Area Guide - Markham & Unionville
Located just north of Toronto, Markham is York Regions largest community with over 300,000 residents. The demographic area includes the communities of Markham Village, Unionville, Milliken, Cornell and Thorn hill. Often considered the high-tech capitol of Canada, Markham is home to over 800 technology and life sciences companies, with IBM being the town's largest employer. A number of multinational companies also have their Canadian headquarters located in Markham including Advanced Micro Devices, American Express, Johnson & Johnson, Apple Inc., Avaya, IBM, Motorola, Toshiba and several data centres from the countries largest Banks.
Markham is dominated by single-family detached homes, along with townhouses and semi-detached homes. Markham is also considered to be one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Canada, and has rich heritage, historic character, and engaging neighbourhoods. The Town of Markham maintains state-of-the-art playgrounds, sports fields, tennis courts, skate parks, baseball diamonds and over 160 community parks.
Unionville is composed of many neighbourhoods including Olde Unionville, South Unionville, Angus Glen, Buttonville, Cachet and Berczy Village and is said to be one of the most affluent areas in the Greater Toronto Area. Toogood Pond, at the northern end of Main Street, includes a naturalized marsh, wooden bridges, and numerous scenic walkways. The historic village of Unionville is typical of a small town that developed over a century or so starting in the early 1840s through the middle to late 20th century. The historic Main Street Unionville attracts thousands of visitors each year. Tourism is a major part of Unionville's economy with unique shopping and dining establishments set among the historic buildings and architecture. Main Street also has a number of "Century homes" dating back to the 19th century. Most of these historic buildings are included in List of historic buildings in Markham, Ontario. The main street has been used as a stand-in for fictional Connecticut town Stars Hollow during the first season of Gilmore Girls television show, as well as other television and movie backdrops.
The Markham Museum, Fred Varley Art Gallery and old The historic Markham Village offer something for those with cultural interests. The Cornell Community is a large master-planned, eco-friendly, and rapidly expanding community in the east district of Markham. Cornell has become a desirable place to live, where the concept of ‘‘live, work, play’’ has been embraced successfully. Cornell hosts the largest park in Markham, and is next to the largest urban park in North America, the Rouge River Watershed, spanning an area of 5,000 Hectares. Cornell is also known for being a secure community that enjoys a low crime rate. Pedestrian friendly streets with an abundance of parks and playgrounds, laneways and accessible transit are among the tenets of new urbanism found in the Cornell Town Centre master plan.
- Markham Public Libraries
- Town of Markham
- Guiding Star General Markham events information
- Markham Village
- Cornell Ratepayers Association
- Communities of Markham
- Unionville Main Street
- Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
- Angus Glen Ratepayers Association
- York Region District School Board
- York Region Catholic District School Board
- Unionville Montessori School
- EQAO – the Education Quality and Accountability Office
- Markham Minor Hockey
- Markham Waxers Hockey
- Unionville Curling Club
- Markham District Baseball Association