Posts Tagged ‘Aurora’

Happy Canada Day!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Today, Canadians across the country are celebrating the 149th anniversary of confederation with a well-deserved sum-sum-summertime day off and long weekend.

At vivaNext, we’re happy and proud to be building rapid transit and creating jobs in wonderfully diverse and fast-growing York Region – the best place to live in Canada!

There’s a great selection of events to enjoy this weekend, including the public debut of the Pride of Canada Carousel. In place of the usual ponies, this incredible carousel includes 44 quintessentially Canadian characters, like a Mountie, a moose, a bumblebee and a beaver, to name a few. Check it out at the Markham Canada Day celebration, noon to 5:00 p.m., Friday July 1 at 162 Enterprise and Birchmount – Viva can drop you right at the door with fast, easy service.

Check out more local York Region Canada Day events in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Newmarket and Aurora – and in the nation’s capital.

As you take part in these celebrations, we wish you a fun, safe long weekend enjoying all the things Canada has to offer. Make your commute more enjoyable and take transit as part of your holiday adventures this weekend.


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Come visit us at the spring home shows!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Despite the last futile attempts of winter to hang on, spring has sprung — buds are popping up on the trees and birds are chirping in celebration — change is everywhere. With spring, thoughts often turn towards home projects or renovations. If you’re dreaming of a fresh look to any part of your home then there’s no better place for you to go than one of your local home shows where anything and everything you’ll need is in one place.

The warmer weather also brings with it a busier construction schedule on the Regions roads. If you’re at the Newmarket Home and Lifestyle Show this weekend, the Aurora Home Show next weekend or the Richmond Hill Home & Garden Show the first weekend in May, stop by and visit. We’ll tell you what’s new on our projects in Markham, Newmarket, Vaughan and Richmond Hill. Like renovating your home, the construction projects vivaNext has underway will bring long-term benefits. Our construction projects are bringing change to York Region in the form of rapidways — dedicated lanes for viva vehicles. Rapidways will make it faster and easier to travel in York Region, and will set the stage for great destinations to live, work, shop and play.

The shows are each host to over 150 vendors. Meet with renovation or home decor expert, take part in a workshop or two or enjoy some lively entertainment.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Newmarket Home and Lifestyle Show:

Friday, April 5, 4pm-9pm
Saturday, April 6, 9am-5pm
Sunday, April 7, 10am-5pm
Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Drive, Newmarket

Aurora Home Show:

Friday, April 12, 4pm-9pm
Saturday, April 13, 9am-6pm
Sunday, April 14, 10am-5pm
Aurora Community Centre, 1 Community Centre Lane, Aurora

Richmond Hill Home and Garden Show

Friday, May 3, 5pm-9pm
Saturday, May 4, 9am-6pm
Sunday, May 5, 10am-5pm
Sports Complex, Richmond Green Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill

It’s a vivaSummer!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012


We all have our favourite places, and summer is the perfect time to explore them with friends and family while enjoying fantastic weather. Once vivaNext projects are complete we’ll have more green space, and plenty of new ‘favourite places’ for you to choose from.

YRT\Viva offers a great Trip Planner at that can help you plan your routes from point A to B, wherever you may be heading this summer. Comfortable, air-conditioned viva vehicles can be a great alternative to driving in summer heat, and with 119 vivastations, they’re sure to take you where you need to go.

York Region has lots of green spaces and local parks where you can spend summer outdoors experiencing nature and warm weather. Here are a few natural and green places not to be missed in Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Aurora and Vaughan:

In Markham, spend a day by the water at Toogood Pond. With picnic sites and paths to stroll, this is an ideal site to spend a summer weekend afternoon. If you’re looking to bike or walk a scenic route, head up to Newmarket and take the Tom Taylor Trail. The Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park in Richmond Hill offers the best of both worlds – outdoor soccer fields to stay active and picnic areas to sit and relax. In Aurora, be sure to visit Lambert Willson Park, which has access to beach volleyball, the Aurora Family Leisure Complex and multiple nature trails. Finally, if you’re in Vaughan, the Boyd Conservation Area along the Humber River Valley offers wonderful activities and and is a popular GTA picnic destination.

