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Considered to be one of Canada’s high-tech capitals, Markham is also the country’s 16th largest municipality. A diverse, affluent population of 328,966 residents call the City home, making it the largest community in York Region.

Named in honour of William Markham, who was the Archbishop of York from 1776 to 1807, Markham was first settled in 1794 by William Berczy, a German artist and developer, along with a group of about 64 German families.

The land was settled as an agricultural community, but following World War II development turned towards urbanization as Toronto, which is approximately 30 km southwest of Markham, grew towards the city.


Covering an area of more than 200 square kilometres, Markham is made up of many original 19th century communities, including, but not limited to: Berczy Village, Hagerman’s Corners and even Thornhill and Unionville, despite the fact that Thornhill straddles the Markham-Vaughan municipal boundary with portions in each municipality and that Unionville is its own community with three sub-communities: Unionville, South Unionville and Upper Unionville.

Local hospitals include Markham Stouffville Hospital and Shouldice Hospital. Markham is also home to two Seneca College campuses at Highways 7 and 404 and at the Buttonville Municipal Airport.

Main Street Markham is a popular tourist attraction because of its heritage designation, as is the Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery.



Bill Crothers Secondary School
Bill Hogarth Secondary School
Bur Oak Secondary School
Markham District High School
Markville Secondary School
Middlefield Collegiate Institute
Milliken Mills High School
Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School
Thornhill Secondary School
Thornlea Secondary School
Unionville High School
St. Brother André Catholic High School
St. Augustine Catholic High School
St. Robert Catholic High School
Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy

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