Up until the late 1980’s, Keswick had been designated as a “cottage country” destination for those living in Toronto. Thanks to major development in later years, Keswick has broadened its reach and steadily grown its population, all while maintaining that sense of community culture it was originally known for, making it a very attractive option for home buyers and investors alike.
1.Keswick, by the numbers
- Population: as of the 2016 Canadian Census, the population of Keswick is 26,757
- Location: located in the south central Canadian province of Ontario and situated north of Toronto on Cook’s Bay, Keswick is part of the Town of Georgina, the northernmost municipality in the Regional Municipality of York
2. A community that keeps its residents engaged and entertained
Keswick is Georgina’s largest commercial business area, with access to several unique attractions, dining experiences and shopping. Keswick offers residents several shopping areas within the community, with destinations like Georgina Mall and the recently-opened Keswick Marketplace providing residents with a range of retail options.
Residents of this community can also enjoy and partake in several local attractions. To name a few:
- The Stephen Leacock Theatre – first opened in 1985, this 295-seat theatre delights its guests with a mix of local, national and international entertainment, with productions in musical theatre, comedy and traditional stage performances. Some notable past acts on this stage include Serena Ryder, Rita MacNeil and Jeff Healey. The theatre also offers summer camps for kids that run from July to August each summer. For information on upcoming shows, please visit the Town of Georgina’s TixHub.
- The Georgina Military Museum – this non-profit organizations provides school tours and is open to the general public, where visitors can learn about the involvement of Canadian society in past and present wartime
- The Recreational Outdoor Campus (known best as “The ROC”) – often referred to as “the pride and joy of Georgina”, the ROC is a place where year-round activities can be found to keep community members active and engaged. They offer rock climbing, zip lining, splash pads, hiking trails, tennis and basketball courts and surfaces, 3 beach volleyball courts, award winning soccer fields, a regulation size baseball field, t-ball and softball diamonds, facilities to rent for parties and events, ample parking and more! The ROC is also home to some truly unique features, like their walking labyrinth, the Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives, and options for winter activities like snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing.
This list on TripAdvisor highlights some great things to do in Keswick for residents and visitors.
3. Educational options within Keswick and via neighbouring communities
York Region’s school boards (the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board) operate public elementary and secondary education within Keswick.
- The York Region District School Board oversees Keswick High School and 8 elementary schools (Deer Park P. S., Fairwood P. S., Jersey P. S., Keswick P. S., Lake Simcoe P. S., Lakeside P. S., R. L. Graham P. S., and W. J. Watson P. S.)
- The York Catholic District School Board oversees Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School and 2 elementary schools (Prince of Peace and St. Thomas Aquinas)
For a private school option at the elementary level, Queensville Montessori Academy services the Keswick area as well. The town of Georgina recognizes the importance of investing in its youth and offers programs and volunteer options for local students and youth in the community.
4. Georgina is a great place to invest and live
The town of Georgina is in high demand as far as real estate, making it an attractive option for buyers who are looking to grow their investment over time.
Currently, there are no major employers based out of Keswick, meaning many of its residents commute to nearby Newmarket or Toronto for work, but as this community continues to grow, there is no question in its potential for attracting future interest from businesses. Until then, the town’s proximity to major urban areas makes it easy for locals to get where they need to go, whether for work or leisure.
It’s also important to remember that Keswick is situated within Georgina, which ranks geographically as one of the largest municipalities in York Region, and provides several resources and avenues of support when it comes to its residents and their business interests.
Georgina’s community profile page highlights several attributes when it comes to investing and doing business in Georgina, including:
- Small-town lifestyle with urban amenities
- Some of the most affordable living costs in the region
- Georgina’s Investment-Ready Program – designed to assist with the planning and development process for new businesses
- Skilled labour pool
- Ongoing development of Keswick’s Business Park – 500 acres of designated business park lands that will be used for industrial uses, including office space and 200 acres of zoned industrial land that has been acquired by Panattoni Development Company and is one of the largest available development opportunities within close distance to Toronto
5. Keswick is on the millennial map for 2021
An study by Finder.ca on housing market trends in 2021 shows that more than half of millennials (a reported 64%) are planning to move and either buy or rent this year (20% more than the national average), with home size being one of the biggest drivers for prospective purchasers and renters in Ontario.
When it comes to getting more bang for your buck, it’s projected that many millennials will look beyond the city limits for their next home investment. Communities like Keswick are expected to grow in popularity with this demographic, as the area represents an opportunity for affordable entry into the housing market, the potential for future return on investment, and a community that affords its residents all the perks of small-town living with nearby access to urban amenities and resources.