There are dozens upon dozens of reasons to visit Richmond Hill, the happening town located mere minutes north of Toronto. Embrace the town’s motto “a little north, a little nicer” by experiencing the numerous events and attractions this community has to offer.
For starters, come to understand the community’s rich history and historical roots by taking a tour of the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre, a fully restored 1840s Regency style cottage full of artefacts, photos and stories related to the community. You can make an entire afternoon of your visit if you remember to pack a picnic lunch – the lovely grounds surrounding the centre are peaceful and serene, and include gardens brimming with herbs, heritage plants and roses.
With more than 150 parks and amenities in Richmond, it’s easy to work up an appetite with recreational activities ranging from swimming, bocce courts at the Rouge Woods Community Centre & Indoor Bocce Facility, playgrounds for the kids and more. Bring a camera if you plan to take a walk down one of the many nature trails to bring home a photographic souvenir of the beautiful surroundings and possible wildlife you’ll encounter. The Mill Pond Park Trail is a lovely pathway that leads straight to Mill Pond Park, a must-see park and a hub for many Richmond Hill events, including Concerts in the Park summer series and the eco-festival Mill Pond Splash.
Speaking of making a splash, make some waves at The Wave Pool! This family-fun centre offers year-round good times with a swirl pool, twisting water slide and sauna for the big kids. If you’d rather stay dry while getting in a bit of exercise, stretch your legs and perfect your swing on one of the many golf courses in Richmond Hill. Gorgeous greens and world-class clubs are yours to experience for a 9-hole or 18-hole round.
After all these recreational activities, you’ll likely be famished and ready for some delectable eatables, and Richmond Hill’s selection of restaurants will not disappoint. From Italian cuisine to unique bistros to pub fare, there are selections to meet everyone’s taste buds.
For those looking to flex their cultural mind muscles, Mill Pond Gallery and the Richmond Hill Group of Artists bring you up close to local artwork, and also offer paint-ins, artist demonstrations and workshops. At the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts you can grab one of the 600 available seats and see a local theatre production. Another local venue for live theatre is The Curtain Club, with daily evening performance and a Sunday matinee option.