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Markham is a town in the Regional Municipality of York, located within the Greater Toronto Area of Southern Ontario, Canada. The town is the fourth largest community within Greater Toronto after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.

Until the 1970s, Markham was mostly farmland and marsh, which is still reflected in events like the Markham Fair. Markham has several theatres, including the critically acclaimed Markham Little Theatre and the Markham Youth Theatre.

The Markham Public Library system has 6 branches, with over 600,000 items in its collections.


Markham has retained its historic past in part of the town. Here a just few places of interest:

Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery
Heintzman House - Home of Colonel George Crookshank, Sam Francis and Charles Heintzman of Heintzman & Co., the piano manufacturer.
Markham Museum
Markham Village
Markham Heritage Estates - a unique, specially designed heritage subdivision owned by the Town of Markham
Reesor Farm Market
Cathedral of the Transfiguration
Thornhill village

Heritage streets preserve the old town feeling:

Main Street Markham (Markham Road/Highway 48)
Main Street Unionville (Kennedy Road)/Highway 7

There are still farms operating in the northern reaches of the town, but there are a few 'theme' farms in other parts of Markham:

Devonshire Stables & Country Bumpkins Pony Farm
Galten Farms
Whittamore's Farm
Forsythe Family Farms
Adventure Valley
Markham GO Station - built in 1871 by Toronto and Nipissing Railway and restored in 2000
Locust Hill Station - built in 1936 and re-located to the grounds of the Markham Museum
Unionville Station - built in 1871 by the Toronto and Nipissing Railway and restored as a community centre

Performing arts

Markham is home to several locally-oriented performing arts groups:

Kindred Spirits Orchestra
Markham Little Theatre
Markham Youth Theatre
Unionville Theatre Company
Markham Concert Band

A key arts venue is the 'Markham Theatre For Performing Arts', at the Markham Civic Centre located at Highway 7 and Warden Avenue.

Annual events

Events taking place annually include the Taste of Asia Festival, Tony Roman Memorial Hockey Tournament, Markham Youth Week, Unionville Festival, Markham Village Music Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Milliken Mills Children's Festival, Markham Ribfest & Music Festival, Thornhill Village Festival, Markham Fair, Olde Tyme Christmas Unionville, Markham Santa Claus Parade and Markham Festival of Lights.
[edit] Shopping

Markham is home to several large malls of 100+ stores. These include:

Market Village (170 stores)
Markville Shopping Centre (250 stores)
Pacific Mall (450 mini-shops)

There are also a lot of higher-profile malls in nearby Toronto, and elsewhere in York Region. Many shopping centres in Markham are also Asian-oriented. This is a reflection of the large Asian, particularly Chinese Canadian, population found in Markham. They carry a wide variety of traditional Chinese products, apparel, and foods.

On Highway 7, between Woodbine and Warden Avenues, is First Markham Place, containing numerous shops and restaurants; this is several kilometres east of Richmond Hill's Chinese malls. Further east along Highway 7 is an older plaza is at the southwest quadrant with the intersection with Kennedy Road.

Pacific Mall is the most well-known Chinese mall in Markham, located at Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue East, which, combined with neighbouring Market Village Mall and Splendid China Tower, forms the second largest Chinese shopping area in North America, after the Golden Village in Richmond, British Columbia.[citation needed] In close proximity, at Steeles East and Warden Avenue, there is the New Century Plaza mall and a half-block away there is a plaza of Chinese shops anchored by a T & T Supermarket.

There are also some smaller shopping centres in Markham, such as:

Metro Square
Peachtree Centre
New Kennedy Square
The Shops on Steeles and 404
Thornhill Square

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