People were having picnic by the Little Rouge Creek and so did we. Apparently K2 and children in the entourage enjoyed it the most.From our vintage point, we could see hikers moving on all 4 trails making it a nice scenery and beaconing us to get going too, which is what we did after having our breakfast.more
We were able to wade through the creek by the remains of an old dam, which was still visible in the creek. In the 1950s, a hotel in the valley was a popular vacation spot and the river was dammed for swimming. People often skiied on the hill on the south side of the creek. Nearby, the remains of old orchards and farms are reminders of former...more
The official trail leading up the ridge seemed easy, but made all us hikers, including K2, our great white Kuvasz pup, toil under a bright early fall sun. The view from the top of the ridge was beautiful. The colours had just started turning into various colours of red, orange, and yellow. Hikers in brightly coloured hiking dresses hiking through...more
We walked on the gravel path and ended up on the scenic outlook with a pretty view of autumn foliage. Down in the valley, we could see the Rouge River and Little Rouge Creek valleys and a rock on the other side of the valley, which is a provincially-significant geologic feature.There was an outdoor interpretive exhibit just at the end of the...more
The Registry Office of North York (not to be confused with the city now incorporated into Toronto), is quite obviously an old outpost of the province's administrative structure in this established community. Today its serves as a sort of municipal museum, documenting the founding of Newmarket and its evolution from milling centre to component in...more
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church is somewhat reminiscent of the church of the same name (although of a different sect) on King Street in Toronto. Its solid rock structure contrasts with the lighter and more typical buildings of the other sects that dot the area of the historic district in Newmarket. The fact that this church is set off a bit from...more
I have to admit that, since I visited Newmarket and took these pictures, I've forgotten exactly why I photographed it - but I do know that is a Baptist church. I do know that it is older than the Trinity United Church (the plaque above the door is from 1872) and that, today, it hosts a Protestant Spanish-speaking congregation. Its steeple is quite...more
Trinity United Church was originally constructed in 1879 as a Methodist church but, since the conglomeration of Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregationalist churches in the 1920s, has been a United church. It forms part of the historic buildings on Main Street, even though it now hosts a Korean congregation (I'm guessing that it wasn't here during...more
One of the many historic buildings along the Main Street strip is this red-brick Post Office, which is pretty typical of a southern Ontario town. Its clock tower (which barely reaches over the roofs of the surrounding buildings) was probably quite significant when the post office was first constructed.more
Old Town Hall in Newmarket is hardly a big tourist attraction, but it does help to add to the historic character of the Main Street district. I believe that it is now used primarily as a theatre/play house, and its architecture is somewhat traditional for small town Ontario. There is a small square in front of Old Town Hall called Market Square -...more
In 1801, a Vermont Quaker by the name of Timothy Rogers dammed a part of the Holland River and built a grist mill at the site of the dam. Settlers began to build homes near the site of the mill and thus the nucleus of what would later become Newmarket was born. Today, Fairy Pond is a quiet and pretty pond and park at the end of the Main Street...more
If you drive up Yonge Street into Newmarket, you are likely to get the impression that this is nothing more than an extension of the massive urban sprawl that now connects the city of Toronto with Barrie at Lake Simcoe. Not true! Newmarket is actually a historic settlement and much of its old town charm can still be found on Main Street, where the...more
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With 3 of the 4 of us being outdoorsy type, the main attraction is to visit and shop at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World at this probably Greater Toronto Area’s most sprawling mall, most of it being in an exciting enclosed shopping centre, featuring a distinctive design and architectural theme.
Other than that, it has an exceptional mix of factory outlets and specialty retailers making it a top destination attracting over 13.6M visitors each year.
This shopping Mecca offers many Canadian retail "firsts", and "exclusive-to-Vaughan Mills" brands such as Holt Renfrew Last Call, Michael Kors Outlet, Juicy Couture Outlet, Lacoste Outlet, A/X Armani Exchange Outlet, Hugo Boss Outlet,Banana Republic Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Betsey Johnson and many more.
There are action-packed activities too. Vaughan Mills includes entertainment attractions such as Hollywood's Lucky Strike Lanes, the world's largest Pro Hockey Life, and Nascar SpeedPark.
Located in the City of Vaughan, the centre is easily accessible along Highway 400, just 32 kilometres north of downtown Toronto. In fact, free transportation can be accessed by using the Vaughan Mills Shopping Shuttle. Round-trip, daily departures leave from Toronto’s Union Station between May 1 – September 30.
My son and his class visited Vaughan Mills under their School Groups Program. He and other students were given a brief presentation tailored to his course curriculum and the assignment. His School Group Visit Included:
• Meet & Greet
• Class Presentation (approximately 10 minutes)
• Mall Directory for each student
• Vaughan Mills Souvenir
What to buy: Gear for outdoor adventures at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
What to pay: Varied prices
Admittedly, Canada has the most beautiful seasons that we have ever found in a country. However, weather is a different story. Be adequately prepared for inclement weather in late spring, summer and early fall. You may notice that you may be sweating in the mid-day and yet freezing in the evening on a particular day. Keep a light jersey handy all the time. If you cannot carry it in your hands, carry it in the car.
Due to UV radiations all around the year, use an adequate protection when exposed to the sun.
Some members of the entourage decided to hike down the slopes from the Vista point. The hike turned out to be rather difficult as the trail was almost hidden by thick shrubs and the gradient was sharp. The slopes were so heavily vegetated and the air was so damp that the hikers were panting even on that early October day.more
NatureRouge Park changes with each season. Mast Trail • In warm weather one can get sweaty as ferns and lush understorey plants cover the forest floor. Rouge Beach • This gets heavily populated in summers. Canada Geese, Gulls, and Trumpeter Swans can be seen in the marshes. Riverside Trail • One can observe forest and meadow species of birds. •...more
It is pretty uncommon to find houses built with siding in the suburbs near Toronto, but the houses in Newmarket offer a much wider variety of building materials and styles. Some are done with siding, others in brick, and many of the structures that are designed to be "historical" (if they are not, in fact, from a far earlier era) are done in a...more