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Quality of Life

Choose Whitby for the lifestyle

Whitby offers a superb quality of life. Residents make use of some of the finest sports and recreation facilities in Ontario. Indoor ice rinks, ball diamonds, golf courses and community centres attract people from inside and outside the community. Active programming is available for all ages and interests

Sports & Recreation

Whitby offers a variety of recreational programs for all ages. For more detailed information on the quality of life offered in Whitby including recreational facilities, programs, parks and trails visit the Town of Whitby.

The Iroquois Park Sports Centre is Canada's largest municipally-owned and operated sports and recreation complex.
The Abilities Centre is Whitby's newest facility and a world-class recreation/athletic facility, designed to be accessible to persons of all abilities.

Indoor & Outdoor Recreational Facilities

Facilities Number in Whitby
Parks950 acres
Conservation Areas2
Recreational Trails68 km
Waterfront Trail 14 km
Sports Centres3
Ice Pads (indoor)10
Swimming Pools (indoor)3
Splash Pads15
Community Centres 6
Marina / Yacht Club2
Golf Courses4
Tennis Courts28
Soccer Dome2
Soccer Pitches40
Ball Diamonds34
Basketball/ Multi-Purpose Courts28
Lacrosse Boxes 2
Lawn Bowling Green1
Curling Rink 1
Youth Centres3
Seniors' Centres2
Figure Skating Rink1
Bocce Courts                  4
Pickleball (outdoor)4

Arts & Culture

Whitby combines a small-town atmosphere with the sophistication and amenities of an urban centre. Residents and visitors can participate in the many year-round events such as Brooklin Harvest Festival, Culture in the Square, Christmas in the Village, Doors Open Whitby, Family Day in Whitby, Fresh Air in the Square, Movies in the Park, Music in the Park, Open Streets Whitby, Whitby in Bloom.  

Visit the Whitby Community Calendar for more details on each event.

Whitby's arts and culture assets include:

  • Whitby Public Library (Central Branch) is a 54,000 square foot building anchored by a civic square with a reflecting pool. Built in 2005, the library won the Ontario Library Association's Building Award, and an interior design award from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario. The facility also offers wireless internet access, fireplace-equipped lounges, and an onsite café. There are three library branches in Whitby.
  • Station Gallery, originally a train station and now an art gallery, features exhibitions by local artists, touring exhibitions, and art programs.
  • Whitby Brass Band is a volunteer community band which performs at a variety of parades, events and other functions.  2013 marked the band's 150th anniversary.
  • Whitby Courthouse Theatre performs in the renovated 160-seat theatre in a 150 year old Ontario County Court House, now called the Centennial Building.
  • Trafalgar Castle School is an independent residential and day school for girls grades 5 through 12. Constructed between 1859 and 1862 as a private residence, it is now home to girls from all over the world. Enrollment is kept to a maximum of 240 students.
  • Durham College Centre for Food with a focus on culinary arts opened in 2013. It includes hydroponic gardens, a food processing centre, agriculture and science laboratories, and a full-service, farm-to-table restaurant; Bistro '67.
  • Whitby Seniors' Centres provide instructional classes, leisure programs and support services.
  • Heritage Downtowns in Whitby and Brooklin are areas of historic importance to the community, and include significant heritage residential, commercial and institutional properties.
  • LACAC Heritage Whitby assists the Town Council in the conservation and preservation of heritage buildings, properties, and resources. 
  • Whitby Historical Museum houses a unique collection of artifacts of early life in Southern Ontario. The museum is located in downtown Whitby. 
  • Film Whitby, with over 150 years of history, Whitby offers an abundance of filming locations in a variety of scenic locations.
  • Brooklin Horticultural Society is a voluntary organization founded in 1921 for residents who enjoy creating attractive public and private gardens.
  • Farmers' Market operates from May to October. Vendors sell fruits, vegetables, hand-crafted items, strudel, plants and flowers.