The distance between Markham—Stouffville and Parliament Hill is about 400 kilometres. The drive would take just over four hours via Hwy. 401 or Hwy. 7.
Region Transit (YRT) and GO buses provide public transit.
The region is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine ecosystem and Rouge River watershed.
Whitchurch-Stouffville is almost 30-per-cent forest. Native trees include the bitternut hickory, black cherry, peachleaf willow, silver maple, shagbark hickory, tamarack, and hemlock.
Markham has easily managed soil in the form of Class 1 Farmland, sparking many farmers markets in the area.
About 42.5% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in China, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka.
Cantonese, Tamil, and Mandarin are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Less than 1% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $53,015.
Though Stouffville has no large cinema complex, the Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment screens films and hosts theatre performances. Stouffvillle is home to many golf courses and Cedar Beach Resort. Trails Youth Initiative provides vulnerable youth with a variety of outdoor activities.
Markham will soon be home to Rouge National Urban Park, which will be Canada’s first national urban park. The area of the park will span 79.1km2 once completed, stretching through Markham, Pickering, Uxbridge, and Toronto.
In 2003, a 16th-century Huron village was discovered during construction in Whitchurch-Stouffville. It’s estimated that 2,000 people lived at the site. In 2012, archaeologists revealed that a forged-iron axe head was discovered at the site -- the oldest piece of European iron found to date in the North American interior.
When completed, Rouge National Urban Park will be 23 times the size of Central Park in New York City.
Top industrial sectors include professional, scientific and technical services, retail trade, and financial and insurance services.
The average family income was $119,803 in the 2011 census data.
Teva Canada, one of Canada’s largest pharmaceutical companies, is a major employer in Stouffville.
Preston Lake has remained clean thanks to strong conservation policies, including a ban on gas-powered boats and shoreline regulations.
Abraham Stouffer, an immigrant from Pennsylvania, founded Stouffville (“Stoufferville”) in 1805. Stouffer, who died in 1851, is buried at the Altona Mennonite Meeting House.
The coat of arms of the Township of Whitchurch–Stouffville includes a star and chalice, which come from Stouffer family coat of arms. Stouffer was a descendant of Christian Stauffer, a Swiss preacher.