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Where to Cool Off this Summer


Posted on Aug 1, 2017

Summer swimming Newmarket

Where to Cool Off this Summer in York Region

The sun has come out in full force and this upcoming month of August looks to be a hot one here in the GTA. When the temperatures are at their highest there is no better way to cool off than going for a swim – not only is it super refreshing, but swimming is also great exercise for children and adults alike! For those not fortunate enough to have a pool of their own to take a quick dip in during the dog days of summer, have no worry! Grab your swimsuit and check out some of these local public pools this month:

Gorman Outdoor Pool 

This popular Newmarket swim spot is the perfect place for the entire family to spend an afternoon in the water. Not only is the pool heated and lifeguard supervised, but there are also picnic tables so you can have a bite to eat after working up an appetite in the water. Divers beware, however; the deepest part of the pool is only five feet, so this isn’t the place to go if you are hoping to work on your forward somersault.

Newmarket Riverwalk Commons

Located right outside of the Newmarket Community Centre, this splash pad is a great alternative to actual swimming pools. Young children will enjoy running through the fountains and playing in the inches-deep water. There are large change rooms on site and having the community centre right next door means you and your kids can always go inside if you want to get out of the sun for a little while.

Ray Twinney Recreation Complex

Beat the heat by heading indoors to swim at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex in Newmarket. These facilities offer something for everyone of all ages and swimming abilities; there is a six-lane pool with diving boards for the serious swimmer, a tot pool for the young ones and a waterslide and swirl pool for those who just want to have fun. Before you pack up your goggles and towel, check out the daily public swim times on their schedule.


Town of East Gwillimbury Farmers Market


Posted on Jul 31, 2017

Town of East Gwillimbury Farmers' Market

NewRoads is a proud sponsor of the Town of East Gwillimbury Farmers Market

Join the NewRoads Community Crew every Thursday from 2pm to 7pm.  Enjoy local fruits, vegetables, perennials, eggs, meats, cheeses, baked goods, honey, sauces, preserves, soaps, artisans and much more while supporting our local businesses. The market is located at Market Square  in the Fieldgate Plaza, Yonge St. and Green Lane.

Farmers' Market Town of East Gwillimbury Farmers' Market

On July 26th, 2010 the East Gwillimbury Farmers’ Market opened with 5 vendors in the back parking lot of the Civic Centre in Sharon. Today the market has grown to over 30 vendors with a wide range of produce, baked goods, and products from local artisans.  “I am very proud of our market and truly love to see the impact it has on our community. It is truly a team effort with the incredible vendors, the committee and all the volunteers”, says Liz Gorzo, Market Manager.

Town of East Gwillimbury Farmers' Market

Town of East Gwillimbury

With friendly vendors and an incredible group of volunteers, NewRoads was more the happy to sponsor the market.  NewRoads is always looking for great opportunities to support events that bring people together.

Farmers' Market

I would recommend the East Gwillimbury Farmers Market to everyone looking for something a little different to share with family and friends.

Town of East Gwillimbury Farmers' Market

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East Gwillimbury Music at Civic Square


Posted on Jul 26, 2017

Music at the Park East Gwillimbury

NewRoads is a proud sponsor of the Town of East Gwillimbury Music at Civic Square

Join the NewRoads Community Crew on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in August for our Music at Civic Square and Music on the Move Concert series.

Tuesday, August 1

Connie Scriver (The Eh Team)

Covering today’s pop, dance and top 40 as well as classic rock.

The Fab 4

Tuesday, August 8          

The Mudmen (Celtic Rock)

High energy and a lot of fun, The Mudmen are a Celtic Rock Band who inspire a party as soon as they hit the stage. Their accomplishments include reaching #19 on the Edge Radio, 6 Music Video’s on Much Music and signing with EMI Records from 2000-2004. More recently, their accomplishments include, the new CBC “Hockey Night in Canada” theme song.

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

Thursday, August 10      

Music on the Move

Ross Family Complex, 19300 Centre, Mount Albert, ON

Bordeen (Indie/Alternative)

Having grown up as siblings, Bordeen’s understanding of harmonies and playing to each other’s best musical abilities has propelled them through their career as a band. This past year, Bordeen released their new single ‘Broken Bones’ across radio in Canada and set out on a cross Canada tour.

