by Susy Alexandre August 16, 2023

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Whitchurch-Stouffville

Drone Aerial VIew Stouffville, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario, Adobe Stock Image

With a motto like “country close to the city”, it’s clear that Whitchurch-Stouffville is a town of balance between big-city conveniences and the best of small-town living. 

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, a fast-growing region, is known for its extensive greenbelt, small-town charm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as the ability to offer residents urban amenities with the convenient proximity to downtown Toronto. 

To illuminate you to the many benefits of life in Whitchurch-Stouffville, the experts at Royal LePage Your Community Realty have assembled 10 of the top reasons why you should consider a move to the area. 

Whitchurch-Stouffville. (2023, July 4). In Wikipedia.

Proximity to Toronto and other major GTA workplaces

Located within the Greater Toronto Area of Toronto, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is conveniently situated 50 km north of the downtown core and 55 km north-east of Toronto Pearson International Airport. 

Aside from being situated just 14 km from Toronto’s northern border, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is immediately bordered by Richmond Hill, Markham, Newmarket, Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Uxbridge and Pickering. 

Being in such close proximity to Toronto holds massive appeal for those looking for a residential community where they won’t have to choose between the peace and quiet of suburban living and the convenience, attractions and wider range of employment opportunities available in an urban setting. It’s this blended reality that has so many people flocking to the area, eager to settle their families in an environment that offers a rare and harmonious pairing of contrasting lifestyles. 

Imagine being able to commute, work, and enjoy the many attractions of the city while being able to retreat back home a short distance away, where you can bask in a calm and serene atmosphere in a more traditional suburban landscape. Picturesque natural terrains are abundant in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, where the calm and tranquil pace of the community feels more akin to the charms of small-town living than it does the developing urban sprawl of the city. 

Credit: Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

A Rich Local History 

In 1804, the founder of Stouffville, Abraham Stouffer purchased lot 1, concession 9 Whitchurch, and with it, set into motion the beginnings of the town.

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville was created in 1971 at the amalgamation of Whitchurch Township and the Community of Stouffville. 

In terms of geographics between Whitchurch and Stouffville, the latter refers to the primary urban area of Whitchurch-Stouffville, which also boasts the highest land area and population of the town as a whole. 

Whitchurch Township originally extended to Yonge Street in the west, including parts of Aurora and Newmarket. In present-day, the town is officially bounded by Davis Drive in the north, Highway 404 to the West, York-Durham Line to the east, and to the south, about 200 meters north of 19th Avenue. 


Community Spirit and Engagement 

In the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, the sense of community spirit and engagement is visible throughout the community. From local events and celebrations to recreation and committee assemblies, the town makes every effort to bring their residents together and get them enjoying, engaging and contributing to the ongoings of the area. 

Check out just a few of the exciting events happening through August!

  • Movies in the Park: throughout the summer, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville will be hosting their annual Movies in the Park event, held every third and fourth Friday in the months of July and August. Movies will begin at sundown (typically around 8:30 pm) and finish around 11 pm. The event is free to attend and open to all without pre-registration required. Tip: bring your own blankets, pillows and lawn chairs to make the movie-going experience extra-comfy!

  • The Village of Stouffville Presents Stouffville Summer Street Festival: this event takes place on August 19th from 2 pm to 8 pm along Main Street, where roads will be closed to traffic along Main Street from O'Brien Ave. to Park Dr. There will be street vendors, community organizations, local businesses, live music, carnival games and more. The event is free to attend and there will be plenty of fun activities suitable for the whole family to enjoy

  • Summer Camp Cooking Chaos: this fun camp for the culinary enthusiast runs from August 21st to August 25th, from 9 am to 4 pm daily at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre 

You can find a full calendar of local events through the official Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville website.

The Best of Both Worlds 

Living in such close proximity to Toronto, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville promotes a lifestyle of duality with both urban convenience and small-town charm. 

In the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, residents can enjoy access to the city for any purpose, while being able to benefit from a residential community with small-town charm and community values outside of the hustle and bustle of city living.

This juxtaposition of the proximity to the city while enjoying the benefits of a smaller community creates a truly rare and unique balance in residential experience here. 

A focus on eco-consciousness 

In Whitchurch-Stouffville, the Environment Conservation Strategy is in place to ensure that future planning in the municipality prioritizes environmental sustainability, especially in scenarios where proposed major changes are being put forth. 

The term “environmental sustainability” in this context has to do with preservation of natural local environments, including the protection and enhancement of landforms within the community such the Oak Ridges Moraine. 

The town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is located in the mid-eastern area of the Regional Municipality of York on the Oak Ridges Moraine. As it pertains to any future planning and development that might affect the ecologically-sensitive Moraine, the town must adhere to the objectives and directions outlined in the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, established in April 2002 by the Province of Ontario.


Rising housing values 

The rising housing values in Whitchurch-Stouffville area reflective of the primary points of livability and appeal for residents, in particular, the town’s proximity to Toronto, and the small-town atmosphere within the town, where residents can take advantage of truly “having it all” toggling the line between urban and suburban living. 

When you consider the overall recent housing market, the prices and inventory levels, it’s clear that the housing market in Whitchurch-Stouffville is steady and generally on a healthy and positive trajectory. 

Whitchurch-Stouffville MLS® stats reflect an average house price of $1,493,409 and 120 new listings in the last 28 days for the month of August. 

Family-friendly lifestyle 

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is known for its strong sense of community values and family-friendly atmosphere and lifestyle. 

A great place for families, Stouffville has a little something for everyone, ranging from fishing to ziplining - and everything in between. Mini-golf, apple and strawberry picking, pony rides at local farms - even BMX cycling!

Unique attractions and a strong local art scene 

Some of the top local attractions in the area include: 

There are many local attractions unique to the area that add value to this diverse and energetic community. From art galleries to festivals and local hotspots, there is no shortage of local opportunities for engagement and fun. 

Stouffville is also known for its love of the arts, reflective in the many musically-centered groups and events held annually. One such group is Music Mania, a long-standing group that has performed locally for over 45 years.  

Diversity, inclusivity, equality and accessibility 

A community is only as strong as its residents, and in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, there is a strong emphasis on diversity, inclusivity, equality and accessibility for all. 

The town is active in its approach to these goals, with frequent town council meetings and in seeking constructive feedback from its residents and via their local council, amongst other forums. 

The town aims to provide an atmosphere where all are welcome and supported. 

A Healthy Local Employment Scene 

Via their official website, the Town boasts incentives for those working for the Whitchurch-Stouffville town itself, including “competitive compensation, employer funded benefits, paid vacation and sick time, EAP and flexible work arrangements”. 

Per the town’s official website

“As the Town continues to diversify and develop at an exponential rate, the staff that supports this community must continue to grow alongside it. With this mindset, there is always room for new ideas, innovation, professional development and career advancement.”

Diversity and inclusive opportunities and healthy and supportive work environments are top priorities for the town when it comes to their employment scene. Via their website, you can access more information on employment topics like finding work opportunities within the various sectors, information on the general hiring process, the perks of working with the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, and listings and information on volunteer opportunities for those who are aged 14 and up. 

You can stay up-to-date on local career opportunities via the town’s official website, under their careers posting page

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