Georgina is in southern Ontario, and the northernmost district in the Regional Municipality of York and the Greater Toronto Area. The town is contained toward the north by Lake Simcoe.
Even though it is fused as a town, it works as a township. The largest community within Georgina is Keswick.
Once primarily a “cottage town” for vacationing residents of Toronto, advances in land development and infrastructure have opened up Georgina to expand its population.
As of 2011, the population of the Georgina was 43,500 people and Keswick with just over 25,500. Keswick is still a popular spot for Toronto residents to take day trips for fishing, hiking and boating, and a growing number of services and businesses are making Keswick an emerging economic force in the area.
Things to Do in Georgina
A defining trait of Georgina is its lakeside lifestyle. Private and public beaches as well as marinas dot the shores of Lake Simcoe. Fishing, sailing, kayaking and outdoor sports are all popular with both locals and visitors.
A number of shopping centers provide unique offerings, including Urban Miner’s jewelry and pawn shop, Connors Music, Keswick Flowers & Gifts and the Kocky Dog glassware shop.
The Georgina Military Museum is an excellent way to spend an afternoon absorbing history, as is the Georgina Pioneer Village, which offers recreations of historical buildings and workshops. Some people even get married there in its intimate chapel.
An active Kinsmen Club is located in Cheswick, participating in regular charity drives and community improvement projects. Whipper Watson Park is a large park just under nine acres that is popular for ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter, as well as swimming and sunbathing in the summer.
The Stephen Leacock Theatre hosts a variety of performances throughout the year. These include community musicals, plays, orchestras and local band performances.
Keswick is also home to the Georgina Ice Palace, hosting the Georgina Blaze hockey team, the Georgina Skating Club and the Georgina Girls Hockey Association. The skating rink shares a structure with the local library, and a skate park is located outside.
Living in Georgina
Most Georgina residents commute to work in Toronto. Specific demographics are not available for Keswick since it is surveyed as part of Georgina, but the median home price is $394,000.
The increase in affluent Toronto employees likely makes the average resident’s purchasing power greater than these numbers appear.
Residential children attend one of eight elementary schools that include Deer Park, Fairwood, Keswick, Lake Simcoe and W.J. Watson public schools. Keswick is served by one secondary school: Keswick High School, which operates as part of the York Region District School Board. Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School and St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary provide religious academy options.
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