Maple is considered a suburban area of Vaughan and offers amenities such as retail stores, schools, restaurants, parks, and recreational facilities. Large attractions such as zoos, golf courses, and amusement parks can all be found immediately outside of the neighbourhood.
Located in the northern section of the city, Maple extends from Jane Street in the west to the railway tracks in the east, and from Teston Road in the north to Rutherford Road in the south. The neighbourhood is very family-friendly, with plenty of amenities such as schools and recreational options. Residents come from a variety of backgrounds, which can be seen in the eclectic mix of restaurants and shops in the neighbourhood.
The biggest attraction in Maple is Canada’s Wonderland, a 330-acre theme park with rides, a water park, and special events and shows. The park has 16 rollercoasters, 13 thrill rides, 13 family-friendly rides, 24 kid-friendly rides, waterslides, splash stations, pools, cabana rentals, family-friendly shows, fireworks, seasonal events, a dinosaur-themed area with an exhibit and interactive learning activities, as well as numerous concession areas and restaurants. Just south of Maple is Reptilia, a reptile zoo and education facility that houses over 250 reptiles and amphibians such as snakes, frogs, lizards, turtles, and alligators. Visitors can watch the animals being fed, learn about how the animals live in the wild, shop at the onsite gift store, and attend live theatre shows. Other services offered by the centre include birthday party packages, day camps, offsite appearances, education programs, photo sessions, movie and TV appearances, and special event appearances.
Tandoori Time on Jane Street offers traditional halal Pakistani and Indian fare such as kebabs, tikka masala, biryani, naan, butter chicken, curry dishes, vegetarian options, tandoori, samosa, and seafood dishes. Customers can choose to dine in at the restaurant’s comfortable, newly decorated space, or get their food for takeout. Sparks Premium Grill & Bar on Rutherford Road features high-end pub food like wings, calamari, burgers, and pizza, as well as breakfast/brunch on weekends. The lively location frequently holds events with live music and airing of boxing matches and sports games. Farro Ristorante on Major MacKenzie Drive W serves up tasty Italian dishes such as salads, pizza, pasta, various entrees, and desserts. The elegantly decorated space is perfect for a romantic date or for celebrating a special occasion. Also on Major MacKenzie Drive W, WaffleU focuses on handmade waffles with toppings such as fresh fruit, nuts, ice cream, candy, and marshmallows. The simple, clean space with large windows provides a friendly vibe.
Most of the housing options in Maple are detached single-family homes, with some semi-detached homes and row houses also available. The average price for single-detached homes in the area is $1,571,880, which is much higher than the average price for single-detached homes in Ontario overall ($518,000). The population of Maple is 49,388, and this has increased over the past 15 years. Families make up 50% of the population here, 25% are couples, and 25% are single. The average annual income is $67,346, which is similar to the average annual income in the province as a whole, and 21% of residents are university or college educated.
Local industry and traffic can sometimes cause air quality issues, and areas near highways can also experience noise issues.
Maple’s crime rate is similar to that of nearby neighbourhoods. The most common types of crime in the area are theft from a motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle, mischief/vandalism, break and enter, and assault.
Schools in the neighbourhood include Michael Cranny Elementary School, Mackenzie Glen Public School, St. David Catholic Elementary School, St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School, Maple High School, Father John Kelly Catholic Elementary School, Maple Creek Public School, Joseph A. Gibson Public School, and Holy Jubilee Catholic Elementary School.
There are no post-secondary options in the neighbourhood, but residents can travel to nearby communities to access options like Academy of Learning College, Seneca College, Evergreen College, Woodbridge College, York University, and the University of Toronto.
Bus and train routes run through the neighbourhood. The Maple GO Station offers access to train and bus transportation. York Region Transit routes include 4, 4A, 20, 22A, 26, 85, 85C, 87, 107, and 462. These routes connect to other city routes, as well as to ones that take passengers to other areas of the York Region.
Maple Reservoir Park, located in the northeast corner of the neighbourhood, has greenspace and multiple soccer fields with spectator seating. Located in the northern section of Maple, Mackenzie Glen District Park features walking paths, a playground, benches, sports fields with spectator seating, greenspace, treed areas, a pond, a splash pad, and a gazebo. Melville Park in Maple’s central section offers a playground, a gazebo, benches, walking paths, greenspace, a splash pad, a soccer field, and tennis courts. Routley Park, in the southeastern section of the neighbourhood, includes walking paths, a playground, a gazebo, greenspace, a ball diamond, treed areas, benches, and a pond. Also located in the neighbourhood’s southeastern section is Frank Robson Park/Woodlot, which has a sports field with spectator seating, a ball diamond, walking paths, and a forested area with trails.
The Maple Community Centre has a fitness centre, an arena, a games room, a bowling alley, an indoor cycling studio, a gymnasium, a pool with a waterslide, an indoor track, squash courts, and bocce courts. Activities offered at the centre include swimming, ice skating, hockey, badminton, volleyball, bowling, bocce, and fitness classes. The Sports Village is a recreation centre with outdoor basketball courts, an outdoor baseball diamond, outdoor beach volleyball facilities, and an ice rink. Lessons, camps, and tournaments in a variety of sports take place at the centre year-round. The centre also has an onsite restaurant. The Maple Library has a collection of English books as well as books in other languages such as Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, French, Tamil, and Italian. The library also offers access to free Wi-Fi, computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, laptops, a children’s program room, and meeting rooms, as well as programs for people of all ages.