The source from which Markham draws its name is rich in both resonance and history. In 1791, the Township of Markham was named after William Markham, the Archbishop of York. In 1872, Markham was incorporated and grew to a population of 1,100 by 1891. Increased economic ties with Toronto led to the demise of the farm villages after the turn of the century. Beginning in 1945, the face of Markham began to change rapidly. It was no longer a community whose inhabitants worked locally. Rural Markham disappeared in the face of tremendous urban growth. Throughout this phenomenal growth, Markham’s roots endured.
Click for Larger Picture: Signing of Sister Cities Agreement in Markham
Signing in Markham of the Sister Cities agreement between the Towns of Cary and Markham.
Still rich in fertile farmland, Markam stands as Canada’s pre-eminent high technology center, known worldwide for innovative products and services. Today, Markam is well known as “Canada’s High-tech Capital.”
Activities with Markham
July 27 – August 2, 2003. The Markham Cougars, a U-16 girls fast pitch softball team competed in the PONY 2003 National Fastpitch Championships held in Cary and Raleigh, North Carolina.
July 2003. Representatives of Markham attend the Cary Chamber of Commerce Annual Retreat.
March 2003. The Town of Markham sends a delegation to Cary, hosted by the Cary Chamber.
January, 2003. Representatives from the Markham campus of York University visit Cary.
April 24, 2002. The Town of Cary officially formalizes its relationship with the Town of Markham.
April 2002. Official Town of Cary visit to the Town of Markham.