Richmond Hill and vaughan is a city in south-central York Region, Ontario, Canada. Part of the Greater Toronto Area, it is the York Region’s third most populous municipality and the 28th most populous municipality in Canada. Richmond Hill has seen a population growth since the 1990s. The city is home to the David Dunlap Observatory telescope, the largest in Canada.
The city was known as the “Rose Capital” of Canada. A more recent motto for Richmond Hill is A little north, a little nicer. Richmond Hill is the only municipal Canadian government to have light pollution laws in place due to the presence of the David Dunlap Observatory. Richmond Hill is a suburb in the province of Ontario and has a large population of wealthy residents.
Miles’ Hill becomes Richmond Hill. Sometime in the 1820s, Miles’ Hill was renamed Richmond Hill. The often repeated story is that it was so named after a visit to the area by Governor General of British North America Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond on July 13, 1819.
Following are the adjacent areas of Richmond Hill:
- Oak Ridges
Oak Ridges is an unincorporated community to the north of Richmond Hill’s downtown and south of Aurora. Historically it had a post office from 1851 to 1930s.
It is within the limits of Richmond Hill ever since its occupation in 1971. It is largely residential, with most commercial development located along Yonge Street. It is located about 16.5 km north of Toronto. The city was developed around Lake Wilcox, the largest lake in the area and a community within Oak Ridges and has continued to expand slowly since its inception. In the 1990s, Oak Ridges experienced moderate growth, which encouraged environmental action and anti-development movements by various organizations. Population has grown significantly as a result of development initiatives along Bayview Avenue.
- Bayview North
Bayview North is a residential area along Bayview Avenue from Elgin Mills Road East to Major Mackenzie Drive. Western branch of the Rouge River runs through as well as Beaver Creek.
Doncrest is a small residential area along and east of Yonge Street just north of 7th Highway . The area is located on peak of the Don River tributary German Mills Creek. Chinese businesses located along 7th Highway from Bayview Avenue are located here and ties with those around East Beaver Creek area.
- Elgin Mills
Elgin Mills is an area around Yonge Street from Gamble Road to Elgin Mills Road. A business park, Elgin Mills Business Park is located in the southeast. Overall a residential area served by Upper Canada Place and Elgin Mills Square at Yonge and Elgin Mills Road. Yonge-Bernard Terminal is a York Region Transit hub.
Headford was established as a postal village in 1856 and home to Methodist Church that opened in 1850. A brief oil fever in the 1860s but the area declined by the early 20th Century. Headford is now mainly a business park area bounded by Major Mackenzie Drive, Leslie Street, Highway 404 and 16th Avenue.
Hillsview is home to David Dunlap Observatory with residential homes now surrounding the observatory where it once were farms. Beverley Acres is a smaller residential area within Hillsville at southwest corner of Yonge Street and Major Mackenzie Drive.
- Mill Pond
Mill Pond is a park located in the mid-region of Richmond Hill that is surrounded by heritage homes.
Richvale is a combo of two residential areas in the southwest end of Richmond Hill divided by Carrville Road and bounded by Yonge Street and Bathurst Street:
- North Richvale-Yongehurst – area north of Carrville Road
- South Richvale – area south of Carrville Road