For years, Richmond Hill has ranked as one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada — one reason may be because of the balance of undeveloped lands and new urban housing. It has become a magnet for multinational life sciences and tech firms, and the headquarters of BMW Canada, Lexmark Canada and Trimark Sportswear Group call Richmond Hill home.
Many people know that Richmond Hill is also home to great malls, elite schools and protected outdoor space, such as the Oak Ridges Moraine, but there are also a few lesser known facts about the history that we find genuinely intriguing.
Here’s a rundown of five things you probably didn’t know about the beautiful Richmond Hill:
1. Richmond Hill was once considered the Rose Capital of the World. Early in the twentieth century, greenhouses were abundant and rose growing was common.
2. In 1959, the original Harvey’s restaurant opened on the corner of Yonge Street and Observatory Lane. While the original was demolished in 2012, Richmond Hill residents can still enjoy a Harvey’s burger at the location on Yonge Street, north of High Tech Road.
3. The Richmond Hill Dynes Jewellers softball team was the winner of the 1972 Softball World Championship — pretty impressive for what was then just a small town!
4. In 1984, The Liberal, a Richmond Hill newspaper, organized a contest in which readers were asked to submit entries for a new town slogan. Town council chose three submissions, and then residents voted for their favourite. Richmond Hill’s new slogan became “A little north, a little nicer.”
5. In June 2013, Richmond Hill city council passed a bylaw that bans the number four from new street numbers because the number is considered bad luck in some Asian cultures.