Don't sleep on Whitby — the quiet suburb situated northeast of Toronto is on track to become Ontario's next tourist hub, thanks to a number of new attractions that are slated to come within the next few years.
Sheila McGrory, the Town of Whitby's manager of economic development, said that her staff conducted a tourism investment research study a few years ago with the province's Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport in order to determine "potential economic drivers" in the town.
They came up with a list of commercial projects intended to help boost the town's tourism. In recent years, Laser Quest and Sky Zone Trampoline park opened new locations in Whitby, and others exciting facilities like iFly Indoor Skydiving and Playdium are soon to come. There will also be an investment focus on a hotel and convention centre.
"This particular type of investment draws a lot of people from all over Durham, outside Durham, from the eastern side of the GTA, and so on," said McGrory.
Whitby's most recent undertakings that are set to open in the next few months include Reptilia, Canada's largest reptile zoo, and Nordik-Spa Nature, a massive outdoor spa resort. The former will open this June, while the latter will open sometime in 2019.
Aside from these, the town also already has well-established leisure spots, such as two heritage downtowns, a large farmer's market, the Port Whitby Marina and much more. And, just a short drive west, a massive adult playground resembling a mini Las Vegas is being developed in Pickering.
To keep updated with all the developments headed to Whitby, visit choosewhitby.ca.