Toronto Neighbourhood Guide

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Map Observatory Oak Ridges - Lake Wilcox Jefferson Westbrook Devonsleigh Mill Pond Crosby Rouge Woods Richvale Harding The Bayview Hill Doncrest Langstaff West Gormley North Leslie

Richmond Hill is filled with unique and distinct neighbourhoods with a multicultural flair. The diverse population is steadily growing with 126 languages being spoken. Richmond Hill's prime location situated right in the middle of the Greater Toronto area with convenient access to transit systems and major highways, has made it a top destination for residents and businesses. Richmond Hill's Headford and Beaver Creek Business parks are located in the southeast part of the town and are among the largest employment centres in the region. The Langstaff neighbourhood at Yonge Street and Highway 7 is Richmond Hill's highest density neighbourhood. It is still being developed and will one day serve as the downtown core. It already is a major transit hub with Go Train service connecting commuters to downtown Toronto's Union Station.

The historic Village of Richmond Hill is situated on a rise of land along Yonge Street from Major Mackenzie north to Crosby Avenue. This stretch is lined with quaint heritage commercial buildings which are home to a variety of shops, restaurants and professional offices. The Village also contains  landmark churches and the Richmond Hill Cenotaph a war memorial commemorating the many Richmond Hill residents who served in the First and Second World War. Set back from the street behind the Cenotaph is the former Richmond Hill schoolhouse now known as the McConaghy Centre, a community centre for residents 55 and older. The Village is also home to the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts whose shining glass edifice adds a bit of modernity to the otherwise remarkably intact Village streetscape.

The north-end of Richmond Hill known as Oak Ridges, is part of the environmentally significant Oak Ridges Moraine which is referred to as the “rain barrel of Ontario”. This part of Richmond Hill includes mostly newer neighbourhood subdivisions surrounded by conservation lands and farmland. Ancient kettle lakes along the Oak Ridges Moraine are remnants of the last ice age. These lakes including Lake Wilcox, Bond Lake. Phillip's Lake and Lake St. George are significant landmarks in this part of the town. The northeast part of Richmond Hill is still largely rural. It includes the hamlet of West Gormley which has a Heritage Conservation District designation. The new Gormley Go Station is located in this part of town and is the last stop on the Richmond Hill Go Train line. 

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