NewRoads proudly supports the 11th annual Tour de Speed


Posted on Jun 23, 2017

Tour du Speed


On Saturday, June 3rd at the North Union Community Centre in Queensville, ON was the 11th annual Tour de Speed, presented by Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club.  NewRoads is a proud sponsor of this event encouraging riders between the ages of 9 and 18.  The event had an OCA (Ontario Cycling Association) record field for a youth event with 122 registered riders.
A special guest joined in the fun – our NewRoads LakeRide ambassador and Canadian cycling champion Ed Veal. Ed was at the starting line during the Time trials offering coaching and motivation to the riders. After the racing at the medal ceremony he gave a great motivational speech.


Ed Veal


Tour du Speed


It was great to see the community come together to support this inspiring event.  NewRoads would like to thank the Newmarket Eagles president Dean Robertson for including NewRoads year after year.  Watching it grow over the years has been wonderful and you can count on NewRoads for years to come.


Newmarket Eagles and Ed Veal



At NewRoads we believe strongly that in order for business to be strong communities need to be strong. To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit


Tour du Speed and NewRoads

“The 11th annual Tour de Speed was a great success, we had an Ontario youth race record crowd of 122 registrations with racers coming from as far away as Windsor and Ottawa. The weather was perfect for racing, the temperature was in the low 20s, sunny and no wind.  Racing started at 9:01 and didn’t stop until 12:45 with ten separate races taking place. There were two new format changes this year, the maximum age changed from 16 to 18 years old, but the most exciting was that groups were based on ability and not on gender. Proving the girls are just as fast the boys was 12 year old Mia Till of the Midweek Cycling Club from Toronto, she won silver in her group racing 3 kms in 3:27, three seconds behind the winner. Next years’ race is already scheduled for June 9th! The Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club are grateful for the support we receive from Michael Croxon, Kelly Broome, and The NewRoads Automotive Group. ”
– Regards, Dean Robertson


Tour du Speed Event



NewRoads Community Crew supports Golf Fore Change


Posted on Jun 22, 2017

Amber & Shaun from Central York Fire.

Picturesque Silver Lakes Golf Course


On Tuesday, June 20th the Women’s Centre of York Region hosted their 9th annual Golf Fore Change.  The Women’s Centre of York Region has quietly been making a difference in the lives of thousands of women since 1977 celebrating 40 years of service to our community.  In the past year the Women’s Centre helped 969 women across York Region.


Karen, Trudy, Judith & Maureen enjoying some golf at Silver Lakes Golf Course


The NewRoads Automotive Group have been proud sponsors of the Women’s Centre for many years through sponsorship and participation.

“The Women’s Centre of York Region became a part of my life almost 8 years ago.    As I come up to my eighth year I know I am surrounded by the most dedicated group of people I have ever met.  I am very proud of our clients, staff, donors, community partners, volunteers and our board of directors.  I’m looking forward to a very successful future with this team and believe very strongly that with our collective vision and team effort, anything is possible.”
– NewRoads Community Relations Manager Kelly Broome  and the centres co-chair said.

Golf Fore Change

There was a very heart-warming story told by Michelle Garner, a client of the Women’s Centre who after fleeing with her daughter and five month old son after receiving the care and services from the centre.  Today, Michelle thanks to the great work of the Women’s Centre she has found a home, is able to provide for her children, returned to school and graduated this year with a bachelor of arts in business administration with a major in Human Resources.

Kelly, Catherine, Shaun & Amber.

Golf Fore Change


The tournament was a success despite the weather and raised $14,000.  This money will provide programs and services to 14 women across York Region.  To learn more about the Women Centre of York Region visit


Michelle Garner


At NewRoads, we believe strongly that in order for business to be strong communities need to be strong.  To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit


Catherine Madden, Executive Director, Women's Centre of York Region


Girls and Guys Night Out Cheque Presentation


Posted on Jun 21, 2017

Girls and Guys Night Out Cheque Presentation


On June the 8th at Au Shucks Aurora, Ontario the NewRoads Automotive Group COO Jim VanDusen presented a cheque for $11,000 to The MS Society and Women’s Centre of York Region.


NewRoads strongly believes in caring for our community through sponsorship and participation.  Girls and Guys Night Out is one of our four signature events designed to bring people together, build awareness, and encourage participation.


