When you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, a day trip or overnight stay to Newmarket simply makes sense if you’re looking for a community with down-to-earth appeal coupled with attractions and events that will capture your interest. Located only 45 kilometres north of Toronto, you’ll find this community has neighbourly, small town charm without the sacrifice of big city conveniences. It’s a win-win situation.
When you first walk down Main Street, the historic 1800s styled architecture will strike you with its distinctiveness. You’ll notice the attention to detail from the freshly painted streetlights to the carefully selected variety of flowers brimming from the barrels along the sidewalk. Whether you’d like to attend a yoga class, read the paper over a steaming cup of hot tea or find a new wardrobe piece to take home with you, the downtown boutiques and restaurants can fill your needs. If exploring by foot you can’t miss the Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, a recent urban park project that has become a community landmark and point of pride. Not only is the commons a gathering place for events happening throughout the year, but the commons is also a link to Newmarket’s trail systems, uniting urban and natural spaces. A visit to Newmarket isn’t complete without stopping by the Riverwalk Commons to browse the farmers’ market, attend a concert, enjoy a family picnic, glide across the open-air skating rink in winter months or simply to sit back and watch the passersby.
If you’re really hoping to head out of town and breathe the fresh air that only Mother Nature can provide, bring your bike or simply the two feet you’ve been given and explore the Tom Taylor Trail. Follow the pathway past the Holland River and Fairy Lake for a breathtaking view of the cascading waterfall as a result of the dam located at the north end of the lake. You could spend days wandering through the 300 acres of parkland and nature trails found in and around Newmarket. The Dave Kerwin Trail is another popular route that takes you through the Environmental Park and along lovely walking trails through several neighbourhoods for a close-up view of the community.
Upper Canada Mall offers another type of escape if some serious shopping is in order. With more than 250 stores for your consideration, it may take more than one afternoon to do this mall justice. If it’s an indoor activity you seek due to bad weather or if you’re simply looking for some good fashioned entertainment, Newmarket Theatre puts on spectacular productions that will have you on the edge of your seat. The Elman Campbell Museum may also pique your interest for a historic look at Newmarket, the pioneer life and many photographs and artifacts.