From art galleries and places of worship to a brewpub and golf club, you’re invited to learn about the City of Markham’s rich history and how it developed into a blossoming community during Doors Open Markham.
The annual event showcases locations generally not open to the public and takes place Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following is a list of locations you can visit, all at no charge:
105 Gibson Centre. This Christian faith-based community centre offers recreational facilities and programs, youth services and a food bank.
Aaniin Community Centre & Library. Markham’s newest community centre is an example of contemporary architectural design. “Aaniin” is the Ojibwe word for “welcome.”
Angus Glen Golf Club. Located on a portion of the former Angus Glen Farms property, this club features two 18-hole championship golf courses.
Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church. One of York Region’s longest-established churches, if features a 20th-century Gothic revival interior with memorial windows and a century-old pipe organ.
Hatch Specialty Coffee. A coffee lab, roaster and brewer, it sources many of its coffee beans by direct trade from coffee growers.
Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto. The clubhouse, in the Georgian revival style, was originally a country estate constructed in 1922 for the son of a prominent Toronto lawyer as a wedding present.
Markham Village Fire Station. This building’s design was inspired by late-19th-century fire halls and designed to fit into the context of historical Markham Village.
Markham Village Train Station. The exterior of this Toronto and Nipissing Railway station has been restored to its circa 1910 appearance.
McKay Art Centre. This distinctive example of Ontario vernacular architecture features Gothic revival and classical revival detailing. Group of Seven artist Frederick Varley lived here in his later years and had a studio in the basement.
Rouge River Brewing Company. Markham’s first craft brewery features award-winning hop-forward American-style ales, sour beers and Belgian farmhouse-style ales.
St. Dimitrija Solunski Macedonian Orthodox Church. A modern white-stone church built to reflect the traditional architecture of centuries-old church buildings in Macedonia, it boasts an interior that contains wall and ceiling paintings in the Byzantine style.
St. Maurice and St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church. This new place of worship combines ancient tradition with contemporary appeal.
St. Philips on-the-Hill Anglican Church. Its history dates back to early Unionville days but the congregation split during the tumultuous days of the 1837 Rebellion in Upper Canada.
Thornhill Village Library. This house was converted into a public library in the 1970s and fits comfortably into Colborne Street’s historical streetscape.
Varley Art Gallery. It’s an excellent example of post-modern architecture that contrasts with its neighbouring heritage buildings.
Wayne’s Cup. This not-for-profit café and life-skills centre is dedicated to the development of adults with special needs.
Wong Dai Sin Temple. This remarkable expression of contemporary architecture is a modern sacred space that houses a dynamic Taoist community.
York University Y-Space. York’s community engagement centre offers opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Doors Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust and is recognized as one of the 2018 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario. During Doors Open Markham, volunteers act as hosts and tour guides and also assist site owners with welcoming and directing guests. High school students can earn volunteer hours toward their high school requirement. Visit https://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/en/markham to learn more about event, including how to volunteer.
City of Markham picture of Aaniin Community Centre & Library.