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Georgina (2006 Population 42,346) is a town in south-central Ontario, and the northernmost municipality in the Regional Municipality of York. It forms part of the northern boundary of the Greater Toronto Area and is situated on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe. It is not so much one cohesive town as a large area containing three primary subsections: the community of Keswick, the communities of Sutton and Jackson's Point, and the smallest main subsection of Pefferlaw.

The town was incorporated in 1986 and was formed by the merger of the Village of Sutton, the Township of Georgina and the Township of North Gwillimbury in 1971, but the area's history dates back to the 1700s. North Gwillimbury took its name from the family of Elizabeth Simcoe, nee Gwillim.

The main centres in Georgina are the communities of:

  • Keswick
  • Sutton founded as Bouchier Mills in 1831, name changed in 1864
  • Jackson's Point
  • Baldwin
  • Virginia
  • Pefferlaw - founded by Captain William Johnson in 1819
  • Port Bolster
  • Udora
  • Willow Beach

Demographics

According to the 2006 Statistics Canada Census:

  • Population: 42,346
  • % Change (2001-2006): 7.9%
  • Dwellings: 15,518 (2001)
  • Area (km˛.): 287.72
  • Density (persons per km˛.): 136.5 (2001)

The town of Georgina is growing at a fast rate mostly due to beach lovers leaving the hustle and bustle of Toronto to relax. It has been a favourite for retirees.

Racial profile:

  • 96.1% White
  • 1.6% Aboriginal
  • 0.5% Black
  • 0.3% Chinese

Religions:

  • 45.7% Protestant
  • 22.4% Roman Catholic
  • 3.3% other Christian
  • 0.3% Jewish
  • 28.3% non-religious

Notable Residents

  • Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame member Whipper Billy Watson was a life-long resident, and he spearheaded the campaign to build the Georgina Cultural Centre in the 1980s, which also houses the Stephen Leacock Theatre.
  • Keswick is the birthplace (and for a while home) of former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender and current Calgary Flames goaltender Curtis Joseph or Cujo.
  • Jim Carrey also once resided for a time near Keswick at Jackson's Point.
  • Captain William Johnson.

Attractions

  • Canadian Ice Fishing Championships Annual Ice Fishing Championships.
  • Captain William Johnson's Old Mill[3]
  • St. George's Anglican Church, built in 1877 by the pioneering Sibbald family and burial place of Stephen Leacock and Mazo de la Roche
  • Roche's Point Anglican Church, built in 1862
  • Red Barn Theatre, Canada's oldest summer stock theatre. 
  • Stephen Leacock Theatre
  • Duclos Point Nature Reserve
  • Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery
  • Georgina Paintball Indoor & Outdoor Paintball Fields.
  • Georgina Pioneer Village & Museum
  • The Peter Gzowski Festival of Stories
  • Georgina Public Libraries
  • Georgina Skate Park
  • Georgina Studio Tour
  • York Regional Forests
  • Sibbald Point Provincial Park
  • Sutton Fair and Horse Show
  • Walking Trails
  • The Briars Resort and Golf Club, built and owned by the Sibbald family
  • Ice Fishing, Georgina was proclaimed the Ice Fishing Capital of North America in the 1990s
  • Willow Beach Conservation Area

Local clubs and associations

  • Georgina Ice Junior C Hockey
  • Georgina-Brock Garden Club
  • Georgina Girls Hockey Association
  • Georgina Minor Baseball Association
  • Georgina Minor Hockey Association
  • Georgina Trail Riders Snowmobile Club
  • Kinsmen Club of Keswick
  • Lake Simcoe Gardeners
  • Lake Simcoe Soccer Club
  • Sail Georgina
  • South Lake Simcoe Naturalists (Nature Group)
  • Sutton Agricultural Society
  • Kinsmen Club Of Sutton (Service Club)

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