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Communities - Markham

In and around Markham

The town of Markham, located in the Regional Municipality of York, has a rich and varied history. From these early roots, dating back to native people, to the high-tech nature of business in the town today, Markham has always had lots to offer residents.

Today, Markham is home to more than 268,500 residents. Despite this incredible growth, Markham still retains the charms of small town life amid the great amenities of an urban centre. Itís also home to a number of terrific parks, gold courses, cultural amenities, and donít forget the historical Unionville (Main Street) and Markham Village (Main Street).

Markham is now home to a multitude of business and manufacturers. In fact, known as Silicon Valley North, Markham has a variety of head offices within its borders of major corporations. You can explore Markhamís exciting past at the Markham Museum and the Heritage Village. Once there, youíll discover why Markham is such a great place to live.


Historical Unionville is located in the town of Markham. Itís beautiful main street has been maintained in itís tradition from days gone by. The Kennedy Road By-pass ensures that this street will keep itís small town feel and low car traffic qualities. Any day you will find families casually strolling around the downtown area of Unionville. Toogood Pond in the centre of town allows for year round recreation and adds a quality to the town that is hard to duplicate. Located close to all amenities, you have the convenience of large shopping malls, highway travel and a mere 20 minutes from Toronto. Unionville is a story book living, today. The perfect place to live and enjoy life.

Parks in and around Markham & Unionville

As you explore Markham and Unionville, youíll soon realize there is a lot of green space. In fact, there is about 1,700 hectares of park space in the town. This includes 79 baseball diamonds, 75 soccer pitches, 2 cricket pitches, one rugby pitch, 125 playground structures and 52 tennis courts. For field booking information please call (905) 415-7509.

North Americaís largest urban park, Rouge Park, is located in Markham as well, there are more than 11,600 acres of woodlands, valleys, meadows and farmland to enjoy. Volunteering to plant trees or restoring habitat for wildlife is always welcome. Contact (416) 28ROUGE to help.

Shopping in Markham & Unionville

Markham is York Regionís largest municipality with a current population of 268,500. Just north-east of Toronto, Markham includes picturesque and historic Unionville, and part of Thornhill. The town is unique in that it has two Main Streets, one in Unionville and the other in Old Town Markham. Included are vast shopping areas such as Markville Mall which includes The Bay, Sears, Walmart, Toys R Us and Old Navy, as well as an assortment of gift and specialty shops. In addition Markham is home to Home Depot, Costco, Michaels, Chapters and Canadian Tire, just to name a few. Markham has been likened to Silicone Valley for itís concentration of high-tech business.

Community Centres in Markham & Unionville

Cedar Grove Community Centre........... (905) 294-5205

Centennial community Centre................ (905) 294-6111

Crosby Memorial Community Centre.... (905) 477-1543

Markham Village Community Centre.... (905) 294-7309

Milliken Mills Community Centre............ (905) 477-6410

Mount Joy Community Centre  .............. (905) 471-8755


 Communities - Toronto  

Toronto Area

 With an office located in the south east area of Toronto, RE/MAX All-Stars proudly services the area of The Beach, Cliffside, Guildwood, West Hill and the Bluffs.

 With a look and feel more akin to that of a lakeside resort than a big city neighborhood, the region around The Beach ad The Bluffs has a unique style and energy all of its won that you just wont find in any other part of the Greater Toronto Area.

 With boardwalks, trails and the breathtaking waterfront, the are provides lots of unique opportunities for recreation and exercise as well as offering some of the best shopping  experiences in the city.

 A wide variety of homes are available within the region to fit any real estate budget, from first tie home owners to expanding families and those looking for prime real estate investments.


Communities - Stouffville / Uxbridge 

Stouffville: Country Close to the City

 Comprised of a number of smaller communities, Whitchurch-Stouffville offers a unique country environment within the Greater Toronto Area.  Discover the warmth and harm of our historic rural communities and browse our shopping areas.  Travel the country roads and enjoy the quiet beauty of our country setting.  Today, Whitchurch-Stouffville combines both urban amenities with rural and agricultural lifestyles.  Our kettle lakes, scenic ravines and rolling hills provide the perfect setting for numerous recreational activities.  Prestigious golf courses and equestrian centers await you.  Our numerous recreational facilities including the twin pad arena, soccer and baseball diamonds, tennis courts, lawn bowling greens and nature trails, allow year round recreational activities for citizens of all ages.

 Enjoy the advantages of urban living in a rural environment.  Choose from turn of the century hoes, country estate properties, modern neighborhood developments, seniorsí homes and low rise complexes.  Feel comfortable with the many excellent educational opportunities for your family.

 Parks in and Around Stouffville

 As you explore Stouffville, youíll soon realize there is lots of forests.  In fact, there is about 5,000 acres of Natural Forest Space most of which is confined in the Stouffville Boundaries.  This includes kilometers of hiking trails, horse trails, ponds, wildlife and more.  For more information or to obtain a brochure for York Region Forests call (905) 764-6345 or (905) 895-1200.

 Stouffville also incorporates an ice pad, indoor swimming pool and exercise facility, lighted soccer pitches with running track and many hardball and softball diamonds. 

  In addition, Stouffville is home to many private and public golf courses such as Bloomington Downs, Gormley Greens, The Maples of Balentrae and Rolling Hills just to mention a few.  Also included is the Award winning Spring Lakes and Sleepy Hollow.

 Shopping in Stouffville

 Main street boasts and is proud of its small town atmosphere.  Stouffville is home to many businesses small and corporate. 

