We found 11 additional events that will be held in Vaughan in 2020, a few of which are the Vaughan Butter Tart Festival, the Vaughan International Film Festival, and the 18th Annual Vaughan Business Expo. Niagara University, Reinhard College, and the Aesthetics & Hairstyling College of Canada contribute to the student presence in Vaughan. Two of the roads with the most traffic congestion in Vaughan are Major Mackenzie Drive and Highway 400.
- The Lunar New Year Celebration will be held in Vaughan on February 2, 2020, from 1:30-5 p.m.
- The inaugural Vaughan Butter Tart Festival will be held on February 8, 2020, and will feature an assortment of baked goods, fashion shopping, and activities for kids.
- The 18th Annual Vaughan Business Expo is scheduled for February 11, 2020, and will be held at The Terrace Banquet Centre.
- Hearts for Hospice, described as a "Valentine's Dinner and Dance," will be held in Vaughan on February 14, 2020. Another Valentines Day-related event is Vaughan's Be My Valentine Singles Event, which is scheduled for February 15, 2020. The event is for singles in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s and will include speed dating, food, and drinks.
- The Vaughan Job Fair will take place on February 27, 2020, from 1-3 p.m. and will be held at the Holiday Inn Vaughan.
- Vaughan in Motion — Party for Cancer Care will be held on April 4, 2020. A ticket costs $125 and the event will be held at The Terrace Banquet Centre.
- Vaughan in Motion — Walk for Cancer Care is scheduled for April 26, 2020.
- The Toronto Juvenile Arthritis Family Day will take place on May 9, 2020. The event runs from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Vaughan.
- The Vaughan International Film Festival will be held from May 11-15, 2020. This link is to the official event website.
- During June and July 2020, Vaughan will host "Concerts in the Park" on six Wednesdays.
Student Presence in Vaughan
- In addition to the previously mentioned Yorkville University, we found three more colleges in Vaughan, which further contribute to the presence of students in the city.
- In January 2019, Niagara University opened a new campus at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.
- Reinhard College is another college located in Vaughan. The address of the college is 661 Chrislea Road, Unit 1.
- The Aesthetics & Hairstyling College of Canada is a trade school located in Vaughan. The address of the college is 661 Chrislea Road, Unit 12.
Vaughan's Traffic Congestion Problem
- In the entire York Region, Vaughan has the largest number of construction projects of any municipality.
- As of September 2019, there were "21 regional transportation projects" underway in Vaughan, which included various types of road construction.
- Among residents in the York Region (which includes Vaughan), "traffic congestion has been the[ir] number one concern for the past 13 years." Further adding to the concerns about traffic congestion are the facts that by 2041, the population of the York Region is projected to increase by 49% and the number of jobs is projected to increase by 50%.
Areas With the Worst Traffic Congestion in Vaughan
- Major Mackenzie Drive, which is a very long road that runs through the center of Vaughan, "is one of the busiest roads in York Region, carrying 50,000 vehicles per day."
- The intersection in Vaughan of Weston Road and Highway 7 "is the busiest intersection in the [York] region by volume, has shops on every side, two entranceways to Hwy. 400 and multiple double left-hand turns."
- Highway 400 is one of the largest roads in Vaughan, as is show on this screenshot of Google Maps. The densest section of Highway 400 is where it intersects with Highway 7, which has been described as "a busy stretch." This spot is a huge interchange and there is a major retail presence in the immediately surrounding area, which appears to be the largest retail area in Vaughan.
- Nearby the intersection of Highways 400 and 7 is the intersection of Highway 7 and Regional Road 56, where there is a large retail presence which continues alongside Highway 7 headed west until Regional Road 57.
- Another very busy section of Highway 400 starts at Major Mackenzie Drive and continues northbound, as was noted by the Transportation Minister for Ontario, Steven Del Duca.
- A densely populated retail area in Vaughan is at and surrounding the Vaughan Mills shopping mall and the area surround it, which is depicted in this screenshot of Google Maps. The mall is located at Rutherford Road and Highway 400, with a specific address of 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan, Ontario.
2020 Road Closures
- In this section, we provided road construction projects either underway or scheduled for 2020 in Vaughan because road closures involve road construction. The announcements of the roads that will undergo construction in 2020 were announced on the Regional Municipality of York's website.
- In Vaughan, parts of Highway 427 will be intermittently closed at "[v]arious dates and times for construction related impacts due to Highway expansion" as part of the Highway 427 Expansion Project. Part of that construction involves expanding Highway 427 by 6.6 kilometers starting at Highway 7 and continuing until Major Mackenzie Drive, plus widening the highway by eight lanes between Finch Avenue and Highway 7.
- Highway 27 is continuing to be resurfaced starting at Highway 407 and continuing until Langstaff Road, though construction is expected to finish in Spring 2020.
- In 2020, construction will commence on Rutherford Road starting at Jane Street and continuing "to [the] east of Keele Street." Rutherford Road is being widened from having a total of four lanes to a new total of six lanes.
- Bridge work is continuing this year on "Keele Street, north of Teston Road" and is expected to wrap up in Summer 2020.
- Keele Street is also being widened this year starting at Steeles Avenue and continuing until Highway 407. When finished, Keele Street will have six lanes, up from its current total of four lanes.
- Road construction on Major Mackenzie Drive will occur in 2020 in three areas: (1) Between the Highway 427 Extension and Islington Avenue, (2) between Islington Avenue and Pine Valley Drive, and (3) "from Highway 50 to the Highway 427 Extension." As part of that construction, Major Mackenzie Drive is being widened to a total of six lanes, up from its current total of just two lanes.
- Construction on Rutherford Road continues in 2020 between Westburne Drive and Peter Rupert Avenue. The construction involves adding two new lanes and working on the road underpass.
We found additional events in Vaughan scheduled for this year by first reviewing the City of Vaughan's official events calendar. The event on that calendar scheduled the farthest out is in May 2020 and thus there were no events scheduled beyond then. Accordingly, we also looked up events on Eventbrite and found additional events in Vaughan scheduled for this year.
We identified roads in Vaughan that have the worst congestion by looking for articles on that very topic. From sources such as York Region dot com and Canadian Manufacturing, we were able to find stretches of road expressly described as being very busy. Additionally, we checked Google Maps to identify the major roads in Vaughan. By doing so, we were able to identify the largest roads in Vaughan, such as major highway interchanges, from which we could reasonably assume that those areas are very busy given the large number of roadways and retail presence in those locations.
The closest information we could find to road closures in 2020 are the road construction projects scheduled for Vaughan. We listed those road construction projects because road closures involve road construction. The website of the Regional Municipality of York had a page devoted to road construction projects, which is where we found that information. York's website specified road construction projects that will be occurring in Vaughan this year and start/end dates were provided for most of the projects.