In Whitchurch-Stouffville, the sky is the limit in terms of things to do and see in this lovely community. Locals here know the perfect recipe for blending city sensibilities with country charm. Located in the Greater Toronto Area, you’ll find plenty of excitement in this York Region hamlet.
For starters, history lives on at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum, a 2-acre site with half a dozen historic structures and the loveliest brick schoolhouse you may ever have laid eyes upon. Step back into the Victorian era and imagine picking up your skirts during an authentic barn square dance, or picture yourself raising bees instead of filing paperwork. It is all quite romantic, eye opening and educational. If artwork is more your style, discover the exhibitions of Latcham Gallery, where exquisite works of art abound. Inside, there is always something new to experience with exhibitions constantly making their debut in the gallery. Outside, the permanent sculpture garden makes for a lovely walk among thought-provoking pieces of work that interplay engagingly with the remarkable scenery and forested backdrop.
The Whitchurch-Stouffville area is home to two well-known wineries, Applewood Farm Winery and Willow Springs Winery & Vineyard. Make an afternoon visit for a winery tour and to purchase a bottle or two (or possibly a case!) to bring home with you and share with your friends and family. At Applewood, you can even pick your own apples, berries or pumpkins, depending on the season. If not you still have 13 varieties of wine to choose from.
All aboard the York-Durham Heritage Railway for a ride in a heritage coach from the 1950s or an even rarer vintage coach from the 1920s. Onboard entertainment for kids plus snacks and refreshments make this journey an enjoyable experience from start to finish for the whole family. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a special event ride such as the Teddy Bear Train, Strawberry Festival Train or Family Halloween Train Ride.
The train doesn’t stop at Whitchurch-Stouffville’s downtown farmers’ market, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pop in for some of the freshest produce in the Ontario countryside. Locally and proudly grown vegetables, fruits and meats as well as one-of-a-kind arts and crafts are available for your selection.
If you’re in town during Canada Day weekend, celebrate this national holiday in Whitchurch-Stouffville style with the Strawberry Festival. This event-packed, four-day weekend features lawn bowling, music and entertainment, as well as a carnival and family swim day that kicks off the festival each year.