Once again thank you to our volunteer committee, the neighbourhood network, Mr. Menswear  and our wonderful community for their on going support.  Visit for more upcoming events, news, photos, and video.  like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


From all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group, thank you and see you again next year!



York Pride Fest 2017


Posted on Jun 20, 2017

York Pride Fest 2017


We were proud to sponsor the 2017 York Pride Fest here in Newmarket. Our NewRoads Crew dawning the rainbow tie-dye T-shirts lead the front of the parade and were among many out in support of the first Pride parade down Main Street on Saturday, June 17th, 2017.


Newmarket Pride Fest 2017


It was the first time the parade was held in the town after several years in Richmond Hill, and by most accounts, it was a great start and incredible success.


Newmarket’s Main Street was shut down with the Pride Parade joining two other events (The Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair) forming a family-friendly party at River Walk Commons.


NewRoads team at York Pride Fest 2017


The Main Street merchants joined in with rainbow foods and drinks for all to enjoy. We received many positive comments with people happy to see Newmarket as a diverse community that brings the everyone together.


York Pride Fest 2017


Once again thank you to all the volunteers, participants, Main Street merchants, organizers, and our wonderful community for their support. Visit for more upcoming events, news, photos, and video.


From all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group, thank you and hope to see you again next year!


NewRoads team at York Pride Fest 2017


Newmarket York Pride Fest Parade 2017


NewRoads team at York Pride Fest 2017



Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in York Simcoe


Posted on Jun 19, 2017

Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in York Simcoe


There’s nothing quite like a warm summer night north of the city. From sitting around a campfire at your cottage to barbequing in your backyard, it’s important to take advantage of the nice weather while it lasts. This summer, there is another activity you can add to your summer bucket list: attend an outdoor movie. Over the past few years, outdoor movies have become a popular summertime attraction across North America. They make for a fun (and inexpensive!) date night or family outing under the stars, and this year there are tons of places you can watch one outside of Toronto. So ditch the theatre this summer, grab your lawn chair and some blankets and catch an outdoor movie at one of these locations:


Barrie Film Festival Outdoor Films


The Barrie Film Festival is an organization that hosts year-round film programing in the Barrie area. From June to August, they will host a number of outdoor movie screenings in two different locations featuring recent box office hits.


Admission: Free


Doctor Strange – June 21 (Heritage Park)

Beauty and the Beast – July 12 (Heritage Park)

The Secret Life of Pets – July 26 (Heritage Park)

Viva Las Vegas – August 9 (Heritage Park)

SING – August 23 (Centennial Beach)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – August 30 (Heritage Park)


Bradford West Gwillimbury Outdoor Movies


Beginning in July, the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury will put on outdoor movie events on alternating Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.


Admission: Free

Location: BWG Library & Cultural Centre – West Lawn


The Secret Life of Pets – July 13

Sing – July 27

A Dog’s Purpose – August 10

Moana – August 24


Newmarket Moonlight Movies


The Town of Newmarket will be hosting weekly outdoor movie events at a variety of locations throughout the month of August and into the first week of September. Don’t worry about bringing your own snacks to these ones, because there will be free popcorn available courtesy of the Newmarket Scouts!


Admission: Free

Locations/Dates/Times (All movie titles TBA):

Maple Leaf Public School Gymnasium (Indoor movie) – August 2 – 7 p.m.

St. John Chrysostom School – August 9 – 8:15 p.m.

Glen Cedar Public School – August 16 – 8:15 p.m.

St. Nicholas School – August 23 – 8:15 p.m.

College Manor Park – August 28 – 8:15 p.m.

Ken Sturgeon Park – August 30 – 8:15 p.m.

Lion’s Park – September 3 – 8:15 p.m.


Town of Richmond Hill Moonlight Movies


You will be able to catch an outdoor movie in Richmond Hill every Wednesday night in August this summer. The movies begin when the sun goes down, but you can arrive at the location at 7 p.m. for fun pre-movies activities.


Admission: Free


Angry Birds – August 9 (Richmond Hill Public Library)

SING – August 16 (Bond Lake Arena)

Beauty and the Beast – August 23 (Richvale Athletic Field)

Guardian and the Galaxy – August 30 (Rogue Woods Community Centre)



Don’t forget to check out the outdoor movie websites for alternate dates and locations in the event of inclement weather!


How to keep your car cool this summer


Posted on Jun 13, 2017

keep your car cool


With the hot and humid weather now upon us, it’s important to look for ways to not only keep yourself cool but your vehicle as well.  While your car will never be able to escape the heat altogether, there are a few things you can try that can help to cool it down.


