City of Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill (2011 population 185,541) is part of the Greater Toronto Area, being located about halfway between Toronto and Lake Simcoe. It is about 3 miles (4 kilometres) north of the Toronto city limit, Steeles Avenue and about 12 miles (20 kilometres) north of the downtown core of Toronto. It is the third most populous municipality in York Region and the 28th most populous municipality in Canada.

Once considered the “Rose Capital of the World”, Richmond Hill has in recent years seen a huge population upsurge, being Canada’s fastest-growing community in the 1990s. The town is home to the world-renowned David Dunlap Observatory telescope. It is twinned with Lakeland, Florida

Richmond Hill is one of the GTA’s fastest developing areas. Residential construction seems to be the number one issue in terms of development. It is sure that any potential renter will be able to find a place of their liking in this developing area. The city of Richmond Hill has a lot to offer to its residents and businesses.

Many of Toronto’s businesses are relocating to Richmond Hill for the cheaper land prices, which in turn allow property owners to offer their places for less. Bounded by Highway 404 on the East Side, Richmond Hill is located north of Toronto and south of the town of Aurora. This area was recently made part of the Greater Toronto Area in 1998 and has quickly become one of the GTA’s fastest developing areas.

Located just west of Highway 404 along Highway 7 is one of Richmond Hill’s newest developing areas. Large companies are now relocating their regional offices along this street that also has many smaller businesses. Along this street you will find a large number restaurants and stores. Shopping is excellent in this area as the variety of stores offer a number of products and services. There is a substantial strip of Asian based stores and restaurants along the street that adds a different flavour to what Toronto is all about.

Richmond Hill has 166 parks, under the Town of Richmond Hill Parks, Recreation, and Culture department, of which most are small urban parks and 544 hectares of undeveloped natural area for recreation. The largest such park is Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park which includes several baseball diamonds, two ice skating rinks, a 300-person amphitheatre and a skateboard park. Tennis courts are located throughout the town with two quality tennis facilities located at David Hamilton Park and Crosby Park, home to the Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club. The Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club is the town’s community tennis club offering residents organized tennis programs including: competitive doubles, house league, singles ladders and social tennis.
The Town also has a total of 5 public swimming pools, including Canada’s largest indoor wave pool. Additionally, each summer, the town features a concert series entitled “Concerts in the Park”. Each concert has a specific theme, such as children’s music and “The Beach Boys”, and all are very popular. These series are held by Mill Pond and the Richmond Green. The Richmond Hill Heritage Centre serves as a museum of the town’s history. It also runs a variety of programmes related to the town’s history.The town is also home the Richmond Hill Country Club, which features an 18 Hole championship layout at the Richmond Hill Golf Club, and the Bloomington Downs Golf Course.

In 2009, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts was opened. This 43,000-square-foot (4,000 m2) multi-use cultural facility offers quality entertainments of art and music.

Richmond Hill was a winner in the 2003 National Communities in Bloom competition, with a special mention about the town’s floral displays.