Whitby Ontario Township was named after the seaport town of Whitby Ontario, Yorkshire, England.
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The original name of "Whitby Ontario" is Danish, dating from about 867 AD when the Danes invaded Britain.
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The Town of Whitby was chosen as the seat of government for the newly formed County of Ontario in 1852, and incorporated in 1855.
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The remainder of Whitby Ontario Township remained a separate municipality, although the eastern half surrounding Oshawa was incorporated as the new Township of East Whitby Ontario in 1857.
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Whitby Ontario is the site of Trafalgar Castle School, a private girls' school founded in 1874.
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Whitby Ontario is home to the headquarters buildings of Durham Region and the Durham District School Board.
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Whitby Ontario is policed by the Durham Regional Police's Central West Division.
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Public education in Whitby Ontario is provided via the Durham District School Board, which has its headquarters in Whitby Ontario.
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Whitby Ontario is the site of the Skills Training Centre of Durham College.
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The town was served by the Whitby Ontario General Hospital until 1998, when Durham hospitals were amalgamated by the Lakeridge Health Corporation, Under the amalgamated system, the hospital became Lakeridge Health Whitby Ontario and is a specialized health centre, with the closest full-service hospitals being Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Markham Stouffville Hospital in Markham and the Rouge Valley Health System, Ajax and Pickering campus in Ajax.
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Whitby Ontario is served by the Whitby Ontario This Week newspaper, part of the Metroland Media Group.
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Whitby Yacht Club, which offers racing, cruising, social, and sail training programs on Whitby Harbour overlooking the Lake Ontario, was founded in 1966.
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The Brooklin Redmen Senior A lacrosse club is one of the most successful in Canadian sporting history, while the Junior A Whitby Ontario Warriors have been awarded the Minto Cup four times since 1984.
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Whitby Ontario is home to the Iroquois Park Sports Centre, one of the largest minor sports centres in North America.
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Whitby Ontario developed the McKinney Sports complex which boasts three ice pads, two tennis courts and a skatepark, and Luther Vipond Arena in Brooklin, with one ice pad.
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