Sites To Visit
Markham Centre Cluster
Markham Village Cluster
- 3201 Bur Oak Avenue [map]
Explore the amazing potential of 3D printing at the 3D Printer Lab at the Cornell Branch of the Markham Public Library.
- See the printer in operation from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 3D printing demo sessions at 10:30 & 1:30.
- From 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. a roundtable discussion in the Program Room on the possibilities of 3D print technology in the medical/health field, led by Peter Miller and open to all interested.
The earliest part of this country mansion is an adobe brick cottage dating from the early 19th century. Colonel George Crookshank enlarged the house in 1816-17, and it became known as Sunnyside Manor. Charles T. Heintzman, grandson of the founder of Toronto’s Heintzman Piano Company, purchased the property in the 1930s and transformed the house into its present, elegant form. Today, it is available to rent for a variety of corporate and private events.
Come and meet the Historians of Thornhill who will be conducting tours of the Heintzman House throughout the day. Join in the discussion of the history and the current role of this beautiful landmark and its grounds. Perhaps you will even catch a sighting of the Heintzman House Ghost!
This mid-19th century house in the classic revival style was converted to a public library in the 1970s under the direction of restoration architect Napier Simpson Jr., whose office was next door. Recently, the library was featured in Deborah Kerbel’s ghost story, Lure, published by Dundurn Press in 2010. The ghost of original owner Ellen Ramsden is said to make an appearance from time to time.
Drop-in tours of library, with ghost stories are available throughout the day.
The Railview Model Railroad Club hosts one of the largest HO-scale layouts in Ontario at over 279 square metres (3,000 square feet) in size. The club models the Hamilton/Bayview Junction from three time periods: 1940s-1950s (steam to diesel), 1960s (second generation diesel) and 1980 to present day (modern era rail transport).
- Club members will showcase their work and welcome new members.
- Model trains will be running through the ever-evolving miniature railway line from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- 3300 Highway 7 [map]
- Year Built: 2015-16
This new place of worship boasts a unique architectural design combining ancient tradition with contemporary appeal. The Coptic Church was established in Egypt in the first century A.D. and came to Canada with Coptic immigration in the middle of the 20th century. The complex features a place of worship and a community centre with:
- banquet hall
- day care centre
- recording studio
Tours available in a variety of languages.
- Meet in front of 193 Main Street [map]
- One tour only: 11:00 a.m.
In 19th century Ontario, every small town had a doctor that worked from home. Unionville’s first doctor arrived about 1850. This walking tour showcases the doctors of Unionville and where they lived and worked. Included is Dr. T.P. Eckardt, a member of a prominent Berczy settler family.
This distinctive example of Ontario vernacular architecture in board and batten features dramatic gothic revival and classic revival detailing. It was originally the home of Salem Eckardt, the local auctioneer. Group of Seven artist Frederick Varley lived here in his later years as a guest of Kathy McKay, and had a studio in the basement. The space now showcases the work of local artists and provides a studio for art instruction. It is also available for exhibition and studio rental.
- Varley’s Home & Studio, 3:30pm, Varley Art Gallery Docent
Unionville’s restored Stiver Mill is a local landmark that now serves as a community centre and farmer’s market. Originally built as a grain elevator, the western portion of the structure is one of the last of its kind in the region. A feed mill was added to the east end in the 1930s. On Sundays, the mill hosts a popular farmers’ market with live entertainment and fresh produce.
- Guided tours of the Stiver Mill are available throughout the day, and inside see an exhibit highlighting agriculture in Markham.
- Markham’s Agricultural Heritage Exhibit by the Unionville Historical Society.
Complementary refreshments courtesy of the Marleigh Retirement Residence of Unionville.
Situated at the top of Unionville’s historic village core, the Frederick Horsman Art Gallery of Markham is an excellent example of Post-modern architecture that contrasts with the neighbouring heritage buildings. The gallery is named after Group of Seven artist Fred Varley who lived in Unionville in his later years. It is home to a fine collection of the artist’s oils, watercolours and drawings, as well as the works of many other Canadian artists. The main gallery features changing exhibits to enhance the visitor experience.
- Exhibition Tour: Rock, Water, Tree: 12:00pm, Varley Art Gallery Director and Exhibition Curator Niamh O’Laoghaire
- Visit of the Vaults Tour: 1:00pm, Rachel Brodie, Collections Manager & Anik Glaude, Curator
- Exhibition Tour: Jeff Nye: Recovery Rooms, 2:00pm, Exhibiting artist Jeff Nye
- Visit of the Vaults Tour: 3:00pm, Rachel Brodie, Collections Manager & Anik Glaude, Curator
- Exhibition Tour: Pudlo Pudlat: 4:00pm, Anik Glaude, Exhibition Curator
*Note that the public washrooms at the Varley Art Gallery are closed for renovations
- Heritage Corners Lane & 16th Avenue [map]
For anyone who has dreamed of rescuing a heritage house from the brink of destruction and restoring it to its former glory, a visit to Markham Heritage Estates is a remarkable experience. Established by the municipality in the mid-1980s, this unique community of relocated, restored heritage homes showcases a variety of architectural styles and time periods of Markham’s history. The oldest house dates from 1825 and the newest was originally built in 1910.
- Walking tours of Markham’s Famous Heritage Subdivision at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon, and 2:00 p.m.
- A self-guided walking tour is also available.
Located in the heart of historic Markham Village, this farmers’ market offers farm-fresh local produce, other fresh and seasonal goods and a variety of vendors. Visitors can let their imaginations run with ideas for healthy meals made with the bounty of Ontario farms. Enjoy live entertainment as you stroll through this lively market.
The design of this building was inspired by late 19th century fire halls. It features a 60-foot-tall replica of a hose drying tower, which was common to most fire halls back then. Young and old are fascinated by fire trucks and fire-fighting technology. Fire prevention and fire fighting are important City of Markham services.