Georgina, Ontario

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Georgina
Town (lower-tier)
Town of Georgina
Civic Centre
Civic Centre
Official logo of Georgina
Logo
Location of Georgina within York Region.
Location of Georgina within York Region.
Coordinates (Civic Centre): 44°17′46″N 79°26′10″W / 44.29611°N 79.43611°W / 44.29611; -79.43611Coordinates: 44°17′46″N 79°26′10″W / 44.29611°N 79.43611°W / 44.29611; -79.43611
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional Municipality York Region
Named late 1790s
Amalgamated 1971 (township)[1]
Incorporated 1986 (town)
Named for George III
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Robert Grossi
 • Deputy Mayor Danny Wheeler
 • Councillor Naomi Davison, Phil Craig, Dave Szollosy, Ken Hackenbrook, Brad Smockum
Area[2]
 • Total 287.72 km2 (111.09 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 43,517
 • Density 151.2/km2 (392/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code FSA L0E, L0C, L4P
Area code(s) 905, 289 and 705
NTS Map 031D03
GNBC Code FBHBU
Website www.georgina.ca

Georgina (Canada 2011 Census population 43,517) is a town in south-central Ontario, and the northernmost municipality in the Regional Municipality of York. It forms part of the northern boundary of the Greater Toronto Area and is situated on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe. Although incorporated as a town, it operates as a township, in which dispersed communities share a common administrative council. The largest communities are Keswick, Sutton and Jackson's Point; smaller communities include Pefferlaw, Port Bolster, Udora and Willow Beach. The town was formed by the merger of the Village of Sutton, the Township of Georgina and the Township of North Gwillimbury in 1971, and was incorporated in 1986. North Gwillimbury had previously been part of Georgina, but became its own township in 1826. It took its name from the family of Elizabeth Simcoe, née Gwillim.

Municipal composition[edit]

The main centres in Georgina are the communities of Keswick, Belhaven, Sutton, Jackson's Point,[3] Baldwin, Virginia, Pefferlaw, Port Bolster, Udora and Willow Beach. Other settlements include Brighton Beach.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1991 29,746 —    
2001 39,263 +32.0%
2006 42,346 +7.9%
2011 43,517 +2.8%

According to the Canada 2006 Census conducted by Statistics Canada:[2]

  • Population: 43,517
  • % Change (2006–2011): 2.8%
  • Dwellings: 17,824
  • Area (km².): 287.72
  • Density (persons per km².): 151.2

Racial profile

Religions[5]

Mother Tongue[6]

Government[edit]

Georgina and other communities on Lake Simcoe, Ontario

The Town of Georgina operates under a ward system, and its Municipal Council consists of the Mayor, Regional Councillor (known procedurally as Deputy Mayor) and a Councillor for each of the five wards. The current council consists of:

  • Mayor: Robert Grossi (since 1994)
  • Deputy Mayor/Regional Councillor: Danny Wheeler
  • Councillor Ward 1: Naomi Davison
  • Councillor Ward 2: Phil Craig
  • Councillor Ward 3: Dave Szollosy
  • Councillor Ward 4: Ken Hackenbrook
  • Councillor Ward 5: Brad Smockum

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor represent Georgina at meetings of York Regional Council.

Georgina is part of the Federal riding of York—Simcoe, represented by Peter Van Loan of the Conservative Party of Canada, elected in 2006.

Provincially, it was part of the riding of York North until 2007 and is now part of the provincial riding of York-Simcoe, represented by Julia Munro of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, who was first elected in 1995.

Notable residents[edit]

Attractions[edit]

  • Canadian Ice Fishing Championship Annual event[7]
  • Captain William Johnson's Old Mill[8]
  • St. George's Anglican Church, built in 1877 by the pioneering Sibbald family and burial place of Stephen Leacock and Mazo de la Roche[8]
  • Roche's Point Anglican Church, built in 1862[8]
  • The ROC (Recreational Outdoor Campus), including the Georgina Pioneer Village Museum and Archives
  • Red Barn Theatre, Canada's oldest summer stock theatre.[8]
  • Stephen Leacock Theatre
  • Duclos Point Nature Reserve
  • Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery
  • The Peter Gzowski Festival of Stories [9]
  • Georgina Public Libraries
  • Georgina Skate Park
  • Georgina Studio Tour
  • York Regional Forests
  • Sibbald Point Provincial Park
  • Sutton Fair and Horse Show
  • Walking Trails
  • The Briars Resort and Golf Club, built and owned by the Sibbald family
  • Ice Fishing, Georgina was proclaimed the Ice Fishing Capital of North America in the 1990s
  • Willow Beach Conservation Area

Local clubs and associations[edit]

  • Georgina Ice Junior C Hockey
  • Georgina Girls Hockey Association
  • Georgina Minor Baseball Association
  • Georgina Minor Hockey Association
  • Jericho Youth Services
  • Lake Simcoe Minor Softball Association
  • Lake Simcoe Soccer Club
  • Sail Georgina
  • Sutton Agricultural Society
  • Georgina-Brock Garden Club
  • Lake Simcoe Gardeners
  • Georgina Trail Riders Snowmobile Club
  • Georgina Military Museum
  • Sutton & District Lions Club
  • Kinsmen Club of Keswick
  • Kinsmen Club of Sutton (Service Club)
  • South Lake Simcoe Naturalists (Nature Group)
  • Georgina Beach & Cottagers Associations:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources say 1971 Welch, Deborah, and Michael Payne. "Georgina". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-01-02. , some say 1970 "York County Maps and Facts". York Region Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Retrieved 2008-01-02. "History of the Town of Georgina". Georgina Village Museum. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  2. ^ a b c Statistics Canada 2006 Census - Georgina community profile
  3. ^ Kibble, Tracy (2009-08-27). "Jackson’s Point offers alluring gem". YorkRegion.com. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Brighton Beach". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. http://www4.rncan.gc.ca/search-place-names/unique.php?id=FALRK&output=xml. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  5. ^ Statistics Canada. (2002). Georgina 2001 Community Profiles. Released June 27, 2002. Last modified: 2005-11-30. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 93F0053XIE
  6. ^ Statistics Canada (2011). [1] Census Profile for Georgina, Ontario (Town). Released Oct 24, 2011
  7. ^ Canadian Ice Fishing Championship
  8. ^ a b c d "Town of Georgina Historical Sites". 
  9. ^ "Peter Gzowski Festival of Stories". 

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