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Tuesday, August 15

Marshall Dane (Country Rock)

Marshall Dane’s live show is second to none. He is an artist that always connects with his audience.  His energy and passion for performing make his shows impossible to forget.

NewRoads Kelly Broome and Town of EG Victoria Caampbell kicking off the SHOW

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

EG Mayor Virginia Hackson EG Parks Staff and NewRoads Kelly Broome

The Briars Golf Club Ladies Woodstock Golf Tournament


Posted on Jul 25, 2017


Love Peace Joy and Golf…

The Briars Golf Club in Jackson’s Point, on the shores of Lake Simcoe hosted their Ladies Member Guest Golf Tournament Woodstock style on Friday July 21st. You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day, not a cloud in the sky. “We must have a in with Mother Nature, It’s always a beautiful day at The Briars.” Steve Grass, Head Golf Professional said.

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They day started by bringing us back to 1969 Woodstock with golfers, carts and the course dressed Woodstock style. Rumer has it there was a “STREAKER” at shot gun. But what happens at The Briars “STAYS AT THE BRIARS” Frank Campanelli, General Manager said.

Briar's Golf Tournament

The Briars Golf Club is a scenic, rustic and calming course located on the south shore of Lake Simcoe, less than 1 hour from Toronto. Established in 1922, this Stanley Thompson/Robbie Robinson collaboration is a mature, classic layout offering 4 sets of tees to provide members and guests of any skill level with an exceptional golfing experience.

The Briars Woodstock Golf Tournament The Briars Ladies Golf Tournament The Briars Ladies Golf Tournament

I would recommend the Briars to every level of golfer and anyone looking for friendly people to golf with. The course may be old but its character makes it a true destination and one of a kind.

The Briars Golf Tournament

With friendly staff and an incredible group, NewRoads was more the happy to sponsor this tournament. NewRoads is always looking for great opportunities to support events that bring people together. What better way to do that then to experience Woodstock!

NewRoads Jeep

The Briars Golf Tournament

I would like to thank Caird Urquhart for inviting NewRoads to be a part of this groovy and far out day and look forward to seeing what these creative ladies are planning next!

NewRoads Automotive Group

I would also like to thank our NewRoads Crew Michael, Ian, Jordan, Linda, Michelle, Aaron, Robby, Sean, David, Kevin, Paul and Mike for helping to make this day an incredible success. To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit


Upper Canada Mall Redevelopment – What to Look Forward to


Posted on Jul 24, 2017

Earlier this year, it was announced that Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket would undergo some pretty extensive renovations. Well, if you’ve passed by the popular shopping destination anytime recently, you’ve probably noticed that construction for this project is fully underway – and you may be wondering what exactly is going to change. Here is the 411 on everything you can look forward to at Upper Canada Mall once the $60 million transformation is complete in 2018:

Upper Canada Mall Redevelopment

New Stores:

Some new retailers have already begun to pop up around the mall, with more scheduled to open over the next year or so. Just a few weeks ago, a Sunrise Records location opened in the space vacated by HMV on the second floor of the shopping centre. At a time when many music stores are closing as more and more people are getting their tunes digitally, this will likely turn into a can’t-miss destination for old school music lovers who prefer to purchase hard copies of their favourite albums.

Those with a sweet tooth are sure to be excited for the pending arrival of Squish Candies, the Montreal-based boutique chain that specializes in gourmet gummies. Along with the 100-plus flavours of gummies they offer, you will also be able to purchase chocolate, licorice and marshmallows at this new shop.

Perhaps the most noteworthy new opening will be the completely redesigned, one-level, 64,000 square foot Sport Chek store that will replace the existing two-floor location. The new store, which will be among the last to open as part of the plan that has been set out, will use state-of-the-art technology to provide the best possible customer experience for athletes and sports fans.

New Food:

It looks like Upper Canada will soon become a destination for foodies living north of the city. Arthurs Landing Bar Grill Hub, part of The Landing Group restaurant chain, has already opened in time for the summer months. From weekend brunch to late night drinks while watching the game, this new restaurant looks like it will appear to a wide range of eaters. But this is just the start to the food additions Upper Canada will be making.

The cornerstone piece of the redevelopment project is yet-to-be-officially-named Food Market, a first-to-market grocery market featuring more than 25 food vendors – think a more modern, easier-to-get-to Kensington Market. According to the Oxford Properties press release, shoppers can look forward to, “an assortment of fresh foods and prepared take-away options, including; produce, a butcher shop, fish monger, cheese shop, bakery, a juice bar, and a gourmet gift shop.” This market looks like it could really be a game-changer for the grocery shopping experience in Newmarket.

