Amazing Markham, the Big Municipality with the Small Town Feel....

The town of Markham has been around since the 1700's and has seen many changes over the years. 

It is the largest of nine municipalities in the York Region with a population of 298,000, the 16th largest municipality in Canada and the 7th largest in Ontario.

The town of Markham is known as the High-Tech Capital of Canada because it has the greatest concentration of high tech and life science companies in Canada and despite having it's feet planted very firmly in the 21st Century Markham is dedicated to preserving its natural beauty and historical heritage. In August 2000, the Town of Markham was the first recipient of the prestigious prize, the Prince of Wales Heritage Award, honouring the local government for preserving heritage buildings through bylaws and policies. This award was initiated by the Heritage Canada Foundation under royal decree.

Nothing reflects Markham's strong tradition with it's Heritage better than a stroll around the old Village.  There are many buildings that retain their original historic facades, or have been sympathetically renovated in keeping with the neighbourhood.  Old Markham village gives you the feeling of truly stepping back in time, not only with it's architecture but also with it's strong community spirit and the feeling of genuine friendship between neighbours and the willingness to help and support each other.

Some of the great features that are to be found in Markham are the Historic Main Street with it's stunning display of flowers during the Summer Months.  There is a farmers market every Saturday morning, also during the Summer which offers home made cakes and pies and fresh locally grown produce.  The very popular Franklin public School is situated right in the heart of the Village and offers a French Immersion programme and only steps away is the newly built Markham District High School.

Markham Village is a great place to raise a family, it has many parks and sports facilities and also boasts Markham/Stouffville Hospital which is an award-winning state-of-the-art facility and one of the top performing hospitals in Canada.

For more information on Markham or other communities in Canada, check out the Century21.ca community web sites.

Kathy Webster is with CENTURY 21 Percy Fulton Ltd. in Toronto, ON.

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