Markham is proud of its Main Street that brings the past and present together in perfect harmony. Pubs, restaurants and shops line the main street in historic buildings that bring to the present a past history full of stories. Markham Village was first founded 2 centuries ago and during its development Main Street became the activity hub for the village. People were bustling up and down the street visiting businesses and making use of services. This charm of a small village is still alive today with many of the original buildings still lining the street.
A special look
The city of Markham makes sure that the street is always blossoming with flowers and plants in hanging baskets during the growing season. As you make your way down the street you’ll also see planted trees and beautiful flowers breaking the earth in half barrels of wood. The landscape beautification on the street has contributed to several awards that were bestowed to the city.
Unique shopping and services
You’ll find a variety of boutiques and shops offering a wide range of goods including the latest fashions, flowers, household items, crafts and gifts galore. When you’re ready to stop for a bite to eat you’ll also come across bakeries, grills, pubs and restaurants featuring numerous cuisines that are sure to tempt your appetite.
Main Street events
A number of events and festivals are scheduled during the year to keep the community spirit alive. Events this summer include the Markham Village Music Festival on June 14 and 15 and the Unity Festival on July 21 showcasing bands, food and music from Markham’s various ethnic groups. During the summer months you can visit Main Street and the Farmer’s Market there to enjoy fresh produce direct from the farm. Baked goods and preserves are also available and there is live entertainment daily between 10 AM to 1 PM.
Main Street can be found on Highway 48, Markham Road, to the north of Hwy 7. A revitalization program is scheduled to start in early July with improvements expected to be completed near the end of 2014. This project will help to transform Markham’s Main Street from a route that is dominated by vehicles to one that can better support the core’s commercial activities while enhancing this Heritage District. The project also allows planning up to 2021 for the transportation network while supplying a growth management framework.