Uxbridge, Ontario on the Trans-Canada Highway
This town of 19,000 is a 20-minute drive from the City of Markham or the City of Pickering. It has a quaint shopping district, as well as architecturally and historically significant homes, churches and buildings, which are a draw for both residents and visitors. Attractions include the Byzantine-style Foster Memorial Temple, the former St. Paul Presbyterian Church Manse in Leaskdale, and the former home of Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Uxbridge was surveyed in 1805 as part of York County, and is named for Uxbridge, England. The Township's original settlers were Pennsylvania Quakers who built an 1820s meeting house, which is now one of the communty's oldest buildings. The Toronto and Nipissing Railroad arrived in Uxbridge in 1871, and for the next decade Uxbridge was the railway's headquarters.
When Regional Municipality of Durham was created in 1974, Uxbridge Township was amalgamated with the Town of Uxbridge and Scott Township to create an expanded Township of Uxbridge. Today the community is a manufacturing centre as well as a bedroom community for Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area.
Business listings for Uxbridge
1901 Uxbridge Music Hall
51 Toronto St. S. , P.O. Box 190
Uxbridge, Ont L9P 1T1
(905) 852-9181 Fax: (905) 852-9674
This beautiful historical facility is climate-controlled for year round comfort. It is a multi-use facility, ideal for theatrical productions, concerts, recitals and conferences, as well as dinners, wedding receptions, parties, meetings and seminars. Known for its superior acoustics, the Uxbridge Music Hall is a thriving cultural centre.
It is widely used by theatrical groups such as the Uxbridge Players, Seventh Star Productions and the Uxbridge Musical Theatre, and by choral groups such as the Pineridge Chorus. heatre style seating capacity is 300, while it can accommodate 150 for catered dining.
L. M. Montgomery Society of Ontario
Durham Road 1, Leaskdale
11 kms north of Uxbridge, ON.
Mailing: PO Box 84, Leaskdale, ON, L0C 1K0
The Leaskdale Manse was Lucy Maude Montgomery's home since 1911, after she married the Presbyterian minister for this prosperous farming community. Montgomery lived at the Manse for 15 years and raised 2 sons, and she recorded her thoughts in that period in her journals. Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote 11 of her 22 books here. Open Sunday afternoons in July and August. For other times, please call ahead. Admission is by donation. Tours are available by appointment.
The Friends' Meeting House on Quaker Hill
West side of the 6th Concession, just south of Durham Road 8.
Erected in 1820, replacing an 1809 log structure on the same site. The hand-hewn timber is still in good repair today. Admission by donation. Many beautiful weddings are held in the Meeting House.
The Thomas Foster Memorial
This Taj Mahal like memorial was built in Uxbridge by Thomas Foster a real estate developer, who was Toronto mayor, an MPP
Uxbridge Historical Centre (Uxbridge-Scott Museum)
Concession Rd 6, 1/4 mile north of Durham Road 8
Box 1301, Uxbridge, Ontario L9P 1N5
York-Durham Heritage Railway
PO Box 462
Stouffville ON, L4A 7Z7
Leaving from a fully restored rail station where travelers can board the nostalgic train and enjoy the scenic ride between Uxbridge and Stouffville. The locomotives are 1950s diesel, and the various cars date back to 1919. Saturdays are reserved for special functions, Sundays are for the general public, with 2 trips a day (not wheelchair accessible). Fares: Adult $18, Senior $15 (Age 65-90, free over age 90), Youth $15 (Ages 13 to 17), Child 5 $12 (Ages 2 to 12), Family $55 (2 adults & up to 3 children (2-12 yrs).