Facts about Richmond Hill
The predominant feature of the town's geography, as its name suggests, is its elevation above surrounding regions. Thousands of years ago during the last ice-age, glaciers moving in a southerly direction amassed a considerable amount of earth in front of them which they carried forward as they grew. Gradually, as the temperature increased the growth of the glaciers lessened and eventually they began to recede to what is now the polar ice cap. The earth that had been collected by the glacier's movement however was left in place and the elevated region that remained comprises modern day Richmond Hill.
There are numerous recreation complexes in Richmond Hill, including The Wave Pool, the only public wave pool in the Greater Toronto Area, and Richmond Green, which features an array of sports facilities for athletes to enjoy.
Richmond Hill has a thriving business community and is home to approximately 5,500 businesses, according to Richmond Hill’s website. The growth and promotion of Richmond Hill’s business community is supported by Richmond Hill’s Office for Economic Development.
Richmond Hill features four public libraries: Central, Oak Ridges Moraine, Richvale, and Richmond Green. The Richmond Green branch is unique in that it not only serves the public, but also functions as the school library for Richmond Green Secondary School.
first European to pass through Vaughan was the French explorer Étienne
Brûlé, who traversed the Humber Trail in 1615. However, it was
not until the townships were created in 1792 that Vaughan began to see any settlements,
as it was considered to be extremely remote and the lack of roads through the
region made travel difficult. The township was named after Benjamin Vaughan,
a British commissioner who signed a peace treaty with the United States in 1783.
The town itself is at a much greater elevation than other communities within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and with exclusion of areas closely alongside its borders, the constituent of York region with the greatest height above sea level. The uneven melting of the glacier that formed the town has led to an extremely varied geography within the town's own borders, leading to such features as kettle lakes, minor tributaries and most notably the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Richmond Hill changed relatively little in its early history, from the 1840s when the number
of inhabitants stood at 4300 to 1935 when it had 4873 residents. However, World
War II sparked an influx of immigration, and by 1960 the population stood at
15,957. As well, the ethno-cultural composition of the area began to change
with the arrival of different groups such as Italians, Jews and Eastern Europeans.