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September 30, 2017

Markham celebrates Canada 150!

This year's Doors Open Markham event marks this significant milestone in our nation's history. Our sites include historical places that reflect our community's past as well as sites that represent the diverse cultures that contribute to Markham today.

The City of Markham is a place where the old and the new co-exist as a unique expression of our community.

With our blossoming downtown Markham Centre taking shape only a short distance from historical Unionville, we are a city of contrasts and diversity that reflects our motto, Leading while remembering.

Want to be part of Doors Open Markham 2017?

Consider volunteering for event day. Please send your contact information to gduncan@markham.ca.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Heintzman House

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135 Bay Thorn Drive
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 905-889-7980
Year built: 1816
Style: Regency
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The earliest part of this country mansion is an adobe brick cottage dating from the early 19th century. Colonel George Crookshank enlarged the house in 1817, and it became known as Sunnyside Manor. Charles T. Heintzman, grandson of the founder of Toronto’s Heintzman Piano Company, purchased the property in the 1930s and transformed the house into its present, elegant form.

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Guided tours available

Markham Heritage Estates Walking Tour

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Meet opposite 11 Heritage Corners Lane
Markham, Ontario
Saturday: Guided tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. only

Markham Heritage Estates, a subdivision of relocated and restored heritage homes, has captured the imagination of would-be house restorers since its establishment in the 1980s. It's a must-see destination for anyone who dreams of rescuing a historical treasure and bringing it back to its former glory.

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Guided tours available

McKay Art Centre

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197 Main Street
Unionville, Ontario
Year built: c. 1850
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This circa 1850 house is a distinctive example of Ontario vernacular architecture and features dramatic Gothic-revival and classical-revival detailing. The exterior is mostly board and batten and the rest is coarse stone. Group of Seven artist Frederick Varley lived here in his later years and had a studio in the basement. See his work in the nearby Varley Art Gallery.

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Railview Model Railway Club

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550 Alden Road, Unit 201
Markham, Ontario
Telephone: 416-668-1459
Building type: Attraction
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Railview Model Railroad Club hosts one of the largest HO-scale layouts in Ontario at over 279 metres (3,000 square feet) in size. The club models the Hamilton/Bayview Junction from three time periods: 1940s-50s (steam to diesel), 1960s-70s (second generation diesel) and 1980 to present day (modern-era rail transport). Club members will showcase their work and welcome new members.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Stiver Mill Community Centre

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9 Station Lane
Unionville, Ontario
Year built: 1916
Style: Vernacular
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unionville's restored Stiver Mill, a local landmark, now serves as a community centre and farmers’ market. Originally built as a grain elevator, the western portion of the structure is one of the last of its kind in the region. A feed mill was added to the east end in the 1930s. On-site exhibits celebrate Markham's agricultural heritage.

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Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Self-guided tours available

Thornhill Village Library

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10 Colborne Street
Markham, Ontario
Year built: 1851
Landscape type: Garden
Style: Neoclassical
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The building that now houses the Thornhill Village Library was originally the home of Ellen Frizzell Ramsden, who is said to return to visit occasionally. This excellent example of classical-revival architecture and adaptive reuse was restored under the direction of B. Napier Simpson, whose architectural office was next door. For Doors Open, enjoy drop-in tours, including ghost stories.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Unionville Train Station

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7 Station Lane
Unionville, Ontario
Year built: 1870
Building type: Transportation
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unionville’s train station, built in 1870 for the Toronto and Nipissing Railway, is one of Canada’s oldest. Restored by the Town of Markham, the station is a popular community meeting facility. Nearby is the Stiver Brothers’ Mill, another local landmark, recently restored by the City of Markham.

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Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Varley Art Gallery

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216 Main Street
Unionville, Ontario
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Situated in Unionville’s historical village core, the Varley Art Gallery is an excellent example of postmodern architecture. The gallery, named after Group of Seven artist Frederick Horsman Varley, is home to a fine collection of the artist’s oils, watercolours and drawings. During Doors Open, enjoy gallery tours and vault tours.