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Connection begins at home

October 19, 2020

In Oak Ridges, it’s so easy to get around the surrounding neighbourhoods, the community and out into other parts of Richmond Hill and the GTA. Being so well-connected makes you really feel like part of the community and it all begins at home.

The homes in the neighbourhood of OakRidge Meadows are nestled in a beautiful part of Richmond Hill, and the Oak Ridges Moraine envelopes it on three sides. Having incredible access to this ecological treasure in the city is one of the best ways to connect with nature and family! Explore the 175-plus hectares full of mature forests, meadows, wetlands, river valleys and more. Bring your binoculars on the hike to get a closer look at the numerous plants and animals who live in this incredible and protected natural habitat. Living beside the Oak Ridges Moraine means there are endless trails to scale and you will connect with nature in a new way every time you visit.

Walking and cycling in Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill is very walk-friendly and bike-friendly. In the city, there are 90 kilometres of dedicated bicycle-only routes and 57 kilometres of bike routes with edge line or shared-lane markings (sharrows). In residential areas and business parks, there are 13 kilometres of bike lanes.

The city is planning to construct 155 kilometres of sidewalk over the next 25 years and an additional 19 kilometres of new or improved trails to the already 150 kilometres of trails throughout Richmond Hill.

Beyond your neighbourhood

A well-connected community makes it easy to get anywhere you need to go. Driving, walking, cycling and taking transit – Richmond Hill is made for all modes. At close to 210,000 people, Richmond Hill is a vibrant city that has experienced growth and prosperity over the last few decades and it has continued to provide great access to transportation and transit for its residents and visitors.

Bound by Highway 404 to the east, Bloomington Sideroad to the north, Bathurst Street to the west and Highway 7 to the south, Richmond Hill has rapid bus transit, GO Transit stations, dedicated bicycle lanes, wide sidewalks and more that make it easy to get around. Living in Oak Ridges, you are central to commuter routes to major employment centres, with quick access to Highways 404 and 407 and close to VIVA rapid transit and GO Transit hubs.

New GO Transit Station in Oak Ridges

A new GO Transit station that is close to OakRidge Meadows is under construction and will be a fast, efficient way to get downtown to Union Station and around the GTA. The all new Bloomington Station at Highway 404 and Bloomington Road will have ample parking for 760 vehicles in a parking structure and 238 more in surface parking, bikes and scooter parking, as well as a passenger drop-off and pick-up area to keep your commute as easy as possible. There will also be modern waiting areas with heated shelters and parking for electric vehicles.

This station is in addition to the Gormley GO Station, which is walkable from OakRidge Meadows at Stouffville Side Road and Leslie Street. It opened in 2016 with train and bus service to Union Station. It also has ample parking, heated shelters, carpool and drop-off and pick-up lanes.

A third station nearby is the Richmond Hill GO station on Newkirk Road near Major Mackenzie Road just west of Bayview Avenue. Within minutes you can be at Union Station, connecting you to the downtown core and other modes of transportation to get around the GTA like the extensive local routes provided by York Region Transit and VIVA Rapid Transit.

Connection to the rest of the world

Richmond Hill is a 30-minute drive to Toronto Pearson International Airport, and is also home to a smaller airport that serves the GTA, the Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport on 16th Avenue just east of Highway 404.

There are many routes to get from Richmond Hill to Toronto Pearson International Airport. Residents coming from Oak Ridges will often use Highways 407, or Highway 404 to the 401 west.

Oak Ridges is a well-connected community, with access to all modes of transportation and transit so you can stay local, or find hubs that can easily take you further afield.