Bethesda, York Regional Municipality, Ontario

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Unincorporated community
Coordinates: 43°58′02″N 79°21′17″W / 43.96722°N 79.35472°W / 43.96722; -79.35472Coordinates: 43°58′02″N 79°21′17″W / 43.96722°N 79.35472°W / 43.96722; -79.35472
Regional municipalityYork Region
Amalgamation(With Town of Stouffville)
1 January 1971
 • TypeMunicipality
 • MayorIain Lovatt
 • Councillor, Ward 3Hugo Kroon
269 m (883 ft)
Time zoneUTC−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.[1]

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.[2]


  1. ^ 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).
  2. ^ For a brief account of Bethesda's history, cf. Jean Barkey et al., Whitchurch Township (Erin, ON: Boston Mills, 1993), 72-74.