Keswick, Ontario

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Keswick
Unincorporated community
Keswick Beach
Keswick Beach
Keswick is located in Ontario
Keswick
Keswick
Coordinates: 44°14′37″N 79°28′33″W / 44.24361°N 79.47583°W / 44.24361; -79.47583
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional municipality York
Town Georgina
Area
 • Land 20.03 km2 (7.73 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 25,527
 • Density 1,274.5/km2 (3,301/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area L4P
Area code(s) 905 and 289
NTS Map 031D03
GNBC Code FEEFR

Keswick is a community in the south central portion of the Canadian province of Ontario. Located north of Toronto on Cook's Bay (part of Lake Simcoe), Keswick is part of the Town of Georgina.

In the Canada 2011 Census, the municipal population of Keswick was 25,527. In the Canada 2006 Census, the municipal population of Keswick was 24,502. The increase in population from 2006 to 2011 was 1,025

History[edit]

Keswick was originally known as Medina and was part of the Township of North Gwillimbury before becoming part of the Township of Georgina. The area was formerly considered part of "cottage country" for those who lived in Toronto up until the late 1980s, when major development further opened up access to Keswick, expanding its population.

Geography[edit]

Included in Keswick is the Keswick Marsh, part of the Holland Marsh.[1] Having been built mainly as a cottage community, Keswick is fairly long north to south as it hugs the shore of Lake Simcoe.

Demographics[edit]

Keswick's population was 25,527 in 2011.[2] Specific demographics for Keswick are not available, since it is counted as part of Georgina.[3]

Economy[edit]

The town boasts a number of shopping areas and attractions along the lake-shore and nearby agricultural areas. The majority of residents travel south to Newmarket or Toronto since, besides retail, there are no major employers in Keswick, with the exception of a Wal-Mart that was built in 2010.

Arts and culture[edit]

The Stephen Leacock Theatre is a place to watch and perform in performances varying from musicals and plays to orchestras and band performances.

  • Elm Hurst Beach Association (who, amongst other things, spearheaded a drive to clean up part of Lake Simcoe [4])
  • Kinsmen Club of Keswick - a division of Kin Canada which was established in 1976.[5]

Music in the Streets is a local music festival celebrating talent from around Georgina. It is hosted by a local music store, Connors Music and is located in the Uptown Keswick Business district.[6]

Attractions[edit]

The Georgina Military Museum is located at the north end of Keswick. Whipper Watson park, covering almost 9 acres, was upgraded in 2010.[7] The town has become a popular destination in Ontario for sunny days spent on the beach, boating, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.

Sports[edit]

Keswick houses the Georgina Ice Palace where the Georgina Blaze hockey team, Georgina Girls Hockey Association and Georgina Skating Club are headquartered.

Government[edit]

Keswick is part of Georgina, so the local government is from there.

Infrastructure[edit]

Highway 404 is being extended to meet Keswick at the south end, at Ravenshoe Road. The Georgina Ice Palace is a combination library/skating rink with a skate park outside. The two ice pads can seat almost 1,500 people between them.[8]

Education[edit]

Public elementary and secondary education in Keswick is overseen by York Region's two school boards: the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), and the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB).

The YRDSB operates one secondary school in Keswick: Keswick High School, in addition to 8 elementary schools: Deer Park P. S., Fairwood P. S., Jersey P. S., Keswick P. S., Lake Simcoe P. S., Lakeside P. S., R. L. Graham P. S., and W. J. Watson P. S.[9]

The YCDSB operates one secondary school in Keswick: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School, in addition to 2 elementary schools: Prince of Peace and St. Thomas Aquinas.[10]

Media[edit]

Local papers include the SNAP Georgina, the Era Banner, and the Georgina Advocate.

Famous residents[edit]

  • Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame member Whipper Billy Watson was a lifelong resident, and he spearheaded the campaign to build the Georgina Cultural Centre in the 1980s, which also houses the Stephen Leacock Theatre.[11]
  • Keswick is the birthplace (and for a while home) of former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph.[12]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 44°14′37″N 79°28′33″W / 44.24361°N 79.47583°W / 44.24361; -79.47583