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Tourism Information - Top Ten Reasons To Visit Richmond Hill

Tourism Information - Top Ten Reasons To Visit Richmond Hill

Planning a trip to Richmond Hill and want to know what the best things are to do? Take a look at our "Top Ten Reasons To Visit Richmond Hill" and you're sure to get the most out of your visit! Just by being in Richmond Hill you are close to so many wonderful attractions. Located directly north of Toronto by mere minutes, a visit will show you why Richmond Hill's motto is "a little north, a little nicer."

10. Ride The Waves At The Wave Pool!
Spend a day at the indoor beach that is! Check out The Wave Pool at the Lois Hancey Aquatic Centre, the only indoor wave pool within the Greater Toronto Area. Swim and bodysurf in 4-foot waves, frolic on water mats or try bodysurfing. Ride the thrilling 160 ft. twisting water slide, or simply relax in our sauna.

9. Explore Richmond Hill History!
With the largest repository of genealogical data in York Region, Richmond Hill Public Library has over one hundred volumes of information on families from surrounding regions. The Richmond Hill Heritage Centre also highlights the rich history of the community with its exhibits, collections and documentation. Take a stroll through the old downtown core which has recently been renovated in a new beautification project. Or go even further back in time and see the A.J. Clark Interpretive Centre at the Elgin West Community Centre. The nearby archeological dig site has been successful in unearthing important historical artifacts and providing residents with an opportunity to discover firsthand the lives of those who inhabited the Town many years ago. Take a trip in time and experience the Richmond Hill of old!

8. Exercise Your Mind And Body At Our 150 Beautiful Parks & Amenities!
Name your sport or favourite recreational activity and Richmond Hill probably has it with over 150 parks and amenities! Recreational and sporting facilities include hockey arenas, indoor and outdoor soccer fields, indoor swimming pools, water play areas, baseball diamonds, bocce courts, playgrounds, and more. Or if you prefer a more relaxing day, then gather for a BBQ, walk or bike the nature trails, or photograph the wildlife and natural settings. Some must-see parks include Phyllis Rawlinson Park, Ozark Park, Mill Pond Park and Sunset Beach Park.

7. Plant Yourself At The "Communities In Bloom" Competition!
Take the time to smell the roses...literally! For the past few year Richmond Hill has competed in the international "Communities In Bloom" competition to show off its exquisite and immaculate gardens, parks, open spaces, businesses and homes. Whether you're a garden enthusiast or an amateur photographer, you're sure to enjoy our beautiful community in full bloom!

6. Shop Till You Drop!
If shopping is a sport for you, then you better have a world champion speed record to experience the wide variety of stores Richmond Hill has to offer. Malls, mini-malls, local shops, plazas, business parks and home businesses contain over 4,000 stores which carry everything from clothing to household appliances and computers to items native only to Richmond Hill. For a listing of places to shop, please visit York Region Tourism.

5. Golf The Links!
Bring your clubs because Richmond Hill is home to many beautiful and renowned golf courses like Richmond Hill Golf and Country Club, Summit Golf and Country Club, Bathurst Glen Golf Club, Bloomington Downs Golf Club, and DiamondBack Golf Club. Also very close are several world-class golf clubs including, Angus Glen Golf Club and Glen Abbey Golf Club. For a listing of surrounding golf courses, please visit York Region Tourism. Whether you are here for business meetings and conventions or golfing pleasure, Richmond Hill golfing rivals even the best ranking courses. See you on the links!

4. Mill Pond "Concerts In The Park"!
Join residents and visitors for an evening of musical entertainment and great food at beautiful Mill Pond Park every Thursday in July and August at 7 p.m. for our "Concerts In The Park" series. Also enjoy Sunday concerts at Richmond Green Park. The series features a dynamic lineup catering to a wide variety of musical tastes. All you need to bring is your lawn chair, your family and friends and a good listening ear for these free events. Past "Concerts In The Park" bands have included Barenaked Ladies, The Good Brothers and the Wallflowers to name a few. So come on out and sing and dance along!

3. Set Your Sights On The David Dunlap Observatory!
Home to the largest optical telescope in Canada, the David Dunlap Observatory is run by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre. Built in 1935, the Observatory offers a variety of education and outreach programs, including public viewing nights and star talks on Saturday evenings from May through October. When weather permits, take a look through the 1.88-metre telescope - the largest in Canada, weighing in at approximately 23 tonnes. It was used to discover the first observational evidence for a black hole back in 1972. Be sure to see where Richmond Hill resides in this vast galaxy of ours. For more information, visit

2. Experience Richmond Hill's Multiculturalism!
Richmond Hill is as diverse in its ethnicity as it is in its attractions. Experience international foods from one of hundreds of restaurants in the Town with everything from Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian, Thai, British, and others. Richmond Hill is made up of many different cultures and backgrounds, providing a vast array of sights, sounds and tastes. The Town also has many different religious organizations and places of worship as well. Visiting Richmond Hill is like going on a world tour of the palette.

1. Attend A Richmond Hill Community Event!
No matter what time of year you visit Richmond Hill you're sure to see one of our many community events. Year round, the Town hosts numerous events like the Winter Carnival, Santa Claus Parade, Canada Day Celebrations, Heritage Village Day, Concerts In The Park, and others. Whether it's music, holiday celebrations or just browsing through the street vendors, Richmond Hill has an event to suit your style.

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