3 – York Durham Heritage Railway

Uxbridge Station20 km Linear [excursion train] • The railway line between Stouffville and Uxbridge is still active and provides themed excursions on the York Durham Heritage Railway (YDHR) departing from the beautifully restored Uxbridge railway station, or the Stouffville GO Train Station.

Each town offers a variety of shops and restaurants. One of our favourites is Tin Mill, 55 Toronto St, in Uxbridge. We love it because the owners have carefully re-imagined an industrial heritage building, and offer real food, creatively and lovingly served up. This is a model of the type of business that could well serve Greenway visitors all along the route.

Back to the YDHR – their trains generally run every Sunday from June to October, plus Saturdays in fall foliage weeks. But please visit their website for complete up-to-date information about schedules and availability. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and the earlier you book the more options you’ll have to choose from: e.g. caboose, dining car, open-door baggage car, a 1950’s heritage coach, a 1920’s vintage coach – or would you like to try your hand at being an engineer?

Because this short rail line has to traverse the Oak Ridges Moraine, it is one of the hilliest railway sections east of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

The YDHR passes through the hamlet of Goodwood, which is a nice little place to visit on another occasion – for instance a hilly bike ride with Durham Cycling Club. Annina’s Bakery and the Romni shop are two good reasons to seek out Goodwood. The TAG Towns project would like to encourage a bike-friendly baggage car on the YDHR and stops in Goodwood. Stay tuned for updates.