Sports Complex, 500 Victoria Street West, (905) 668-7765 (fax: (905) 668-5933), [13]. The Town of Whitby owns, manages and operates the Iroquois Park Sports Centre , a multi-faceted sports and recreation complex serving the community and the surrounding region. The expanded complex was completed in November of 1997.  edit
  • Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, 905-579-0411, [14]. With the increasing demand for recreational lands, wherever possible, the authority incorporates compatible recreation facilities in the Conservation areas. The facilities and activities permitted are for various forms of passive recreation, such as camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, ice skating, and wildlife viewing. Some of the facilities are accessible to the physically challenged.  edit
  • Heber Down Conservation Area, Coronation Road. The quiet wooded campsite at Heber Down Conservation Area is surrounded by 633 acres of forest and valleylands. This large area has many trails to explore as well as fishing opportunities and open recreation space for hiking and cross country skiing.  edit
  • Lynde Shores Conservation Area, Victoria Street, [15]. The area is well known for its wildlife viewing opportunities. Both Lynde Creek Marsh and Cranberry Marsh provide an excellent habitat for nesting marsh birds and act as an important stopover point for migrating waterfowl and shore birds. Picnicking, fishing, canoeing and skating make this an excellent area for family outings.  edit
  • Port Whitby Marina, 905-668-1900. Port Whitby Marina is located on one of the finest natural harbours on Lake Ontario. It is easily accessible from Hwy. 401 and Hwy. 12. Port Whitby Marina offers 410 berths to accommodate recreational boaters. The marina, with floating steel docks, protected harbour and easy access to Hwy. 401, has a wide range of services including full season dockage and winter storage. Port Whitby is also a customs call-in station. Several Sport Fishing Charter Boats operate from Port Whitby Marina. Commercial repair facilities are located nearby within walking distance.  edit
  • Whitby Yacht Club, 905-668-1391, [16]. The Whitby Yacht Club facilities serve the boating needs of over 400 members and visiting boaters. Their membership enjoy an active racing and cruising program.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Shopping Areas[edit]

Brock Centre - Brock St. and Gilbert St.

Downtown Whitby - Dundas St. and Brock St.

Downtown Brooklin - Baldwin St. and Winchester Rd.

Dryden Square Plaza- Thickson Rd. N. and Dryden Blvd.

Kendalwood Plaza - Dundas St. E. and Kendalwood Rd.

Pringle Creek Plaza - Anderson St. and Manning Rd.

Queen's Common - Dundas St. W. at McQuay Blvd.

Rossland Plaza - Rossland Rd. E. and Garden St.

Thickson Place - Thickson Rd. and Dundas St. E.

Thickson Ridge Power Centre - Victoria St. and Thickson Rd.

Town Plaza - Dundas St. W. and Frances St.

Whitby Mall - Thickson Rd. S. Dundas St. E

Whitby Town Square - Garden St. and Rossland Rd. E.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Pimentos120 Brock St N., Whitby, ON (905)666-3005

Bella Notte3370 Brock St. N., Whitby, ON (905)430-5744

Mondo Ristorante 121 Green St., Whitby, ON (905)430-9558

Drink[edit][add listing]

The Firkin

Lava Lounge

The Tap and Tankard

The Tilted Kilt

The Gryphon

Heat

Johnny B's (Whitby Centrum)

J.P. Fitzpatrick's (Whitby Centrum, Consumers Rd)

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Bon Voyage Motel[edit]

7645 Baldwin Street, Brooklin, ON L1M 1Y5 905-655-5308

Canadiana Inn[edit]

732 Dundas St. E. Whitby, ON L1N 2J7 http://canadianainn.com/ 905-668-3686 1-800-570-9670

Ezra Annes House Bed & Breakfast[edit]

239 Wellington St. Whitby, ON L1N 5L7 http://www.ezraannes.com 905-430-1653

Heritage House Bed & Breakfast[edit]

9560 Mud Lake Road Myrtle Station, ON L0B 1A0 905-655-3563

Holiday Inn Express[edit]

180 Consumers Drive Whitby, ON http://www.hiexpress.com 905-665-8400 1-800-HOLIDAY

Lucien Motel[edit]

134 Byron St. N. Whitby, ON L1N 4M9 905-668-6879

Motel 6[edit]

165 Consumers Road Whitby, ON http://www.motel6.com 905-665-8883 800 4-Motel 6

Quality Suites Hotel[edit]

1700 Champlain Ave. Whitby, ON L1N 6A7 E-Mail: CN316@whgca.com Web: http://www.choicehotels.ca/cn316 905-432-8800 Fax: 905-432-2937

Royal Motel[edit]

843 Dundas St. W. Whitby, ON L1N 2N6 905-668-8170

Travelodge Oshawa[edit]

940 Champlain Ave Oshawa, ON L1J 7A6

http://www.travelodge.com 905-436-9500 1-800-578-7878

Woodycrest Motel[edit]

3775 Brock St. N. Whitby, ON L1N 5R5 905-668-8422

Get out[edit]

Routes through Whitby
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