Hello and welcome to King Township! I’m Christina and I will be your tour guide! I’ve lived in King for over fifteen years, and as Miss Teen King Township it is my honor to take you around my lovely hometown. Before we begin our journey, let’s run down some basic facts:
King is a township within the regional municipality of York Region and about a 45 minute drive north of Toronto. It’s 128.6 square miles and has a population of over 20 000. King was created in 1794 and is named after Major John King, a parliamentary under-secretary of state from the United Kingdom. Geographically, most of King is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is the origin for the headwaters of many rivers including the Humber River. King is rich of real history and beautiful nature. King Township is best known for it’s picturesque countryside, beautiful golf courses such as Carrying Place Golf Club and Cardinal Golf Club, adventurous trails, prestigious horse farms and so much more! It’s a perfect and quick getaway for anybody who appreciates the great outdoors!
There are many landmarks around King that have been declared Heritage Sites under the the Provisions of The Ontario Heritage Act. The early settlers of King Township were hard working and religious people who built quite a few little churches around the area. Among those churches are the King Christian Church, built in 1851 by a group from the Sharon Temple Quakers. Next to
this church is another designated Heritage site, King Station. This train station is the oldest surviving railway station in Canada. King Station witness the inaugural run of Ontario’s first steam locomotive, “Toronto”. Unfortunately, this train station is no longer in use -but there is a GO station situation just five minute away from this site! Beside both these sites, there is the King Township Museum where many more interesting history and facts about this area can be found!
Trails in King
Now let’s head for the real outdoors! If you are a hiker or simply enjoy being outside, then King is the right place for you! Located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, King is full of many trails and paths located within old growth forests and kettle lakes. With a diverse amount of flora and fauna, there are many opportunities to take great photographs while experiencing King’s beautiful trails -so don’t forget your camera! For those active and daring people out there, the Oak Ridges Trail Association has an annual adventure hiking relay event. However, before heading out to enjoy King’s trails, be prepared and also cautious of noxious weeds and poisonous mushrooms.
The Oak Ridges Moraine
As I’ve mentioned before, the majority of King Township lies on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Oak Ridges Moraine is a landscape which covers 190,000 hectares of land in southern Ontario and stretches 160 kilometers from the Trent River to the Niagara Escarpment. It crosses 32 municipalities and is home to over 300,000 people and nearly 5 million people living near by. The Moraine is a remnant of the last ice age and is estimated to be 12 000 years old! It also is the main source of 65 major streams and rivers in Ontario and provides clean water to private and municipal wells for millions of people (which includes me!). It is also home to many natural habitats and an important groundwatter recharge system for southern Ontario (which could include you!)
As a residence of King, I am most proud about the natural beauty that surrounds my area because of the Oak Ridges Moraine. This is what makes King’s trails as beautiful as they are, the country drives enjoyable, the flora and fauna flourishing and King Township a wonderful place to live. However, what hurts me is seeing the residential and commercial development occurring in King. I remember seeing only fields, forests and rolling hills while driving around my area -today, it’s a different story. The increased population of King Township increasing has not come without its price. Although these developments are under boundaries and regulations, I believe we should not be building vast amounts of houses and buildings over the Oak Ridges Moraine at all. The ecosystems it houses are so delicate and we should not jeopardize or disturb them in any way.
The Holland Marsh
Do you love fresh food? I know I do! Another interesting aspect of King is the Holland Marsh, an 8,000 hectare wetland and a very important agricultural area of southern Ontario. It is also commonly known as “Ontario’s vegetable basket” for its variety and vast amounts of fresh produce. I live close to a farmer’s market which sells seasonal produce grown right in the Marsh. I believe it’s important to incorporate as much local food into our diets as possible.
Caring Place (my area of King) is a very lovely part of the hamlet, Kettleby within King. This area of King used to be a part of a major portage route in Ontario. Back in the day (like, 16th and 17th century), there were a few significant people who used this long route, such as Champlain and Etienne Brule (what champs). Around the Carrying Place Manor is the perfect place to go bike riding and I often walk along the Carrying Place Golf Clubtrails. With the rolling hills and lush nature that surrounds this area, it’s truly a beautiful landscape and even more beautiful place to live -take it from me!
Famous Places, Famous People
A few significant people who have lived in King Township include hockey players such as Jeff O’Neill, Curtis Joseph, Wendel Clark, Daniel Carcillo, Alex Pietrangelo, Rick Hampton, Adam Oates, Darryl Bootland, Mike Kitchen and Bill Kitchen. King is an area where one could easily skate on a pond near by -no wonder some many hockey players have come from this area. Equestrian Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze also resides in King. As far as I know, there are a few more famous people who live in this area, but since it is not listed on the Internet, I think they want to keep it on the down low…
A few movies have also been filmed in King such as Homer, Billy Madison, Black Sheep, Lars and the Real Girls (it was a big deal when Ryan Gosling came to King), Billy Madison, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and many more. Certain heritage sites and even the King City Secondary School have been used for filming scenes.
Festival and Events
King has a few notable events which attract people from all over. The most anticipated events include the Kettleby Fair, the Schomberg Fair and the Arts Society King. There are also events which are held to celebrate a certain season or holiday such as the Nobleton Victoria Day Fair and Schomberg Main Street Christmas parade.
This concludes our tour of the little King Township. It may seem like there’s not much here, but if you take the time to visit the heritage sites, shop in the Holland Marsh farmer’s markets, walk the trails and enjoy the country scenery…I think you just might like it. I know from personal experience that it’s a wonderful place to live. Living here has made me appreciate the nature which surrounds me and that it’s important to be environmentally friendly and caring.
Until next time!