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East Gwillimbury, is a town on the East Holland River in the Regional Municipality of York. It is considered to be in the Greater Toronto Area of south-central Ontario, in Canada. It was formed by the amalgamation of the Township of East Gwillimbury with all the previously incorporated villages and hamlets within the township. The main centres in East Gwillimbury are the villages of Holland Landing, Queensville, Sharon, and Mount Albert. The town hall and municipal offices are located in Sharon. The northernmost interchange of Highway 404 is at the south edge of East Gwillimbury.

East Gwillimbury takes its name from the family of Elizabeth Simcoe, nee Gwillim.

According to the 2006 Statistics Canada Census:

  • Population: 21,069
  • % Change (2001-2006): 2.5
  • Dwellings: 6,887
  • Area (kmē.): 245.06
  • Density (persons per kmē.): 86
  • Latitude: 44.1013
  • Longitude: -79.4419

Emergency services

The town operates three fire and emergency services locations, in Holland Landing, Mount Albert and Queensville. They are each staffed by a District Fire Chief and volunteer firefighters.

Police services are provided by the York Regional Police.


Schools in East Gwillimbury are governed by the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board. There are several elementary schools in the town but no secondary schools or post-secondary school campuses.


Local public transportation is provided by York Region Transit, who operate bus services to Sharon, Holland Landing and Mount Albert. GO Transit also offers commuter train services to Toronto through its East Gwillimbury Station.

Famous residents

John Candy, actor and comedian

Events & Attractions

  • Sharon Temple, museum and historic site
  • Words Alive Literary Festival, a celebration of regional writers, poets, and artists

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