Long known as a peaceful bedroom community, Vaughan is well on its way to achieving its goal of becoming a commercial and cultural centre in its own right.
As a legacy of its formation from several independent villages, Vaughan continues to be home to a number of historic town centre. Of particular note is Maple in the city’s northeast corner and Woodbridge’s Market Centre in its southwest. Along Highway 7, Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is intended to become a transit-oriented downtown core, with high-rise condominiums and walkable streets. In the city’s Thornhill neighborhood, a similar transformation is planned for the site of Promenade Shopping Centre. Major attractions include Vaughan Mills, Canada’s Wonderland and a host of nature preserves.
Transportation in Vaughan
York Region Transit provides local bus service throughout the city, with routes following most major thoroughfares. The agency also operates a route of the VIVA bus rapid transit network along Highway 7 and Centre Street, with newly-opened dedicated bus lanes greatly reducing travel times. The TTC’s Line 1 Yonge-University offers subway service from Vaughan Metropolitan Centre south to Downtown Toronto. Along the eastern edge of the city, GO Transit’s Barrie Line also provides service to the downtown core, with travel time to Union Station from Maple or Rutherford stations being approximately half an hour. Trains currently run hourly seven days a week, and the line is slated to receive service every 15 minutes under the Regional Express Rail plan. For drivers, Highways 400 and 407 are both easily accessible.