From time to time, I have been profiling picturesque towns that are within easy driving distance of Toronto. These hidden gems are known to Greater Toronto Area (GTA) residents but may go unnoticed by visitors to the area. Today, we'll shine a spotlight on Kleinburg.
Kleinburg is located northwest of Toronto, where Highway 7 and Islington Avenue meet. It is a historical town with roots in the 17th century. Today, although Kleinburg is part of the City of Vaughan, it retains the feeling of a small village.
Kleinburg is the perfect spot to get a break from the city. The Kleinburg Business improvement Association website is a guide to the businesses in the area. Kleinburg has boutiques, antique shops where groups can browse for treasures, cozy eateries, ice cream and gelato shops, art galleries and historical buildings.
One of the charming features of Kleinburg is that the original buildings that are still standing have markers indicating when they were built and the name and occupation of the head of each family. Here is a photo tour of Kleinburg's history.
Binder Twine Festival
Every September, on the first Saturday after Labor Day, people from all over the GTA head to Kleinburg for the annual Binder Twine Festival. This annual festival celebrates Kleinburg's agricultural heritage. The tradition dates back to the 19th century when local farmers would come together to purchase the twine they required to bind sheaves of wheat. The Binder Twine festival, which started in in 1967, features art crafts, agricultural contests (e.g. hog calling, milking a cow) and a quilt raffle. There is a farmer's market, entertainment and the crowning of the Binder Twine Queen. It's a great way for GTA residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors before the cool weather returns.
Kleinburg Event Venues
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The most famous is the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. This 100-acre landscape includes the 40-acre site on which "Tapawingo," the log home of the original residents, Robert and Signe McMichael, is still standing. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection features paintings and art by Canada's famous Group of Seven. There are also Inuit Art and First Nations Art collections and the Sculpture Garden. Group tours can be arranged.
The McMichael is a popular venue for weddings, galas and special events. Meeting and event venues are ample. There is space for 150 guests for dining and dancing in The Grand Hall. Seven Restaurant, with its own terrace that provides spectacular views of the Humber River, can accommodate up to 80 dinner guests. The Founders', which was the living room of the McMichael's, can accommodate groups of 60 for buffets and receptions and up to 25 participants for business meetings. Other meeting venues include is a small meeting room for up to 10 participants, a meeting house that accommodates 16, and a 60-seat theater.
The Doctor's House
The Doctor's House, a popular venue for private dining, afternoon tea, group dining, weddings, and special events, is on a hill overlooking the site where John Kline built his gristmill. The Doctor's House was built in 1867 and was the residence of a number of doctors, including Dr. Thomas Henry Robinson, who lived and practiced medicine there for 52 years. It was first used as a restaurant in 1974. The 1993 expansion added banquet facilities and the wedding chapel that seats up to 120 guests.
There are seven banquet venues perfect for groups of 25-300. The veranda overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens, has room for 50 diners. The gardens have been used as a location for a number of Hollywood movies.
Avlyn Gardens Restaurant and Event Centre
Avlyn Gardens, one of Kleinburg's newer event venues, is located in a lovely garden setting that once housed the popular Mr. McGregor's House Tea Room. Avlyn Gardens features Italian cuisine and it is available for small private and corporate events. In the winter, there is seating for 50 - 60 people. In the summer when the patio is open, the capacity expands to 100 - 110. The garden in the back has room for a tent.
Attractions Near Kleinburg, Ontario
- Canada's Wonderland, Maple
- Copper Creek Golf Course
With banquet facilities
- Kortright Centre for Conservation
- Black Creek Pioneer Village
Places to Stay in & Near Kleinburg, Ontario
- Kleinburg Inn
23 room inn
- Courtyard Toronto Vaughan
- Residence Inn Toronto Vaughan
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Holiday Inn Express and Suites Vaughan- Southwest
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