Ontario's Historical Plaques 

Discover Ontario's history as told through its plaques

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Yonge Street

Yonge Street

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2009

Yonge Street

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The Town of Richmond Hill
On the east side of Yonge Street, south of Jefferson Sideroad,
at the entrance to the Summit Golf and Country Club

Coordinates: N 43 55.123 W 79 26.889


Plaque Text

This highway was planned by the first governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe, as a military and commercial route between Lakes Ontario and Huron. Begun in 1795 by the Queen's Rangers it was cut through to Lake Simcoe in 1796, reached Georgian Bay in the first quarter of the next century, and was later extended into Muskoka. A main line of transport before the railway, it opened lands for settlement and carried trade to Toronto. With the development of automotive transport in the twentieth century, it became the highway to northern recreational areas and vast new resources.

Related Ontario plaques
The Ferguson Highway
John Graves Simcoe 1752-1806

Related Toronto plaques
Yonge Street 1796
The Queen's Rangers



Richmond Hill Plaques

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