Holland Landing History: Holland Landing, originally known as St. Albans, is almost overlooked by those living outside of East Gwillimbury. Nestled along Old Yonge Street and the East Holland River, Holland Landing can be easily missed by vehicular traffic on Highway 11 and Leslie Street to the east. Situated between Bradford and Newmarket, the location was once used by native Indians as a canoe launching point, and by Governor John Graves Simcoe as a defensive position in a pine fort at Soldier's Bay during the War of 1812 against possible attacks by Americans from the north. The Holland River, originally called the Escoyondy River, was renamed Holland's River by Simcoe after Major Samual Holland, Surveyor General of Canada.
The large anchor at Anchor Park, originally Holland Landing Park, was forged in England for a shipyard on Georgian Bay, hauled up Yonge Street on sleighs by oxen, and left on the sleighs for 56 years when the war came to an end. It was then moved to the park where it has stayed. The Holland River, originally called the Escoyondy River, was renamed Holland's River by Simcoe after Major Samual Holland, Surveyor General of Canada.
Holland Landing Amenities
When Yonge Street was completed to Holland Landing in 1797, it facilitated commerce between York and Georgian Bay. Although Simcoe discovered the site in 1793, it was not until 1820 that the village began to attract the first settlers. By the 1840's, sawmills, taverns, a brewery, a tannery, a foundry and grist, flour and wollen mills, hotels, stores and churches had been established. By 1853, the railroad and trade in grain and lumber made Holland Landing a busy commercial centre in the region.
River Drive Park on the north side of Queensville Sideroad was developed in stages beginning in 1949. Most of the buildings were small cottages with no insulation or basements.
Holland Landing Real Estate:Today the population of Holland Landing is approximately 9,000. It is expected to rise to about 18,000 by the year 2031.
Holland Landing Homes Houses
River Drive Park
The communities of Holland Landing provide a mix of homes in prices ranging from about $250,000 to estate homes over one million dollars. The majority of home sales fall between $300,000 and $500,000. There are a great many detached home sales of different styles. Bungalows, backsplits, sidesplits and two-storey homes offer a great variety for buyers and sellers in the established Holland Landing neighbourhoods of Dutch Settlers and Grist Mill, and the newer homes around Colony Trail and Beckett Avenue as well as the older, mature River Drive Park community. Here there are still older homes, but newer ones are emerging. This mature community of Holland Landing with its great trees will continue to attract residents intent on renovating or rebuilding the existing properties.
Dutch Settlers Homes Houses
Grist Mill Homes Houses
In the future community expansion is expected to take place in two new neighbourhood ares on the east and west side of Old Yonge Street in the Historic Village Core. The east area has about 389 acres, while the west area comprises about 275 acres.
The Holland Landing-River Drive Park Community Plan Official Plan Amendment (OPA 60) should help change the physical design of the community. Housing emphasis will focus on detached homes, semi-detached homes and townhouses throughout the new neighbourhoods. A linked pedestrian system and a bicycle pathway system will be emphasized as well as the heritage and "small-town" character of the community.
The variety of affordable homes in Holland Landing along with the future developments in the new neighbourhoods should continue to attract home buyers and sellers looking for a more serene and rural living style.
East Gwillimbury in the Ninteenth Century, A Centennial History of the Township of East Gwillimbury, Gladys M. Rolling, The Ryerson Press, 1967.