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NewMarket Profile

Newmarket is known as the “Heart of York Region”. Indeed it is strategically situated right in the centre of York Region, bridging the gap between the predominantly urban municipalities to the south, and the largely rural municipalities to the north. The York Region municipal offices are also based in Newmarket at 17250 Yonge Street. In terms of size, Newmarket is the smallest municipality in the Greater Toronto Area, but it has a higher population density than many neighbouring municipalities. Newmarket’s compactness fosters a small town friendliness, and allows for conveniences and amenities to be easily accessible to all residents.


The Holland River winds its way through Newmarket providing picturesque streetscapes and plenty of parkland. Fairy Lake just to the east of the downtown is a treasured Newmarket landmark. Other Newmarket landmarks include: The Southlake Regional Health Centre located at 596 Davis Drive (which is currently undergoing a $148 million dollar expansion), and Pickering College which was established in 1842, and is one of the top co-ed private schools in Ontario.




Newmarket’s history dates back to 1801, when a man by the name of Timothy Rogers led several Quaker families from Vermont and Pennsylvania to their new home in Canada. One of these settlers was Joseph Hill, who built a mill, and established a trading post on the Holland River. Hill is also credited with having built the first house, and the first store in Newmarket.

 In the 1830s, Newmarket was considered “rebel country”, as some of its citizens were key players in the uprising against the Family Compact, that was governing Upper Canada during this time. The settlers, frustrated that their grievances were not being heard, where led by former Toronto Mayor and newspaper publisher, William Lyon Mackenzie. The rebellion – which had sympathizers from rural towns and villages across Ontario – reached its zenith in December 1837, when the rebels marched into Toronto and were defeated. Samuel Lount of Newmarket, and Peter Matthews of Pickering were hung for their part in the rebellion.

 The name “Newmarket” originated from a popular farmers market that was held every Saturday. This upstart “New Market” was said to rival the “Old Market”, which was the St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto. In 1852 the Huron & Simcoe Railway reached Newmarket, creating boom times and tremendous growth, that led to Newmarket’s incorporation as a village in 1857, and subsequent incorporation as a town in 1880. One of Newmarkets leading merchants during this time was Robert Simpson, the founder of the legendary Simpsons department store chain.

 Newmarkets most dramatic period of growth occurred between the 1950s and 70s, when its population more than doubled. This boom period was highlighted by the grand opening of the Upper Canada Mall at Yonge Street and Davis Drive which was the impetus for the development of Newmarket’s Yonge Street corridor.


The Downtown Newmarket heritage district situated at Main Street, south of Davis Drive , is brimming with Victorian and Edwardian style homes from the late 1800s and early 1900s. This historic district is buffered by ranch-style bungalows and two-storey homes that were built mostly in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Newer condominiums and townhouses now proliferate in Newmarket. In particular you will find many entry level housing options around the Newmarket Town Hall located at 395 Mulock Drive.

 Much of the housing development currently taking place in Newmarket is located just along the Yonge Street corridor where you will find a good mix of detached, and semi-detached houses and townhomes. A selection of low and mid-rise condominium apartment buildings can also be found in this area. A fair number of condominium apartment buildings are also being built in the Mulock Drive and Bayview Avenue area. In the idyllic Newmarket countryside, you will find a limited number of higherend subdivisions with homes on estate size lots.

Home price in new market is vary from $200,000 +


Newmarket’s historic downtown Main Street shopping district is lined with locally owned shops and restaurants. Many annual events take place here including: July 1st Canada Day celebrations, the Downtown Fall Festival (held the second Saturday after Labour Day), and a Christmas Open House Weekend which takes place on the third weekend in November.

 Upper Canada Mall located on Davis Drive, east of Yonge Street is Newmarket’s largest shopping mall. This shopping centre features 225 stores and services and is anchored by: The Bay, Sears, Toys ‘R’ Us and Zellers. A plethora of smaller shopping plazas are also located along Davis Drive. Further north on Yonge Street is the Woodland Hills mall which features a multitude of Big Box stores such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot.




The Ray Twinney Recreation Complex at 100 Eagle Street West offers a variety of public skating and swimming programs. The Newmarket Hurricanes, Junior “A” hockey team play their home games in this arena. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the Phoenix Hill Golf Centre located on Yonge Street, north of Davis Drive. This facility has an indoor golf dome, and a driving range. The Newmarket Driving Range at 17321 Woodbine Avenue is a nice practice facility. Glenway Golf and Country Club is a private club located at 470 Crossland Gate, while Silver Lakes Golf and Country Club located at 21114 Yonge Street is a semi-private course.

 The Mabel Davis park located in north-central Newmarket can be accessed from Bayview Parkway and from Davis Drive. This park features a 1400 metre trail that links up with Newmarket’s municipal trail system situated along the banks of the Holland River. This trail is well used by hikers and picnickers.

Art & Entertatment

The Newmarket Theatre located at 505 Pickering Crescent hosts a variety of community theatre productions, dance recitals, and headline entertainers. The Newmarket Youth and Recreation Centre located at 244 Main Street runs workshops, social activities, special events and dances. The Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place at 474 Davis Drive is a multi-purpose, 1400 square foot facility, that operates numerous clubs, activities, and social events. The ultra-modern Newmarket Public Library located at 438 Park Avenue offers a myriad of programs for children, adults, and seniors.

 A multi-screen, state-of-the-art, Famous Players Silver City has recently opened on Yonge Street, north of Davis Drive. Next door to the theatre you will find high-profile family restaurants.



York Region District School Board, (416) 969-8131,



York Region Transit operates bus service along Newmarket’s major streets. These bus lines connect passengers to Newmarket’s business district, shopping centre and community centres. The Newmarket Go Train Station is located on Davis Drive, just east of Yonge Street next to the Tannery Mall. It is a one hour train ride from this station to downtown Toronto’s Union Station. Go bus service from Newmarket connects to the Finch subway station on the Toronto Transit line.

 Highway 404 which runs along Newmarket’s eastern border, provides a direct passage into the City of Toronto, and links up with Highway 401, which spans the Greater Toronto Area.



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