Destination guide

Markham mixes the old and the new

Don't be too taken in by the epithet Markham's garnered with its blue-chip tech firms and booming electronics industries. The place might be hailed as “Canada's High-Tech Capital: but there's far more to this bustling enclave of the Greater Toronto Area than office blocks and microchip labs. Take the immersive Main Street Unionville, where quaint Victorian churches still tower over timber-clad wood mills. Then look to Old Markham Village, which has country-style farmers' markets and charming turn-of-the-century buildings. What's more, Markham vacation rentals also come with speedy transit connections to downtown Toronto – CN Tower trips anyone?


Enjoy street walks and excursions in Markham

Markham is a great base from which to launch excursions to the banks of Lake Ontario, downtown Toronto’s buzzing Harbourfront Centre, or even across to the far-flung cataracts of the Niagara Falls – just in case you wanted to start checking off the bucket list. That said, it's also a prime spot to while away whole days walking between historic buildings and attending weekly farmers' markets, not to mention cracking open beers with local folk in the quaint bars and homey eateries that abound down Main Street.


Make for Markham when the sun shines

Just like the rest of the Greater Toronto Area, Markham gets buffeted by icy winds during the whole winter. While snow on the ground is a rare sight, it's certainly better to wait for things to warm up before you head out on those walking tours of historic Unionville or excursions to Niagara. That means it's better to book those Markham vacation rentals for the spring and summer months, sometime between June and August. Then, you can expect mild days and plenty of al fresco dining.

Natural features

Markham is a cut-out of the city

Markham is surrounded on all sides by the sprawl of urban Toronto. However, you still don’t have to go far to get a taste of the Ontarian wilds. Just 30 minutes in the car will take you to the rolling waves and rocky shorelines of Lake Ontario, with the flower meadows and bandstands of South Marine Park spilling down to the water's edge. Meanwhile, the same duration to the north will open the sandy beaches of Lake Simcoe – said to be cleaner than those in the metropolis. There's also fishing spots, boating opportunities, and even a smattering of humble ski fields there in the winter months.


How to get to and around Markham

The nearest airport is in Toronto, ON (YTZ-Billy Bishop Toronto City), located 17.8 mi (28.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.), which is 20.9 mi (33.7 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Markham Centennial Station, Markham Station and Markham Unionville Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around Markham?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 397 vacation rentals near Markham. From 216 Houses to 132 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Markham for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Markham?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Markham:

  • Thornhill: 16 vacation rentals
  • Yorkville: 236 vacation rentals
  • Entertainment District: 373 vacation rentals
  • Keswick: 17 vacation rentals
  • Upper Beaches: 51 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Markham?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Markham. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Markham Unionville Station: 1,472 vacation rentals
  • Markville Shopping Center: 1,443 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Mall: 1,479 vacation rentals
  • Angus Glen Golf Club: 1,420 vacation rentals
  • First Markham Place: 1,482 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Markham listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Markham?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 216 Houses in Markham. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Markham include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 132 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 13 rentals available
  • Studios: 76 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Markham?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 68 vacation rentals with pool available in Markham. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.