Newmarket, one of the oldest communities in Ontario, was founded on
the Upper Canadian frontier in 1801 by Quakers from the United States.
Fur traders, entrepreneurs, millers, and many others would soon follow,
some seeking independence, some looking for wealth, and above all
seeking a good life. The community was at the heart of the 1837 Rebellion,
found prosperity when it became a stop on the colony’s first railway, and
sent military personnel to every war in Canada’s history since the War of
1812. Once a terminal on the street railway from Toronto to Lake Simcoe,
Newmarket also bears the remnants of an abandoned 19th-century barge
canal. It was the seat of the York County government and today is the
headquarters for the Region of York. Behind these events and many others
that have shaped Newmarket’s history are its people. Craftsmen, the core
of the community, aspiring or experienced politicians including Family
Compact members, rebels, war heroes, and even a frontier doctor who
lived to the age of 118.
A VIBRANT FUTURE
FOR THE NEWMARKET
Today, while the newer part of Newmarket has grown into a suburban community
for Toronto, with dozens of neighbourhoods surrounding the expansive Upper
Canada Mall, Old Newmarket remains a hidden gem. Here authentic village-living
is still possible. Here life takes on a more distinctive tone; one characterized
more by individuality than conformity. Here is a real Ontario town where people
know their neighbours and where a stroll down Main Street puts you in the heart
of a small town community.
Newmarket has grown into a modern city that offers all the advantages of urban
living in a charming tight knit community. The City has grown and prospered to
over 90,000 people. Its growth has been facilitated by several factors: its easy
commute to Toronto via extended highways and GO Transit, the South Lake
Regional Health Centre and growth in new home neighbourhoods, which offer
better value than homes closer to Toronto.