Markham is a city in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Markham's population in 2015 was estimated at 342,000.
The city got its name from the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe, who named the area after his friend, William Markham.
The first European settlement in Markham occurred in 1794.
Markham has over 1,100 technology and life-sciences companies, with IBM as the city's largest employer.
There are about 10,000 companies in Markham. More than 400 of the Canadian head offices are located in the city – including IBM, Aviva Insurance, AMD, Bank of China, GE Digital Energy, Honeywell, Huawei Technologies, Lenovo, Johnson & Johnson, Toshiba, Honda and Hyundai. Markham is a home to more than 1,000 technology and life sciences companies. These two sectors employ over one-fifth of the total workforce of 162,000.
Markham is home to several large malls of 100+ stores.
Markham shares the same climate as Toronto. The average temperature in summer is about 25 °C (77 °F), and in winter it is about −5 °C (23 °F). The highest temperature recorded was 37.8 °C (100 °F) on August 8, 2001, and the lowest temperature recorded was −35.2 °C (−31 °F) on January 16, 1994.
Markham has two airports, operated by two different organizations: Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport and Toronto/Markham Airport. There are almost 400 km of cycling routes in the city. Public transportation is provided by Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Viva (a type of bus rapid transit), York Region Transit (YRT) and GO Transit.
The main medical facilities of Markham are Stouffville Hospital and Shouldice Hospital.
Markham has several public and Catholic high schools. All have consistently scored high on standardized tests and have some of the highest rate of graduates attending universities.
There are a number of events which take place in Markham: the Nightitup! Night Market, Taste of Asia Festival, Tony Roman Memorial Hockey Tournament, Markham Youth Week, Unionville Festival, Markham Village Music Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Milliken Mills Children's Festival, Markham Ribfest & Music Festival, Doors Open Markham, Thornhill Village Festival, Markham Fair, Olde Tyme Christmas Unionville, Markham Santa Claus Parade and Markham Festival of Lights.
Markham has a lot of interesting places to visit:
- 'Markham Theatre For Performing Arts', at the Markham Civic Centre.
- Markham Museum
- Varley Art Gallery
- FLATO Markham Theatre
- McKay Art Centre
- Milne Dam Conservation Park
Interesting facts about Markham:
- The Markham Public Library system has 7 branches, with over 600,000 items in its collections.
- One of Markham's best golf courses, The Angus Glen Golf Club, built in 1995, host The Bell Canadian Open Championships in 2007.
- Markham has several heritage railway stations: Markham GO Station, Locust Hill Station and Unionville Station.
Markham can offer some good restaurants, for example: Jim Chai Kee Noodle, Ithaca Restaurant, Federick Restaurant, Marca On Main, Toast Delight, Congee Queen, Wooffles & Cream, Skyview Fusion Cuisine.Ambiyan, La Grotta On Main,