Richmond Hill contains a diverse variety of urban and suburban locales, and has positioned itself as one of the GTA’s most family-friendly communities.
Richmond Hill is oriented along Yonge Street, which serves as the city’s main thoroughfare and commercial hub. Shopping centres and retail districts line the street, from Richmond Hill Centre north to Hillcrest Mall and the city’s traditional downtown just north of Major Mackenzie Drive. Numerous parks and other recreational spaces dot the cityscape, while in the north Lake Wilcox brings a dose of cottage country to the Toronto suburbs. Higher-density condos and apartments are concentrated along Yonge, with single-family homes and townhomes being concentrated further north and on the city’s edges.
Transportation in Richmond Hill
York Region Transit provides both local and express bus service throughout the city, with many routes radiating out from their bus terminal at the Yonge Street/Highway 7 intersection. YRT’s VIVA bus rapid transit network also serves the city, with frequent service and dedicated bus lanes along Yonge. GO Transit’s Richmond Hill rail line has three stations serving the city, and provides weekday service to Downtown Toronto. Additionally, an extension of the TTC’s Line 1 Yonge-University subway is projected to reach York Region by 2030. For drivers, Highway 401 and Highway 404 are both easily accessible.