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Markham: The city has grown up

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Markham: The city has grown up

by Gale Beeby

Housing Options

What was once considered a suburb of Toronto, Markham’s housing options were primarily single-family detached homes, both in new subdivisions and heritage villages. But the city has grown up and is now offering any number of condominium and townhouse developments.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Click here to see a list of condo developments for sale.

Leisure Pursuits

The Markham Museum offers a variety of buildings representing the continued growth of the city, including mills, businesses and family homes. There are 30 buildings on the 25-acre site, including the James Maxwell Log Cabin (1850), the Ninth Line Baptist Church (1848), the Wilson Variety Hall (1875), the Locust Hill Train Station (1936), the Acadian Train Car (1921), the Blacksmith Shop (1862) and the Cider Milll and the Saw Mill.

The Flato Markham Theatre offers over 300 live performances each year, showcasing the wide cultural diversity of the city.

The Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay house (1840), which was the home of Group of Seven member Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Now measuring 15,000 square feet, the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

Parks & Rec

Markham has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and children’s play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts over 22 kilometres of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in Markham is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle. The park is a stop-off point for many migratory birds. Mount Joy Park is over 16 acres and has an outdoor ice skating rink adjacent to a community centre.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh. The pond recently underwent revitalization, including sediment removal, restoration of the shoreline and the planting of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

Retail Therapy

Downtown Markham offers some of the best shopping in the GTA, with great little restaurants, cafés and boutique stores.

Markville Shopping Centre is currently the largest mall in Markham with over 160 shops and services. But the Pacific Mall – the largest Chinese indoor mall in North America – is a must for anybody looking for a bargain, with over 500 shops and services. It incorporates a traditional Asian-style market with over 450 mini shops selling everything from herbs, Asian fashions, flowers, accessories, cellphones, eyeglasses and computers.

Easy Access

Public transit in Markham is provided by York Region Transit/Viva, which connects with all nine York Region municipalities, as well as connecting with transit services in Toronto and the Region of Peel. GO Transit also serves Markham with train and bus service, taking riders to a variety of locations in the GTA and beyond.

Markham also has easy access to Highways 404 and 407 and the DVP.


Walk Score: 47

Population: 329,000

Motto: Leading While Remembering


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Local Focus: Whitchurch-Stouffville

Local Focus: Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Local Focus: Whitchurch-Stouffville

by Gale Beeby


The Town of Whitchurch–Stouffville consists of several distinct communities and the intermediary countryside. The largest urban area is the community of Stouffville while other communities include Ballantrae, Bethesda, Bloomington, Cedar Valley, Gormley, Lemonville, Lincolnville, Musselman’s Lake, Pine Orchard, Pleasantville, Preston Lake, Ringwood, Vandorf, Vivian, and Wesley Corners. Click here for a list of homes for sale in Whitchurch-Stouffville.


The former Stouffville Town Hall (constructed in 1896) is now a multifaceted arts, culture and entertainment called 19 On The Park: The Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment. The Latcham Gallery features exhibits of traditional and contemporary work by local and provincial artists.

The Stouffville Strawberry Festival is a traditional community fair held on the Canada Day weekend and celebrates the area’s agricultural heritage. The Markham Fair is hosted by the Markham and East York Agricultural Society and supported by both the City of Markham and the Town of Whitchurch–Stouffville. The Markham Fair dates back to 1844 and is one of Canada’s oldest and largest fairs, hosting upwards of 80,000 visitors yearly. The fair is held on the weekend before Thanksgiving in the Markham Fairgrounds.

The Whitchurch–Stouffville Museum includes five historic structures, including the Bogarttown Schoolhouse (1857), a pioneer log cabin (c. 1850), a Victorian farmhouse built by James Brown (1857), a barn (c. 1830) and the Vandorf Public School (1870). In 2012, the museum added a community centre and the new facility includes a research room, exhibition gallery, discovery room and two rental spaces.

Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area hosts an annual Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival over four weeks in March and the Musselman Lake community hosts an Winter Carnival at Cedar Beach in April.


More than 2,800 acres in the 20 York Regional Forest tracts are found within the borders of Whitchurch–Stouffville. The Whitchurch Conservation Area covers 25 acres and is connected to a larger York Region Forest Tract and to trails of the Oak Ridges Trail Association.

An extensive trail system within urban Stouffville is being developed that will connect to the larger forested areas. The most significant trail begins in town along the Stouffville Creek and leads through a mature forest around the Stouffville Reservoir.

Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area is the northern gateway to the Rouge National Urban Park. The Master Plan for the conservation area includes not only a trail system but also future trail connections to inter-regional trails.


A stroll down Main Street of Stouffville offers many experiences and showcases the small-town charm and welcoming ambience that the town is known for. There are many shops, restaurants and community events for residents and visitors to enjoy. There is also a SmartCentre in Stouffville while the closest mall is Markville Shopping Centre in Markham.


Highways 48, 407 and 404 serve the area while GO Transit has train stations in Stouffville and Lincolnville and also provides bus service north to Uxbridge and south to Union Station.



Population: 2.81 million

Walk score: 32



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