A list of retirement homes in Markham Ontario. *An asterisk on the right of each name denotes that this residence matches your search criteria from information provided from a previous year and/or little further information is available. Facilities listed without an asterisk, have provided detailed up-to-date information for 2017 .
AMICA AT SWAN LAKE
6360 16th Avenue Markham ON L3P 7Y6
ROUGE VALLEY RETIREMENT RESIDENCE
5958 16th Avenue Markham ON L3P 3J3
SUNRISE OF UNIONVILLE
38 Swansea Road Markham ON L3R 5K2
Markham is in the Regional Municipality of York, and is also considered a part of the Greater Toronto Area or G.T.A. It was named after William Markham, the Archbishop of York between 1776 and 1807. John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, selected this name.
As of the 2011 Canadian census, the population of Markham was 301,709. As of 2015, it is estimated that the population of Markham sat at 342,000. With such a heavy population, Markham is the fourth-largest community in the Greater Toronto Area, following Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton. It is also considered the largest municipality in York Region and the 16th largest city in Canada. In 2012, Markham’s status changed from town to city.
In 1794, 75 German families who arrived from upstate New York settled in the area now known as Markham. Later, another large group of settlers that occupied the area was of Pennsylvania Dutch decent, the majority of whom were Mennonites. Many Irish, Scottish and English families who started immigrating to Upper Canada ended up settling in Markham by 1830.
The township’s abundance of rivers and streams would eventually support water-powered saw mills, grist mills, and wooden mills. Thanks to these transportation routes and a growing population, the urbanization of Markham increased. By 1871, the population grew to 8,152. The first rail line to Markham Village and Unionville was built in 1871, which the GO Transit still uses today.
Markham became a town in 1972 because of an exploding population. Since then, the rapid growth of new subdivisions led to a dramatic increase in the population. In 2012, Markham officially became designated as a city.
Heintzman House - Also known as Sunnyside Manor Farm, the Heintzman House is among the oldest buildings in Markham and was home to several Markham's most prominent citizens. It was originally just two rooms, but now boasts over 20, including a solarium and grand ballroom. It was built by Loyalist Anthony Hollingshead from 1797 to 1802, and in 1816, Col. George William Cruickshank, the area's first justice of the peace, constructed a 13-room mansion around the original farmhouse with its original name, “Sunnyside Manor.” It was owned by many families between 1854 and 1930 before being bought by Charles Heintzman, of the Toronto piano company. The House was then purchased from the Heintzman estate by developers in 1959, and is now rented out by local companies and businesses.
Markham Museum - This 25-acre open-air museum is dedicated to preserving old buildings and artifacts of the historical city of Markham, particularly as a rural village in its beginnings to an urban centre. The site holds almost 30 buildings, including homes, sheds, barns, a school, general store, saw mill, train station, and more. Among the oldest buildings on site is the Hoover House, which was constructed in 1824 by a Mennonite family that was originally from Pennsylvania.
The Wales House - Located at 159 Main Street North, this historical home was constructed around 1845 by Henry R. Wales, a local carriage and wagon maker. Henry immigrated to Canada from England in 1932 with his brother and his parents. He and his brother George made their way to New York to learn more about the carriage trade. By 1840, the Wales family moved to Markham, and the brothers established the Phoenix Carriage Works on Main Street. The Wales House stayed in the family for 70 years.
Markham Village - Located along Markham Road between Highway 7 and 16th Avenue, Old Markham Village is home to the historic Markham Main Street area which features shops, a community centre, and the Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market that’s held from early May to early October every year along Robinson Street.
Markham Heritage Estates - With many new subdivisions being built in Markham and surrounding areas, Markham Heritage Estates is a unique section that preserves a specially designed heritage subdivision that is owned by the City of Markham. It features almost 30 restored, privately owned homes, and is one of the more popular destinations throughout the annual Doors Open Markham event. The Victorian and gothic homes are popular tourist attractions and sites for photographers and history buffs.
Heritage Schoolhouse Museum - Located at the Heritage Schoolhouse, this museum collects and preserves the history of education throughout York Region. Visitors can experience what student life was like in 1900.
Toogood Pond Park - This 33-hectare park has many points of interest, including a marsh, partially naturalized pond, and walkway.
THINGS TO DO IN THE CITY
Langham Square - This 500,000-square-foot 700+ store mall is an Asian-themed shopping, residential, and office complex at Kennedy Road and Castan Avenue. Its Chinese name "朗豪坊" comes from Langham Place, a shopping and office complex in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. It mainly serve’s the area’s growing Asian community.
Flato Markham Theatre - Located at 171 Town Centre Boulevard, the theatre originally opened its doors in 1985 for various productions, including the famous Kindred Spirits Orchestra. It features a 527-seat auditorium, several rooms and lounges, and a multi-level lobby that holds 500 patrons.
Cedarena - This old-fashioned outdoor skating rink is in Rouge River valley. A local landowner donated the area that was then transformed into a skating rink in the 1920’s. By 1927, the rink hosted its first hockey game. Today, thousands of visitors come to enjoy the vast rink every winter to enjoy skating and a little bit of history.
The Seniors Centres in Markham are organizations dedicated to working cooperatively with older adults in the community to create opportunities to explore their potential and maintain an active and independent lifestyle.
The Markham Seniors Activity Centre is a facility dedicated to all Markham Seniors and operates in a 15,000-square foot building at Water Street. The mandate of the Older Adults in Action Club is to: "meet the needs of their membership by offering programmes and activities which encourage and promote social interaction, physical fitness and mental stimulation.