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Five Things to Know Before Moving to Vaughan, Ontario

Moving to a new city can be intimidating and stressful, especially if you are unfamiliar with the place that you are about to call your new home. For the majority of people, it takes years to find the best parts of your city and learn all of the great things your town has to offer. Instead of following the bandwagon and discovering things as they come up, here is a list of all of the top things you need to know before moving to Vaughan, Ontario.

1. Where is Vaughan Located?

Vaughan is located right in the middle of the Toronto area in Canada. Living in Vaughan has the benefit of a local community environment as well as the busy city life at the same time. Due to the central location of Vaughan, there is easy access to just about anything you could ever need or want in your new home. Here are a few of the places and things to do that are close by:

Downtown Toronto

In the downtown area, you will have a number of restaurants, shopping and other events such as TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), Nuit Blanche (a world-famous art show), and other events including Winterlicious and Summerlicious

Sporting Events

Rogers Centre (home of the Toronto Blue Jays), Air Canada Centre (arena for a number of different sporting or other events), and BMO Field (Canada's well-known soccer field)

Several Tourist Attractions

The Ex, Ripley's Aquarium, and CN Tower Canada's Wonderland - This premiere amusement park is located literally in Vaughan's backyard and can be enjoyed by adults and children of all ages!


While there are numerous shopping centers all over the area, the most popular is Vaughan Mills, one of the biggest in the entire country.

With a home in Vaughan, you are able to have the quiet suburban life in your quaint community, but within minutes you can be at any big sporting event or other activity you could ever dream of. With both of these options, many people never question whether or not Vaughan is the right place for them to set down roots.

2. What Else is Close By?

While everyone enjoys eating dinner or drinking a cup of coffee at a major chain restaurant or establishment, many also find comfort and peace visiting local restaurants. Vaughan is home to many local shops including favourites like Sweet Boutique, Emily's Bakery or Grazie Ristorante. While these are just a few of the local establishments in Vaughan, there are several different places you won't regret visiting or making part of your weekly routine.

Visiting big chain restaurants allows you the benefit of always knowing exactly what you will get before you even arrive. Having the luxury of local mom and pop shops helps you to feel more cultured and gives you the opportunity to try new things and meet new people. Next time you need a cup of coffee, hit up the local coffee shops instead of Starbucks and you won't be disappointed!

3. What’s it Like in the City?

Due to the location of Vaughan, you will be very close to the city of Toronto. One of the most used highways in Ontario, the 400, runs through the city, so you can expect there to be a lot of traffic in and out of Vaughan. Highway 400 is the main way people travel to and from the city.

Traffic from Canada’s Wonderland, a huge amusement park, and the malls and the 400 have been known to cause some traffic congestion in Vaughan. Avoiding these areas during rush hours can help deal with the congestion in this city. The traffic situation isn't something to turn you away from wanting to move to this area, but rather something to be aware of before you decide to get groceries at rush hour. The province is working to resolve the traffic issues, which should give potential residents peace of mind.

4. Is There Public Transportation?

When moving to a big city, this is often one of the first questions people have. The availability of public transportation is a necessity for many people who work in the downtown area of the city. As a way to avoid the congested roads, many people opt for the public transportation available. Vaughan is located close to Toronto, so the TTC and Go Transit is everyone's main choice of transportation.

Vaughan's residents have direct access to the city through the subway new stations recently added. Riding on the subway has a lot of benefits and with the convenient locations of the stations, you can find exactly what you need to help your morning commute be as smooth as possible.

5. What About my Family?

If you have children in your home, chances are you want to know everything the city has to offer for your family. Vaughan real estate is a great choice for raising a family because of the Community feel and activities available for the entire family. There are a number of sports teams to be involved in, animals to learn about or adopt, and places to go and discover together, such as the Lego Discovery Center in the Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre.

If you are looking for a religious or public school, Vaughan has them all. The school system is top-tier and will give your kids a great education with faith-centered principles if that is what you are looking for.

Vaughan, Ontario has so much more to offer and will make you and your family feel happy and at home right away. It has the perfect mix of city life and suburban living, and you won't regret making this town your new place of residence.

To begin your move to Vaughan, Ontario, call Spectrum Realty at (416) 736-6500 today.

Spectrum Realty Services Inc., Brokerage

8400 Jane Street Unit 9, Vaughan, Ontario L4K4L8
Office: 416-736-6500
Fax: 416-736-9766

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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 5/24/2019 8:53:19 AM