Newmarket is known as the “Heart of York Region”. Indeed it is strategically situated right in the centre of York Region, bridging the gap between the predominantly urban municipalities to the south, and the largely rural municipalities to the north. The York Region municipal offices are also based in Newmarket at 17250 Yonge Street. In terms of size, Newmarket is the smallest municipality in the Greater Toronto Area, but it has a higher population density than many neighbouring municipalities. Newmarket’s compactness fosters a small town friendliness, and allows for conveniences and amenities to be easily accessible to all residents.
The Holland River winds its way through Newmarket providing picturesque streetscapes and plenty of parkland. Fairy Lake just to the east of the downtown is a treasured Newmarket landmark. Other Newmarket landmarks include: The Southlake Regional Health Centre located at 596 Davis Drive (which is currently undergoing a $148 million dollar expansion), and Pickering College which was established in 1842, and is one of the top co-ed private schools in Ontario.