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Located in south-central York Region, the Town of Richmond Hill began as a small settlement located partially in the Township of Vaughan and partially in the Township of Markham. Its development was closely linked with the development of Yonge Street, planned primarily as a military road by the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe.
Richmond Hill has continue to remain a distinctive changing community with strong historical roots. Even during this time of most extensive growth to-date, Richmond Hill has remained a community with a friendly, down-to-earth flavour hence the Town’s un-official motto: “A little north, a little nicer.”
Richmond Hill is home to largest telescope in Canada, the David Dunlop Observatory Telescope. It is bounded by Bloomginton Road to the north, York Regional Road 7 to the south, Bathurst St to the west and Highway 404 to the east. Its southern limit is 4 km north of the Toronto City Limits.