Bethesda, York Regional Municipality, Ontario
|Regional municipality||York Region|
|Amalgamation||(With Town of Stouffville)|
1 January 1971
|• Mayor||Iain Lovatt|
|• Councillor, Ward 3||Hugo Kroon|
|Elevation||269 m (883 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Forward sortation area|
|Area code(s)||905 and 289|
Bethesda is a hamlet in York Region, Ontario, Canada, in the town of Whitchurch–Stouffville. The hamlet is centred at the intersection of Warden Avenue and Bethesda Road in the south-eastern region of Whitchurch–Stouffville; it flourished around 1875.
The community gained distinction with the formation of a private telephone company, the Bethesda and Stouffville Telephone Association in 1904, with 1188 users from Newmarket to Markham by 1930. The entire system was purchased by Bell Telephone in 1960.
- See the detailed 1878 map: Township of Whitchurch, Illustrated historical atlas of the county of York and the township of West Gwillimbury & town of Bradford in the county of Simcoe, Ont. (Toronto: Miles & Co., 1878).
- For a brief account of Bethesda's history, cf. Jean Barkey et al., Whitchurch Township (Erin, ON: Boston Mills, 1993), 72-74.
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