‘In the palm of your hand’: Newmarket launches self-guided virtual tours of the main street of historic sites on May 28
Want to go back in time at your own pace?
Newmarket is giving you that chance starting this weekend with its virtual high street self-guided tours.
From May 28, you can be transported back to the early days of the city by visiting the town center and joining a self-guided virtual tour to learn about Newmarket’s rich history and heritage.
“Two things residents consistently tell me they love about Newmarket are the town center and the town’s history,” Mayor John Taylor said.
“Virtual Main Street marries the two, bringing the history of many Main Street landmarks to life in an engaging and accessible way. By bringing history to the street and in the palm of your hand, these vignettes give shoppers and diners more reasons to visit, explore and stay downtown.”
The self-guided tour combines the inspiring works of local artists with videos that will take you back in time to learn about 17 historic Main Street buildings.
You can stop by Cachet Supper Club, Fresh Tea Shop, Brokerlnk Insurance, Bike Sports, The Irv at The George, The Hair Company, Hungry Brew Hops, Neon Flamingo, Old Town Hall, 205 Main St., Chip and Malt, Goulash House/future home of the Cardinal Press Espresso Bar, Brain Power Studio, 171 Main St., Roadhouse and Rose. Old Flame Brewery and Elman W. Campbell Museum.
While you’re there, hover your smartphone over each window poster to open your historical video tour.
A portal will open where you’ll meet community members telling stories of Main Street’s past, brought to life with historical imagery. You will also learn more about several artists.
For more information visit newmarket.ca/virtualMainStreet
Meanwhile, on June 22, the Elman W. Campbell Museum at 134 Main St. S. will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a mini art exhibit from 1 to 3 p.m.
The community is invited to meet the participating artists of the main street virtual tours and discover their unique and creative works.
Celebrate this milestone anniversary with live music and art, and explore the museum’s many new exhibits.