Markham and Unionville

The Markham and Unionville region is a large, quaint suburb in the Greater Toronto Area that features not one but two historic Main Streets. 
Markham and Unionville, both established in the 1790s, have become popular with visitors due to the way their communities pair culture, modernity, and historic charm. The region features plenty to do, from exploring the historic city centres to perfecting your swing on one of its many golf courses. A lineup of annual events and festivals only adds to the appeal.

To learn more about all there is to see and do in Markham and Unionville, scroll down or visit the region's tourism website.

Where are Markham and Unionville?

Historic Unionville is a hamlet within the larger city of Markham, approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Toronto. 
Getting to Markham and Unionville from Toronto is pretty easy by bus, train, or car. Driving e from downtown Toronto on the Don Valley Parkway, ON-404 N, and ON-407 E (Express Toll Route). GO Transit also provides train and bus service to Markham and Unionville. Those heading here from further abroad should plan to arrive at Toronto Pearson International (YYZ), the largest airport in the country.

Things to do in Markham and Unionville

Both Markham and Unionville have picturesque, historic downtown neighbourhoods perfect for an afternoon of exploring. Historic Unionville — known for its pubs, parks, and restaurants — dates back over 200 years, with buildings that look just as they did in the late 1700s. Meanwhile, Markham Village’s Main Street is lined with historic homes turned into shops and restaurants. 
To learn more about the region, head to the Markham Museum. This incredible open-air museum preserves and celebrates the area’s past through 30 historic buildings that visitors can explore. It’s also the perfect spot for a picnic. 
Catch a breath of fresh air in one of the area’s many parks. Stroll around the pond in Unionville’s Toogood Pond Park or take a hike on one of the Milne Dam Conservation Park trails, which is part of the Rouge, Canada’s first national urban park. There are nine different golf courses in Markham and Unionville, so be sure to pack your clubs and reserve a tee time.

Channel your inner Gilmore Girl in Unionville. The pilot episode of the popular television show Gilmore Girls was filmed in Unionville, which stood in for the fictional town of Stars Hollow. Get into character by strolling down Unionville’s Main Street like Lorelai and Rory. 
For local and international art, check out the Varley Art Gallery of Markham. Named after Frederick Varley, a member of the famous Group of Seven, this art gallery features rotating exhibitions, offers art courses and workshops, and hosts other public programs and events throughout the year. It’s a must for any art lover. 
Markham also features a thriving theatre scene centred around the Flato Markham Theatre and an extensive public art program, which puts incredible art on display in local neighbourhoods. 

Markham and Unionville neighbourhoods and districts

The greater Markham and Unionville area features several neighbourhoods and districts.

Cathedraltown and Victoria Square

Located in the northwestern part of Markham, this formerly rural community is now home to a growing suburban community centred around the Slovak Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration, a stunning church with gilded towers and intricate mosaics.

Milliken Mills

This diverse community in the south-central part of the Markham region is home to a large contingent of Asian and South Asian-Canadians and businesses. A visit to the Pacific Mall is a must.

Old Markham Village

Quaint shops and restaurants line Main Street of Old Markham Village, the historic downtown area of Markham.

Things to know about visiting Markham and Unionville

Make the most of your trip to Markham and Unionville with these insider tips.

Where to get great ice cream

Located in an old fire station, as the name suggests, Old Firehall Confectionery boasts plenty of frozen flavours, plus cupcakes, fudge, truffles, chocolates, and other desserts. 

Hidden gem

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham opened its doors in 1997 on Main Street in Historic Unionville and features both historical and contemporary art by regional and national artists.

Little-known fact

Markham is the most diverse city in Canada with visible minorities representing over 55% of the population, the majority of which are of Chinese heritage.

Last updated: December 15, 2022

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