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Celebrating 200 Years of Community in Georgina (1818-2018)

Georgina marked its 200th anniversary in 2018! All members of the community were invited to join together to recognize and celebrate this important milestone.

The present day boundaries of Georgina are made up of two former townships: North Gwillimbury to the West of Highway 48 (North/South) and Georgina to the East. The Village of Sutton (including Jackson’s Point) was incorporated by York County Council and first met as a separate entity in 1891.

The Township of Georgina was named and declared open for settlement on August 28 1818. The Gwillimburys (East, West, and North) were under order of survey in 1800, with patents issued after this date – though settlers were ‘squatting’ here before this time. North Gwillimbury Township and the Village of Sutton were amalgamated with Georgina Township in 1971. Georgina was granted Town status in 1986. In 2018 we recognized this milestone of 200 years, while not forgetting the nearly two decades of settlement that occurred in North Gwillimbury Township prior to this.

Events and Promotions

To celebrate our local milestone, staff and the Georgina 200 (G200) Planning Committee, comprised of representatives from local non-profit organizations, service clubs, the business community, media, the Town and members of the public, undertook a number of activities throughout the year including:

  • Introducing a Georgina 200 logo designed for use by local organizations/groups planning an event.
  • Creating celebratory giveaways, including pens, hand flags, tattoos and other items for Georgina 200 eventgoers.
  • Updating local street banners to promote the milestone
  • Launching an online event calendar on the Chamber of Commerce website, featuring events, programs, and initiatives taking place throughout 2018
  • Cross-promoting festivities throughout the year by the Town and Planning Committee via social media, print, online and other means

The Town of Georgina hosted a combined Georgina 200/Canada Day Event on Sunday, July 1, 2018, to mark this special occasion. See the event details here.

Local History

The history of Georgina will be explored and celebrated throughout 2018. Learn a little about the Town's origins with the following articles:


Council Flash Facts

At each meeting of Town of Georgina Council in 2018, Members of Council shared a Flash Fact about the history of Georgina. 


PDF icon Petition for Land January 17th, 2018
PDF icon Land Surveying & Squatters and Settlements January 23rd, 2018
PDF icon Dry Town January 31st, 2018
PDF icon Dug Hill (284.81 KB) February 7th, 2018
PDF icon Roche's Point February 14th, 2018
PDF icon Elbow Park February 28th, 2018
PDF icon William Johnson March 7th, 2018
PDF icon The Gwillimbury's March 28th, 2018
PDF icon Jersey House April 4th, 2018
PDF icon Arnold Estate (413.71 KB) April 11th, 2018
PDF icon First Christian Church in Canada (501.9 KB) April 18th, 2018
PDF icon First School in North Gwillimbury? (490.64 KB) April 25th, 2018
PDF icon Trains in Jackson's Point (566.63 KB) May 2nd, 2018
PDF icon Pefferlaw Town Plot May 9th, 2018
PDF icon Statute Labour (534.37 KB) May 16th, 2018
PDF icon Early Population Return (367.81 KB) May 30th, 2018
PDF icon Ravenshoe Hotel (591.56 KB) June 6th, 2018
PDF icon North Gwillimbury Sawmills (419.94 KB) June 13th, 2018
PDF icon Plug Mount to Belhaven (586.61 KB) June 20th, 2018
PDF icon James O'Brien Bourchier (434.25 KB) July 18th, 2018
PDF icon Pefferlaw Fire Station (611.16 KB) August 15th, 2018
PDF icon Charles Henry Howard: The First Reeve of Georgina (284.68 KB) September 12th, 2018
PDF icon Local Self-Governance (330.34 KB) September 19th, 2018
PDF icon The English Settlement Librarian (354.72 KB) September 26th, 2018
PDF icon Arad Smalley- Unpopular Pioneer (417.53 KB) November 7th, 2018
PDF icon Pugsley Ranch: Island Grove (389.35 KB) December 12th, 2018

Photo/Video Gallery

Take a trip back through time to see how Georgina has grown and changed into the beautiful community we know today.

G200 Video #1 – Early Schools

G200 Video #2: Street Scenes

G200 Video #3: Early Taverns

G200 Video #4: Radial Railway