Newmarket is a town and regional seat of the Regional Municipality of York. It is part of Greater Toronto in the Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario. Many Newmarket residents commute to Toronto, located about 45 minutes transit time south of the town.
The town originally formed as one of many farming communities in the area, but also developed an industrial centre on the Northern Railway of Canada’s mainline, which ran through what became the downtown area starting in the 1850s. It also became a thriving market town with the arrival of the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1899. Over time, the town developed into a primarily residential area, and the expansion of Ontario Highway 400 to the west and the construction of Ontario Highway 404 to the east increasingly turned it into a bedroom town since the 1980s. The Official Plan, however, includes growth in the business services and knowledge industries, as well as in the administrative, manufacturing and retail sectors.
Some of Newmarket’s most noticeable landmarks are the Upper Canada Mall, Southlake Regional Health Centre, the Main Street Heritage Conservation District, the Fairy Lake Conservation Area, as well as many other parks and recreation areas. In 2013, MoneySense magazine ranked Newmarket 10th out of 200 cities in Canada, and 4th out of the “Top 10 Small Cities” in Canada in its “Canada’s Best Places to Live in 2013”. The same magazine rated Newmarket in the top 25 of 219 communities in 2016 and as the 14th among best small cities. In 2017, Amazon Canada ranked Newmarket as number 20 of the top 100 most romantic cities in Canada.
The town has a reputation for being one the country’s most dynamic and diverse towns to live and work in. Newmarket is also widely known for its innovation as well as its diverse and competitive business environment.
Some Neighbourhoods in Newmarket
There are many notable landmarks and destinations in Newmarket, a few of them include: the picturesque Holland River, Fairly Lake, the Southlake Regional Health Centre at 596 Davis Drive, and Pickering College, one of the top co-ed private schools in Ontario.
While Newmarket is the smallest municipality in the Greater Toronto Area, it is a town that has a fairly high population density relative to its neighbouring municipalities. Newmarket fosters a small town vibe and allows for residents to be conveniently close to all amenities.
For the ultimate shopping experience, tourists can visit Newmarket’s historic downtown Main Street shopping district. The district also hosts events such as Canada Day celebrations on the 1st of July, the Downtown Fall Festival and a Christmas Open House Weekend. The Upper Canada Mall is also a good shopping destination as it features 225 stores and services.
Woodland Hills is located in Newmarket, conveniently close to golf courses, schools, shopping, restaurants and more. Woodland Hills is just about 30 minutes north of Toronto, which puts it close to the big city amenities without compromising its countryside charm. It is a safe neighbourhood where you will find lush green parks and trails, plus a wide variety of modern recreational facilities that allow you to have the lifestyle you always desired. Highway 400 and 404 connect Newmarket to the rest of GTA, while YRT, VIVA, and GO transit provide public transportation services throughout the region.
Perfectly situated at Davis Drive and Yonge Street, Glenway Estates provides immediate access to the best of Newmarket’s urban lifestyle. Experience hundreds of premier shopping destinations within walking distance, like Upper Canada Mall offering the best selection of brand name retailers in York region. Just north on Yonge Street you’ll discover a collection of the most popular big box stores including Costco, Winners, Walmart, Marshals and many more. Plus, there is an abundance of pubs, restaurants, cafes and entertainment options all very close by.
Located in the south-west corner of Newmarket, Summerhill Estates is a popular area for young families. It includes Summerhill North (north of Mulock Drive), built in the mid-90’s and Summerhill South (between Mulock Drive and Aurora), built from 2001 to present date. Summerhill has numerous parkettes and serviced by both elementary and secondary schools.
Located between Bathurst Street and Yonge Street, Summerhill offers commuters great access to Toronto via Highway 400, as well as Bathurst Street and Yonge Street. Highway 404 is easily accessible via Mulock Drive.
Residences in this area have distinctive features including: decorative roof lines, turrets and gingerbread trim. The landscaping in this area is also well established with wide tree-lined streets.
