Vaughan is a fast growing municipality situated in the northern portion of of Toronto, Ontario. The city of Vaughan consists of Maple, Thornhill, Woodbridge, and Kleinburg. Vaughan City is referred to as the "The City Above Toronto," and is considered within Canada to be one of the fastest growing municipalities. Vaughan City was named after a British commissioner, Benjamin Vaughan, who signed a peace treaty with the United States in the year 1783. The first European to pass through the area was a french explorer, Etienne Brule, who traversed the Humber Trail during 1615.
Among the major highlights found within Vaughan City consist of: Boyd Conservatory Area, Baitul Islam Mosque, Canada's Wonderland, Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum, Thornhill Town Centre, Vaughan Mills and McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Baitul Islam Mosque is the Canadian headquarters of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and one of the largest mosques in Canada. Boyd Conservation Area is situated between Kleinburg and Woodridge. The Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame Museum aims to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of top Canadian Builders and Footballers who have developed and played the game in the nation. Canada's Wonderland is the biggest amusement park in Canada. McMichael Canadian Art Collection houses an extensive collection of Tom Thomson's paintings, First National and Inuit artists and the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. The Thornhill Town Centre is pedestrian-friendly town centre within Thornhill. Vaughan Mills is a popular shopping mall within the Greater Toronto Area.
Those who are interested in hiking trails could find visit the Park and Forestry Department for information about the various parks accessible for hikers. Some of the most common trails include the Barley Smith Greenway, which is a 15-kilometre natural valley corridor that follows the course of the upper West Don River through expanding residential and business developments in the heart of the City of Vaughan. The Bruce Trail, among the fifteen reserves within Canada, is the nation's longest and oldest path. It even provides the only continuous public access to a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the wonderful Niagara Escarpment.
Vaughan City is within the economic heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Its multicultural backdrop supports the growth of its communities, especially Thornhill, Maple, Woodbridge, Kleinburg, and Concord. nearly all of the Vaughan City's economy is taken from small companies, and amongst the 9,000 companies in the city, there are around 200,000 employees at present. The largest economic businesses are construction, wholesale and manufacturing. Numerous investors are drawn to Vaughan City because of its lowest commercial and industrial taxes in the Greater Toronto Area. Some of these businesses comprise: Bausch & Lomb Canada, Cara Operations, MDS Analytical Technologies, Jones New York/Jones Apparel, Miele Canada, Royal Group Technologies, Toromont Industries, Sanyo Canada, Concord Confections, and Adidas Solomon Canada.