Kleinburg | The Canadian Encyclopedia



Kleinburg, Ont, straddles a hogback between 2 branches of the Humber River 40 km NW of Toronto. It has no legal entity, being part of the sprawling city of Vaughan (formerly Vaughan Township), and therefore no official boundaries.

Founded around 1847 by an Alsatian immigrant, John Kline (sic), who built the first gristmill, it is known today as the site of one of Canada's largest art galleries, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection; for the Toronto International Film Studios, a major centre for TV and motion picture production; and for the annual Binder Twine Festival, which attracts over 25 000 people to the main street each Sept.

Once an important farming centre, it has become a bedroom community for Toronto, its residents lured by the unspoiled beauties of the Humber Valley and the rural atmosphere of the village they struggle fiercely to preserve.

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