Newmarket History


Welcome to Newmarket!

Founded in 1801 as a Quaker settlement, the agricultural community surrounding the Holland River was home to the first fur trading post and the largest farmers’ market in the area. The first residents built lumber and textile mills, a tannery, and a distillery. The New Market quickly became the centre of agriculture, trade, commerce and small industry north of the “Old” market of Toronto.

Visit the Tourist Information Bureau located at the Chamber Offices, 470 Davis Drive.

A Rich and Colourful Heritage

  • More than 2 centuries of history
  • Well-preserved buildings
  • Downtown core steeped in history
  • Many heritage sites, plaques and markers throughout the area
  • Click here to read about Newmarket’s colourful history