The main role of the City Archives is to manage government records with long-term business value. The City of Vaughan Archives also collects, preserves and makes available for research permanently valuable non-government records from the Vaughan community that document the rich and diverse heritage of the City of Vaughan. Every month we’ll share pieces of Vaughan’s heritage in a regular feature called The Way We Were.
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Image of the month: Inkerman Hotel, ca. 1914
This image of the Inkerman Hotel in Woodbridge, was taken ca. 1914 and shows a group of citizens from the village. Pictured fifth from the left is Addison Alexander Mackenzie (later known as Major Mackenzie). The Inkerman Hotel was originally built in 1878 and is still located within Heritage Conservation District of Woodbridge at 166 Woodbridge Ave. today.
Collection of the month: Canada’s Wonderland Collection
Canada’s Wonderland is a 330-acre theme park located in Maple (located south-west of Jane and Major Mackenzie), which opened to the public on May 23, 1981. Previously known as Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, the park is the largest theme park in Canada, which operates daily from May to September and on weekends in the fall. The Canada’s Wonderland Collection is one of the City’s smaller collections, containing 0.5 centimetres (0.2 inches) of textual records and ephemera. Consisting of four brochures from the first few years of the parks operation, the collection helps to show how the theme park has changed over its 35 years of operation.