Gormley

Gormley is a hamlet in York Region, Ontario, Canada that overlaps parts of Richmond Hill, and Whitchurch-Stouffville, two municipalities within the Greater Toronto Area. It was divided into two parts due to the construction of Highway 404. A portion of Gormley situated within Richmond Hill’s political boundaries is subject to “Heritage Conservation District” controls. A post office in Gormley (East) serves as the mailing address for the Whitchurch-Stouffville communities of Bethesda, Gormley, Preston Lake, Vandorf, and Wesley Corners.

Gormley Road East, on the south side of Stouffville Road, leads to Gormley Court and a dead-end at the railroad tracks. On the other side of the tracks, accessible by Leslie Street, is Gormley Road West. The community used to have a significant railroad station. Many of the houses are approximately 100 years old. The community celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005.

History

New Gormley from the South in the early 20th Century. Seen from left to right: blacksmith shop, David and Jacob Heise’s double house, driveshed, railway station, North American Cement Block and Tile Company office.

The old community of Gormley is situated east of the Highway 404 at the corner of Woodbine Avenue and Stouffville Road. It was named after James Gormley, a postmaster in 1854.

New Gormley or West Gormley, is the area near Leslie St and Stouffville Road.

A rail line owned by Canadian National Railway runs through West Gormley; it is CN’s primary freight corridor connecting Greater Toronto to Northern Ontario and Western Canada. The construction of the new Gormley GO train station will begin in the Fall of 2011.

A future challenge to the community of Gormley is the proposed development of an international airport immediately south-east of Whitchurch-Stouffville (the Pickering Airport lands). Under the current plan, the approach for one of the three landing strips would be directly over Gormley, with planes descending above the hamlet from an elevation of 521 metres to 480 metres. The plan anticipates 11.9 million passengers per year (or 32,600 per day) by 2032.