The name Whitby itself is Danish, and dates back to around 867 CE when Britain was invaded by Denmark.Whitby's biggest strength was its natural harbour on Lake Ontario.
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Whitby Ontario is one of Canada's 100 largest cities/towns, located east of Toronto on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
The fastest growing city in the region of Durham, Whitby's estimated population in 2006 was 111,000.
Whitby was then incorporated as a town in 1855, and in the 1870's a railway was constructed to Lindsay and Port Perry from the Harbour.
Whitby is officially twinned with Longueuil, Quebec and Feldkirch, Austria.