This is a very special year for Newmarket as we are united with all Canadians from coast-to-coast to acknowledge the 150th birthday of Canada. This is a time to reflect back and look forward. If we were to write the story of Newmarket it would be a tale rich in history and heritage. In the mid- 1800s, we became known as the ‘New Market’ as our early community evolved into a market town that drew large crowds north on the railway from Toronto. We have come a long way since we were a small village of 700 people. Now, our thriving community of 86,000 residents would likely be unrecognizable to our early ancestors, BUT some things have not changed.

We are still rooted in the traditions of our past. We maintain our small town character, while providing progressive, urban conveniences and amenities. We continue to set ourselves apart from other towns and cities through innovation, collaboration and our sense of community. We remain a busy hive of activity.

I urge everyone to participate in the many upcoming events and initiatives in Newmarket to honour Canada’s 150th birthday:

Blood Donor Clinic
The Town of Newmarket has partnered with Canadian Blood Services to try to help collect 150 donations of blood. Please consider donating at the upcoming blood donor clinic on Monday, June 12, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites (100 Pony Drive). Visit blood.ca to help save lives together.

150 Days of Summer
The Town of Newmarket has launched a 150 Days of Summer campaign to help boost your experience at Newmarket events. Event participants that wear a 150 Days of Summer button will gain access to extra activities, promotions and perks at all Newmarket events beginning now until the end of September. Some of these perks include (but are not limited to): Rides on the Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round at the Kanata Festival, upgraded popcorn at Moonlight Movies, treats at the Kids Downtown event and refreshments at Music in the Park. Buttons can be purchased for $10 at various Town facilities. Please visit newmarket.ca for details.

Annual Kanata Festival
On July 1, please join us for the Town’s largest event of the year to celebrate Canada Day. The festivities will take place at Fairy Lake (Water Street) and Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). The day will include a wide variety of games, activities, refreshments and entertainment for all ages. This year will be extra special with the addition of a Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round. End the day with a fabulous fireworks display at George Richardson Park (Bayview Parkway).

As we recognize 150 years of being Canadian, I can think of 150 reasons (and more) why I love living in Newmarket. We should all be very proud to live in this wonderful town in this great nation. Visit newmarket.ca to stay up to date on all of the Canada 150 events happening this year.