Infrastructure

Transportation

Motor traffic is served primarily by Ontario provincial Highway 48, Highway 407, and Highway 404, which are in turn complimented by a network of regional roads that form a grid pattern across the town. In 1994, a plan to connect urban Stouffville directly to Highway 401 via the proposed East Metro Freeway was canceled in large part due to the concerns of residents and the work of the Rouge River activist groups.

Whitchurch–Stouffville is traversed by two railway lines: One is Canadian National Railway’s primary freight corridor connecting Greater Toronto to Northern Ontario and Western Canada, which is being considered for future GO Transit train service with stations in the communities of Vandorf and Gormley (West). The other railway line, formerly the Toronto and Nipissing Railway, is now owned by GO Transit and hosts Stouffville line passenger service to and from Toronto. This line includes two stations in Whitchurch–Stouffville: the Stouffville GO Station in urban Stouffville, and the line’s terminus, Lincolnville GO Station, located to Stouffville’s northeast. The York-Durham Heritage Railway also runs historical trains between the station and Uxbridge on summer weekends.

York Region Transit (YRT) operates two routes within urban Stouffville, with connection to the Markham-Stouffville Hospital and other Markham routes. GO Transit operates bus services in Stouffville, with buses traveling south into Markham and to Union Station, Toronto, as well as services north to the Town of Uxbridge.

Despite excellent access to the GO Transit and York Region Transit systems, the two systems are not integrated. In 2006, only 4.0% of working Whitchurch–Stouffville residents used public transit to get to work (compare 12.9% for Ontario)–up slightly from 3.4% in 2001, and only 3.6% walked or bicycled to work (compare 6.8% for Ontario)–no percentage change from 2001.[89] Excellent public transportation options will become an increasingly urgent issue for Whitchurch–Stouffville as the town continues to grow with residents who commute daily to Toronto (see Economy below).

Health care

The Markham Stouffville Hospital is a multi-site hospital that serves the communities of Markham, Uxbridge, and Whitchurch–Stouffville. The hospital employs 275 physicians and 1,700 staff. The main hospital site is in Markham, 10 minutes south of urban Stouffville on Ninth Line, and linked by public transportation from Stouffville. The hospital opened in 1990 and, though designed for municipal population of 110,000, was providing care for a population of 300,000 in 2010; plans are underway to double the size of the facility. Residents in northern Whitchurch–Stouffville live in close proximity to the Southlake Regional Health Centre in neighbouring Newmarket.

The York-Durham Aphasia Centre is located in Stouffville’s Parkview Village, and is a program of March of Dimes Canada.

Policing

The Town of Whitchurch–Stouffville is policed by York Regional Police and is located within Number Five District. The Stouffville Community Policing Centre was opened in October 2000 and is located at the Stouffville Train Station. In August 2010 York Regional Police reported to Whitchurch–Stouffville Town Council that the crime rate in the region was down 7% making it “one of Canada’s safest communities.”

Amenities

Historic downtown Stouffville offers casual eateries, cafes, pubs, fine dining restaurants, and a variety of boutique stores. Urban Stouffville also has a large-scale format, unenclosed shopping centre anchored by Walmart and Canadian Tire. Stouffville has no regular cinema, however Canadian and international films are shown on the second Wednesday of every month at The Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment – Nineteen on the Park.

Outside of urban Stouffville, the town operates community centres in the hamlets of Ballantrae, Lemonville, and Vandorf.

Accommodations in Whitchurch–Stouffville include one hotel (Stouffville Inn), spa and retreat centres, and a number of bed & breakfasts. Overnight tenting, recreational vehicle camping, and seasonal stay trailer camping are available at Cedar Beach Park on the shores of Musselman’s Lake.