Keswick (/ˈkɛzˌwɪk/) is a community located in the south central Canadian province of Ontario. Situated north of Toronto on Cook's Bay (part of Lake Simcoe), Keswick is part of the Town of Georgina, the northernmost municipality in the Regional Municipality of York. In the Canada 2016 Census, the municipal population of Keswick was 26,757.
|• Land||16.25 km2 (6.27 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,647.0/km2 (4,266/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Forward sortation area|
|Area code(s)||905 and 289|
Keswick was originally known as Medina founded by Chris Armstrong. It was a part of the Township of North Gwillimbury before becoming part of the Township of Georgina. It may have been renamed after Keswick, Cumbria in England. The area was formerly considered part of "cottage country" for those who lived in Toronto up until the late 1980s, when major development further opened up access to Keswick, expanding its population.
Since the completion of the extension of highway 404 into the region, the Simcoe Landing community has resumed construction. In 2017 the development started construction on Phase 9 overtop of existing farmers fields. The completed community will span from Ravenshoe Rd to Glenwoods Ave, The Queensway South to Woodbine Ave. Future plans indicate an additional elementary and secondary school to be located in this area as well as parks and green space.
Keswick's geographical coordinates are 44.22°N, 79.45°W, and its elevation above sea level is 221m/762 ft. It has a geographical area of 16.25 km² according to Statistics Canada. It is bound on the north by Roches Point, the east by Woodbine Avenue, the south by East Gwillimbury (Ravenshoe Road) and the west by Cook's Bay, part of Lake Simcoe. Included in Keswick is the Keswick Marsh, part of the Holland Marsh. Having been built mainly as a cottage community, Keswick is fairly long north-to-south as it hugs the shore of Lake Simcoe. The Maskinonge River weaves through Keswick, across both of its main streets; The Queensway South and Woodbine Avenue.
- Population: 26,757
- Population % Change (2011-2016): 2.9%
- Dwellings: 9,918
- Area (km².): 16.25
- Density (persons per km².): 1647.0
Specific demographics for Keswick are not available, since it is counted as part of Georgina.
The town boasts a number of shopping areas and attractions along the lakeshore and nearby agricultural areas. The majority of residents commute south to Newmarket or Toronto to work as there are no major employers in Keswick. The majority of businesses in Keswick are retail in nature, the largest is Wal-Mart which opened in 2010.
Arts and cultureEdit
The Stephen Leacock Theatre, opened in 1985, presents performances ranging from musicals and plays to orchestras and band performances.
- Elm Hurst Beach Association (who, amongst other things, spearheaded a drive to clean up part of Lake Simcoe )
- Kinsmen Club of Keswick - a division of Kin Canada which was established in 1976.
- The Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery, established near the end of the twentieth century and displays over 500 original paintings and photographs donated by various Canadian Artists.
- Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives, opened in 1975 by the Chief of the Chippewas of Georgina Island, is a 10-acre site home to numerous buildings that represent the history of Georgina between 1850 and 1920. The site includes a schoolhouse, a general store, a train station, a blacksmith shop, an apothecary and a backwoods log house.
- The Link, located in Sutton, is a former school the Town of Georgina is re-purposing into a community hub that brings together three partners: Hospice Georgina, Georgina Trades Training Inc., and Georgina Community Food Pantry. The Link offers programs geared towards health and wellness, arts and culture, youth engagement, recreation, and job training.
- Music in the Streets is a music festival, hosted by Connors Music, a local music store, celebrating talent from around Georgina.
- Keswick is also home to famous rapper, Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, known professionally as XXXTentacion.
The Georgina Military Museum is located at the north end of Keswick. The town has become a popular destination in Ontario for swimming, boating, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Georgina offers a number of year-round activities including many public parks, beaches, forested areas, conservation areas such as the Morning Glory Provincial Nature Reserve, Sibbald Point Provincial Park, and the Keswick Marsh Fish and Bird Sanctuary. The ROC, located in Georgina is an all season outdoor adventure park that features activities such as tubing, snowboarding and skiing in the winter and soccer, volleyball and bike trails in the summer. Lake Simcoe , located north of the City of Toronto, is a 3580 km² lake boarding on the Town of Georgina. Lake Simcoe is part of the Trent Severn Waterway which acts as the connection between Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. With 52 km of shoreline, lake activities include boating, swimming and fishing.
Keswick houses the Georgina Ice Palace where the Georgina Blaze hockey team, Georgina Girls Hockey Association and Georgina Skating Club are headquartered. The Georgina Ice Palace is a combination library/skating rink with a skate park outside. The two ice pads can seat almost 1,500 people between them.
In 2014, Highway 404 was extended to meet the Keswick / East Gwillimbury border at Woodbine Ave., south of Ravenshoe Rd. Woodbine Avenue, the towns longest street, runs from Steeles Avenue at the Toronto-Markham border and ends at Lake Drive in Georgina.
Public elementary and secondary education in Keswick is overseen by York Region's two school boards: the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), and the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB).
The YRDSB operates one secondary school in Keswick: Keswick High School, in addition to eight elementary schools: Deer Park P. S., Fairwood P. S., Jersey P. S., Keswick P. S., Lake Simcoe P. S., Lakeside P. S., R. L. Graham P. S., and W. J. Watson P. S.
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- "Keswick Beaches Get $215K for Cleanup". January 23, 2012. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012.
- Kinsmen Club of Keswick
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- York North's record on the Ice Palace
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