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Situated on the gently rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine 50 km north of downtown Toronto, Whitchurch-Stouffville is a scenic, rapidly growing municipality that's home to a wide spectrum of neighbourhoods, real estate, and demographics.

Whitchurch-Stouffville’s official motto, “country close to the city,” only partially sums up life in this unique little pocket of the Golden Horseshoe. True, the city consists largely of small rural hamlets where farmland, forestland, and wide-open spaces stretch as far as the eye can see. In much of the city, the ambiance is undeniably – and charmingly – country. Other parts, though, are largely suburban or even urbanized, making Whitchurch-Stouffville a perfect living locale not just for country mice but city slickers and suburbanites as well. Whether you’re in the market for a newly-constructed ranch in suburbia, a farmhouse on a dozen-acre plot of land, or a humble abode near a bustling downtown business district, you’re sure to find a home in Whitchurch-Stouffville that fits your style.

Whitchurch-Stouffville’s population has ballooned from about 8,000 in 2006 to nearly 40,000 today, with officials expecting the tally to reach 60,000 by the year 2031. Why the growth spurt? A surplus of spacious, high-quality new housing units sprouted up post-2006 (especially in Stouffville proper, the city’s main residential hub), attracting new residents in droves. If you covet quiet, peaceful dwellings with easy access to the hustle and bustle of the big city, you’ll feel right at home in Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Keeping pace with residential growth, numerous new businesses have recently opened their doors in Whitchurch-Stouffville, which now employs more than 14,000. Most residents continue to hold down jobs in Toronto or elsewhere in the GTA, but with new industries constantly emerging (especially in the downtown area), Whitchurch-Stouffville is gradually shedding its rep as a mere bedroom community. A great place to live, play, and now work, Whitchurch-Stouffville is, unsurprisingly, among the top 3 fastest growing municipalities in all of Canada.

Not in the mood to ride your own wheels into “Hollywood North?” Hop aboard a GO Transit bus, which travels south into Toronto and as far north as Uxbridge.

Whitchurch-Stouffville doesn’t exactly have the most advanced public transit system in Ontario (yet, anyway), but give it some time -- as late as 2005, chicken and cattle probably outnumbered commuters a hundred to one in the city. Use public transit if you can, but file it under “work in progress” for now.

Whitchurch-Stouffville is home to numerous quaint, densely populated little neighbourhoods. Ringwood, the western gateway into the city, features a mixture of large, well-established homes and modern, subdivision-style ranches and split-levels. The affluent Pine Orchard community is dotted with ponds (natural and manmade) and grandiose country estates. Other hamlets, like Gormley and Vandorf, consist largely of well-maintained, century-old homes. Other colorful little communities with prime real estate in Whitchurch-Stouffville include Bloomington, Lemonville, and Preston Lake.

The city’s prime urban area – and also its economic, residential, and entertainment hub – is Stouffville proper. Home to more than half the city’s residents, Stouffville saw its population more than double between 2006 and 2011, and it continues to grow. Homes for sale in Stouffville are among the city’s most modern, coveted, and luxurious.

Got an itch for arts and culture? Instead of driving to Toronto to scratch it, why not catch a theatrical performance at 19 on the Park, downtown Stouffville’s oldest and most storied building? Or peruse the latest local arts masterworks at the Latcham Gallery. A popular destination for history buffs throughout Southern Ontario, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum, meanwhile, showcases 5 historic buildings dating back as far as the 1830s and an exhaustive gallery of artifacts.

How do you feel about strawberries? Rhetorical question. Of course you love them. Lucky for you, the city hosts an annual Strawberry Festival that celebrates its rich agricultural heritage. A city that likes to gather en masse for fun in the sun, Whitchurch-Stouffville puts on numerous other festivals throughout the year, including the renowned Markham Fair, which attracts 80,000-plus visitors. Other annual galas include a Peace Festival, Wine and Food Festival, Maple Syrup Festival, and the Winter Carnival at Musselman Lake. Edmonton may be Canada’s official “Festival City,” but Whitchurch-Stouffville is no slouch either when it comes to putting on epic, community-wide celebrations.

Popular attractions for residents with kids include a petting zoo/pony farm, equestrian centre, and mini golf course. Outdoor amenities include an extensive network of hiking/biking trails, the picturesque Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area, and numerous splash pads, ball fields, and parks. The city is also home to a pair of highly regarded wineries where you can sip great vino while you soak up the views of Mother Nature at her most aesthetic and unspoiled.