Located south and east in Newmarket, Stonehaven-Wyndham is an enclave of winding residential streets and executive homes. Known for its oversized and well-manicured lots and large 3-car garage houses Stonehaven-Wyndham is a neighbourhood designed for the homeowner with attention to detail. The streets of this community are lined with detached two-storey, bungalow and bunga-loft style houses.
Anchoring the neighbourhood to the north is the Magna Centre, a state-of-the-art recreation complex, that features a 25 metre community pool, a 21 metre learning pool, a full-sized gym, a walking track, three NHL sized ice rinks, Newmarket Sports Hall of Fame, meeting rooms and soccer pitches.
Wyndham is an exceptional family community with executive detached houses with the St Andrews Valley Golf Course is immediately to the south.
Copper Hills is an upcoming community located in southwest Newmarket. This community features spacious and beautiful homes. This neighbourhood is located only minutes away from Wal-Mart Smart Centre, No Frills, and numerous other amenities and services. This community is also in close proximity to Stonehaven Elementary School and Bogart Public School and walking distance to Frank Stronach Park.
Copper Hills is bordered by Leslie Street and St. John’s Side Road. This neighbourhood is also conveniently located close to Newmarket GO Station and offers direct access to Hwy 404. The accessibility and convenience of Copper Hills makes this community a great place to live.
Situated directly across Yonge Street (on the East side) from Woodland Hills, Bristol London is a family-oriented neighbourhood. While being an older more mature neighbourhood, Bristol London offers larger lots than the newer builds. Detached homes and bungalows in this community are framed by tall beautiful trees. It’s close to parks, schools and shares the same amenities as Woodland Hills.
Amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, the Movie Theatre, Upper Canada Mall and much more are within walking distance or just a short drive away. It also boasts quick access to either highway 404 or 400 as well as convenient access to public transit and the Go train station.
Gorham-College Manor is bordered by Davis Drive to the north, Mulock Drive to the south, Bayview Avenue to the west and Leslie Street to the east. Gorham-College Manor is a family oriented community offering housing types including: townhomes, semi-detached homes, and detached homes that come in a variety of models and styles. Gorham-College Manor also offers mature landscapes and homes that are perched on top of sprawling lots. This safe community is ideal for individuals or families as it features mature trees and a crystal clear ravine located north of the community.
Located near Highway 404, Gorham-College Manor is ideal for residents who have to commute outside of the community to work as it is just minutes away from convenient amenities. In the Gorham-Gollege Manor community, there are a number of schools in the area including three elementary and two secondary schools.
According to the latest data from the 2016 Census Profile conducted by Statistics Canada, the population of Newmarket is 84, 225. The average age is 39.7 years, with the majority of the population between the ages of 15 and 64 years old. As of 2016, there are 40,470 males (48.0%) and 43,755 females (52.0%) in Newmarket.
In Newmarket, 59.7% of all dwellings are single detached homes while other dwellings such as apartments (5+ floors), semi-detached homes, row houses, apartments (less than 5 floors), and duplexes represent 4.5%, 7.7%, 12.4%, 8.1% and 6.9 % respectively.
The total number of occupied dwellings is 28675, of those dwellings 79.5% are owned while 20.5% are rented.
In Newmarket, 73% of the population stated English as their mother tongue, 1.2% identify French, and 25.2% reported a non-official language in 2016. In comparison, the York Region percentages were 49.6% for English, 0.73% for French only and 48.0% for only non-official languages.
Total Household Income Newmarket
Newmarket’s median household income in 2015 was $95,589. In comparison, the household incomes in York Region, Ontario and Canada are $95,776, $74,287 and $70,336, respectively. In Newmarket, 47.6% of households reported incomes greater than $100,000, 12.6% greater than $200,000 and 17.3% earn less than $40,000.
There are four secondary schools that operate under the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) in Newmarket: Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School, Huron Heights Secondary School, Newmarket High School, and Sir William Mulock Secondary School. The YRDSB operates 15 elementary schools as well. As for the York Catholic District School Board, they operate one secondary school: Sacred Heart Catholic High School, in addition to six elementary schools. Newmarket is also home to Newmarket District Christian Academy (“NDCA”), a Christian private elementary school as well as Pickering College, an independent day and boarding school. There is also a Seneca College campus in Newmarket.