Read ahead for some quick and easy tips:


Park in garage


The easiest way to escape the hot rays is to park your vehicle in a garage. Even if the garage is warm, keeping your car in the shade will be enough to cool it down significantly.  If your work is close to a garage, it may be worth paying for a pass during the warm months to ensure your vehicle stays cool.


Bring blankets


If you’re out and about and there’s simply no way of escaping the hot sun, make sure to bring some blankets with you to throw over your seats when you leave your vehicle. While the blankets will get hot, your seats will remain cool.


It may also be a good idea to bring a hand towel to throw on top of your steering wheel.


Take your time looking for parking


Unless you’re just going in for a quick errand, it’s in your best interest to look for a parking spot that will offer the most shade. This is particularly important if you’re looking for a spot at work and will be in the office for the day.


If you can’t find any shade, at least make sure that the front of your car isn’t directly facing the sunlight.


Window tinting


If you don’t already have tinted windows, now may be the time to invest in them.  While you’ll still want to keep your car out of the sun, tinted windows will do a reasonable job of cooling your car’s interior on a hot and humid day.


Wait for it to cool


If your car’s been out in the sun for a while, you’d be wise to wait for a minute or two before hopping in.  Open the doors to let the breeze whisk the hot air away. Otherwise, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when you sit down.


Crack open your windows


While it’s never a good idea to roll down your windows completely, it’s also not a bad idea to open them a crack to let out some of the hot air.  This means rolling them down just a smidge. If a potential thief could still manage to fit their arm through the crack, you’ve rolled them down too much.


Use the A/C


If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to wait for your car to cool, you can always just blast the air conditioning to cool down.



Bradford Bypass Connecting Link Update


Posted on Jun 12, 2017

Read our first Bradford Bypass update here


For more than a decade, both the provincial government and residents of the north GTA have discussed the possibility of building a bypass that would connect two major Ontario highways – the 404 and 400 – north of Newmarket. Despite initial plans, the project (which become known as “the Bradford Bypass”) failed to materialize. However, the highway (which is now being called the “Connecting Link”) recently got one step closer to becoming a reality when it was officially added to the province’s updated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region on May 18, following a strong push by the public throughout 2016.


Bradford Bypass Hwy 400 to Hwy 404

According to the Town of East Gwillimbury website, “the Highway 400–404 Connecting Link is a proposed 16.2 kilometre, four-lane controlled access highway that will provide an east-west connection between Highway 400 in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Highway 404 in the Town of East Gwillimbury” that would help to “alleviate congestion on east-west corridors across the Holland Marsh” and “provide an alternative path from eastern Toronto and eastern Greater Toronto Area to Barrie and the rest of the Simcoe area.”


If approved, the Connecting Link would come as a response to the significant population and infrastructure growth that has occurred in the York Region and Simcoe County areas over the past few years. From 2006-2016, there was a population increase of over 20 per cent in York Region, and an increase of nearly 18 percent in Simcoe County*. The Growth Plan projects that the population of each area will rise by hundreds of thousands by the year 2041, and that the amount of jobs in the regions will increase drastically over this time. Approximately 50 per cent of York Region residents currently commute to other regions for their jobs, according to the Town of East Gwillimbury. The highway link would help to alleviate what is currently is, and is expected to be, heavy traffic during rush hours as people commute to and from the surrounding area for work. It would also aid in the development of businesses in the area which in turn would boost the economies of the respective regions.


There are currently no timelines in place for construction and completion of the Connecting Link, however a provincial environmental assessment is already underway.


We will keep you updated on the progress of the project.


*All figures are from Statistics Canada



10 items you need to pack on your road trip


Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Road trip packing tips


It seems like no matter how much you prepare, there’s always something you forget to pack when you go on vacation. To make sure you have everything you need, here’s a list of items to bring on your next road trip.




Sometimes, nature calls at the worst time. If you’re on the road and can’t find a proper rest stop, you may have to make do with what’s available. If that’s the case, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary toiletries with you (cleaning wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, etc.) just in case.


Snacks and food


Stopping for dinner isn’t always easy when you’re on the road. To make sure you don’t go hungry on your trip, bring a large supply of snacks and other light food items to hold you over. Things like granola bars and veggies are easy to pack, and won’t create a big mess.




