Posted 28 Nov, 2019
What's it like living in Newmarket?
Another way to ask this question would be 'what's life like in a town consistently named one of the Best Places to Live in Canada (by MoneySense Magazine) and has earned an international reputation for being one of our country's most enterprising, eclectic and enchanting towns to live and work in?'
But what’s it really like to live here? Here are the top 11 reasons to live in Newmarket. We tried to go for a top 10 list, but Newmarket offers too much!
1 - It’s a town committed to being a clean, green community. A nationally recognized LEED Platinum subdivision, a raft of environmental bylaws, over 44km of well-lit, signposted walking and biking trails, 45 active parks and over 800 acres of parkland help keep it that way.
2 - According to the town, ‘it’s a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll’. Newmarket is the epitome of small town charm with access to big city amenities. It’s perfectly located between the hustle of Toronto and picturesque cottage country. The town’s proximity to 400 series highways, shopping districts and affordable housing make it ideal for young families and professionals.
3 - Talking of shopping, while other towns might have a heritage district to shop in, Newmarket’s shopping district is in the heritage district! In fact, Newmarket has won two Heritage Awards - both the Prince of Wales Prize and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. All that makes for a unique shopping experience, because you can go from a quaint main street with eclectic stores and personable proprietors to a leading-edge shopping excursion in a single community. The Yonge Street corridor offers a mix of big-box stores, family-friendly restaurants and dozens of shops with anything you need. You can choose to browse the trendiest stores by visiting places like Upper Canada Mall or find anything and everything you want, need or desperately desire.
4 - Southlake Regional Health Centre tends to the health of Newmarket's citizens. Southlake has 400 patient beds and accommodates approximately 86,000 emergency visits, 22,000 in-patient admissions, and 300,000 out-patient visits each year. This renowned hospital provides world-class healthcare and plays an integral role in the community's Economic Development Strategy.
5 - Advanced transit network – The vivaNext rapid transit system will provide increased transit service and improves connectivity with neighbouring communities. The Viva rapidway along Davis Drive makes getting to important town locations like Southlake Regional Health Centre easier and quicker. In the future, accessing the town’s most popular places will be smooth and simple with the new addition of the Yonge Street line. Choosing to live in Newmarket means that you are south of cottage country and north of Toronto, which puts you halfway between heaven and the office. Being conveniently connected by transit means that you’re always ready to travel wherever life takes you.
6 - Newmarket is a good place to do business because it offers a unique and supportive environment. For instance, local businesses, organizations, staff and political leaders collaborate to reduce barriers, encourage growth and create a shared sense of community. Resources like a thorough directory of businesses in Newmarket and York Region, and a friendly Newmarket Welcome Centre where newcomers can obtain information about living in the York and Durham Regions, contribute to this collaborative setting.
7 - Newmarket features lower than average residential and commercial taxes compared to other communities with similar living standards. Therefore, choosing to live here will be great for your budget because it’s an affordable place to call home.
8 - Activities in Newmarket range from skating, swimming, and summer camps to lots of exciting festivals and events. Engage in sports like basketball and fencing, or learn new skills like ballroom dancing and how to speak Spanish. Live in Newmarket and make new discoveries daily.
9 - It’s only getting better! By looking at Newmarket’s Official Plan, Economic Development Strategy and Cultural Master Plan, it’s easy to see that this town’s future is sure to be a prosperous one. New homes, a state-of-the-art transit system and an enriched culture make it clear that Newmarket is continually growing.
10 - One of the most important elements that goes into choosing a place to live is safety. Many people strive to feel protected and secure in their surroundings. Low crime rates make Newmarket one of the safest places to live in Canada.
11 - In Newmarket, the people are warm, friendly and kind. Its combination of big city vibe and small town feel extends to its residents who are quintessentially Canadian. Get to know your neighbours at Newmarket’s Ice Lounge in the winter or at the town’s Moonlight Movies summer events. The options are endless!