Markham continues to be one of the Greater Toronto Area’s most diverse locales-not just in terms of culture, but also the variety of lifestyles and living environments available.
Markham’s historic Main Street is home to a pedestrian-friendly commercial strip, with numerous long-time neighborhood establishments being located there. At the same time, the charming Unionville Main Street has become a popular location for art galleries and trendy restaurants. Much of the city’s new retail options are concentrated on Highway 7, with a wide array of shops and restaurants catering to a range of prices and tastes. Many big-box retailers are located in the area, along with a plethora of independent vendors and shopping centres (most notably CF Markville and Pacific Mall). A network of walking paths and parks covers much of the city, while along Little Rouge Creek is a large track of forested land.
Transportation in Markham
GO Transit’s Stouffville rail line runs through the heart of Markham, and offers hourly service to Downtown Toronto seven days a week. Trains run more frequently during rush hour, and supplementary bus service is also available. York Region Transit provides local bus service on most major Markham thoroughfares, while the TTC operates several north-south services that continue as far south as Danforth Avenue. YRT also operates the VIVA bus rapid transit network on Highway 7, with frequent all-day service. Both Highway 407 and Highway 404 serve the city, offering access to the rest of the GTA as well as a convenient route to cottage country.