Whitby is the place to visit. It is only 48 km east of downtown Toronto and is to get to by highway, bus or Go Transit.
Why not start at Whitby’s spectacular waterfront? Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and is part of the Waterfront Trail with connection to both Ajax and Oshawa. Walk, ride, blade or roll along 11 km of trail adjacent Lake Ontario. The waterfront covers an area of approximately 16.6 square kilometers and contains over 370 hectares of conservation lands, over 100 hectares of passive open space, and over 60 hectares of parkland and community facilities. Traveling east along the trail you will find Lynde Shores Conservation Area, the Abilities Centre is Whitby’s newest facility and a world-class recreation/athletic facility, designed to be accessible to persons of all abilities and has been selected as the venue for the Toronto2015 Parapan Am Games sports of Judo and Boccia.
Continuing your travel eastward you can stop at the Whitby Yacht Club, Port Whitby Marina, Lions Promenade, Rotary Sunrise Lake Park, Kiwanis Heydenshore Park Gordan Richards Park and end at Intrepid Park dedicated to the men and women who were employed at the British Security Coordination spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War.
After spending time on our beautiful waterfront it’s time to pay a visit to Downtown Whitby and Downtown Brooklin and indulge in an opportunity to savour a culinary adventure with tastes from around the world, and to discover distinctive shops and services in two charming Downtowns. These downtowns offer a wide array of restaurants, clothing stores, entertainment facilities, health and wellness providers, financial services and home furnishings. Upscale or casual dining establishments, fashion boutiques, cafés, studios, sports stores offer a variety of products and services. Stroll along the verandas of Pearson Lanes, a unique development of historical homes that house individual boutiques.
Whitby combines a small-town atmosphere with the sophistication and amenities of a large urban centre. Arts and culture contribute significantly to the quality of life in Whitby promoting health, family enjoyment, community interaction, learning, and creativity. There are many arts and cultural assets in Whitby including the Whitby Public Library and Whitby Museum and Station Gallery. The Whitby Courthouse Theatre located in the Centennial Building is where you can watch the theatre group’s most recent production. The Centennial Building was built in the early 1850s as the Ontario County Courthouse, and served from 1854 to 1964 as a trial court and a meeting place for County Council. It is an anchor in Whitby’s arts and culture community and is also home to the Whitby Brass Band, a volunteer community band that in 2013, proudly marked its 150 anniversary as Whitby’s Brass Band!
Whitby is bustling with events all year long with events and spectacles for the entire family.
Begin in June and come to the 104 Annual Brooklin Spring Fair on the first weekend in June. Then in July, celebrate Canada Day with us. August features Whitby Harbour Day summer celebration of Whitby’s historic harbour. The event highlights Whitby’s harbour facilities including Port Whitby Marina and Whitby Yacht Club. In September take a step back in time and learn about the Town’s multicultural heritage and hidden architectural gems. Heritage Day is the largest one-day event held in historic downtown Whitby. Enjoy the rich autumn colours and bountiful fall produce at Brooklin’s Annual Harvest Festival.
In December, experience the essence of an “Olde Time Christmas” at Brooklin’s Christmas in the Village and watch Celebration Square come to light as we begin the holiday season with the annual Christmas tree lighting. Wrap up the year with us at a New Year’s Eve Family Skate Enjoy this free family friendly event at Iroquois Park Sports Centre with skating for the whole family.
Whitby is the proud host community for the Toronto2015 Parapan Am Games. The sports of Boccia and Judo will be featured at the Abilities Centre and Whitby is ready to welcome the world to its doorstep. From August 7 to 15, 2015, Whitby will host athletes from 41 countries. Competitions at the Toronto2015 Parapan Am Games are an integral stepping stone to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and you can rest assured knowing that there will be world-class completion, excitement and events for you to enjoy. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.