Top 10 Reasons to Live in Markham.

As one of Canada’s most multicultural cities, it’s only fitting that Markham is home to an array of gems in nature, arts, science, culture and history. Why would you want to live in Markham you ask? Let us list the reasons: the restaurants, bars, parks, museums, theatres, galleries and schools. 

There’s a reason why more and more people are moving to Markham, or seriously considering it. Here are 10 reasons. 

The Nature

There are over 50 different parks in Markham that give the city its beautifully colourful backdrop - you’d think you were in the countryside in certain areas! Markham’s Green Spine connects the city: Rouge Park, the Milne Dam Conservation area, Mount Joy Lake Park and Toogood Pond Park (the name says it all) are the perfect places to find solitude in nature. 

The Culture

Markham is a dream for people who appreciate the fine arts: culture vultures. The Flato Markham Theatre hosts over 300 performances each season in theatre and music. From operas to odes to David Bowie, versatility is the name of the game. At the Varley Art Gallery, rotating exhibitions and regular art classes are ways to stay in touch with your inner artiste

The History

Markham’s history has been preserved in its neighbourhoods: Unionville is one of the city’s oldest, dating back over 200 years. The original storefronts of this district have been restored as restaurants, galleries and boutiques; the Heintzman House is an example of Markham’s history untouched and still standing. You could also always go to the 25-acre Markham Museum. History is literally around every corner.

The Future

With the proliferation of state-of-the-art enterprises calling it home, Markham is the poster child for the new Canadian economy. Hubs such as the IBM Innovation Incubator Project and the GM Canada Technical Centre are redefining Markham’s key pillars. And with a host of esteemed schools and opportunities to seek continuing education populating the city, there are always opportunities to learn.

The Golf

There’s golf. A lot of golf. There are 9 different golf courses in Markham with some, like the Angus Glen Golf Club, known to have hosted many PGA tour events. Get in the swing of things with bunkers, ponds, greens, fairways, tees and clubs. And if you don’t play, take a look at the beautifully-designed courses: you’ll be wondering why you're not playing. 

The Shopping

For all those who believe shopping is the greatest sport of all, Markham offers endless ways to swipe plastic. Home to shopping meccas like CF Markville, with its expansive selection of 160 stores and the Pacific Mall, one of the largest Asian-themed markets anywhere, Markham makes you feel like a kid in a candy store.

The Food
 

Markham’s multiculturalism seeps into the cuisine. You can find authentic food from countries all over the world. If you have a hankering for Chinese food: check out Wonton Hut or Casa Victoria; if it’s sushi you’re after: Toyosu Markham and Komeya Café; for traditional, comforting American and Canadian meals: NextDoor and Smash Kitchen & Bar always impress. Eat from worlds far away, every day. 

The Music

Markham’s music scene is always in tune. If you want to lose yourself in the sounds of the best local musicians and DJs, make your way over to The Duchess of Markham, Hutaoli Music Restaurant or Le Cue. Markham’s community is one that cares and encourages. What better way to do that than by supporting the local talent? 

The Nightlife

The night is always young at Markham. From lounges, bars and clubs to karaoke, hookah and arcades, there’s plenty going on to spoil you for choice. Check in at the Bellagio Lounge and Bar for some karaoke and spend your nights trying to stay in tune, chill at the Blue Mist Café & Lounge or catch the game at King Edward’s Arms; Markham nights are full of colour. 

The Markham Fair

If you want to see gymnastics demonstrations, a cooking show, a sheep-shearing competition, horse shows, beer halls, demolition derbies, ride midway rides, and eat from food trucks all in the same place, the Markham Fair is where you need to go. Established in 1844, this is Canada’s largest 4-day annual country fair. It’s brilliantly eclectic and truly Markham.

Markham is a city, culture and people on the move. There’s something about the city that you just can’t find anyplace else.
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