 Many restaurants are found in Stouffville.  With many of them smaller in size, it gives you that sure hometown feeling.

 Stouffville Recreation Center  (905) 640-6527

Latcham Hall  (905) 640-5545

Ballantrae Community Center (905) 640-2152

Lemonville Community Center (905) 640-5338

Recreation Hall   (905) 640-6527

Stouffville Pool (905) 640-6198


 Communities - Richmond Hill  
 A Brief History
The Town of Richmond Hill started out as a small settlement located partially in the Township of Vaughan and partially in the Township of Markham. The Town's development was closely linked with the development of Yonge Street, which was planned primarily as a military road by John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada.

The Town was officially incorporated on June 18, 1872 as a village and the first council meeting was held on January 1, 1873 under the leadership of Abraham Law as Reeve. Richmond Hill developed because of its proximity to Toronto, as farmers came into town on their way to Toronto markets and people travelled up and down Yonge Street to and from communities further north.

Early in the twentieth century, several large greenhouse operations were built in Richmond Hill, while rose growing turned the Town into the "rose capital" of Canada. In the 1920's, village council adopted the motto of the Duke of Richmond, for whom the Town may have been named. A local artist and carriage painter, William Ashford Wright, created a town crest that included elements of the Duke of Richmond's coat of arms and roses.

Data from the recent census conducted by Statistics Canada indicated that Richmond Hill continues to be one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities. It is estimated that by the year 2021, the Town's population will reach 200,000.

Over the years, Richmond Hill has remained a distinctive community, one of change yet 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. That is why the Town's un-official motto is "A little north, a little nicer." 
The Town of Richmond Hill is home to well over 166 parks and 544 hectares of natural, environmental area. Throughout our parks system you can find athletic fields, nature trails, walkways, playgrounds, picnic areas, tennis courts, open space, etc. We are confident that our green spaces offer the residents of Richmond Hill many recreational opportunities.

Neighbourhood and community groups can adopt a natural area park. They can become involved in cleanup, reforestation of sapling planting, wild flower or bulb planting and
natural area stewardship. If you would like to see any changes made to current parks, please call the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department at (905) 771-8870.
Richmond Hill is a rapidly growing and changing community. The Townís Office of Strategic Initiatives has produced a demographic profile to provide you with relevant information about the Richmond Hill community. With data obtained from the Statistics Canada 2001 Census, this profile highlights key statistics about Richmond Hill at both the town & ward level in the following areas: population, culture, labour & education, and housing.

For additional information and comments contact:

Office of Economic Development
225 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B 3P4
Telephone: (905) 771-2523
Fax: (905) 771-2406


 Communities - Aurora

Located in the heart of York Region, Aurora is a scenic and friendly town situated in an attractive and historical setting.

Offering a unique combination of business opportunity and small town lifestyle, Aurora is a great place to live and a community which has all the components required for a successful business.

Approximately 30 minutes north of the City of Toronto, Aurora offers an experienced and varied work force. Established and developing employment parks are connected by good regional rail, transit and road systems. The historic downtown core on Yonge Street is supplemented by a wide variety of retail outlets and office centres. Residential neighbourhoods encompass a wide diversity of housing styles and types.

Over 615 acres of open and picturesque parkland are available for town residents to enjoy, with a first class recreational complex, outstanding playing fields and extensive pedestrian trail system. Cultural amenities include an excellent library, a live performance theatre, provincially recognized museums and an annual equestrian show.

Aurora currently boasts over 150 major industries and head offices, several public and private education facilities, health care services, regional hospitals within close proximity and a stable municipal government. With so much to offer, Aurora is the ideal place for you and your business!


Communities of aboriginal people occupied the forests and streams of Aurora long before European immigration. The opening of Yonge Street in 1796 by John Graves Simcoe brought Loyalist and Quaker settlers to the area. A community, first known as Machell's Corners, grew up at the crossroads of Yonge and Wellington Streets along the banks of Tannery Creek. In 1853, Ontario's first railway arrived to the east of the small hamlet which was, for a time, head of the rail. The new line provided a convenient link to Toronto and encouraged the growth of industry and population. To herald the "dawn of a new age", the hamlet was christened Aurora on January 1, 1854. It was incorporated as a village in 1863 and as a town in 1888. In 1971, a new Regional government replaced the county system in York, and Aurora's boundaries were expanded to what they are today. Encompassing 47 square kilometres of land, the Town's population was approximately 42,000 by the end of 1997.


Located in the centre of York Region, one of the Province's fastest growing and most dynamic areas, Aurora is within easy commuting distance of Toronto and all major points within the Greater Toronto Area. Situated at latitude 44 degrees N., longitude 80 degrees W. and having a mean elevation of 259 metres above sea level, Aurora straddles the watershed point between Lakes Simcoe and Ontario. Portions of the town exist within the provincially significant Oak Ridges Moraine which provides gently rolling terrain, rich valley land and large forest tracts. Aurora's location offers all of the advantages of an urban centre without the disadvantages of costly land, traffic congestion and air pollution.

When people visit our town, they are greeted by historic buildings, tree-lined streets and outgoing friendly people. Aurora is a community over 48,000 residents are proud to call home!

It is the unique combination of traditional family lifestyle and business opportunity that makes Aurora the perfect place to live and work.

 What's New In Aurora ...

Visitor Services

1 Municipal Drive
Aurora, Ontario L4G 6J1

(905) 727-1375 OR (905) 727-3123
Open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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