This winter escape is all about exploring the vibrant arts & culture scene in York Region.
Start your weekend off by heading to the quaint, small town of Kleinburg and make the McMichael Canadian Art Collection your first stop. The McMichael, devoted to collecting the Art of Canada, will introduce you to a wide range of Canada’s art, art-making and artists. Its permanent collection includes more than 6,500 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists.
Next, head up the road to the heart of Kleinburg and enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of its local restaurants, before indulging in some small-town boutique shopping. Top it all off with a decadent stop at Old Firehall Confectionery for a sweet treat to-go. Then make your way to the all-new Toronto Marriott Markham, located in Downtown Markham. Enjoy some fine dining at the newly opened Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse conveniently situated within the hotel, or venture over to Terre Rouge for some French-inspired elegant cuisine. Markham is also home to the Flato Markham Theatre, one of Canada’s premier theatre houses, bringing live theatre, concerts, comedy shows and family entertainment to its stage throughout the year. Plan your weekend in advance, reserve an early dinner and end the night with an evening of theatre.
Day 2 will take you into another quaint small town, just minutes away – Unionville. Grab a coffee and stroll along the historic Main Street, stopping in at the various boutiques and the TooGood General Store for some unique finds. Keeping with the arts and culture theme of the weekend, a visit to the Varley Art Gallery and the McKay Art Centre, once the home and studio of Fred Varley, an original member of the Group of Seven, is in order. And if you’re still up for more, consider stopping in at the Markham Museum as well. Now, should pampering and relaxation be on your mind, then the luxurious Silver Leaf Day Spa, a full-service spa in the heart of Unionville, is the place for you – advance reservations needed. Don’t forget to stop for lunch along the way; Unionville’s diverse selection of restaurants will not disappoint.