Uxbridge

Overview

Uxbridge, Ontario is a township located in the Durham Region within the Greater Toronto Area, approximately sixty-four kilometres northeast of Toronto. The Town of Uxbridge is rich with culture and heritage, and offers a wide variety of entertainment and recreational activities.

If you love spending time outdoors, Uxbridge is the perfect location for you. Uxbridge is especially known for the hiking trails, and is now referred to as the Trail Capital of Canada. With thousands of acres of protected land, the village is home to the majority of Canada’s public trails used for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and snowmobiling.

Uxbridge is an attractive place for seniors to call home because of the sense of community that has developed there. It is a nice, quiet place with friendly residents. Uxbridge is also a commuter town because of its close proximity to Toronto and other major cities.

Uxbridge is a vibrant arts community, and focuses on maintaining a high quality of life for its residents. There are many recreational opportunities available for the entire family. You can be sure to find an activity or club to suit your interests. If you are looking for a place to call home where you can raise your family, Uxbridge is a very appealing location. Small town living and close proximity to big city amenities are what makes Uxbridge so attractive to people.

Recreation

Uxbridge Township is known as the Trail Capital of Canada, assigned this title by Industry Canada. The township contains hundreds of kilometres of trails throughout the forested and rural land. Trails such as the Trans Canada Trails and Oak Ridges Trails run throughout Uxbridge Township across approximately 8000 acres of conservation lands. The trails are maintained by community volunteers as well as Conservation authorities. The trails throughout Uxbridge are multi-use trails, and are often used for hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. The trails run through mixed forests, streams, wetlands, and meadows, as well as directly through the historic village. The trails are not the only opportunity for recreation within Uxbridge.

The township contains an aquatics and recreation centre, multiple churches, the rotary skate park, and a public library. Uxbridge places importance on the Arts, creativity, physical activity, and nature preservation, all while encouraging community involvement and unity.

History

Uxbridge lays within a valley on the northern peak of the oak Ridges Moraine. The Quakers were the first settlers to arrive in the area in 1806 from Pennsylvania. Uxbridge’s oldest building, The Uxbridge Friends Meeting House, was built in 1820.

In 1871, the Toronto and Nipissing Railroad was established in Uxbridge and was functioned as the headquarters for the railway for over 10 years. In 1872, Uxbridge was considered a village, and by 1885, the small village was considered a town. Later on, in 1973, Uxbridge Town was considered to be part of Uxbridge Township. Scott Township and the new Region of Durham also became part of Uxbridge Township.

Elgin Park, hosting grounds to the Uxbridge Fall Fair, was where Sir John A. MacDonald held his very first large picnic in hopes to become re-elected. Uxbridge is an historic town and its detailed history can be discovered at the Uxbridge-Scott Museum.

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