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For the town that joined with Toronto in 1998, see York, Ontario.
The Regional Municipality of York
Motto: Ontario's Rising Star
Map showing York Region's location in Ontario
Map showing York Region's location in Ontario
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Established (County) 1792
Established (Regional Municipality) 1971
Area
 • Total 1,761.84 km2 (680.25 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 892,712
 • Density 506.7/km2 (1,312/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
Website www.region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York, also called York Region, is a regional municipality in south-central Ontario, Canada, between Lake Simcoe and Toronto. It replaced the old York County in 1971. In 2006, nearly 893,000 people were living in the Regional Municipality of York. It is the fastest growing region in Canada and it is expected to grow to more than 1.5 million people by 2031. The whole region is part of the Greater Toronto Area and is part of the Golden Horseshoe. The capital of the region is in Newmarket.

Geography

York Region covers 1,776 square kilometres from Lake Simcoe in the north to the city of Toronto in the south. The eastern border is shared with Durham Region. To the west is Peel Region, and Simcoe County is to the northwest.

Towns and cities in York Region include:

  • Town of Aurora
  • Town of East Gwillimbury
  • Town of Georgina
  • Township of King
  • Town of Markham
  • Town of Newmarket
  • Town of Richmond Hill
  • City of Vaughan
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

There is also one First Nation (Native Canadians) with an Indian reserve, where the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation live.

York Region includes farmlands, wetlands and small kettle lakes, the Oak Ridges Moraine and over 2,070 hectares of regional forest, as well as built-up areas of its towns.

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