King Township is a predominantly rural municipality, situated at the northwest part of York Region in the treasured Oak Ridges Moraine countryside. King Township is well known for its lush topography of rolling hills and valleys, and its prize winning cattle farms, and world class horse farms.
King Township is also the home of the Holland Marsh which is recognized as the “Vegetable Basket” of Ontario. The Holland Marsh with its rich chocolate black soil is an agricultural heartland featuring, numerous market gardens, pick-your-own orchards, livestock operations, large crop farms, sod farms and nurseries.
Located between Toronto and Barrie, King Township encompasses the largest land mass in York Township but conversely has the smallest population with approximately 26,000 residents. King is accessible by Highways 400, 27, 9 and 11.
The Village of King City, likely named after British undersecretary of state John King, began as a settlement in 1836. In 1890 James Whiting Crossley, son of original settler Nathaniel Pearson Crossley, was elected Reeve of King Township. He initiated a petition that was circulated and signed, asking the Municipal Council of The Township of King to set aside one thousand acres, as an incorporated village of King City.
The village of King City was the result of a merger of the hamlets Springhill, Eversley, Kinghorn and Laskay. The name Springhill was given to the village on account of the presence of a great many springs in the immediate area. Some of the prominent names in the history of King City include: Fisher, Gillham, Hogan, McClure, Norman, Wells. Two significant landmarks are Hogan’s Inn at the four corners (Keele St. and King Road today), built in 1853, and Crawford Wells, built in 1863. The King train station, built in 1853, to serve the thriving community of Springhill, was relocated – having been moved to Kortright Centre in 1969 and then back to King City in 1989 to the King Township Museum site at Jane Street and King Road.
Today King is influenced by the significant immigration and diversification resultant from its proximity to Toronto.
Public Elementary Institutions:
- King City Public School
- visit York Region District School Board for a list of all public schools in King
Public Secondary Institutions:
- King City Secondary School
Catholic Elementary Institutions:
- Holy Family Elementary School
- visit York Catholic District School Board for a list of all schools in King
- King City Montessori School
- The Country Day School
- St. Thomas of Villanova College
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