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Throughout 2017, the City will be celebrating Canada’s BIG year with one-time signature events, and by incorporating Canada 150 celebrations into our existing special events and programs.

From the Ground Up

Throughout 2017

Markham Museum’s feature exhibition "From the Ground Up" explores archaeological discoveries from the Museum grounds from the mid 1800s.

Pottery was one of Markham’s first industries and is a shared technology with other cultures around the world.

F.H. Varley, Tree (Ferdinand The Bull), c. 1940, oil on panel, 24.4 x 24.7 cm, Collection of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham. Gift of the Estate of Kathleen Gormley McKay, 1996. 1996.1.82

Present | Perfect | Continuous

Throughout 2017

The Varley Art Gallery is proud to present Present | Perfect | Continuous, a year-long rotation of its most popular works by F.H. Varley, a member of the Group of Seven who lived in Markham. Selected interventions by contemporary artists will bring new insights to the study of F.H. Varley’s work from the Gallery’s permanent collection.


Canada 150 Fire Truck

Canada 150 Fire Truck

Throughout 2017

Markham Fire & Emergency Services’ Engine 9-1-1 will be at events throughout the summer. Snap a selfie with the Canada 150-wrapped vehicle and share it with us using #Markham150! Watch Fire Truck 9-1-1 be transformed in to a Canada 150 tribute.

The City will also be restoring two of Markham’s heritage fire trucks in 2017.


Aaniin Community Centre Youth Outreach & Engagement Project

Starting Spring 2017

A program designed to increase access to free drop-in recreation, health, education and life skills programming for 2,500 at-risk youth, aimed at supporting healthy lifestyles. Together with our partners, we are creating opportunities with lasting positive effects for Markham youth.



Trees for Tomorrow - Canada 150 Edition

Trees for Tomorrow – Canada 150 Edition

Spring 2017 – Fall 2017

Markham will be planting 150 trees in 150 parks, along with 150 native red maples, and partnering with the Highway of Heroes to commemorate our veterans from Markham.



September 23 & 24, 2017

Markham’s tastiest celebration of the year with little train rides, apple cider, great food, geocaching, family games and more.

Come learn about agriculture in Markham and check out the Markham Museum’s working historic cider mill.

Markham Cycling Day

Markham Cycling Day

September 24, 2017

A safe, fun and educational experience that encourages everyone to enjoy all the City of Markham has to offer while they enhance their passion for cycling.

Doors Open

Doors Open

September 30, 2017

From old to new – get the inside scoop on Markham’s historical and cultural landmarks! Explore the City’s unique and sometimes hidden architectural treasures, many of which are not normally open to the general public.

Culture Days

Culture Days

September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017

Free, hands-on, interactive activities across the City that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes” and discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers at work in their community.

Growing Innovation: Markham Agricultural History

Geared for Growing

Opens in October 2017

A family-friendly exhibition at the Markham Museum that explores the machinery of agriculture. Discover the roles of science and engineering in the continuous improvement of farm practices in our community and test your own innovations.

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Aaniin Community Centre & Library Grand Opening

Aaniin Community Centre & Library Grand Opening

Fall 2017

The opening of our newest facility, Aaniin Community Centre & Library, located in southeast Markham.  The name “Aaniin,” pronounced [ah-nee], means “welcome” or “hello” in Ojibway. It was chosen to welcome Markham’s many diverse communities, to celebrate Canada 150 and in honour of our First Nations people.

Markham Sports Day

Markham Sports Day

November 18, 2017

A one-day event at the Markham Pan Am Centre that celebrates the power of sport, builds community, fortifies our national spirit while facilitating healthy, active living and helps us GET OUT & GET ACTIVE! This is a great day for families to participate and watch a variety of sports for all ages.

Show your local and national pride
Share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #Markham150!

Celebrate Canada 150 with Your Neighbours

The City has created Markham’s Canada 150 Neighbourhood Grant program to mark this special anniversary by strengthening connections right where our residents live – in their neighbourhood. Grants of up to $500 are available to support Markham residents and community groups in undertaking neighbourhood projects that encourage participation in marking Canada’s 150th anniversary throughout 2017.  Ideas include tree plantings, sharing stories of Canada, historical neighbourhood tours and a potluck featuring childhood favourites.

The deadline to submit applications for Markham’s Canada 150 Neighbourhood Grant program has now closed. Recipients will be notified shortly.