No matter where your ‘favourite place’ may be, we hope you’ll take transit to get there, and we hope you have a happy summer.  Be sure to drink lots of water and stay sun-safe on those extra hot days. And have fun!

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Join us this weekend at the Aurora Home Show!

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

image of a paint can

This weekend vivaNext we will be at the Aurora Home Show, and we hope you’ll join us at one of the most popular home shows in the GTA.

Making changes to your home takes time and energy, but can enhance your comfort in the long-term. Like renovating a home, the construction projects vivaNext has underway in Newmarket, Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham will bring long-term benefits. Our construction projects are bringing change to York Region in the form of rapidways – dedicated lanes for Viva vehicles. Rapidways will make it faster and easier to travel in York Region, and will set the stage for great destinations to live, work, shop and play.

This is the 25th anniversary of the Aurora Home Show, and this year the show will feature a variety of vendors, a marketplace area, daily musical entertainment, the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs, and the ever-popular Beer Garden. As you enjoy the show we hope you’ll drop by the vivaNext booth to find out about exciting changes happening on some of York Region’s key corridors.

Aurora Home Show 2011

Friday, April 15, 2pm – 9pm
Saturday, April 16, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, April 17, 10am – 5pm

Aurora Community Centre, 1 Community Centre Lane (off Aurora Heights Drive), Aurora

$2 – children under 6 years are free

Shaping the vision for the future

Monday, June 7th, 2010


When you think of York Region, what comes to mind for you? The comfortable, tree-lined family-friendly neighbourhoods of Aurora or Vaughan? Or maybe the increasingly urban appearance of Markham’s new development areas, with many large head offices employing thousands of professionals? Or maybe the quaint, walking-scale downtowns of Newmarket, Unionville or old Richmond Hill? Not to mention the lovely green countryside that wraps all around our towns, offering recreation, productive farmland, and rural lifestyles. Maybe you think of how some downtown sidewalk areas could be more inviting, how much longer it’s taking you to get to work these days, or how it’s hard to get from A to B in York Region if you don’t have a car.

It’s probably safe to say that everyone in York Region has a view of what their home community means to them, and what they’d like it to be in the future. If asked, most of us could list the things we love, and the things we’d love more of (or in the case of some things, like traffic gridlock, less of!)

So when it came time to update York Region’s Official Plan, residents were asked to describe their vision for the York Region of the future. The input for the Official Plan makes a great snapshot of what people want out of their home in York Region, and what matters to them, which include:

  • Let’s be green;
  • Let’s try to live and work in the same community;
  • Let’s make it more beautiful;
  • Let’s make it lively, with lots of interesting things to do;
  • Let’s live in neighbourhoods that are designed to let us get to know our neighbours;
  • Let’s have more choices in housing availability, to accommodate every member of our community – families, single people, young and old;
  • And to tie it all together – let’s make it easier to get around, with or without a car.

That’s what people said, and then planners had to figure out how to make that vision come to life, looking twenty and even thirty or more years into the future. That vision is captured in a hefty document that is York Region’s Official Plan.

So what’s all this got to do with vivaNext? I’m going to tell you more over the next couple of blog posts, but here’s a hint: one of the key things that’s going to help achieve that vision of a greener, livelier, more compact York Region, is a rapid transit network. More than just transit, the vivaNext plan will help to shape our community into the future, and help bring those things people want – more choice, more opportunity, more green, more fun– to life. So whether or not you take transit, having vivaNext is very good news, and will be great for our community.

Are you ready for some summer fun?

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
The vivaNext team at last year's Aurora Street Festival

The vivaNext team at last year's Aurora Street Festival

The 15th Annual Aurora Chamber Street Festival is taking place this Sunday, June 6, from 11am to 5pm – and the vivaNext team will be there!

A great way to kick off the summer season, the festival features family-friendly fun and entertainment for kids of all ages – and admission is free! With unique street performances, including acrobatics, fire-eating, comedy, juggling and magic, as well as live music, a vintage car show, and delicious food, the Aurora Street Festival offers a great way to spend the day and enjoy the York Region community.

