Town of Newmarket
Town of Newmarket
Newmarket is the regional centre of northern York Region. The town’s historic Main Street is home to boutiques, patio eateries, live theatre, community events and the Elman W. Campbell Museum. A seasonal farmers’ market is located in the award winning Riverwalk Commons while Upper Canada Mall on Yonge Street provides another great shopping experience with over 250 stores. Whatever your interests, Newmarket’s many attractions and friendly atmosphere are sure to make your visit memorable.
Check out our Top 10 Things to do in Newmarket:
- Walk or cycle the Tom Taylor Trail (from East Gwillimbury border to Aurora border). The Tom Taylor Trail, named after a former mayor, is Newmarket’s portion of the Nokiidaa Trail system that extends through Aurora, Newmarket, and East Gwillimbury. The Trail follows the Holland River and Fairy Lake downstream to link up with the Rogers Reservoir Trail in East Gwillimbury.
- Browse through the Farmer’s Market in the Riverwalk Commons during the growing and harvest season. Every Saturday Morning from the first weekend in May to the last weekend in October, a band of farmers, vendors and volunteers create a hive of activity reminiscent of the town’s early years as a new market. A place to buy farm fresh produce, home-made baking, hand-made crafts and a great place to meet up with friends over breakfast or lunch. The farmer’s market features live musical entertainment and horse buggy rides.
- Attend a performance at the Newmarket Theatre. Why travel all the way into the city when the Newmarket Theatre presents world class artists and high quality entertainment right in your own backyard? At a fraction of the cost of the Toronto theatres with plenty of free parking, it’s an entertainment bargain that you can’t afford to miss! Every season the Newmarket Theatre presents a selection of world class artists for your enjoyment. Past performers have included Tommy Hunter, Rita MacNeil, Amy Sky, the Barra MacNeils, Colin Hay, John Arpin, Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards, the Irish Rovers, and Lunch at Allen’s.
- Visit the Elman Campbell Museum. The historic Registry Office located on Main Street showcases artifacts tracing the development of Newmarket from the time of the first Quaker settlers (c. 1800). Special events and educational programmes are held throughout the year. General collection of local interest includes furniture, tools, radios and other communication equipment, household items, costumes and toys.
- Experience festivities at the Newmarket Riverwalk Commons. This new urban park is a community landmark that links Newmarket’s trail system to the downtown core and features a water pool (great for child play!) that is transformed into a skating rink during the winter months. Experience the Farmer’s Market, concerts and events. Inspired by water, the park’s components represent movement and flow and feature steps that cascade down to the Holland River’s edge. A large canopy anchors the site, providing shade and shelter, and a large stage for outdoor performances.
- Walk or cycle the trails at Fairy Lake Park. Fairy Lake is a man-made lake maintained by a dam on the East Holland River in Newmarket, Ontario. Originally a millpond, it is now used for recreation. This beautiful park is open year round is equipped with playground equipment, covered pavilions, and washrooms for summer use. A segment of the Tom Taylor Trail wraps around the park.
- Walk the trails on Environmental Park (on Woodspring) and the Dave Kerwin Trail. Newmarket is home to beautiful walking trails including the Dave Kerwin Trail which stretches from Davis Drive to Newmarket’s northern boundary, connecting neighbourhoods and focal points in the community.
- Visit Main Street Newmarket. Those who love to dine or shop will love old Newmarket. Experience unique, high quality restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores and clothing boutiques on Newmarket’s historic Main Street. Main Street is also home to the Elman Campbell Museum and is adjacent to the Riverwalk Commons (featuring live concerts and a skating park) as well as Fairy Lake park.
- Go skating or swimming at the Magna Centre. Newmarket’s new state-of-the-art recreation complex, the Magna Centre, opened its doors in the summer of 2007. The Magna Centre is one of the premiere recreation facilities in Ontario. The centre features three NHL-sized ice rinks, 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. It is indeed an extraordinary complex for a community striving to be well beyond the ordinary.
- Attend the Town of Newmarket sponsored Special Events. The Town of Newmarket sponsors many diverse community festivals and events, from Canada Day celebrations, to music in the park. There is so much to see and do in Newmarket.