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5 things to do in the GTA this New Year’s Eve


Posted on Dec 27, 2017

5 things to do in the GTA this New Year's Eve

5 things to do in the GTA this New Year's Eve

5 things to do in the GTA this New Year’s Eve

With Christmas in the rear view, our focus shifts to New Years! For those who have yet to make plans for December 31st, here are a list of fun things to do in the Greater Toronto Area this New Years Eve.

Nathan Phillips Square

First up is the party of all parties in the GTA – the celebration taking place at Nathan Phillips Square, which serves as one of the top New Year’s Eve events in the Canada year after year. With live music, fireworks, and skating opportunities, the party at Nathan Phillips Square is a great way to bring in 2018.

Just make sure to get a spot well before midnight, as The Square tends to get packed around 9-10 p.m.

Newmarket First Night

Newmarket First Night

For those who prefer to do something a little closer to home, the Town of Newmarket is putting together a fun event for the whole family.

Located at the Magna Centre on Mulock Drive, “Newmarket First Night” offers plenty of fun activities throughout the evening, including skating, face painting, and balloon twisting. The best part is, it’s all free!

Both Aurora and Richmond Hill are putting on similar events, so there are plenty of options in the York Region Area.

Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium

If you’re looking for a fun night out with your significant other, Ripley’s Aquarium is hosting a New Year’s event this Sunday that will be sure to be memorable. In addition to the normal aquatic displays, Ripley’s is spicing things up by offering hors d’oeuvres, alcohol, and a live DJ.

General admission is a little steep at $90, but you do get coat check and a free drink ticket.

The Infinity Ball

If you’re someone who likes dancing and loud music, The Infinity Ball is right up your alley. Hosted by Toronto-based super group Dwayne Gretzky, the Enercare Centre is sure to be bumping with some of the best tunes of the last several decades being played throughout the evening.

For those who aren’t aware, Dwayne Gretzky (not to be confused with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky) is a cover band that has captivated audiences with its ability to mix both classic and modern pop.

Tickets are currently on sale, so make sure to secure yours before it’s too late.

A Night in Thailand

If you’re single and ready to mingle, Bangkok Garden is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Get a taste of what it’s like to live in Southeast Asia by checking out A Night in Thailand on Dec. 31st. With a complimentary cocktail, free champagne, and a selfie station, Bangkok Garden is the perfect way to say farewell to 2017.

Tickets are only $50 now, but are expected to go up in price as New Year’s approaches, so don’t wait to buy yours.


2017 NewRoads Children’s Dream Charity Golf Tournament


Posted on Aug 30, 2017

Connor McDavid at NewRoads Charity Golf Tournament

NewRoadss Childrens Dream Golf Tournament

Great golf and giving back at the 2017 NewRoads Children’s Dream Charity Golf Tournament

Golf has a long-standing history of giving back to our local York Region communities.  Great golf and giving back all begins with patience for the game, sportsmanship, and the love of the outdoors.  This incredible game of golf continues with thousands of dollars raised annually for charities across the country.

Connor McDavid at NewRoads Childrens Dream Golf Tournament

On August the 18th, 2017 the NewRoads Automotive Group enjoyed their 5th year as presenting sponsor of the NewRoads Children’s Dream Charity Golf Tournament.  The tournament was a tremendous success and we are proud to announce a $200,000 donation from the tournament to the Newmarket Outdoor Arena fundraising project!

NewRoads Childrens Dream Golf Tournament in Newmarket

This is the foundations most ambitious fundraising project ever – a new, permanent year-round Outdoor Arena – a first for Newmarket. The Outdoor Arena will provide opportunities for children and youth of all ages, abilities, and economic backgrounds to be physically active and engaged in sports and recreational activities all year long.

NewRoads Childrens Dream Golf Tournament Silent Auction

NewRoads Childrens Dream Golf Tournament in Newmarket


We are proud of our Newmarket Community and support the efforts of the Newmarket Children’s Dream Foundation.   The primary purpose of the Foundation is to build or significantly revitalize children’s playgrounds within areas of our community that lack parkland, outdoor recreation areas, and where the residents have little or no capacity to raise funds themselves.

John Taylor at NewRoads Childrens Dream Golf Tournament

The Lebovic Foundation provided a new location the Lebovic Golf Club for the event this year, giving not only a nice golf course to play but an incredible generous donation as well.  Finally, we would like to thank Brian and Connor McDavid for their continuing to support the tournament and the Outdoor Arena.

NewRoads Children's Dream Golf Tournament

NewRoads Children's Dream Golf Tournament

The tournament is such a big success because so many people and businesses from our community sponsor, volunteer, and attend year after year.  “This little tournament is an amazing example of how our community will step up time and time again to make great things happen.”  John Taylor Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Newmarket said.

NewRoads Children's Dream Golf Tournament

NewRoads Children's Dream Golf Tournament

Thank you to all who attended, the sponsors and volunteers, who made this incredible day a success!

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit www.newroads.ca/community.

