John Taylor was born and raised in Newmarket. He is currently the Mayor of the Town of Newmarket. John is the Chair of Housing York, member of the York Region Human Services Planning Board and York Region Rapid Transit. Watch here to get the Town’s perspective.

The Town

The Town of Newmarket is located in York Region and is home to over 90,000 residents. Newmarket has consistently been named one of the Best Places to Live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine and has garnered an international reputation for being one of the country’s most dynamic, diverse and desirable towns to live and work in. Newmarket is also widely considered a progressive place with a reputation for innovation, particularly in its environmental projects. 


Newmarket is located between the bustling City of  Toronto and picturesque cottage country – allowing it to retain small town charm while providing big city amenities such as premium health care facilities (Southlake Regional Health Centre), upscale shopping and retail (Upper Canada Mall and unique shops around Town) and advanced transit networks (vivaNext rapid transit system). 

Its proximity to 400 series highways, sprawling parks and trails and affordable housing makes Newmarket an ideal location for young families and professionals alike. 


Additionally, the Town has extensive recreation and culture programs, public art initiatives and heritage and history preservation projects (including  our Historic Downtown Main Street and the Elman W. Campbell Museum) for residents and tourists.



Main Street is the unique, historic, vibrant heart of Newmarket. Built along an ancient First Nations trade route, downtown Newmarket has always been a hotbed of heritage sites, culture, commerce, shopping and entertainment. Today people come for an authentic experience. Visitors can spend the day losing themselves in the 150 one-of-a-kind places to see. From retail shops, beauty salons, professional services, restaurants & pubs, the award-winning seasonal Farmer’s Market and Ferry Lake.  Newmarket’s Main Street has what you are looking for. The same magic that attracts us to the famous city streets and quaint village centres is taking root in the suburban soil. For the third time in two hundred years, Main Street is resurrecting itself and the way people shop, eat and play.



Newmarket Riverwalk Commons features an outdoor stage and is host to various Newmarket events all year long. Some notable events include Music in the Park, Moonlight Movies, Kanata Summer Festival, Garlic is Great Festival, Winter Wonderland, the Newmarket Ice Lounge and more.