Whitby (Ontario)

Whitby, a suburb directly west of Oshawa, is in the heart of the Durham region, 48 km (30 mi) east of Toronto, in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario. It has a population of 128,000 people (2016).

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The Town of Whitby was incorporated in 1855, three years after it was chosen as the seat of government for the new County of Ontario. Although settlement dates back to 1800, it was not until 1836 that a downtown business centre was established by Whitby’s founder Peter Perry.

It is named after the fishing town of Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. It is twinned with Longueuil, Quebec; Feldkirch, Austria and Whitby, England.

  • Town of Whitby, 575 Rossland Rd E. Produces an Events Calendar and Visitors Guide that lists tourist attractions, special events, cultural activities, tournaments, festivals, and craft shows happening in Whitby throughout the year. The calendar of events is available at any branch of the Whitby Public Library. 

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