Welcome to East Gwillimbury
A fast-growing, family-oriented urban community.
A part of the Greater Toronto area, the town of East Gwillimbury was incorporated in 1971. Local villages and hamlets within the town include Sharon, Holland Landing, and Queensville. As such, there is a variety of land uses within the town's authority. East Gwillimbury has seen significant growth in the past few decades including housing for its approximately 35,000 residents. It is the first area within the country to require Energy Star certification for residential units, showing the town's commitment to using less energy and reducing emissions that could contribute to climate change.
What to Love
- Fast growing
- Easy access to GO Transit
- Variety of local shops with big box stores nearby
Through its continued growth, East Gwillimbury is growing into a thriving urban community, but that does not distract from the beauty of the surrounding countryside or the continued agricultural activity in the area.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Seasonally from mid-May through early October, the best place to shop for freshly grown produce, eggs, meat, cheese, baked goods, and more is the East Gwillimbury Farmers Market at the Civic Centre in Sharon. The market runs on Thursday afternoons from 2-7 p.m. Here is a chance to support local businesses while enjoying live entertainment and kids' activities.
A family tradition for a century and a half, check out Brooks Farms Market & Cafe for a barnyard full of fun in Mount Albert. There is always something fresh in the market and you can pick currants, berries, apples, squash, and pumpkins when in season. Kids can enjoy a playland designed just for them along with some favorite barnyard animals. If anyone gets hungry, lunch is available in the café. There are also many special events to look forward to such as the Maple Sugar Festival or Fun Fall Festival.
Loyal Alfred's Bar & Grill, fondly known as Jacx, serves up Sunday brunch and a variety of dinner options for the whole family several days a week. Dine in or take out, and choose between roast chicken, fish and chips, a lasagna dinner, or a fine steak.
Tatlows Broiler Bar offers a special brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, and lunch and dinner menus Tuesdays – Fridays. While considered a hidden gem, Tatlows is not really any secret and is known throughout the region for its friendly, family-oriented feel. Tatlows also offers frozen meals, so you can pick up dinner to take home for another night.
Things to Do
East Gwillimbury is home to an old-fashioned drive-in. The Stardust Drive-in Movie Theater offers the latest in movies on a really big screen! Grab some munchies or get dinner for everyone at the snack bar and enjoy the show from the comfort of your own vehicle.
The Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum is an open-air museum with many different Canadian heritage buildings and dwellings on site. Named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990, the museum is host to several annual events including an Old-Fashioned Christmas, the Heritage Celebration in June, and the Canada Day Community Celebration. The historic Sharon Temperance Hall is available for rent for private parties and weddings.
Also located in Sharon, you can take in 18 holes at the Pheasant Run Golf Club while enjoying the views of the Oak Ridge Moraine forest. Choose from a variety of memberships and take lessons from one of the pros. Pheasant Run is available for a variety of private events including weddings and cocktail parties in the cedar lodge dining room of the event pavilion.
Each October, "enjoy" having the wits scared out of you at the Haunted Hollows Scream Park. Follow the trails through the dark forest and face some of your most dreaded fears. Visit the Carnevil Circus, The Swamp, or the Asylum while encountering ghosts, ghouls, spiders, clowns, and more.
The area of East Gwillimbury is served by the Sharon Public School system which includes Sharon High, Sharon Middle School, Cottage Street School, East Elementary, Heights Elementary, Children's Center, and Community Education. There are also some private schools including:
- Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Elementary School, K – grade 8, more than 50 years serving the community