Living in Kleinburg
Kleinburg is a quaint village with a country charm. It is has a lush and varied topography, nestled between two branches of the Humber River. Kleinburg is known as the home of the world renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection located at 10365 Islington Avenue. The McMichael draws many visitors to Kleinburg which features one of the most charming main streets in the Greater Toronto Area. Kleinburg’s community spirit is put on display each September, with the arrival of the very popular Bindertwine Festival. Kleinburg also hosts an annual Canada Day celebration and Christmas in the Village.
History of Kleinburg
Kleinburg was originally referred to as the Village of Klineburg. It is shown as such on historic maps of Vaughan Township that date back to 1878. The Village appears to have been named after its original settler John Nicholas Kline Sr (1825–1854), a Pennsylvania German pioneer settler. Later on the village grew into a town and the spelling of the name was changed to Kleinburg. The German translation for Kleinburg is “small town”. Situated between two branches of the Humber River Kleinburg propsered with many flour and wheat mills, that operated off the banks of the Humber River. The rural landscape began to change somewhat in the 1950s when the first subdivion was built in the area. Development has proceeded at a steady pace ever since. Despite all the changes over the years Kleinburg residents celebrate their farming history each year at the Binder Twine Festival, which attracts over 25,000 people to main street Kleinburg. Binder Twine is held the first Saturday after Labour Day.
Homes in Kleinburg
Kleinburg offers a variety of housing styles including split-level and ranch style bungalows and more recently subdivision style homes with attached built-in garages. There are also many estate homes in the area. The houses that look onto the Humber River and adjacent conservation areas are highly valued.
Lifestyle in Kleinburg
The historically designated Village of Kleinburg, beckons you to shop, dine and explore their main street along islington Avenue where more than 75 businesses operate out of dozens of beautiful heritage homes. This picturesque shopping setting includes: galleries, boutiques, design and home décor and gift shops, as well as several respected fine dining restaurants and cafés. The Binder Twine festival takes place on the first Saturday after Labour Day. This annual festival features juried craft exhibitors, great food and entertainment. It is organized and run entirely by over 800 volunteers from the community. An exciting day filled with unique crafts, great entertainment, Olde Tyme activities and great food awaits the entire family. Gates open at 9 a.m. Admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and teenagers, and $2 for children aged 2 to 12. However, if you come dressed in pioneer costume in keeping with the spirit of the festival, admission is free!
Recreation in Kleinburg
Copper Creek Golf Club is considered by many to be one of the best public golf courses in the GTA. Set amid the rolling hills and forests of the Humber River Valley, this championship golf course was designed by renowned architect Doug Carrick. Copper Creek is ideally located 10 minutes north of Highway 407 on the east side of Highway 27. The Humber Valley Heritage Trail offers residents some of the best hiking opportunities anywhere in the GTA. The Kleinburg Nashville Tennis Club is located in the heart of Kleinburg in the Bindertwine Park off Stegman’s Mill Road.
Arts in Kleinburg
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection welcomes on average 120,000 visitors annually. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is the only major public art gallery devoted solely to the collecting and exhibiting of Canadian art. The gallery offers visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy Canadian landscape paintings in the woodland setting that inspired them Built of fieldstone and hand-hewn logs, the McMichael houses thirteen exhibition galleries and is situated amid 100 acres of serene conservation land. Through a network of outdoor paths and hiking trails, visitors can discover outdoor sculptures and wander the McMichael Cemetery where six Group of Seven members and gallery co-founders Robert and Signe McMichael have been laid to rest. The McMichael displays a wide range of exhibitions each year, and offers a stimulating array of programs and events for people of all ages. They include curators’ lectures, tours, music performances, kids’ camps, workshops, school programs and hands-on art activities.
Transportation in Kleinburg
Kleinburg residents enjoy convenient acceess to Go Transit bus service at a bus stop located at islington Avenue and Nashville Road.