Welcome to East Gwillumbury
Early settlement of the area dates back to the late seventeen hundreds. Many attractive history buildings are still in existence which enhance the atmosphere of East Gwillimbury (aka EG).
The Town has grown to a population of approximately 24,000, with a lot more residents to call East Gwillimbury home in the coming years. The focus of development within East Gwillimbury has continued to be within its five major urban centres, or villages; Holland Landing (including River Drive Park), Queensville, Mount Albert and Sharon. The rich history of the Town, its ideal geographic location and excellent balance of both urban and rural communities, makes East Gwillimbury an ideal location for business and a wonderful place to live.
Municipal Office Location
- 19000 Leslie Street, Sharon, Ontario, LOG 1V0
Public Elementary Schools
Holland Landing P.S. (Holland Landing).
Park Avenue P.S. (Holland Landing).
Robert Munch P.S. (Grades JK-3 | Mount Albert).
Mount Albert P.S. (Grades 4-8 | Mount Albert).
Phoebe Gilman P.S. (Rural EG/North Newmarket).
Sharon P.S. (Sharon).
Queensville P.S. (Queensville).
Public Secondary Schools:
There are currently no Secondary Public Schools in EG, but the York Region District School Board has plans for 2. Currently, all EG students in the public system either attend Dr. John M. Denison SS or Huron Heights SS. Both are in Newmarket.
Catholic Elementary Schools
Our Lady of Good Counsel (Sharon).
- Good Shepard (Holland Landing).
Catholic Secondary Schools
There are no Catholic Secondary Schools in EG at the moment. All Catholic Secondary School students who live in EG attend Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary School.
There are 5 distinctive residential Neighbourhoods in East Gwillimbury, each offering something unique to the residents.
Holland Landing is a very nice community that is located just north of Newmarket, on the Western side of East Gwillimbury, and stretches just north of Queensville sideroad in the sub-community of River Drive Park.
Holland Landing has mostly detached homes, built for the most part between the 1970s–1990s, with some older homes scattered along Yonge Street and in River Drive Park.
Most of Holland Landing is serviced by municipal water and municipal sewers, but you will find that some properties, especially those along Yonge Street, Sand Rd & Park Avenue, are on private septic systems, and private water wells. There are also homes along the Sand Rd/Park Ave side of the Holland Rover which are on Municipal water but have private Septic Systems.
The larger lots that you will find in this Neighbourhood make for a great option for those who want a little more space than you can find in Newmarket.
The community of Sharon had an explosion of large 4-bedroom executive homes in the mid-late 1980s, almost all of which are on half-acre lots or larger.
There are some older and smaller homes in the village center, which is located along Leslie Street, just south of Mount Albert Sideroad, but for the most part, the Village of Sharon has been comprised of these large Detached homes on big lots until recently.
Sharon is slated to see a lot of new residents with the new development of the New “Sharon Village” development, with homes being built by Mosaic Homes, Thornridge Homes, Wycliffe Homes, Great Gulf Homes, and Yorkwood Homes (many premium lots!).
This will be the first development within Sharon to have full Municipal services (Sewer and Water) to all the newly built homes, as all existing homes within the Village, are on private septic systems, with the vast majority on Town water.
The township of East Gwillimbury’s municipal offices are located on Leslie Street in Sharon and is the headquarters for all the municipal departments, such as Planning, building, by-law, and town council.
Sharon has always been viewed as the high-end village within East Gwillimbury with its larger homes and big lots and a preferred area for those who need to commute to Toronto as the access to 404 Highway is very close, and the E.G. Go Station is also very close providing access to the train, as well as GoBus.
The current village of Queensville is located along Leslie Street, stretching just north of Queensville Sideroad and south to just north of Doane Rd.
We say the current village as Queensville is about to see a roughly 30-year development plan come to fruition in the coming years which will see an explosion of new homes and businesses built in the village of Queensville.
Another factor to help aid in the development of Queensville is the Highway 404 extension which opened officially in the fall of 2014 and runs all the way to Ravenshoe Rd (northern Boundary of E.G.). Currently, there are only 3 exits on the 404 highway, the first being at Green Lane, the last being just south of Ravenshoe Rd, and the Second being at Queensville Sideroad.
This Highway on or off-ramp should help aid in the rapid growth of Queensville as there will no doubt be some growing pains. It should however be noted that there is an on/off ramp partially built at Doane Road, but there currently is no schedule to have it opened in the short term.
Queensville is where Doug Toombs lived as a child, and he still has many old friends in the village. He attended Queensville public school before heading off to Huron Heights in Newmarket to attend High school.
Mount Albert is a village packed with charm and character.
Located at Highway 48 and Mount Albert Road, Mount Albert is another East Gwillimbury village that has been blossoming over the past decade with the addition of many new housing developments with a wide range of housing types from townhouses to large detached homes.
Mount Albert is one of the more affordable parts of East Gwillimbury, mostly due to its distance from the other communities & large diversity of housing types, but the core of the village has remained very strong through its growth phase with a very busy downtown business district that has been at the forefront of the planning of the community, rather than building new commercial strip plazas.
Mount Albert plays host to East Gwillimbury’s largest annual outdoor event, “The Mount Albert Sports Day”, which has been held annually since 1925 at the Mount Albert Community Park, where participants can take part in a variety of sporting events, such as the 5km Run, a Softball Tournament, Horseshoe Contest, and much more. It has grown into a 3 day-long event which is held the first weekend in June, every year!
Rural East Gwillimbury
Rural East Gwillimbury is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, rural.
Most housing types are Detached rural homes, country estates, and Farms, mostly all with private water wells and Septic systems.
Rural East Gwillimbury is a great place to live if you want peace and quiet, with little to no direct neighbors, but you need to be aware that certain areas are ‘wetter than others.
The Oak Ridges Moraine covers a large area of Rural EG with many ecologically sensitive areas, which may have more mosquitos and other bugs that thrive in a moist environment. On the other hand, there is also a lot of land that is “high and dry”, where you can see for miles and miles, which is far less ‘buggy’.