The Town of Newmarket is located at the heart of York Region, situated midway between downtown Toronto and Barrie. Newmarket began as a small village of 700 in 1857 and through the building of schools, grocery stores and small industries grew to a population of 2000 in 1880. In that year Newmarket officially became a town and elected its first mayor inWilliam Cane, owner of a sash and door factory that would later be the first in Canada to manufacture lead pencils. With the advent of the electric railway in 1902 Newmarket acquired a link to Toronto and eventually to the summer resort of Jackson’s Point. This triggered a boom that lasted until the Great Depression in 1930.
Whether you are in the mood to appreciate nature, want to exercise those muscles or just want to shop ‘til you drop, Newmarket has you covered. There are over 70 parks and nature trails including the Wesley Brooks Memorial Conservation Area/Fairy Lake and the Mabel Davis Conservation Area. The Recreation and Culture Department’s Program Division provides many activities including swimming, skating, dance, fitness, exercise, arts & crafts, summer day camps, theatre, special events and much, much more! If that wasn’t enough variety you can visit the Magna Center. This new complex is the largest in Newmarket and features an Olympic-sized and three NHL-sized arenas, a 25-metre community pool and 21-metre learning pool and a full-sized gymnasium and walking track. After you’ve exhausted yourself you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant within the same complex.
If shopping is more your thing you can’t miss the unique experience of historic Main Street with its 1800’s styled architecture, streetlights and street-side flower barrels. Lined along both sides are shops aplenty and include a boutique, live theatres, patio eateries, the Elman W. Campbell Museum, and a seasonal farmer’s market that epitomizes summer. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and photos that illustrate Newmarket’s growth. Upper Canada Mall beckons when you are finished here and lures you with the promise of 250 stores over 1,000,000 square feet. There are no shortage of benches and restaurants so you can be sure not to exhaust yourself, after all this isn’t a nature hike.
Newmarket has 15 elementary schools and 4 secondary schools under the York Region District School Board. There are 6 elementary schools and 1 secondary school under the York Catholic School Board. Pickering College, a private school, is also nearby. With a nice mix of commercial properties, commerce, residential areas and nature areas, Newmarket is a town that has it all and has become a desirable destination for families of all sizes.
York Region District Schools
Newmarket High School
Huron Hights Secondary School
Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School
Sir William Mulock Secondary School
York Catholic District School
Sacred Heart Catholic High School
Sports and Recreation
St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Course
Glenway Country Club
Bethel Christian Church
Cedarview Community Church
New Hope Methodist Church
Newmarket Alliance Church
Newmarket Church of Christ
Northridge Community Church – The Salvation Army
River of Life
Valley View Alliance Church
John Candy, actor and comedian
Glass Tiger, rock band
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