Markham with its population of nearly 262,000 has had a huge growth spurt and increased by 70% between 1991 and 2006. It is now the fourth largest community in the Greater Toronto Area. It is surrounded by five other municipalities, including Toronto, to the South. This part of the GTA is known as the main Canadian residence of many of the top multinational cutting edge technical companies which do have bases in Canada. In this setting, black tie events, international visitors and delegations are going to be constant users of quality dining facilities and quality limo services.
In spite of being such a modern, hi-tech part of the GTA, Markham has managed to retain some of its historical past, heritage streets, and old town atmosphere. The Markham Museum is themed after restored historic village typical of the early days. It occupations about ten hectares and has houses, shops, and a railway station with a train. Old transport examples of horse drawn carts are also on display.
As far as modern day shopping goes, many of the shops and restaurants in Markham are award winning 'best' shops and are very popular with visitors from all over the GTA. This makes Markham a very popular day time and evening venue for classy, old world dining as well as for vibey modern pizza, pasta and ethnic restaurants from many backgrounds. All that is needed is a gorgeous limo to transport you there and back, to turn an out into a great occasion.
Sharing the rich multicultural heritage that the rest of the Greater Toronto Area has in abundance, Markham hosts many colorful and interesting festivals on an annual basis. Some of these are the 'Taste of Asia' Festival and the 'Markham Festival of Lights'. There are also several music festivals including 'Markham Jazz Festival'.
A glance at its past tells us that in 1794, among the earliest settlers, 75 German families crossed over from the US into the area that became Markham and made their homes there. However, the little settlement being very inaccessible and without proper roads, most of the population moved out to York, which is today's Toronto and to Niagara. In the early 1800s Dutch settlers from Pennsylvania settled in the region, bringing with them farming and many craft skills. They were joined later on in the century by settlers from Ireland, Scotland and England. Small scale agriculture and agricultural industries were helped by the many streams and rivers in the area that provided water power for the mills and machinery.
Markham became a proper town in 1972, and most of the farmlands have disappeared. In what little agricultural land there is left some farm models have been developed where children can experience farm animals and activities and ride ponies and enjoy country type fun entertainments. Markham has a fairground with buildings and a race track. This is where the annual Markham Fair is held and in between times it is available for festivals, concerts, trade shows and exhibitions.