Official Name: Town of Georgina
Population: 43,517 (2011) 39,263 (2001)
Location: Northern most town of York Region
History: the town was created in 1986, but the area's history dates back to the 1700s
Map: Download Map of Georgina
Georgina is comprised of many small communities, the three main urban areas include Keswick to the west, Sutton along the north shore, and Pefferlaw, located in the north east corner of the region.
Georgina offers a number of year-round activities in a variety of recreational facilities including our many impressive public parks, beaches & forested areas.
Georgina is also a popular destination in Ontario for ice fishing, its season typically running from early January to late March.
There is also one First Nation with an Indian reserve, where the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation reside
Formerly known as Medina, Keswick is the largest urban community within the Town of Georgina. It was once a village within Township of North Gwillimbury before the creation of the Town of Georgina.
The town was formerly considered part of "cottage country" for those who lived in Toronto up until the late 1980s, when major highway development further opened up access to Keswick, expanding its population and services, transforming Keswick into a bedroom community for the cities of Newmarket and Toronto.
The Future of Georgina
Georgina's population increased by 12,000 from 1986-1996. The growth could be attributed to the fact that the cost of development is considerably cheaper than that of the more southern communities in York Region, this has made the town more attractive for builders and homeowners alike.
Highway 404 Extension
The Highway 404 extension is part of the Southern Highways Program expansion project, Golden Horseshoe Expansion, started in 2008. To date, Highway 404 ends at Ravenshoe Road in Keswick, Ontario.