Newmarket, Ontario is a small city, with an approximate population of 85,000, within the Greater Toronto Area. For how small it is, it has some notable commendations with being ranked 4th in a magazine’s Top 10 Small Cities to live in within Canada. It was also ranked, in 2017, as being number 20 in the 100 most romantic cities in Canada.
This small city is located north of Toronto, however many of its residents actually commute into Toronto for work daily, but it does have its own industry to attract and keep many people in the city. The major public sector employers include Southlake Regional Health Center, York Regional Police, The Town of Newmarket, and both the public and Catholic school boards. Some of the bigger private sector companies employing Newmarket’s residents are Allied International Credit, TS Tech Canada, Effem Foods, Magna International and Snap-On Tools. The majority of its residents are English speaking, however there is a significant Italian population in the city.
The downtown center of this town is actually a heritage conservation district as it’s been filled with activity for over 100 years. The downtown core contains early 19th century buildings, all of which are worthy of all preservation efforts. Here you will find seemingly unlimited shopping and dining options to enjoy. The town has recently invested to improve both the function and the aesthetic of this beautiful area so that it’s preserved as a snapshot in time, but serves the function and need of modern living.
For those that are active and enjoy social activities this city is bustling with options. From badminton and soccer to baseball and hockey this city has an option for pretty much everyone in the family. There is also one golf course, open to the public, in Newmarket: St Andrew’s Valley. However if that isn’t sufficient there are several other ones in the surrounding countryside for avid golfers to visit. If running is more your scene, there is a Newmarket track club that competes in track and field and cross country competitions often.
While there have been many notable people from this small town – including Olympic figure skater Elvis Stojko and Olympic runner Sheila Reid – this town is perfect for growing families and singles alike. It’s close enough to Toronto to be able to access all the wonder and excitement of the city but yet since it isn’t in Toronto you can enjoy the quiet and calm that comes from living in a small town. There are some major employers within Newmarket and it is tagged as one of Canada’s fastest growing cities in terms of urban growth. With great job opportunities and fantastic schools – both public and Catholic – it’s a great place to settle down and enjoy.
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