Thornhill is a vibrant community located just north of Toronto. Divided by Yonge Street, Thornhill transcends two municipalities; the city of Vaughan to the west and town of Markham to the east. Founded in 1794, Thornhill has grown from a small village into one of the most dynamic and prosperous communities in all of Canada, providing an ideal place to live, work and raise a family.
Thornhill got its beginning as a humble village, deriving its name from Benjamin Thorne who, upon arriving to the area, began the operation of a gristmill, a sawmill and a tannery. The area became known as Thorne's Mills, later to be called, Thorne’s Hill—hence Thornhill. The charm of Mr. Thorne’s era is still apparent in and around John and Centre streets which served as major crossroads along Yonge Street during the village’s infancy. Parks and historical sites stand today as a nostalgic reminder of Canada a generation ago. This quaint charm is complemented by a dynamic and diverse population. A truly multicultural community, Thornhill is home to Canadians of a multitude of ethnicities and beliefs.
Being a multicultural hub, Thornhill has been able to realize tremendous growth in the community. The Thornhill Community Centre and Library is receiving an expansion to its facilities, providing a place for Thornhillers to meet, exercise and learn. Thornhill Town Centre—the new business, shopping, and entertainment district linked to North Promenade—has been a welcomed addition to our blossoming neighbourhood.
Consisting of that part of the Regional Municipality of York comprised of:
- (a) that part of the City of Vaughan lying easterly of Highway No. 400 and southerly of Rutherford Road; and
- (b) that part of the Town of Markham lying westerly of Bayview Avenue.