• Mayssoun Hatoum

VAUGHAN, A PLACE TO GROW

Over the past decade, Vaughan has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Just north of the GTA it has over 320,000 residents, according to Statistics Canada it achieved a population growth rate of 80 per cent. Formerly known as the Town of Vaughan, the municipality is made up of towns and villages, including Maple, Concord, Kleinberg, Thornhill and Woodbridge. It was incorporated on Jan. 1st 1991. Here are a few landmarks that has contributed to the grown of the city.

  • One of Canada’s largest amusement parks is found in Vaughan, Canada’s Wonderland opened its doors on May 23, 1981 and became Canada’s first ever theme park with 370 acre of rides and family entertainment. Today Wonderland continues to successfully evolve, adding bigger rides, flipping ownership several times and remaining relevant.

  • Vaughan’s new downtown, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) is currently a work in progress. With a regional transit hub that includes a subway connecting to Toronto, the city is offering financial incentives for companies to build office space in the VMC and Weston Rd. and Highway 7. The vision for the downtown area includes, office and condo towers, shops, restaurants and entertainment.

  • At the corner of Rutherford and Jane Sts. stands Vaughan Mills which opened in 2004. The mall is almost 1.3 million square feet of retail spaces with 250 stores and features the amusement park Legoland. It is one of the largest shopping centres in Canada and is located adjacent to Canada’s Wonderland and nearby the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

Although still considered a newbie, the City of Vaughan is forging its own unique identity but it still has a lot of growing up to do. If you are interested in being a part of  Vaughan’s growing identity give us a call.