Vaughan (2006 population 238,866) is a city in York Region north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vaughan is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, having nearly doubled in population since 1991. Vaughan is located in Southern Ontario and is part of the Greater Toronto Area. Its slogan is "The city above Toronto".
The first European to pass through Vaughan was the French explorer Étienne Brûlé, who traversed the Humber Trail in 1615. However, it was not until the townships were created in 1792 that Vaughan began to see any settlements, as it was considered to be extremely remote and the lack of roads through the region made travel difficult. The township was named after Benjamin Vaughan, a British commissioner who signed a peace treaty with the United States in 1783.
Around the facilities established by this group arose a number of hamlets, the oldest of which was Thornhill, which witnessed the construction of a saw-mill in 1801, a grist mill in 1815, and boasted a population of 300 by 1836. Other such enclaves included Kleinburg, Coleraine, Maple, Richmond Hill, Teston, Claireville, Pine Grove, Carrville, Patterson, Burlington, Concord, Edgeley, Fisherville, Elder's Mills, Elgin Mills, Jefferson, Nashville, Purpleville, Richvale, Sherwood, Langstaff, Vellore, and Burwick (Woodbridge).
There are five communities that make up the city of Vaughan.
Vaughan has grown dramatically over the past 20 years. The community is made up of many smaller communities. In Vaughan you will find the majority or properties being detached homes on larger lots. You will find townhouses throughout but there are not a great deal of condominium communities.
Vaughan is a family oriented city where you have activities galore from sports to the arts to daycares. You are close to all your daily needs with malls, plazas and major outlets in most neighbourhoods. People love to move to Vaughan for the prices, the size of lots and the homes. Prices in Vaughan are very reasonable and only having a 30 minute drive to Toronto you can save 10's of thousands of dollars buying a home there.
Transportation is excellent whether being public or highways as you have access to all types at your doorstep.
York University in North York, Ontario lies on the Toronto side of the Toronto-Vaughan border. It is a major comprehensive university, with more than 43,000 students enrolled through ten different faculties. There are also a number of Elementary and High Schools in Vaughan which operate under the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board.