Kleinburg is a small unincorporated village located in the city of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. It is home to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, a major art gallery, and the Kortright Centre for Conservation. Kleinburg comprises a narrow section of hilly landscape situated between two branches of the Humber river. The historic village is bounded by Highway 27 on the west and Stegman’s Mill Road to the east.
Kleinburg was founded by John Kline, a German/Canadian settler. A direct German translation of Kleinburg is "Small Town." Residents argue that the Town of Kleinburg could be named after its founder or after its landscape (though the latter would necessitate the spelling "Kleinberg" ("Small Mountain" in English).
In its early days, Kleinburg was dependent on its many flour and wheat mills, located off the Humber River.
The large housing developments began in the 1950s in the west and continued in the 1970s southeast of Kleinburg, in 1993 in the south, 1998 sporadically in the northeast, 1990s south of Kleinburg and the 2000s to the north.
Most students were bused to nearby King City Secondary School. Since the opening of Emily Carr Secondary School students are now bused there. There are not enough students for Kleinburg's own secondary school. However, there is a private school in the area, known as The Hill Academy.
Long time Kleinburg Public Elementary school was knocked down in 2008 and the new elementary school is now open to the public as of September 2009.
Binder Twine is an annual fall festival with roots in Kleinburg's agricultural history. The festival draws 25,000 people each year. The Binder Twine Festival is the highlight of the year; held the first Saturday after Labour Day, it’s a lively kickoff to the harvest season, with a host of family-focused activities and craft shows. For a more sedate afternoon, pack a picnic and head for Binder Twine Park.
Kleinburg is also home to the Toronto International Film Studios, a centre for television and motion picture production. Several famous movie stars are often spotted around Kleinburg, making it a popular tourist/gawker attraction. The TV show The Forest Rangers was filmed here from 1963-1965. In 2006, the movie The Sentinel was filmed at the McMichael Art Gallery.
Kleinburg was home to Canadian author Pierre Berton for nearly 50 years until his death in 2004. Kleinburg was also the home of former prime minister Lester B. Pearson.
Kleinburg has always been considered a great place to bring up a family. A safe community that has it all. Kleinburg has always been a small, quiet town, attracting many affluent visitors and residents. During its major expansion in the 1990s and early 2000s, many new large homes have been built. The homes north and west of Nashville Road typically cost more than one million dollars. Older, larger and more established properties are valued more than this, while homes built near conservation areas and the Humber River are by far the most expensive.
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