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Overview of Markham, Ontario, Canada

The town of Markham, Ontario, is located north of Toronto, and has an estimated 2005 population of roughly 257,000. The town is made up of seven smaller communities: Buttonville, Thornhill, Unionville, Milliken, Wismer Common, Cornell, and German Mills. Markham is nicknamed the high-tech capital of Canada due to the relatively large number of major companies with head offices in the town. The community is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse in Canada, with over half of the population foreign-born. The town also boasts numerous historic sites and museums, as well as exceptional performing arts venues and concerts.

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  • Population: 208,165 (2001)
  • Population Density: 981.8/km²
  • Area: 212.47 km²
  • Latitude: 43°53`N
  • Longitude: 79°15`W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 2190 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Markham, Ontario

DThe town of Markham, Ontario, was first surveyed in 1793, settled in 1794, and officially incorporated as a town in 1972. Following World War Two, Markham's residents increasingly worked outside of the town, leading the community to become a swiftly growing suburb. By 1976, Markham's population was roughly 56,000, and since that time has quadrupled. Markham's historic farmland has disappeared, but many of its notable buildings from the past have been maintained and remain as heritage sites and tourist attractions.

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Markham's Demographics

The town of Markham, Ontario had a total population of 208,615 people as of 2001, and an estimated 2005 population of 257,000, with a median age of 37.2. Markham is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada, with 52.9% of the population foreign-born.

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Markham's Climate

Markham, similar to the rest of southern Ontario, has a highly variable climate. Summer temperatures can get fairly hot and muggy, and usually average between 25-32° Celsius. Winter temperatures are typically quite cold, but rarely drop below -15° Celisuis.

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Education in Markham, Ontario

Markham, Ontario, has numerous elementary and secondary schools, as well as two of Seneca College's important satellite sites.

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Transportation around Markham, Ontario

Markham is surrounded by easily accessible transportation opportunities, including Highway 404, Highway 407, the Buttonville Municipal Airport, numerous bus transit systems, and the Stouffville commuter rail service which stops at the Unionville, Centennial, Markham, and Mount Joy GO Stations.

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Tourism and Attractions of Markham

Tourist attractions in Markham are largely related to the towns historic past, including the Markham Museum, the Historic Village, the Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery, the Reesor Farm Market, the Thornhill Village, and numerous preserved heritage streets.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Markham
  • Box Grove
  • Cherrywood
  • Locust Hill
  • Bedford
  • Green River
  • Whitevale
  • Unionville
  • Stouffville
  • Ringwood
  • Mongolia
  • Cashel
  • Dickensons Hill

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Geography of Markham, Ontario

Markham, Ontario, is bounded by Vaughan and Richmond Hill to the west, Pickering to the east, Toronto to the south, and the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville to the north. The town's total land area is 212.47 km², and it has a population density of 981.8/km².

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Markham's Government

Markham, Ontario, has a town council consisting of four Regional Councillors, eight Ward Councillors, and a mayor, a position that is currently held by former Member of Provincial Parliament Donald Cousens. All members of the town council are elected by the region's residents.

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Markham's Economy and Industry

Markham is an economic powerhouse and is considered to be Canada's Hi-Tech Capital due to the high number of major companies with important offices in the region, including Apple Computer, Motorola, Microsoft, IBM, and the head offices of the ATI graphics card producer.

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Markham's Culture and Significant Events

Markham is home to an extremely diverse and multicultural population with a large South and East Asian influence. The town is also renowned for its thriving performing arts, played out by the Markham Concert Band, the Markham Little Theatre, the Markham Youth Theatre, and the Unionville Theatre Company. Significant events held by the town include the Unionville Village Festival, the Markham Youth Festival, the Markham Jazz Festival, the Markham Village Music Festival, the Markham Fair, and the Markham Festival of Lights.

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Sports in Markham, Ontario

The town of Markham, Ontario, is home to numerous amateur and recreational sports teams, such as the Markham Junior Hockey Club, the Markham Ironheads and the Markham Waxers of Ontario Junior Lacrosse Leagues, as well as local sports leagues, including the Markham District Baseball Association, Markham Woman`s Slo-Pitch League Markham, Unionville Minor Basketball Association, Markham Men`s Recreational Hockey, and the FCCM Basketball Division.

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Media of Markham

Due to its close proximity to Toronto, the town of Markham's residents heavily rely on Toronto for their media. Popular local media does exist, however, such as the Markham Economist and Sun publication.

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