NewRoads Children's Dream Golf Tournament

NewRoads Children's Dream Golf Tournament

NewRoads Children's Dream Charity Golf Tournament


Where to Listen to Live Music this Month


Posted on Aug 10, 2017

Music in York Region

There isn’t anything much more relaxing than sitting back in a lawn chair and listening to live music on a warm August evening. Local outdoor concerts are a summer staple here in York Region. The friendly community nature of these events make them the perfect place to spend a fun night with the family, neighbours, or even just yourself. From Shania Twain tributes to country classics and soft rock songs, there is a concert to suit anyone and everyone’s musical tastes. Check out these outdoor concerts in your neighborhood this month:

Summer Concerts at Mill Pond Park


Upcoming concerts:

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

August 10 – Good Brothers

August 17 – British Legends

August 24 – Tom Jones/Neil Diamond Tribute


Any Richmond Hill resident is likely familiar with the Mill Pond Concerts. Attending the Thursday evening live performances throughout the summer months has become tradition for many locals who enjoy listening to great music while watching the sun set over the pond. Don’t miss the Tom Jones/Neil Diamond tribute, it’s an annual favourite!

Aurora Concerts in the Park

Upcoming Concerts:

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

August 16 – The Mudmen

August 23 – The Kings

August 30 – Shania Twain, The Ultimate Tribute to Shania Twain

Grab your lawn chair or picnic blanket and head over to Aurora Town Park for their summer concert series. Food vendors will be on site so you can cool off with an ice cream cone or slushie after spending the evening dancing to Shania Twain’s greatest hits. Admission is free, but don’t forget to take a non-perishable food donation!

Music in the Park – Town of Newmarket

Upcoming Concerts:

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

August 10 – The Flailing Shilaleighs

August 13 – The Newmarket Citizen’s Band

August 17 – Whisky River


The Town of Newmarket hosts concerts every Sunday night at the Riverwalk Commons and Thursday evenings at Fairy Lake Park throughout the summer. These concerts exclusively feature local talent so this is a great opportunity to hear and support some bands that were formed in your town.


Newmarket Music Festival


August 25 – 27


There is a weekend-long music festival coming to Riverwalk Commons at the end of the month. Every genre of music will be featured throughout the three days as dozens of performances will be spread over two main stages. There will also be entertainment and activities for children as well as a wide variety of food and drink vendors. Tickets are required for admission and you can purchase them online in advance.






Where to Cool Off this Summer


Posted on Aug 1, 2017

Summer swimming Newmarket

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.


Upper Canada Mall Redevelopment – What to Look Forward to


Posted on Jul 24, 2017

Upper Canada Mall Redevelopment

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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York Region Splash Pads and Parks


Posted on Jul 18, 2017

Kids splash pad

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


Planning the Perfect Beach Day


Posted on Jul 5, 2017

Beach Day

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 https://www.theswimguide.org 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 http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-water-bottle/. 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.


Where to Celebrate Canada Day this Long Weekend


Posted on Jun 26, 2017

Canada Day York Region

Canada Day York Region


The Canada Day long weekend is quickly approaching and this year, the celebrations are going to be bigger and better than ever. Canada will be celebrating a big birthday this time around – the country is turning 150! – and the magnitude of the events that will be held across the country this weekend is expected to reflect that major milestone. Wondering where you can go to party in your red and white? Look no further. Here are five local Canada day events you can attend this weekend:


Newmarket Canada Day


Begin your Saturday with a pancake breakfast at Riverwalk Commons before making your way over to Fairy Lake for an afternoon of family fun and entertainment that will include rides, inflatables, food vendors, shows and musical performances. End the day by enjoying a firework display at George Richardson Park compete with live music and, of course, more food.


Town of East Gwillimbury Canada Day


The Town of East Gwillimbury will be hosting a Canada Day event of their own this July 1st. The community celebration will be held at the Sharon Temple and will feature a BBQ, games and activities, live music and much more. At night, there will be a concert and firework show at the Mount Albert Lions Community Centre. Free Viva bus shuttles departing from local landmarks will be available to help you get to and from the event.


Main Street Canada Day Festival


Newmarket’s Main Street always knows how to throw a good party – and their Canada Day festival this Saturday should be no exception. All day long, there will be a free kid’s carnival, food, live music and tons of prizes to be won.


Richmond Hill Canada Day


The Richmond Green Park always play host to great events throughout the summer, and their Canada Day celebrations will be the best of them all. There will be a “Canadiana” pavilion complete with Canada 150 exhibits showcasing Canadian history, a marketplace, art exhibit and of course, the midway, which will be filled with rides and attractions. Entertainment will include live music by Canadian singer Karl Wolf, a SuperDogs performance, and even a lumberjack show. No Canada Day at Richmond Green would be complete without fireworks! This year, the pyrotechnics will be set to a musical soundtrack. Check out their website for a complete schedule of the day’s events.


Aurora Canada Day Parade


The Town of Aurora’s annual Canada Day parade is a can’t-miss event. This year, it will feature a new route that travels south on Yonge Street from Mosley Street to Murray drive. Dress up in your craziest Canada gear and cheer on the hundreds of floats as they pass by. After the parade, you can head over to Lambert Wilson Park for an afternoon of fun and celebration.







NewRoads proudly supports the 11th annual Tour de Speed


Posted on Jun 23, 2017

Tour du Speed

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 www.newroads.ca/community.


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