Whitchurch-Stouffville

Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ont, incorporated as a town in 1971, Regional Municipality of York, population 37 628 (2011c), 24 390 (2006c). The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is located 47 km northeast of Toronto.

The area of Whitchurch Township was the site of several Indigenous villages. The first European settlement took place in the 1790s. Stouffville (originally Stouffersville or Stoversville) was named after Abraham Stouffer, who arrived in 1805.

Initially the affairs of Stouffville were administered by the township which was incorporated in 1850. However, the village soon became the dominant commercial centre in the region and inaugurated its own council in 1877. Despite the separation there continued to be an interdependence between the 2 and the sharing of utilities such as water supply and early telephone service. The present union was achieved in January 1971, at which time York Region, of which the town is part, was also formed.

The town continues as a light industrial, commercial and primarily residential centre.