During the planning stages of our latest project, Westwood Gardens (which will rise on Yonge Street, just north of Highway 7), we learned a lot about Richmond Hill, Toronto’s vibrant neighbour to the north, and frankly we were surprised. We already knew that ‘the Hill’ had a reputation as a great community, ripe with quaint streetscapes, boutiques, and charming cafés, but we had no idea the variety of incredible options on offer. Swimming pools, green space, tea rooms, markets, golf clubs – Richmond Hill has something to suit every taste. Whether you’re an adventurer with a love of the great outdoors or a theatre buff eager to be front row centre, you’ll find your match. Read on and discover the best of the neighbourhood.
For Art & Culture Lovers… the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
A 43,000 square foot venue that delivers a full season of world-class shows with top Canadian and international artists and sensational live performances (more than 370 events took place in 2016 alone).
10268 Yonge Street rhcentre.ca
For Organic Foodies… Farmers Market
Every Sunday during the summer months, organic foodies can head over to Elgin Barrow Arena for a weekly farmers market. Fresh produce, local honey, and a heap of gluten-free, dairy-free treats are just a few of the items you’ll find.
43 Church Street South richmondhill.ca
For Swim & Surf… the Wave Pool
This longtime neighbourhood favourite has received a number of upgrades, including a new 100-foot waterslide and new waves! Lounge on water mats, soak in the shallow swirl pool, warm up in the sauna, or shoot some poolside hoops.
5 Hopkins Street richmondhill.ca
For Budding Scientists… the David Dunlap Observatory
Did you know the largest optical telescope in Canada is right here in Richmond Hill? The telescope at the David Dunlap Observatory weighs 23 tons (not counting the 2.5 ton mirror!) and rests on a concrete pier that goes two and a half storeys into the ground. Budding scientists and astronomers can come hear talks on astronomy, space science, and science fiction. And on clear nights, you can get up close and personal with the stars.
123 Hillsview Drive theddo.ca
For Outdoor Enthusiasts… the Oak Ridges Moraine
The Oak Ridges Moraine is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts stretching 160 kilometres – from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the headwaters of the Trent River in the east. Get your fill of nature in the hills, forests, meadows, rivers, lakes, and trails, spotting several rare animal species along the way.
For Treasure Hunters… 888 Auctions
Canada’s premier Asian art auctioneer is a treasure trove of exquisite antiques and beautiful jewels. Antique Chinese silver coins. Vintage Canadian art. Imperial green jade carvings. Sparkling diamonds, emeralds, and gold. This is the place to go for one-of- a-kind finds steeped in history.
15-280 West Beaver Creek Road 888auctions.com
For Book Worms… The Richmond Hill Public Library
The Richmond Hill Public Library is a vibrant community hub where people come together to learn, collaborate, and actively create. Across four locations, the library offers a wide range of physical and digital spaces that nourish curiosity and unleash imagination.
1 Atkinson Street rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca
For Masters of Balance… Eyer Ropes Challenge Course
Challenge yourself to reach the top of this high/low ropes course located at the Eyer Homestead. For birthday parties, a community course, or just an afternoon of fun with a group of friends, this is a great way to test your balancing skills.
1045 Elgin Mills Road East richmondhill.ca
For Ladies Who Lunch… Burr House Tea Room
If you fancy a proper afternoon tea, then visit the heritage Burr House Tea Room on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and discover a charming space where you can enjoy a hot pot of tea, fresh scones, and delicious jams surrounded by handmade art.
530 Carrville Road
For Comedy Fiends… The Curtain Club
For more than 60 years, The Curtain Club has provided quality theatre at an affordable price to the people of Richmond Hill. They produce five live plays each season, so check out the website and see what’s coming up.
400 Newkirk Road thecurtainclub.org
For Sports Aficionados… the Richmond Hill Golf Club
This 18-hole, championship golf course is one of Toronto’s few remaining public courses, so everyone can join in the fun. Plus the Richmond Hill Country Club is right next door, offering indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, racquetball, squash, a fitness centre, spa, restaurant, and more.
8755 Bathurst Street richmondhillgolf.com
… and Summit Golf Club
The Summit is one of the finest golf clubs in Canada. Protected by
the Oak Ridges Moraine, this 18-hole course offers a perfect round surrounded
by nature’s beauty.
11901 Yonge Street golfsummit.com