Ashburn, Whitby Neighbourhood Guide: Delight in Being Remote

Ashburn, Whitby

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Neighbourhood At a Glance:

Average Commute Time to Toronto

Commute times by car are about 45 minutes, over two hours via transit.


An interactive community makes life engaging and connective.

The Housing Market

Detached, grand homes of varying ages and styles.

What You’ll Love

Relatively quiet and peaceful lifestyle with proximity to activities.

What Not To Expect

Many amenities within the neighbourhood's borders.

Ashburn, Ontario is a small hamlet within the borders of the Township of Whitby that is remote without being isolating for residents. As a part of Rural Whitby, the community is traditionally agricultural and offers routine and peace for those who live there. The neighbourhood is centred around the intersection of Ashburn Road and Myrtle Road West and makes up part of Whitby’s northern border.

Neighbourhood Review


Ashburn’s housing stock is varied because of its long history and prominence. Most are detached, grand homes with older homes built in a farmhouse style. Newer houses in the neighbourhood tend to be luxury custom designs. The hamlet is part of the Oak Ridges Moraine Rural Settlement Area and, as a result, development is limited due to the 2001 Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act. 

Things to Do in Ashburn

Arts & Culture

The neighbourhood’s hub is the Ashburn Community Centre, built in 1861 and operated as a schoolhouse for 105 years. When the school closed in 1966, it was sold to the Township of Whitby for two dollars. It was transformed into the community centre in 1967 with the addition of a kitchen on its west side. The building’s history led to its cultural heritage property designation in 1984.


The Ashburn Community Centre Board organizes events and celebrations for residents. Annually, Canada Day festivities are held in Ashburn Park and have been for over 25 years. It began as a small, word-of-mouth event that blossomed to include a barbeque, vintage car show, games, vendors, horse rides, live music, and more.

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The boundaries of Ashburn do not include many shopping options, but residents visit the nearby White Feathers Country Store on Myrtle Road West for many of their needs. It is the largest country store in Durham and has been open since 1988. The store sells farm-fresh chickens, eggs, produce, and baked goods while featuring locally hand-made wood products, home decor, clothing, and other items. Every weekend, they boast the best and biggest Apple Fritter in the region and invite everyone to join them for a fun and delicious experience.


Locals can drive south on Ashburn Road into the Brooklin neighbourhood to accommodate most other needs. Along Highway 7, shoppers can find an abundance of stores for groceries, clothing, dine-in or take-out food, self-care services, and more.

Restaurants & Dining

The Royal Ashburn Golf Club is an icon for the area, and within the club is Butler’s Pub & Grill. The pub’s name is a nod to Ashburn’s origins and is the only restaurant in the neighbourhood’s borders. Butler’s Pub & Grill serves locally sourced ingredients prepared in-house for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s an excellent stop for a casual meal following a round of golf or special event, and the pub can accommodate group bookings of up to 80 guests. 


As a part of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Ashburn has beautiful and scenic views of nature throughout the neighbourhood. Much of the surrounding area is protected because of identified vulnerabilities and endangered species resulting from destroyed or degraded habitats. Restrictions laid out in the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act limit further development of the area, ensuring residents will enjoy the peace and natural beauty for years to come.


The Ashburn Community Park is a central gathering point for the neighbourhood. Located off Ashburn Road a couple of blocks north of Myrtle Road West, it features a baseball diamond and playground with wide-open space between them. 

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While residents revel in the remote location of the neighbourhood, they still have access to fun activities that people travel to enjoy from all over the Greater Toronto Area. The Royal Ashburn Golf Club offers a picturesque course, memberships, tournaments, an academy, and one of the most unique venues in Whitby for weddings and special events. 

royal ashburn golf course

Named after the late founder of the local WindReach Farm, Alexander J. Mitchell Equestrian Centre features a winterized indoor riding arena. The facility is the Ontario home of Can Praxis, a program funded by Wounded Warriors Canada that uses horses to help military members recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and reconnect with family. 

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Transit & Commute Times

Ashburn is easily accessible by taking either Highway 7 or 12 north from the 401 and is close to the 407. Any route will take travellers into Downtown Toronto in about 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. There are no public transit options within Ashburn, but the nearby Brooklin neighbourhood has buses that can take commuters into Union Station in roughly two hours. 

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Step out of Busy Life

The lives of residents in Ashburn may be quiet and remote, but their proximity to amenities and activities means they are not burdened by isolation. This small hamlet on the edges of Whitby is full of history and marvellous views that will remain so long into the future. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ashburn, Whitby, known for?

The hamlet’s long history and remote location give it its unique character.

Why is it called Ashburn?

Named in 1850, it was a reference to a local, prosperous potash business.

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