Idyllic and nestled in nature, Kleinburg is a charming historic village on the Humber River, in Vaughan. Situated on a narrow section of hilly landscape, with the river on either side, the village is bounded by Highway 27 on the west and Stegman’s Mill Road to the east.
Perhaps best known for being the inspiration for the Group of Seven and artwork for many Indigenous artists, Kleinburg is home to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In addition to a strong arts and culture community, Kleinburg has superb shopping, dining, family festivals and much more, making it a desirable place to live, work and play.
Explore Downtown Kleinburg
Founded in 1848, the Village of Kleinburg was built around a sawmill and a gristmill located on 33 hectares (83 acres) of land owned by John Nicholas Kline. It is assumed that Kleinburg was named after Kline, however, its present spelling was derived from a combination of two German words: Klein, meaning “little or small” and berg, meaning “mountain.” The name “small mountain” perfectly describes the topography and environmental setting of Kleinburg.
Today, much of its heritage character remains in the downtown architecture, the timeless village atmosphere and in the beautiful heritage homes that have been there for a century or more. The main street is lined with boutiques, restaurants, luxury spas and European-inspired cafés. Strolling the charming downtown is an excellent way to get to know the village, in all four seasons. During the winter holidays, the downtown is all lit up and in the summer, vibrant patios are alive with families and friends, espresso-and-gelato-lovers alike.
Reconnect With Nature
Getting outside and reconnecting with nature is as easy as walking out your front door when you live in Kleinburg. The Humber River Trails surrounding Kleinburg offer unique hiking opportunities along the Humber River, and the hills are a favourite for cyclists who hail from across the GTA. In the warmer months Kleinburg is a mecca for cyclists, hikers and families who want to spend more time outdoors. There are easy trails leading from the village core to the McMichael Gallery, and more advanced trails outside the village and all along the way there are quiet picnic spots, bridges to scale and lookout points for the perfect photo opportunity.
With over 70 acres of new parks and greenspace, you can take the dogs for long walks, enjoy endless bike rides, walk or rollerblade and take in nature’s beauty. The 325-hectare Kortright Centre for Conservation is always a great spot for hiking and birding. The Maple Syrup Festival is a family favourite and they have many festivals and events planned throughout the year that allow you and your family to enjoy the outdoors. Kleinburg is also home to numerous golf clubs, including the prestigious Copper Creek Golf Club, which boasts a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse, spectacular landscaped gardens, picturesque gazebos and terraces.
McMichael Art Gallery
Many are drawn to Kleinburg because of the acclaimed McMichael Canadian Arts Collection. Located on 100 acres of forested land, the McMichael gallery is an extraordinary showcase of Canadian artwork in a beautiful natural setting. Here, you can discover beautiful original works from the Group of Seven as well as many Indigenous artists.
Kleinburg’s hills and colourful landscapes were the inspiration for many Group of 7 paintings, and since its opening in 1966, the art gallery has held collections by the famous artists. The property also has a small cemetery where the original members of the Group of Seven are buried.
Getting Around Kleinburg and the GTA
Kleinburg is only 40 kilometres from Toronto, which is easily accessible since the village is only minutes from the Highway 427 extension, Highways 400 and 407. It is also well-served by York Transit and VIVA bus service, as well as GO Transit with the Maple GO Station near Keele Street and Major Mackenze Drive.
At Major Mackenzie Drive and Highway 400 is the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital and the area has many public, Catholic and private elementary and secondary schools, as well as preschools and daycares, recreation centres and libraries.
Just outside the village of Kleinburg you will find luxury shopping malls such as Vaughan Mills, world class post-secondary educational opportunities at York University and an abundance of sports and entertainment attractions within minutes.
Sense of Community in Kleinburg
The quaint village of Kleinburg is rich in heritage and community spirit. Once the home of former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, it is growing as more homes are built, families move in and businesses, retail and commercial, come to Kleinburg. The village supports tourism, small businesses and the volunteerism is strong here.
The community also rallies around Kleinburg cuisine. There are so many delectable dining spots in Kleinburg from Mediterranean to Italian eateries, like the Villaggio Ristrorante, to the quaint, cottage-styled restaurant, The Doctor’s House, complete with cobblestone pathways leading up to a white wedding chapel in the midst of lush green gardens, can be reserved for large parties and gala wedding celebrations.
Another unique boutique restaurant in the village of Kleinburg is the Avlyn Gardens, surrounded by greenery, this charming Victorian house gives a whole new meaning to restaurant dining. For sweets, confectionaries at Dolcini by Joseph or the gelato at Cookie Crumble Café are both worth a visit to Kleinburg.
Kleinburg is the perfect place to the escape the hustle bustle of a big city, knowing that all of the conveniences you want and need are just around the corner. Living in Kleinburg is quieter and slower pace. Living here is embracing a village lifestyle.