With roots dating back to 1881, Woodbine Entertainment Group is the largest horse racing operator in Canada, showcasing world-renowned horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto), home of the iconic Queen’s Plate.
Woodbine’s privately owned 684 acre site will be transformed in the years to come into “city within a within a city” and seek to be a future urban heart of northwest Toronto. Woodbine will continue to be the ultimate destination for horse racing and gaming, while integrating new expanded entertainment and cultural offerings, food and dining, hotel, shopping, employment, post-secondary education, recreation, health, wellness, and urban residential living. It will be an exhilarating place to live, work, and play all within a walkable community framework – a true next-generation neighbourhood.
The master plan and development strategy was developed with LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP), WEG’s lead real estate development advisor, who have led the planning and master development of towns, cities and large-scale mixed-use projects across North America and beyond.
Woodbine Racetrack at Mohawk Park in Milton will receive more than $10 million in upgrades. The upgrades will transform the 440-acre site into a year-round exclusive home dedicated to Standardbred horse racing. Construction will begin in the fall of 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2018.
A second turf track will be added to Woodbine Racetrack in 2019. Construction will begin in the spring of 2018 when the existing Standardbred racing track will be converted to a seven furlong turf course.
Woodbine Racetrack is ideally located in northwest Toronto (population approx. 2.6 million) surrounded by the growing municipalities of York (population approx. 1.1 million) and Peel (population approx. 1.3 million).
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The development will benefit from being one of the most connected sites in northwest Toronto with access to the following:
Pearson Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Canada which serves the city of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area, and the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration of 9.2 million people. Pearson is the second busiest airport by international passenger traffic in North America.
Highway 427 is a 400-series highway and the main feeder to Toronto Pearson International Airport from the north and south in Ontario. It is Ontario's second busiest freeway by volume and third busiest in North America, behind Highway 401 and Interstate 405 in California.
The Toronto Transit Commission is a public transport agency and is the third most heavily used urban mass transit system in North America, after the New York City Transit Authority and Mexico City Metro.
GO Transit is a regional public transit system serving the Golden Horseshoe region which carried 69.5 million passengers in 2015.