The census language data reinforces Discover Vaughan as a multicultural city, with its residents speaking 105 languages, up from 99 reported in 2011. There is a relatively even split between residents speaking either English or French as a mother tongue and those speaking neither as a first language.
VAUGHAN METROPOLITAN CENTRE SUBWAY STATION
Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (also known as Vaughan Metro Centre, Vaughan, or VMC) is a rapid transit station in Vaughan. Opened on December 17, 2017, it is the terminal station of the western section of Line 1- Yonge Line to University of the Toronto subway system. It is operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and is one of two subway stations outside Toronto. It connects with a major station on the Highway 7 Rapidway of Viva Rapid Transit and a bus terminal operated by York Region Transit (YRT). The station is designated by Metrolinx as a mobility hub, one of several multimodal transit terminals in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The subway station is located on the northwest corner of Millway Avenue and Highway 7, west of Jane Street, and is one of two new stations that are outside the City of Toronto in York Region. The station opened on December 17, 2017. Geographically, this is the northernmost station in the subway system.
Grimshaw Architects designed the station, which has a domed ovoid entrance building just north of the Viva platforms on Highway 7. The building has four main entrances in an X pattern, plus an underground connection to the 100 New Park Place office complex, with knockout panels for access to additional future developments. Toronto-based Paul Raff Studio provided the station's artwork, titled Atmospheric Lense, consisting of coloured mirrored panels and windows located on the domed ceiling, and visible by looking up stairwells.
On November 27, 2009, the official ground breaking ceremony was held for the TYSSE, and tunnelling began in June 2011. The project was expected to be completed by the autumn of 2016, and was revised to be operational by the end of 2017. On September 6, 2017, the TTC announced that the line would begin service on December 17, 2017.
VAUGHAN MILLS SHOPPING MALL
Vaughan Mills is one of the largest shopping centres in Canada located adjacent to Canada's Wonderland at the southeast corner of Highway 400 and Rutherford Road, in Vaughan, Ontario. The mall opened on November 4, 2004, and was the first regional enclosed shopping complex to be opened in the Greater Toronto Area since the Erin Mills Town Centre in 1990 as well as the first in the GTA built in the 21st century. It is the largest shopping mall in York region with almost 1.3 million square feet (110,000 m²) of retail space.
The shopping centre was designed and built by Ivanhoé Cambridge and the Mills Corporation, the latter of which owns a portfolio of malls across the United States. JPRA served as the design architect for the centre, with Bregman + Hamann Architects as the project architect. Like its American counterparts, Vaughan Mills incorporates a "race track" layout to maximize the exposure of the mall tenants. The complex has over 200 retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment outlets. Fifteen anchor retailers are present, including Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, H&M, The Children's Place, and Urban Planet. Entertainment located on the site includes the first Legoland Discovery Centre in Canada.
In August 2006, the Mills Corporation sold its stake in Vaughan Mills to partner Ivanhoé Cambridge. In January 2013, plans were announced to add 150,000 square feet and 50 new stores to the mall, which opened in late 2014. York Region Transit buses connect to this mall at Vaughan Mills Terminal.
When Vaughan Mills was conceived in fall 1999, it was meant to be a slightly larger complex at 1.4 million square feet (130,000 m²), with up to 18 anchor retailers and a combined 245 stores and services.
The shopping centre was intended to be a stepping stone for American retailers wanting to enter the Canadian market, however Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World was the only U.S. retailer to make its exclusive launch there, while other anticipated retailers such as Bed, Bath and Beyond and Burlington Coat Factory ending up never coming to Vaughan Mills. In September 1999, Bed Bath & Beyond and Sun & Ski Sportswere among the six American retailers that were announced as Vaughan Mills' first anchor tenants. An ESPN X Games Skatepark was also planned as the main entertainment venue site.
The mall had its 2 millionth visitor less than 2 months after its opening.
On October 23, 2014, the expansion of the mall with 50 new stores opened.
On March 17, 2016, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th opened a 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2) store in the mall.
Vaughan Mills receives over 13.5 million patrons per year.
