Whitby (Ontario)

Whitby, a suburb directly west of Oshawa, is in the heart of the Durham region, 48 km (30 mi) east of Toronto, in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario. It has a population of 110,000 people (2006).


The Town of Whitby was incorporated in 1855, three years after it was chosen as the seat of government for the new County of Ontario. Although settlement dates back to 1800, it was not until 1836 that a downtown business centre was established by Whitby's founder Peter Perry.

It is named after the fishing town of Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. It is officially "twinned" with Longueuil, Quebec; Feldkirch, Austria and Whitby, England.

Get in

By bus

By plane

By train

Whitby is on a primary VIA Rail corridor. Trains travel both east towards Montreal and west towards Toronto with connections for Southwestern Ontario. The closest VIA Rail station is in Oshawa, Ontario, which borders Whitby to the east.

Remember to ask for student fares if you have an ISIC card.

GO Transit offers regular commuter train and bus service to Toronto and throughout the GTA. GO's mainline is the Lakeshore train from Hamilton through Toronto's Union Station to Oshawa-Whitby, a double-decker commuter train which runs half-hourly. Main train connections are at the Whitby GO Station.

By car

Major highways leading into Toronto from Whitby are Hwy 401, Hwy 7/407ETR, and Hwy 12.

Get around

Durham Region Transit provides bus service within the Town of Whitby with connections to Go Transit commuter bus and rail stations, and other municipalities in the Durham Region.

Several taxi services are available:






Go next

Routes through Whitby

Toronto Ajax  W  E  Oshawa Kingston
Markham Pickering  W  E  Scugog Peterborough
Orillia Scugog  N  S  END
Toronto Ajax  W  E  Oshawa END

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