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Holland Landing is a village in the town of East Gwillimburymarker, located in the northern part of the Regional Municipality of Yorkmarker, in south-central Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. Its major road is Yonge Street (bypassed by the former Highway 11) and the village has bus service by GO Transit and York Region Transit. The East Gwillimbury GO train stationmarker is in the south-east corner of Holland Landing, providing weekday commuter train service. The East Holland River runs through the town and has several marinas for recreational boats.

Most of Holland Landing's internal economy is based on the service industry, and some manufacturing. The village has three primary schools, Holland Landing Public Schoolmarker (YRDSB), Park Avenue Public School (YRDSB) and Good Shepherd Catholic School (YCDSB).

History

In 1793, Governor John Graves Simcoe came across what would be the future site of Holland Landing, then known as St. Albans, and believed this area would make an ideal shipping and defense point between Yorkmarker (now Torontomarker) and Georgian Baymarker. Holland Landing was named after Samuel Holland, first Surveyor-General of British North America, who had served on the HMS Pembroke, under Captain John Simcoe, for whom Lake Simcoemarker is named.

Holland Landing was the northernmost point on the original alignment of Yonge Street. North of the town the Holland River is easily navigable, and the location was selected as a well sited inland port for Lake Simcoe, via the river. It was intended that Yonge Street, in combination with the similar Penetanguishene Road further north, would provide access to the upper Great Lakesmarker from the city of York. Holland Landing would be a major point on this route.

However it never served this intended role in any real capacity. The closest it came was during the War of 1812, when the British decided to re-take the entire lake system through the construction of a number of first-rate ships in Kingstonmarker and Penetanguishenemarker. A large anchor, over fifteen feet long and weighing approximately 4000 lbs, for the frigate under construction at Penetanguishene was shipped from England and made it as far as Holland Landing when the war ended. Today it serves as the gate guard at Anchor Park.

The town proper was not formed until the early 19th century, settled by the same Quaker immigrants as nearby Newmarketmarker and Auroramarker.

Samuel Lount, a martyr of the 1837 Rebellion led by William Lyon Mackenzie, farmed and operated a smithy here. Lount was captured later, convicted of treason, and hanged on April 12, 1838.

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Geography

  • Population:
    • 2006: about 8,500
    • Latitude: about 44.16 N
    • Longitude: about 79.7 W
  • Area code: +1-905


The population estimate is based on the census population of East Gwillimbury, and the town's data which indicates 41% of its residents are in Holland Landing

References

  1. http://www.eastgwillimbury.ca/Town_Hall/About_Our_Town/Demographics.htm East Gwillimbury demographics



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