Markham and culture are practically synonymous. The community fabric in the city of Markham is strongly woven, with rich colour and diversity. As a visitor, you’ll easily notice the abounding uniqueness that defines this community in everything from the storefronts and walkways to the heritage buildings with their uniquely pronounced architecture. Historic Main Street Markham is a popular destination anytime of year, and is known for a number of “bests” including best pub, best bakeshop and best Japanese restaurant. With that kind of reputation, it’s only sensible to visit Main Street at least once… or twice.

Shopping and dining are two of Markham’s best friends. Get started at First Markham Place, a centre that brings you Asian cuisine and retail outlets all under one roof. Also home to entertaining events such as the Moon Festival, there’s more than just shopping to find in this spacious retail complex. Pacific Mall is another option, renown as the largest indoor Asian mall in North America. We’re talking an excess of more than 500 stores and ample parking to match. Whatever specialty item you’re looking for you are bound to find it here.

Another great shopping destination is Main Street Markham’s Farmers’ Market, open from May until the end of September every year. With ruby red apples, the sweetest smelling flowers and locally made crafts that are labours of love, you’ll find many worthy items to bring home with you from your visit.

Shopping is a great way to get in some walking, but for some real exercise try a true nature hike. There are more than 22 kilometres of picturesque pathways in Markham’s vicinity, open to walkers, joggers and cyclists alike.

The Markham Museum stands strong on a 25-acre open-air plot and offers tours to the public anytime of the year. Pose for a family photo (silly or serious, that’s up to you) in front of one of the many heritage buildings. In February, join local Markham residents on Family Day at the museum for outdoor activities including skating, snowshoeing and snowball throwing. Fun for kids of any age. The Flato Markham Museum can also fill your afternoon with laughter and entertainment if you’re up for catching a theatrical performance. With more than 300 live performances gracing the stage each year, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye.

Unique to Markham is Joyride 150, an indoor bike park where the cycling inclined can soar over picnic tables, take jumps and show off 360 spins among their other talented peers. The park is Canada’s first all-season, indoor multi-discipline bike park and don’t worry, lessons and coaching are also available.