About Main Street
Built along an ancient First Nations trade route, downtown Newmarket is a hotbed of heritage sites, culture, commerce, shopping and entertainment.
There’s a comfort, a joy, and a charm about being on Main Street. No matter the time of day or year, the heart of Newmarket is alive. Main Street is a place where store owners greet passer-byers, neighbours catch up over coffee, baskets of flowers overflow in bloom, and flags celebrating diversity are proudly displayed.
It is a place that feels like home, even for those visiting from far away.
Main Street Heritage Conservation District
Main Street contains numerous early 19th century buildings worthy of preservation, and in October 2013, this area was recognized as a Provincial Heritage Conservation District.
This status serves to protect and officially recognize many of the heritage sites and buildings along this historic thoroughfare and its many side streets.
Praise For Main Street
In 2016, Newmarket’s Historic Downtown Newmarket was named the ‘people’s choice’ best street in Canada in the Great Places in Canada contest held by the Canadian Planners Institute.
“The area of Historic Main Street rises in elevation from south to north. This results in the street being on a hill, creating beautiful views from both directions. This topography adds another layer of interest, and with the well-preserved built form lining the gently sloping street, it is hard to take a bad picture.” – Great Places In Canada
Land Acknowledgement for Newmarket
Newmarket sits on the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudeno-saunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples and treaty land of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous people.