On that note, you should also consider packing a cooler stocked with drinks. Bring water and any other beverages that will help to quench your thirst.




In this day and age, it’s difficult to go anywhere without your cell phone. Bring multiple chargers with you to make sure you’re not traveling with a dead phone.




To make sure you don’t get bored behind the wheel, download your favorite podcasts or audio books or make your own playlist for the drive. Bring along any sort of board or handheld games to keep your passengers entertained as well.




If you burn easily, you’ll have a tough time going an hour, let alone a full day, without applying sunscreen. In you’re headed up north, it’s a good idea to bring bug spray with you as well.




No matter how well you think you know an area, it’s still important to bring a navigator with you. If you don’t already own one, make sure to shell out a few bucks to buy a GPS before your trip. You won’t regret it.  Also, if your GPS happens to break down, it’s not a bad idea to bring a physical map as a backup.  A great option is the free Waze App for your iPhone or Android device.




It’s rare to get the proper sleep you need on a trip. Remember to bring some pillows and warm blankets for those in the back who aren’t driving.


CAA card


There’s nothing worse than spending your vacation stuck on the side of the road. Make sure to sign up for roadside assistance if you don’t already have it before embarking on your trip. Be sure to check out CAA‘s affordable options.


First aid kit


If you’re out in the wilderness, it’s important to bring a first aid kid with you to treat any cuts or wounds before they get infected. Doing so could save you from spending a day at the hospital.



7th Annual Girls (and Guys) Night Out


Posted on Jun 5, 2017


It was a fantastic evening at NewRoads Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC for the 7th Annual Girls (and Guys) Night Out!


NewRoads Girls Night Out photo


NewRoads Girls Night Out


The evening raised $11,000 and featured not one, but two fashion shows brought to you by MR Menswear with Mike Rathke and his team joining forces with the NewRoads Automovive Group to host both women and men for the first time to raise awareness and funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Women’s Centre of York Region. The men’s Fashion Show featuring numerous community leaders while the event also offered live and silent auctions, delicious food & drink, swag bags and shopping with amazing local vendors & businesses. ​


MR Menswearfashion show


See the complete photo gallery here.



Car Insurance Questions and Answers


Posted on Jun 2, 2017


Car Insurance Questions and Answers


Automobile insurance is mandatory in Ontario. However, for many, it is a confusing and even intimidating subject. Broker Colin Robinson uses his experience to help answer some of the most commonly asked questions about auto insurance in the following Q&A:



What are some of the most common myths surrounding auto insurance?


I would say the most common misconception is the notion that red cars are more expensive to insure than vehicles of any other colour. This is unequivocally untrue. Another myth is that two-door cars are always more expensive than those with four doors – this is also false (in fact, sometimes the opposite is true). As well, the idea that expensive vehicles cost more to insure than their more economical counterparts is a myth, as higher-priced cars often have more safety features which can lead to less injury claims, which is a major factor in determining premium.



Will a not at fault accident raise your rates?


No. By law, rates cannot be raised as a result of an accident that is considered to be 100 per cent not at fault. As well, rates can also not increase as a result of fire, theft, vandalism or a situation in which your car is hit while parked.


What type of cars are typically the least expensive to insure?


Family-type vehicles such as sedans and minivans typically cost the least to insure, as do pickup trucks. Also, some exotic sports cars are surprisingly frequently among the least expensive vehicles to insure due to the demographics of the drivers that often own them.


What insurance coverage is mandatory and what is optional?


Third-party liability coverage is mandatory. Available optional coverages include collision, comprehensive (fire, theft, vandalism, glass) and increased accident benefits. However, if a car is leased or financed, the manufacturer will require a full coverage policy.


What are the most common discounts available for car insurance policies?


All insurance companies offer several types of discounts to those who are eligible. These may include:


  • Multi-vehicle discount
  • Multi-policy discount
  • Conviction-free discount
  • Snow tire discount
  • Senior discount
  • Good student discount
  • Renewal discount



What is waiver of depreciation coverage?


This coverage is available on new vehicles. It protects the full value of a car in the event of a write-off for the first 24-48 months of ownership, depending on the company.


What is accident forgiveness coverage?


For those who are eligible, most insurance companies will “forgive” a driver’s first at-fault accident, which as a result will not cause a rate increase at time of renewal.


Colin Robinson has been a registered insurance broker in Ontario for 27 years. He specializes in auto, home, business and life insurance.