Canada's Wonderland is a 330-acre (130 ha) theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario, a suburb approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Downtown Toronto. Opened in 1981 by the Taft Broadcasting Company and The Great-West Life Assurance Company as the first major theme park in Canada, it remains the country's largest. The park, currently owned by Cedar Point, has been the most visited seasonal amusement park in North America for several consecutive years. As a seasonal park, Canada's Wonderland is open daily from May to September, with weekend openings in late April, October and early November. With sixteen roller coasters, Canada's Wonderland is ranked third in the world by number of roller coasters, after Six Flags Magic Mountain(19 coasters) and Cedar Point (17 coasters). The 330-acre (130 ha) park includes a 20-acre (8.1 ha) water park named Splash Works. The park holds Halloween Haunt, a Halloween-themed event, each fall, as well as special events throughout the season.
The park was owned by Paramount Parks from 1993 to 2006 and operated as Paramount Canada's Wonderland. When Cedar Fair purchased the park in 2006, "Paramount" was dropped from the title. In 2016, it was the second most visited park in the Cedar Fair chain, behind Knott's Berry Farm, with about 3.72 million visitors.
In 1972, the Taft Broadcasting Company, headed by Kelly Robinson, first proposed building a 330-acre (130 ha) theme park in the then small village of Maple, part of Vaughan, Ontario. Several other possible locations in Ontario were considered, including Niagara Falls, Cambridge and Milton, but Maple was finally selected because of its proximity to the City of Toronto and the 400 series highway.
Construction of the park was opposed on multiple fronts. Many cultural institutions in Toronto such as Ontario Place, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the operators of the Canadian National Exhibition felt that the Toronto market was not large enough to support more competition. Other groups that fought the building of Wonderland included a Vaughan residential association called SAVE, which thought the increased traffic would reduce property values. People in the region were concerned that the new park would be similar in aesthetics to a carnival or midway. Some of the concessions the company made included a landscaped berm around the park to reduce noise and modifying the appearance of the large parking lot. Taft was concerned about opposition and flew a group of opponents and regional councilors to Mason, Ohio (near Cincinnati) to show them the positive impact of one of its theme parks on the local community.
Canada's Wonderland was also responsible for changing the master development plan for the province of Ontario. The provincial government wanted to increase residential and commercial development to the east of Toronto in the Regional Municipality of Durham, which includes Pickering and Oshawa, while keeping the lands to the north of Toronto agricultural, as a Greenbelt. The Wonderland promoters were able to convince the province to amend the planning policy for the region, and the park secured infrastructure improvements, including a highway overpass and sewage systems, that were expanded and built out to the site. This infrastructure paved the way for increased development throughout the region.
MCMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTION
Robert (1921–2003) and Signe (1921–2007) were married in 1949 and worked together at Robert McMichael Studios, their wedding photography business in Toronto. During the 1950s, Robert also established a successful New York-based company called Travel Pak Limited which he eventually sold so that he could devote his full attention to the gallery. Their dream of creating a permanent art centre which celebrated Canadian art took shape long before the formal establishment of a public gallery. Their vision included Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, and Aboriginal art. Their private collection grew through astute purchases, and also through donations from other private collectors and the artists themselves who believed in what the McMichaels were trying to achieve.In 1954, they built a four-room log house using salvaged pioneer hand-hewn logs and fieldstone on their ten acres of wooded land in Kleinburg. The following year, they purchased Montreal River, a small oil sketch by Lawren Harris and subsequently, Pine Island by Tom Thomson. Even though the young couple had to sacrifice and pay for these paintings in installments, in the words of Robert McMichael, "they were hooked".
By the early 1960s, the McMichaels’ personal collection had grown to the point where thousands of people a year, including local school groups, were asking to see the art collection in their home. In 1964, Robert and Signe McMichael wrote to the Honourable John Robarts, Premier of Ontario, to express their desire to donate their art collection and property to the Province of Ontario, for the benefit of all Canadians. On November 18, 1965, the formal agreement was signed which gifted 194 works of art, the buildings and land to the Province. On July 8, 1966, the McMichael Conservation Collection of Art was officially opened.
After becoming a public institution, the collection continued to grow through the ongoing support and donations from Signe and Robert McMichael, as well as many other private collectors. The McMichaels continued to live at the gallery as unpaid curators-in-residence until their retirement in 1981.