Southern Richmond Hill is home to the town's industrial region housing most of the town's hotels, as well as the main commercial area of the town's Chinese community.
The northern part of town is considered to be Old Richmond Hill as it is a historical area.
Central Richmond Hill is a very commercial area, housing multiple malls, plazas and entertainment buildings, such as theatres and restaurants.
The northern most part of the town is mostly farm land, though it is slowly being developed.
During the 1990s, Chinese immigrants primarily from Hong Kong moved to Richmond Hill, where they set up businesses and shops catering to the community. Many shops and restaurants were established in suburban-style shopping malls and plazas, such as Times Square, along a stretch of Highway 7 between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street.
Lake Wilcox (or Wilcox Lake) is a kettle lake (a shallow, sediment-filled body of water formed by retreating glaciers or draining floodwaters.) and is a community within Oak Ridges, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.
The lake measures 1.5 kilometers across and covers 55.6 hectares, making it the largest kettle lake on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Lake Wilcox, Lake St. George and their associated wetlands form a "provincially significant wetland".
The lake is named after W. Wilcox Baldwin, a settler of the area who owned an estate situated on Yonge Street. A community of the same name is established around the lake.
Oak Ridges + Moraine: The Oak Ridges Moraine is an ecologically important geological landform in the Mixedwood Plains of south-central Ontario, Canada. The moraine covers a geographic area of 1,900 square kilometres (734 sq mi) between Caledon and Rice Lake, near Peterborough.
One of the most significant landforms in southern Ontario, the moraine gets its name from the rolling hills and river valleys extending 160 km (100 miles) from the Niagara Escarpment east to Rice Lake. It was formed 12,000 years ago by advancing and retreating glaciers (see geological origins, below).
The moraine is currently a contested site in Ontario, since it stands in the path of major urban development.
Jefferson is a newly developed neighbourhood, with housing that began occupying in 2007. The community is named after Jefferson Sideroad, a major thoroughfare in the neighbourhood. Jefferson includes a large area, roughly bounded by Gamble Road in the south, Bathurst Street in the west and Bayview Avenue in the east. The community includes a residential subdivision namely Jefferson Forest, located in the southeast portion of the community.
Mill Pond is a park located in the southern region of Richmond Hill that is surrounded by heritage homes. The park surrounds an old mill pond, hence the name Mill Pond. There are many walking trails and the park is home to a variety of wildlife species, including ducks, swans, racoons, geese, and beavers. The park is the venue for various town events ranging from a winter carnival to concerts and flower shows. Every year, Mill Pond is home to the Richmond Hill Winter and Summer Carnivals.
Mill Pond is also home to the Georgian-styled neighbourhood of Heritage Estates, centered around Regent Street. The neighbourhood was built in the early 1980s by a local Toronto developer. Some of the homes are situated among the trails and ravines of Mill Pond Park.
The old downtown Richmond Hill is considered the strip of Yonge Street between Major Mackenzie in the south and Richmond Heights in the north. For years this street was infamous for having an equal amount of churches and strip clubs/adults only stores. Directly across from the community centre was the bright pink "Fantasia" strip club. Not far down the street stood Richmond Hill's oldest church. Fantasia burnt under suspicious circumstances although no allegations were ever made by the authorities. Due to various community initiatives, most of the "Adult" stores are now closed and are replaced by more civic-oriented structures. In 2007, the former "Fantasia" property was finally levelled, and development of a new exclusive condominium started, adding to a mix of upscale and small town charm that makes up the much improved downtown area.
The new theatre was opened in 2009 and provides a modern venue for live performances.
The Bayview Hill is a subdivision located on Bayview Avenue and 16th Avenue. Built in the early 1990s, the subdivision contains large expansive homes.
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Richmond Hill's current commercial hub is located near Leslie Street and Highway 7, where it borders Markham's AMD headquarters. Built in the early to mid 1990s, the area is serviced by Highway 404, York Region Transit, and Buttonville Airport. Due to high initial vacancy rates, the current Town Hall was moved to that location in 1994. Since then, many of the buildings have become occupied by various banks and service-related industries.
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