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Overview of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Best known as the birthplace of famous Canadian actor and comedian, Jim Carrey, as well as the Canadian rock band, Glass Tiger. Newmarket is the seat of York Region. With its location in the Greater Toronto Area, Newmarket is part of a larger, internationally significant community where opportunities abound. Newmarket has undergone substantial and sustained growth over the past decade, yet it remains a close-knit community offering a variety of business, residential and recreational opportunities. Newmarket offers a broad selection of specialised professional services, such as lawyers, architects, builders, real estate services and accountants.

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  • Population: 73,715
  • Area: 38.07 km2
  • Latitude: 44°01` N
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 173 MSL
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Newmarket, Ontario

The town of Newmarket was originally founded as a Quaker settlement in 1801 by Timothy Rogers. In order to supply the residents, several mills were established and the production of these mills and farms soon earned it the name “new market” – in contrast to the “old market” of Toronto. It was incorporated as a village in 1857 and a town in 1880. Because it is located so close to Toronto, Newmarket underwent a major building boom by 1950.

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Newmarket's Demographics

About twenty per cent of the town's population is comprised of immigrants to the area, with the largest visible minority group represented by people of Asian background.

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Newmarket's Climate

The climate is moderated by Lake Ontario and is among the mildest in Canada east of the Rocky Mountains. It receives less snowfall during the winter than most other Canadian cities, and mild periods occur throughout the winter due to regular melting. Daytime high temperatures average just at or below freezing in winter. Along the Lake Ontario shoreline, spring days tend to be much cooler than further inland, however summer nights are warmer closer to the lake.

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Education in Newmarket, Ontario

Newmarket offers a full range of educational services from day care and nursery to post-secondary and special education. There are fifteen public elementary schools and four secondary schools. Seperate schools include six at the elementary level and one high school. In addition there are numerous, independent and private schools within the town, as well as post-secondary education facilities.

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Transportation around Newmarket, Ontario

Midway between Toronto and Barrie, Newmarket is easily accessed via Yonge St. The Lester B. Pearson International Airport is within an hour's drive and smaller aircraft can land at Buttonville Airport, just minutes south of Newmarket. The GO Bus network provides quick and easy transportation to Toronto and other municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area, while York Region Transit provides local service to various parts of Newmarket and neighbouring municipalities throughout York Region.

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Tourism and Attractions of Newmarket

Upper Canada Mall, located along the Yonge Street corridor, has over one million square feet of commercial space and houses two hundred and fifty stores. The Town Of Newmarket hosts many public events each year, including Fiddlefest, Kids in the Square, Festival of Lights, the Nativity Pageant and First Night. As well each summer, Fairy Lake Park is home to a series of free concerts, and the Newmarket Theatre holds a variety of ongoing events throughout the year.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Newmarket
  • Sharon
  • Holland Landing
  • Mount Albert
  • Georgina
  • Queensville
  • Ansnorveldt
  • Gelnville
  • Pleasantville
  • Bogarttown
  • Pine Orchard
  • Holt
  • Cedar Valley
  • Bradford
  • West Gwillimbury
  • Keswick
  • Bond Head

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Geography of Newmarket, Ontario

The Greater Toronto Area, of which Newmarket is a member, is part of a larger, natural ecosystem known as the Greater Toronto Bioregion. This ecosystem is bounded by Lake Ontario, the Niagara Escarpment, and the Oak Ridges Moraine, and includes several watersheds that drain into Lake Ontario. It is also located at the northern extent of the Carolinian forest zone.

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Newmarket's Government

The Town of Newmarket is a municipality in the heart of Region of York, governed by nine Councillors, including Mayor Tom Taylor and Regional Councillor Tony Van Bynen. The Council members set policies, by-laws, approve planning applications, give direction and set budgets for the town. Mayor Tom Taylor and Regional Councillor Tony Van Bynen represent the Town of Newmarket on Regional Council.

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Newmarket's Economy and Industry

Newmarket boasts a strong and diverse industrial section. Over one hundred industrial establishments include automotive parts, manufacturing, plastic bag production, metal stamping and electrical hardware production. The industrial community uses a strong, competent labour force capable of meeting the needs of various industries.

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Newmarket's Culture and Significant Events

The early 1800s styled historic architecture, streetlights, and custom grown flower barrels, make a stroll along Main Street a unique experience. It`s proximity to the Holland River Trail System and Fairy Lake allows for recreational, cultural and arts activities. Local businesses provide boutiques, patio eateries, live theatres and a seasonal farmer`s market in a unique setting. The Elman W. Campbell Museum, featuring a collection of Newmarket artefacts, is also located on Main Street.

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Sports in Newmarket, Ontario

Newmarket has over 800 acres of active parkland and nature trails, four public arenas, two indoor pools, and a variety of sports and recreational programs for all ages. There are a number of minor and recreational sports leagues, including hockey, baseball, soccer and ringette.

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Media of Newmarket

Newmarket has two local publications, the Era Banner and Newmarket This Month. The town is also within the local circulation area for the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail and the National Post. CKDX 88.5, the local FM radio station, provides detailed community news coverage, along with the local cable station, Rogers Cable 10.

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