A melting pot of culture and architecture, Markham is dotted with towering skyscrapers, 19th-century homes, history museums, and local markets. Explore heritage sights, go strawberry picking and admire works of a local artist in a noted art gallery.
Things to do
Get a dose of culture at the open-air Markham Museum, which tells the story of the city’s history through archaeological artifacts and a historic train station and church. Afterward, gaze at art at Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery, which displays work by Horsman in addition to local, national and international artists.
Looking for some retail therapy? Drive along the 86-kilometer-long Yonge Street, which connects Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe and features a wealth of dining and shopping outlets. The part closest to Markham boasts the SilverCity Richmond Hill cinema and family-friendly Montana's restaurant. Venture further north up Yonge Street to find Hillcrest Mall, home to international brands, such as SEPHORA, Michael Hill and The Body Shop.
Stroll through the 330-hectare Toogood Park, where scenic trails wind around a picturesque pond that freezes in winter and traverse rocky hills and bridges. Looking for a challenge? Head to the indoor park at Joyride 150 to ride its 800-meter-long mountain bike trail.
In the evening, catch stand-up comedy, plays and musicals at Markham Little Theatre or head to the Kindred Spirits Orchestra for symphony performances. When you want to pick up a souvenir, visit the Chinese stalls at Village Market or browse the 160 shops in CF Markville.
You can fly into Toronto Pearson International Airport, then travel by car, bus or train into Markham’s city center in less than an hour. When you reach Markham, the best way to get around the city’s grid layout is by car.
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