Escape to Uxbridge

Uxbridge Historic Train Station

 

Part 1: Nigel looks into Uxbridge’s historic background.

 

DID YOU KNOW…

In 2009 Uxbridge Township received federal designation by Industry Canada as The Trail Capital of Canada, resulting from the over 220 kilometers of managed trails on over 8,000 acres (32 km2) of protected greenspace within its borders. Uxbridge trails run through and alongside historic villages, mixed forests, meadows, ponds, streams, and wetlands. A number of major trail systems run through the Township, including the Oak Ridges Trail and the Trans-Canada Trail.

 

Quakers Meeting House

ABOUT:

The first settlers in the area were Quakers who started arriving in 1806 from the Catawissa area of Pennsylvania. The community’s oldest building, the Uxbridge Friends Meeting House, was built in 1820 and overlooks the town from Quaker Hill, a kilometre to the west. The Thomas Foster Memorial Temple, erected in 1935-36 by the former mayor of Toronto, is situated a short distance north of town, inspired by Foster’s visit to India.

Uxbridge Library     Thomas Foster Memorial Temple

HOW TO GET THERE

Uxbridge Public Library and other historic buildings are located at or near:

Toronto Street South and Brock Street West, Ontario

About 40 mins from Hwy 401 and Hwy 404 (Don Valley Parkway). Head north 27 km to Exit 41/Regional Road 40/Bloomington Road. Head east for about 13 km, where it becomes Durham Rd 47 after York/Durham Line. Continue another 15 km until it becomes Toronto St South. The destination is at the intersection of Brock Street.

The Thomas Foster Memorial is located at:

9449 Regional Road 1, Uxbridge, Ontario

From Main Street North in Uxbridge, head north on Durham Regional Road 1 (Concession Rd 7), north for about 4 minutes (about 5 km). The site is on the right (east) side of the road.

CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR OPENING TIMES AND OTHER DETAILS:

www.town.uxbridge.on.ca
Escape to Uxbridge continued…
Part 2:

On the restored 1950s diesel train run by the York-Durham Heritage Railway Nigel chats with the conductor and the engine driver and gets to blow the train’s horn.

DID YOU KNOW…

 

York-Durham Heritage Railway regular trains operate on Sundays from June through to the end of October, travelling the Uxbridge to Stouffville corridor with additional Saturday trains during the fall colour season, and separate scheduling for some theme train trips.

York Durham Heritage Railway

ABOUT:

The York-Durham Heritage Railway, opened in 1996, is a tourist train operating between Stouffville and Uxbridge. The train is pulled by first generation diesel locomotives which directly replaced the steam locomotives.

Train Conductor

HOW TO GET THERE

Train journeys start at:

The Railway Station, 19 Railway Street, Uxbridge

About 40 mins from Hwy 401 and Hwy 404 (Don Valley Parkway). Head north 27 km to Exit 41/Regional Road 40/Bloomington Road. Head east for about 13 km, where it becomes Durham Rd 47 after York/Durham Line. Continue another 15 km until it becomes Toronto St South. Follow across Brock and turn 1st left onto King Street, which joins Railway Street. The station is directly ahead.

CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR TRAIN TIMES,
GROUP TRIPS AND OTHER DETAILS:

www.ydhr.ca
Part 3:

At the Leaskdale Manse, Nigel visits Lucy Maude Montgomery’s home for much of her career as one of Canada’s best-loved writers.

DID YOU KNOW…

 

Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote 11 of her 22 novels at home in rural Leaskdale, Ontario, north of Uxbridge.

Lucy Maud Manse

ABOUT:

The Manse dates back to 1886. In 1965 the building became an Ontario Historical Site and in 1997 a National Historic Site.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

HOW TO GET THERE

Leaskdale Manse National Historic Site is located at:

11850 Regional Road 1, Leaskdale, Ontario

From Main Street North in Uxbridge, head north on Durham Regional Road 1 (Concession Rd 7), north for about 10 minutes (about 10 km). The church is on the left (west) side of the road and the manse 100 metres further on the right. Check in at the church information centre first.

CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR OPENING TIMES, GROUP TOURS AND OTHER DETAILS:

www.lucymaudmontgomery.ca
Uxbridge Public Library Map

York-Durham Railway Company

Leaksdale Manse Map

Thomas Foster Memorial Map