Woodbridge has origins dating back to the early 1800’s, when the British Crown granted lots to the Vaughan Township. Like many villages in this area, its proximity to a major waterway assured its success as an agricultural and business hub. Throughout the 19th century, development began including a school, a flourmill, and a store in the center of the city. Houses and residences were slowly developed until Woodbridge was recognized as a village in the mid 1830’s. The name “Woodbridge” is said to come from the wooden bridge that stood at the entry point to the small town. A replica bridge dating back to 1930 still stands close to the location of the original bridge, marking Woodbridge’s history.
With the arrival of the Toronto Grey and Brudge railway from Weston in 1870, Woodbridge became accessible to the rest of Ontario. In 1908 the railway was linked to the transcontinental route, and in 1920 construction of Highway 7 linked Woodbridge to the rest of Ontario by vehicle. It wasn’t until the mid 1950’s that Woodbridge began experiencing population growth as residents moved from nearby Toronto to settle in the quiet town. As the population increased, housing development began to spread from the center of town, and by the mid-1990’s, many condominiums and luxury houses were being built. It is estimated that over 15,000 homes were built in less than 12 years, and the area continues to grow today.