In the York Region there are several key retail districts, where you can find pretty well anything you’re looking for. These are listed generally from south to north:
Kleinburg Historic Village
Islington Ave, north of Major Mackenzie Drive
Many visit Kleinburg just for the McMichael Museum, with its famed Group of Seven collection. The historic village of Kleinburg provides an ideal setting for a unique shopping experience, with many charming shops and boutiques featuring antiques, crafts and cultural items.
Thornhill Historic Village
Yonge and Centre Street
The Thornhill heritage district features unique shops, restaurants and business services.
Market Lane (Woodbridge)
This quaint shopping district in Woodbridge’s business area is an old-fashioned country square with over 60 boutiques, restaurants and specialty stores.
Highway 400 & 7 (Vaughan)
This area has a collection of “Power Centres” with free-standing major chains for retail, dining, and entertainment. To the NW, is the “Seven/400” with stores like Staples, Michaels, Rob McIntosh China, The Home Store (Brick) and Bouclair. The the NW is the “Colossus Centre” anchored by the 18 screen Collossus movie theatre & IMAX. To the SE is “The Interchange”, anchored by the 30 screen AMC Theatre, an IKEA and a number of themed sit-down restaurants, bars and retail entertainment.
This pedestrian-friendly community has many historic buildings, including old mills and churches along the Main Street. There are over 60 unique shops, galleries, restaurants, and street-front cafes.
Markham Main Street from Highway 7 north to just above 144 Main St. N
This Business Improvement Area has 160 members, including breakfast and dessert shops, butchers, travel agents, jewellers, gifts, and antiques, sporting goods, kitchen and bath, formal wear, shoes and professional services. There are two parkettes on the east side Main Street, one just south of Robinson Street beside the Scotiabank and the other just north of Robinson Street between Birthwaves and Lions Den Bookshoppe. Nearby is the newly redeveloped Tannery Pond, with restored wetlands, a resident flock of Canada Geese, and a boardwalk. The Farmers Market, on Main Street, operates Saturday mornings from late April to Thanksgiving, and farmers are encouraged to arrive by horse & buggy. Markham’s hosts Art in the Parkette every Saturday beginning in June
Historic Downtown Newmarket
You’ll get both a taste of history and shopping, dining, and baked goods. You can shop for fresh produce at the traditional Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and Saturday from May to October. Nearby is the beautiful Fairy Lake Park.