Newmarket (2016 population 84,224) is a town in York Region in the Greater Toronto Area. 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.



Public elementary and secondary education in Newmarket is overseen by York Region’s two school boards: the York Region District School Board (YRDSB), and the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB).

The YRDSB operates four secondary schools in Newmarket: Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School, Huron Heights Secondary School, Newmarket High School, and Sir William Mulock Secondary School, in addition to 15 elementary schools. The YCDSB operates one secondary school in the town: Sacred Heart Catholic High School, and six elementary schools. There is also a Christian private elementary school named Newmarket District Christian Academy (“NDCA”).

Newmarket is also the home of Pickering College, an independent day and boarding school, as well as a campus of Seneca College.



The Town of Newmarket’s “Touch a Truck” is a free, fun, hands on event allows kids of all ages to touch, explore and get up close and personal with vehicles of different sizes. Explore some of your favourite trucks such as a fire truck, Zamboni, backhoe, dump truck and more!

Winter Wonderland is the most beautiful light display in Newmarket hosted for a month during December and January. Every night, enjoy the light display and free outdoor skating outside of the Community Centre. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, take a ride on the Express Train (owned and operated by the Town of Newmarket). Train rides are weather permitting and free of charge.

If it’s theatre that you’re after, “The Newmarket Theatre” is the largest performing arts theatre in the Town with capacity of 400. The Theatre hosts a selection of world class artists annually. “The Resurgence Theatre Company” is a smaller professional company that is focused on re-surging the classics and igniting new and contemporary works within York Region and beyond. The company produces an annual Shakespearean production with live performances in the Fairy Lake Conservation Area near the historic Downtown.



Newmarket has many recreation facilities in town. The Magna Centre is a state-of the art recreation complex. This new complex is the largest in town and features an Olympic-sized and three NHL-sizes arenas, a 25-metre community pool and 21-metre learning pool, a full-sized gymnasium and walking track, three multi-purpose rooms, a restaurant and a pro shop.

Another notable facility is the Recreation Youth Centre & Sk8 Park, also known as the RYC. This Centre offers children and youth a safe place to hang out with friends and participate in as much or as little as they like. Facilities include a 10,000 square foot skate park, a gymnasium and a games room.

Throughout the Town of Newmarket, residents can enjoy a variety of outdoor recreational areas, including community and neighbourhood parks and parkettes. There are over 45 active parks and open spaces and over 800 acres of parkland in Newmarket! Picnic areas, trails, playgrounds, soccer pitches, ball diamonds, tennis courts and basketball courts can be found in various parks throughout the Town.

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