- City Guide - Vaughan
Vaughan is a city in the York Region north of Toronto, Ontario - and was the fastest-growing municipality in Canada between 1996 and 2006. The current population of Vaughan is over 288,000 having nearly doubled in population since 1991. The City of Vaughan is made up of the five communities of Concord, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill and Woodbridge.
The first European to make his way through Vaughan was the intrepid French explorer Etienne Brulé, who traversed the Humber Trail in 1615. It was not until the townships were created in 1792 that Vaughan began to see any settlements, due to its remote location. The township was named after Benjamin Vaughan, a British commissioner who signed a peace treaty with the United States in 1783.
More than 9,600 businesses are located in Vaughan, mploying more than 160,000 people. Manufacturing, construction and wholesale are the largest economic sectors in the city – and recent Statistics Canada census figures show that Vaughan has gained over 25,000 jobs between 2001 and 2006. There are several large companies that operate headquarters in Vaughan, some of which are ; Bausch & Lomb Canada, Cara Operations, Jones New York/Jones Apparel, Royal Group Technologies, Sanyo Canada, and Concord Confections. Overall the economy of Vaughan is as diverse as its people.
Vaughan's diverse arts, culture, entertainment, shopping and recreational pursuits meet the needs of any visitor, traveler, or resident. Come to Vaughan and enjoy works of art at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, or visit some the City's historic village cores. Vaughan has more than 220 parks and open spaces that families and residents can enjoy all year. If you’re in a festival mood then Vaughan has several annual festivals to choose from; Kleinburg's Binder Twine Festival, MapleFest, Thornhill Village Festival, and the Woodbridge Fair.
Any chance you are a soccer fan? Vaughan is home of the Ontario Soccer Association, and with over 500,000 registered players, is the largest sports organization in Canada. Vaughan is also home of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum.
Vaughan is home to a wide selection of exciting entertainment venues, nightlife, and hospitality establishments that cater to all.