The Market is also expected to include a number of full-service restaurants, although it is not clear yet which ones.

Mall-goers can also look forward to a having a brand new, two-level court space to relax during a busy day of shopping.


Summer Movie Fun in York Region


Posted on Jul 19, 2017

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Do you need help thinking of kid-friendly activities for summer?  Smurfs and Boss Baby are just two of them many great summer outdoor movies free provided by the Town of Newmarket.

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Maple Leaf Public School Gymnasium (155 Longford Drive) (indoor movie only)

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: St John Chrysostom School (800 Joe Persechini Drive)
Inclement weather location is inside the gym.


Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: Glen Cedar Public School (915 Wayne Drive)
Inclement weather location is inside at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex – Rink 1 (100 Eagle Street West)

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: St Nicholas School (480 Keith Avenue)
Inclement weather location is inside the gym.

Date: Monday, August 28, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: College Manor Park (College Manor Drive)
Inclement weather location is inside the Magna Centre Tim Horton’s Gym (800 Mulock Drive)

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: Ken Sturgeon Park (1035 Lockwood Circle)
Inclement weather location is inside the Magna Centre Tim Horton’s Gym (800 Mulock Drive) ​​

Date: Sunday, Septe​mber 3, 2017
Time: approximately 8:15 p.m. (dusk)
Location: Lion’s Park (424 D’Arcy Street)Inclement weather location is inside the Community Centre & Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive)​

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East Gwillimbury Music at Civic Square


Posted on Jul 18, 2017

Music at Civic Square

NewRoads is a proud sponsor of the Town of East Gwillimbury Music at Civic Square

Join the NewRoads Community Crew on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in July for our Music at Civic Square and Music on the Move Concert series.

Tuesday, July 11 Green River Revival (CCR Tribute)

Green River Revival is North America’s most authentic sounding CCR tribute band.  You’ll recognize all of the greatest hits all evening long.  Enjoy a night full of nostalgia, sing-alongs and good ol’ family fun!

Music at Civic Square

Thursday, July 13 Music on the Move

Holland Landing Community Centre 19513 Yonge St, Holland Landing, ON

The Rob Watts Band (Country)

The Rob Watts Band pride themselves on a high energy, crowd-involved, live performance and put their own spin on what’s now considered modern country music by highlighting some of the key elemental instruments used in classic country, while keeping the tempo up, and the songs catchy and fun.

Music at Civic Square

Tuesday, July 18 The FabFour (Beatles Cover)

The FabFour are an entertaining, musical and historical re-enactment of the life of pop-rock music’s most revered and influential bands – The Beatles! The FabFour take pride in accurately re-creating love performances of The Beatles’ vast repertoire in full costume.  A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Tuesday, July 25 Hotel California (Eagles Tribute) 

Hotel California is the premier tribute band to the Eagles; one of the world’s best selling bands of all time.

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


York Region Splash Pads and Parks


Posted on Jul 18, 2017

Splash Pad Richmond hill

Summer is in full swing and parents everywhere are in search for inexpensive ways to keep their children active, happy and cool.  The excitement of running through the cold water,  the anticipation of when they are going to be sprayed, or when the giant bucket will tip dumping water all over them is a wonderful feeling no child will ever forget.

“WE HAVE THE LIST!”  Summer fun close to home!

Summer fun for kids


Tresstown Neighbourhood Park
East of 10th line at Sunnyridge Avenue & Raxlin Street map

Byer’s Pond Way Park
Byers Pond Way & Duffin Drive, Stouffville.

Madori Neighbourhood Park
Millard Street and Winlane Drive.

Wheeler’s Neighbourhood Park
East of Niine at the corner of Hoover Park Drive & Mostar Street.

Splash Pads Aurora

Aurora & Newmarket

Town Park
Corner of Lamont Street and Metcaffe Street.

Ada Johnson Park
At the corner of Conover Avenue & Hartwell Way

Harvest Hills Park
Splash pad, playground and covered over picnic area. Located at the corner of Woodspring Avenue & Harvest Hills Blvd. (behind Costco

Rogers Spray Pad
Rogers Park, 170 London Road, Newmarket

Riverwalk Commons
Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket

Kids splash pad

Richmond Hill

Bridgeview Park
Marshall Street, south of Observatory Lane.

