Discover architectural gems at Doors Open Markham

Take a ride on the Pride of Canada Carousel, raise your glasses to Markham’s first craft brewery, step into the world of robotics at YSpace, and enjoy live music at Heintzman House, one of the oldest buildings in the city.

With 25 locations taking part in Doors Open Markham on Saturday, Sept. 7, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to discover. “Doors Open is a great opportunity to enjoy all that Markham has to offer,” says Doors Open Committee Chair Kenneth Ng.

“As Canada’s most diverse city, people have come here from all over the world and now call Markham home. We are proud to welcome back past participants and add new ones that reflect Markham’s diverse communities.”

The Pride of Canada Carousel in downtown Markham features 44 whimsical and sculptural characters. The one-of-kind solar-powered carousel was created by artist Patrick Amoit from recycled and repurposed materials collected across Canada.

View the stunning design of the Wong Dai Sin Temple, home to the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, which won the 2016 Governor General’s Medal for Architecture. Rouge River Brewing Company invites you to sample its award-winning American style ales, sour beers and Belgian farmhouse style ales.

Drop by YSpace, York University’s state-of-the-art community engagement centre at Markham Centre, to discover robotics, video game programming and young entrepreneurship. The Varley Art Gallery is offering gallery and vault tours at the home of Frederick Varley’s fine collection of oils, watercolours and drawings. See hidden gems of artwork rarely on display.

Learn how trains have changed the city’s history at the Markham Village Train Station. When the railway opened in 1871, the station and the area became a busy hub of commercial and industrial activity. Visit the Aaniin Community Centre & Library, where Markham Public Library will host a series of STEAM workshops for kids.

“Doors Open Markham gives you an inside look into Markham’s identity, rich history, vibrancy and unique global feel,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This is your chance to go behind the scenes and discover fascinating architectural and historical gems, cultural and innovative hubs. It’s like a vacation in your own backyard and a great way to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the founding of Markham.”

Doors Open Markham runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each stop will feature free unique activities, including guided tours by local programmers. View a full list of must-see attractions here. Learn more at markham.ca/doorsopen.

Photo of the Wong Dai Sin Temple courtesy of the City of Markham.

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