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Top 10 Things to do in Newmarket


Newmarket has consistently been named one of the Best Places to Live in Canada by MoneySense magazine and has garnered an international reputation for being one of the country’s most dynamic, diverse and desirable towns to live and work in. The town has extensive recreation and culture programs, public art initiatives and heritage and history preservation projects including Historic Downtown Main Street and the Elman W. Campbell Museum. Check out our Top 10 Things to do in Newmarket:

1. Discover Newmarket by foot or by bike

Did you know that you can walk or cycle the entire length of Newmarket from North to South? The Tom Taylor Trail, named after a former mayor, is Newmarket’s portion of the Nokiidaa Trail system that extends through Aurora, Newmarket, and East Gwillimbury. The Trail follows the Holland River and Fairy Lake downstream all the way through Newmarket from Aurora to link up with the Rogers Reservoir Trail in East Gwillimbury.

2. Experience Newmarket’s old world charm

Visit Main Street Newmarket. Those who love to dine or shop will love old Newmarket. Experience unique, high quality restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores and clothing boutiques on Newmarket’s historic Main Street. Main Street is also home to the Elman Campbell Museum and is adjacent to the Riverwalk Commons (featuring live concerts and a skating park) as well as Fairy Lake Park.

3. Enjoy Saturday morning at the Farmers’ Market

Browse through the Farmer’s Market in the Riverwalk Commons during the growing and harvest season. Every Saturday Morning from the first weekend in May to the last weekend in October, local farmers, boutique vendors and amazing volunteers create a hive of activity reminiscent of the town’s early years as a new market. A place to buy farm fresh produce, home-made baking, hand-made crafts and a great place to meet up with friends over breakfast or lunch. The farmer’s market features live musical entertainment and horse-buggy rides.

4. NewRoads Theatre hosts world-class artists

Attend a performance at the NewRoads Performing Arts Centre. Why travel all the way into the city when the NewRoads Performing Arts Centre presents world class artists and high quality entertainment right in your own backyard? At a fraction of the cost of the Toronto theatres with plenty of free parking, it’s an entertainment bargain that you can’t afford to miss! Every season the Newmarket Theatre presents a selection of world class artists for your enjoyment. Past performers have included Tommy Hunter, Rita MacNeil, Amy Sky, the Barra MacNeils, Colin Hay, John Arpin, Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards, the Irish Rovers, and Lunch at Allen’s.

5. From Quaker settlers to life today

Visit the Elman Campbell Museum. The historic Registry Office located on Main Street showcases artifacts tracing the development of Newmarket from the time of the first Quaker settlers (c. 1800). Special events and educational programs are held throughout the year. General collection of local interest includes furniture, tools, radios and other communication equipment, household items, costumes and toys.

6. Riverwalk Commons for winter and summer fun

Experience festivities at the Newmarket Riverwalk Commons. This urban park is a community landmark that links Newmarket’s trail system to the downtown core and features a water pool (great for child play!) that is transformed into a skating rink during the winter months. Experience the Farmer’s Market, concerts and events. Inspired by water, the park’s components represent movement and flow and feature steps that cascade down to the Holland River’s edge. A large canopy anchors the site, providing shade and shelter, and a large stage for outdoor performances.

7. Enjoy the peaceful nature of Fairy Lake

Walk or cycle the trails at Fairy Lake Park. Fairy Lake is a man-made lake maintained by a dam on the East Holland River in Newmarket, Ontario. Originally a millpond, it is now used for recreation. This beautiful park is open year round is equipped with playground equipment, covered pavilions, and washrooms for summer use. A segment of the Tom Taylor Trail wraps around the park.

8. Take a walk on the Kerwin Trail

Walk the trails on Environmental Park (on Woodspring) and the Dave Kerwin Trail. Newmarket is home to beautiful walking trails including the Dave Kerwin Trail which stretches from Davis Drive to Newmarket’s northern boundary, connecting neighbourhoods and focal points in the community.

9. An extraordinary centre for recreation

Go skating or swimming at the Magna Centre. Newmarket’s state-of-the-art recreation complex, the Magna Centre, opened its doors in the summer of 2007. The Magna Centre is one of the premiere recreation facilities in Ontario. The centre features three NHL-sized ice rinks, a 25-metre community pool and 21-metre learning pool, a full-sized gymnasium and walking track and three multi-purpose rooms. It is indeed an extraordinary complex for a community striving to be well beyond the ordinary.

10. Enjoy the many special events

Attend the Town of Newmarket hosted Special Events. The Town of Newmarket sponsors many diverse community festivals and events, including Canada Day celebrations and Moonlight Movies. There is so much to see and do in Newmarket.

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