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Richmond Hill, Ontario (Town)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. Richmond Hill is a town in York Region north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area. The area was first surveyed by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe in 1794 while he was constructing Yonge Street. It was first settled by United Empire Loyalists and British settlers, and by 1801 it was known as Miles' Hill after Abner Miles, a prominent settler, and was afterwards Mount Pleasant. According to local legend, it was re-named Richmond Hill when Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond, visited the area in 1820. However, it is more likely that it was re-named after a favourite song of one of the early settlers, The Lass of Richmond Hill. Richmond Hill was incorporated as a village in 1873 and as a town in 1957.

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 recess 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.
The town's motto is En la rose, je fleuris, reflecting either the motto of the Duke of Richmond, or the fact that the town was a center of rose-growing in the early 20th century. At that time, it was known as the Rose Capital of Canada. The Town of Richmond Hill is very well serviced in terms of transportation facilities for a community of its size. The eastern border of the town is Highway 404, a major highway which leads directly into the downtown core of the City of Toronto via the DVP, Don Valley Parkway followed by the Gardiner Expressway. It also intersects Highway 401 which is one of the most traversed highways on the planet and is the principal east-west route in GTA, the Greater Toronto Area.

Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Richmond Hill enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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