Markham, Ontario, Canada
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Markham Introduction

A hop, skip, and a train ride from the buzz of Toronto, the city of Markham is a well-balanced blend of rich heritage and diverse modern living. It’s known as Canada’s high-tech capital, and cutting edge companies exist alongside the time warp acres of Markham’s preserved past. Leisure comes as a leafy stroll or a round of golf, while shopping and dining choices pack the city’s nostalgic streets. With everything a city breaker needs, it makes a cheap and convenient base for exploring the Queen City, too.

Hotels in Markham

Whatever your taste, needs and budget, you’ll find plenty of hotels in Markham that tick all the boxes. Much of the accommodation here comes in the form of large brand name hotels; all offer a familiar standard of comfort and service. Amenities include the usual necessities, such as coffee making facilities, WiFi and flat screen televisions, while many inns and B&Bs in the area also provide the same. The slightly more luxurious hotels in Markham offer a whole host of frilly extras for your money. Swimming pools, spas, treatment centers, fitness facilities, and sumptuous rooms are all to be expected.

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A hotel in Markham center is considerably cheaper than Toronto, but only a few minutes away via car or railway. What’s more, while set back from the buzz of the big city, you’ll still find plenty to get your teeth into. If you like to get your teeth into good Chinese grub, then you’re in luck – thanks to the city’s high Chinese population you’ll find a cornucopia of authentic eateries to choose from. Culture runs strong here too. Drama, concerts, and comedy take to the stage at the Markham Theatre for Performing Arts, while the Varley Art Gallery is home to trove of works by Canadian artists.

Things to see

Preserving Markham’s heritage within a 25-acre outdoor parcel, Markham Museum is home to almost 30 historic buildings. From quaint shops to rustic barns, highlights include the blacksmiths, the old school, and the cider mill. If there’s one thing modern Markham excels in, it’s shopping. From colorful fashion to fragrant food, flowers and herbs, Pacific Mall is jam packed with a vibrant array of oriental delights. With over 450 stores and services, the Chinese shopping mall is the largest of its kind in North America. For the sleekest and chicest retail therapy in Markham, look to Markville Shopping Center. Here you’ll find all the big brand names, from beauty to apparel to home ware. If you’ve still got money to burn, be sure to browse First Markham Place. With over 180 stores, including 22 restaurants, the mall stocks the best of the east and west. Here you can find everything from rare Chinese cooking ingredients, to a pair of designer sunglasses.

How to get to Markham

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport will be the main gateway into Ontario for most. Just 18 miles from Toronto’s city center, Markham is easily reachable by train if you don’t feel like shelling out for a taxi. The Airport Express Shuttle service operates every 20 minutes, and whisks passengers from Pearson International to Toronto’s Union Station. From there you can hop on the Go Transit network’s Stouffville line, which will take you to Markham Station on Markham Main Street North, or Markham Centennial Station – near to the Markville Shopping Center. For cheaper travel into the area, Greyhound coaches make stops in the center of Toronto.

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