Richmond Hill (Ontario)Richmond Hill is a city in Southern Ontario in the central portion of York Region. It's part of the Greater Toronto Area, about 20 km north of the downtown core of Toronto.
By busYork Region Transit (YRT) operates bus service in York Region (including Viva express buses). From Toronto, take either the Viva Blue bus or YRT Route 98/99 from Finch Subway Station on TTC subway Line 1 Yonge-University. These bus routes will take you along Yonge Street through the centre of Richmond Hill with a major stop at . Viva Blue will make fewer stops than YRT 98/99 so it will generally be faster. The ride will take about half an hour. Alternatively, you can always board TTC subway Line 1 towards Vaughan Metro Centre and connect to Viva Orange service at Vaughan Metro Centre or YRT at Pioneer Village station.
GO Transit operates several routes that connects nearby towns and cities to Richmond Hill. GO Bus Routes 40, 51, 52 and 54 all stop at Richmond Hill Centre. GO Bus Route 40 connects Hamilton and Mississauga (Square One and Toronto Pearson International Airport) with Richmond Hill on hourly basis (every 30 mins during rush hour on weekdays) seven days a week. This GO bus routes also stop at Highway 407 station on TTC subway Line 1 on its way to and from Richmond Hill Centre. GO Bus Route 51 operates on Monday to Friday between Highway 407 station and Pickering via Richmond Hill Centre and Scarborough Town Centre at 30-min intervals. GO Bus Route 52 operates seven days a week between Highway 407 station and Oshawa via Richmond Hill Centre. GO Bus Route 54 operates on Monday to Friday between Highway 407 station and Markham via Richmond Hill Centre. Visitors coming from west or south of Richmond Hill can change bus at Square One Terminal in Mississauga or Highway 407 station in Vaughan to reach Richmond Hill.
By trainGO Transit provides train and bus service between Toronto and Richmond Hill with stops at the , and on weekdays. However, this service is more useful for commuters rather than visitors with trains running either inbound to Toronto in the morning rush hours or outbound in the afternoon rush. GO bus route 61 stops at the three GO Train stations mentioned above but lacks late afternoon and evening service from Richmond Hill to Union Station. There is no GO train or bus service between Toronto and Richmond Hill on weekends and holidays.
By planeGO Transit operates Route 40 – Airport Express GO Bus hourly, seven days a week between Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga and Richmond Hill Centre Terminal via Highway 407. The one-way fare is $7.35 (as of 2018) and the trip takes 20 minutes.
Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport (YKZ) is just east of Richmond Hill's city boundary at highway 404 on 16th Avenue, in the city of Markham.
By carRichmond Hill is easily accessed by major highways. Highway 404 connects from Toronto northwards to Newmarket. This highway serves as the political boundary between Richmond Hill on the west and Markham on the east from Highway 7 north to 19th Avenue and Whitchurch-Stouffville on the east from 19th Avenue north to Bloomington Road. Richmond Hill is also just north of Highway 407 toll road.
With attractions spread out and free parking available at practically everywhere, car is the most common and easiest way to get around.
By busYork Region Transit operates the municipal buses in Richmond Hill. Bus service is adequate, although you should check the timetables to make sure you don't waste your time waiting for half an hour. Service along Yonge street and Highway 7, where most of the interesting destinations are, are excellent, and even if you miss your bus, the next one generally comes soon. Stops offering VIVA bus service have electronic timeboards that will give you the arrival times of the next three buses. Since these times are estimated through a GPS connection to each bus, the times are generally accurate. Most bus routes do stop at Richmond Hill Centre for easy connection to other routes.
A ride within Richmond Hill counts as one zone and will cost $4.00. The tickets are time-stamped and valid for two hours. You can pay by cash, Presto card or use its mobile app for payment. You can also purchase multiple tickets at a discount. Remember to validate your ticket before a ride in the machines by the bus stops. There will be a slot for you to insert the ticket to be timestamped.
address: 321 Mill StThis picturesque park has a pond with a fountain, ducks and greenery along the shores. The pond used to power a sawmill, long since gone.
phone: +1 905-780-3802address: 9 Church St NThe heritage centre is in a restored 1840s Regency style cottage originally home of Amos Wright, the first Reeve of Markham Township. The cottage is in Amos Wright Park with gardens having herbs, heritage plants and roses.
Wilcox LakeA kettle lake in the Oak Ridges moraine and a provincially significant wetland.
address: 321 Mill StThere are Thursday evening concerts at the gazebo in the Mill Pond park in July and August. Attendees are advised to bring their own chairs for seating.
phone: +1 905-883-0174address: 123 Hillsview DrThis is a working observatory operated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Visits generally require a purchase of a ticket for a specific, scheduled event.
phone: +1 905-787-8811address: 10268 Yonge St631-seat performance space for professional musicians, actors, dancers & comics.
address: 19 Church St NThe Museum of the Streets is a self-guided walking tour of sites in Richmond Hill, with an explanatory sign posted at each site. The website has a PDF map.
phone: +1 905-883-1400address: 9350 Yonge StLarge indoor shopping centre with department stores and food court.
Times Squareaddress: 550 Highway 7 EastA small-size mall with Chinese restaurants and stores
phone: +1 905-237-6565address: 10067 Yonge StIn addition to lots of sweets, this cafe serves some nice sandwiches and espresso-based coffees.
address: 10268 Yonge StA coffee shop located in a heritage building, which was formerly the Richmond Hill High School built in 1897 and used as a school until 1924. The interior is as quaint as the building's exterior.
Jubilee Squareaddress: 280 West Beaver Creek RdThis mall has a cluster of Asian-cuisine restaurants (Chinese, Japanese, etc.).
address: Jubilee SquareSushi and Tepanyaki.
Rifca's Mediterranean Kitchen
John's Chinese BBQ Restaurant
phone: +1 905-883-4253address: 10300 Yonge StEnglish-style tavern with outdoor seating area & pub food.
phone: +1 905 889-5411address: 8700 Yonge St, L4C 6Z5
phone: +1 905-884-1007address: 10711 Yonge Street
Best Western Parkway Hotel Toronto Northphone: +1 905 881-2600address: 600 Hwy 7, L4B 1B2
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suitesphone: +1 905 881-2121address: 9005 Leslie St
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Toronto - Markhamphone: +1 905 695-5990address: 10 East Pearce St, L4B 0A8Despite the name, the hotel is located in Richmond Hill and not in Markham