Crosby Park
Crosby Avenue and Newkirk Road

Dr. James Langstaff Community Park
Red Maple Road and Bantry Avenue

Grovewood Park
Large splash pad at the corner of Grovewood Street, south east of King Road and Bathurst Street.

Humber Flats EcoPark
small splash pad & playground. Located on Red Cardinal Trail at Barberry Crescent. map

Newberry Park
Bernard Avenue, west of CNR tracks

Richmond Green Sports Centre & Park
Elgin Mills Road East and Leslie Street

Russell Tilt Park
Blackforest Drive, north of Regatta Avenue.

Silver Stream Park
Wayside Avenue and Shirley Drive.

William Neal Park
Tower Hill Road southeast of Jeffereson Sideroad and Bathurst Street.

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The ROC (Recreational Outdoor Campus)
26479 Civic Centre Rd, Keswick

Whipper Watson Park
153 Carrick Ave, Keswick

Const. Garrett Styles Park
176 Laurendale Ave, Keswick


It’s Strawberry Season


Posted on Jul 14, 2017

brooks Farms  


Strawberry picking is a family must and now it’s the perfect time of year to get picking.  Enjoy a great day with the family and enjoy these tips courtesy of our NewRoads Crew!


Strawberry Picking Tips


Bring sunscreen, hats, bug spray and comfortable shoes.  This can be a little messy so plan on clothing that can get dirty. Bring your own basket to be on the safe side and don’t overfill.


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Pick strawberries off the bush by twisting at the stem.


Call in advance to be sure your farm is open for the day and that they have berries in good supply. Typically Strawberry season runs from mid June ending sometime in July.


Cleaning: Rinse your strawberries in a mixture of water and vinegar to kill off any molds or spores that can be on the surface, this will make your strawberries last up to whole week longer. Store your strawberries in the fridge.


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Pick-Your-Own Berry Farms


Applewood Farm & Winery
12442 McCowan Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON


Brooks Farms
141 Ashworth Rd #122, Mt Albert, ON


Organics Family Farm
7550 19th Ave, Markham, ON


Reesor Farm Market
10825 Ninth Line, Markham, ON


Strawberry Creek Farms
Woodbine & Davis Drive, Newmarket ON


Trapper Bob Farm
16864 Warden Ave, Newmarket, ON


Whittamore’s Berry Farm
8100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, ON


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Planning the Perfect Beach Day


Posted on Jul 5, 2017

Beach Day


Now that the weather has finally warmed up here in Ontario, it’s time to kick summer into full gear – and what better way to do so than planning a trip to the beach? Whether you decide to stay in the city and head over to Woodbine Beach or make the drive to the beautiful beaches at Sandbanks National Park, there is no shortage of sandy destinations to choose from in central and southern Ontario. However, there are a few things to keep in mind while planning for your day in the sun. Check out these five tips and tricks for planning the perfect day at the beach:


  • The last thing you want is to arrive at the beach in your swimsuit only to discover the water isn’t safe to go into. The website provides up-to-date water quality information for more than 7000 beaches, so you’ll know which ones meet water quality standards and which ones don’t before you depart. They even have an app you can download on your smartphone so you can get all your beach info on the go!
  • Get to the beach early. While sleeping in on a day off of school or work is always tempting, doing so will likely result in arriving to an already jam-packed beach with limited room for you to set up your towels and umbrellas. Hit the road early and you’ll be guaranteed a prime spot in the sun (or shade, if you prefer!)
  • Bring extra towels or old bedsheets for your car. You and your passengers will likely be covered in sand by the end of the day and placing covers on your seats for the ride home will save you from having to vacuum out your vehicle.
  • Pack lots of water – in the heat, it’s easy to become dehydrated without even knowing it. Freeze some water bottles overnight to that your drink stays cold throughout the whole day. If you want to go the reusable route, check out this comprehensive list of the top water bottles available on the market Keep in mind that some common signs of dehydration in an adult include increased thirst, fatigue and dizziness.
  • If you are hitting the beach with a large group, remember to label all your belongings, such as your towel, water bottle and cooler – beach gear often looks similar and it’s easy to get yours mixed up with someone else’s.


Still unsure which beach to visit? Take a look at BlogTO’s list of the top 25 beaches in and around Toronto.