With over 500 vendors along Yonge Street, be sure to look out for the vivaNext booth. Better yet, stop by and grab a free bag of popcorn, ask your questions, and find out more about vivaNext projects.

We’ll be at the festival, rain or shine – so the only question is, are you ready for some summer fun?

15th Aurora Chamber Street Festival

Date & Time: June 6, 11am – 5pm

Location: Yonge Street, Aurora (between Wellington Street (North) and Murray Drive (South)

Admission: Free!

Bring on the warmth!

Friday, November 13th, 2009
Look for people walking near this bus to donate mittens, gloves and hats for those in need.
Look for YRT\Viva staff walking near this bus at York Region holiday parades to donate mittens, hats and gloves for those in need.

Planning to attend one of York Region’s many holiday parades over the next few weeks? If so, you can help our operating partner, YRT\Viva, spread winter warmth to those in need by bringing new mittens, hats and gloves to be donated to charitable organizations in York Region.

YRT and Viva, York Region’s two great transit services, work together as one amazing system to provide seamless connections across all nine municipalities, and easy access to other transit systems operating in neighbouring regions including Toronto, Durham and Peel.

VivaNext, York Region’s plan for the next generation of Viva rapid transit service, will truly put the rapid into rapid transit and make it even faster and easier for you to travel to, from and within York Region.

Whichever holiday parade you go to, just look for YRT\Viva staff accepting donations from the crowds while proudly walking and waving alongside the beautifully decorated blue Viva vehicle – at 40-feet long, it’s hard to miss!

What a day for the Aurora Street Fair

Monday, June 8th, 2009

VivaNext representatives Devon (left) and Kyle getting ready to talk to people at our tent at the Aurora Street Festival.

We spent this past Sunday at the Aurora Street Festival and what a fun day it was. Even though the weather was calling for cool temperatures and rain, the light showers stopped just as the festival began and the sun even came out for a little while in the afternoon.

This all made for the perfect day to take a stroll down Yonge St. checking out all the vendors, interacting with the mimes and stilt walkers, scaling the rock climbing wall and eating all the terrific food. We had our blue vivaNext tent set up at the north end of the festival to hand out magnetic whiteboards, candy and, of course, talk to people about our projects, which include two subway extensions, two light rail lines and rapidways.

While the magnetic whiteboard give-a-ways were a huge hit, I’ve got to say that people seemed most excited when we told them about the future of rapid transit in York Region. The majority of their comments included “it’s about time” and “wow, that’s going to be great.”

It was so exciting to see the look on people’s faces, especially teenagers, when we told them that subways, light rails and rapidways are planned for York Region.

We also had a mime on stilts at our booth, who was very entertaining and great with the people who were out for the festival. With his painted white face and a ton of energy, he joked around with people and created quite a stir around our tent.

At the end of the day when we were beginning to pack up, we talked about how we enjoy doing events like this because we get to talk to residents about projects that are going to transform their communities. VivaNext is so exciting because it is going to improve people’s quality of life and help manage future growth.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to say hi and learn about vivaNext. I hope you enjoyed the festival.

vivaNext educates students for Earth Day

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

“Cool”, “sweet” and “we love Viva “ – those were the responses to our vivaNext plan for bus rapidways and subway extensions. 


Students from Cardinal Carter Catholic High School show us their "V" for viva.

Today’s guest bloggers are Andrea Witty, Community Liaison Specialist, and Kathryn Webber, Project & Public Relations Coordinator, who spent Earth Day at Cardinal Carter High School in Aurora talking to the students about the new rapidways that are coming to York Region.

We shared time-lapse animations that showed what Vaughan, Newmarket and Markham will look like in 5-20 years when the rapidways and subway extension projects are built. Being able to actually show the end result of our plan makes talking about it way easier.  They loved the images and the peak into the future.

Students were excited about the long range plans to increase connections and make it easier to travel across the region for shopping and work, getting to university and to get to Toronto.

While the vivaNext plan will save people time and prevent stress from being in gridlock, the plan is a part of a long-term sustainable solution to save something much more important than time – our planet.


What did you do for earth day?