Best Of Markham Ontario

Main Street Markham (a.k.a. Markham Village) still retains Markham’s pleasant small town centre with a number of heritage buildings intermixed with more modern structures. Main Street Markham has more shopping opportunities than Main Street Unionville. Both have a number of eateries.

Getting Your Bearings

Markham is a city north of Toronto, in the York Region Area of the province. It is a great place to work, live, and play. I spend so much of my time here, whether it be marrying couples or teaching students. The people here are super friendly and welcoming, even if they do not speak English!

You can see that Markham is divided into different sections, each with their own culture and flavour.

With all of the modern construction going up, hard to believe that this used to be all farmland. Strongly developed as a bedroom community, Markham is getting all of the trappings of a modern city, including (but not limited to) a university, urban core, and cafe culture. For many people, just as yours truly, I much prefer a night out in Markham, without having to trek on downtown to have a little fun. Even if Markham did get an NHL team, which some have proposed, I would still head down south to the Scotiabank Arena to catch our heroes in blue!

Markham Demographics

Like Richmond (BC), Markham is majority Asian-descent, with the lion’s share hailing from Mainland China. There are other established communities, namely British, Jewish, and other Europeans groups. While some signs are offered only in Chinese, most have signage in English, allowing anyone to patronize their restaurants, stores, and supermarkets. The people here are welcoming to outsiders, with no hate crimes reported recently, against anyone (in fact). You can feel free to walk around anytime at night, regardless of your age or gender.

Taste of Asia – Food vendor
Chabad of Markham – Synagogue

Markham Hotels

Markham has a whole host of hotels to choose from, ranging from budget all the way to luxurious and beyond. You might be familiar with the hotel below. It has been in many movies, having been built roughly 30 years ago. Despite its age, it still looks modern and super cool.

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa
We’re across from Markham Civic Center, in the city of Markham’s high tech hub, just three kilometers from historic Unionville. Every stay includes access to our health club — featuring a fitness center, squash courts, yoga and fitness classes, a sauna, and indoor pool. Enjoy our restaurant, spa, and tree-lined zen garden.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Toronto – Markham, an IHG Hotel
10 East Pearce St, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 0A8
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Toronto Markham
52 Bodrington Ct, Markham, ON L6G 0A9
Toronto Marriott Markham
This contemporary hotel is an 18-minute walk from sports events at the Markham Pan Am Centre, and 2 km from both Flato Markham Theatre and Highway 407.

Downtown Markham

Downtown Markham is situated closed to everything, with new developments going up everyday. There are new malls, shopping centres, sports arenas and more. This is close to the future home of York University – Markham Campus.

Shopping around downtown. Markham (Warden and 407)

Downtown Markham Shopping Mall.
Movies, gym, restaurants, residential, education lifestyle and more. When it is cold outside, this is the place to be. Unless you are skating, of course!
This is the biggest mall in the area. It has all of the major Canadian and international brands. The food court is pretty decent and offers a Wal-Mart. Just a word of advise-do come here on the weekends or evenings. It is really hard to find parking here.
Churches in Markham
Markham Fair Grounds
The property is located at the corner of McCowan and Elgin Mills. What was once a privately owned farm, the Markham Fair Grounds now hosts different competitions, fairs, events, and tradeshows. See you there!

Markham Fair

Did you know that the Markham Fair started in 1844? That is a crazy long time ago! It goes on during the weekend before Canadian Thanksgiving, which is in early October (rather than late November, for my American readers). There is a huge emphasis on agriculture, supporting the local farmers that feed our families. You can opt to buy some fresh produce or have something fresh to eat! The rides are fun and safe, giving kids another reason to hop into the minivan for a family trip!

Markham Events and Festivals

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