Trail Project

About the Project

Markham Public Library (MPL) is pleased to announce that its MPL Trail Project was selected for the My Main Street Community Activator program and has received $25,000 to animate the trails and main streets adjacent to Markham Village and Unionville Library branches making for a more accessible, inclusive and animated experience for the community. Through the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator program, delivered by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), the MPL Trail Project will help support the revitalization of local neighbourhoods and help drive economic activity by animating public spaces and increasing visitors and foot traffic.

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Escape to Main Street Challenge

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As part of the MPL Trail Project, we are launching Escape to Main Street, a scavenger hunt style program on Main Street Unionville and Main Street Markham. This initiative uses an app called GOOSECHASE, where participants follow clues to solve challenges along our two main streets. The program is themed on the Wizard of Oz and encourages participants to get out and enjoy the community this fall.

MPL Trail Project

Storywalks

Enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time with our local artists! See our Artist page, opens a new window for more information.

Trail Collection

Check out the Trail Collection at Markham Village and Unionville Libraries before you go for a walk in the trail. We have binoculars, bug nets, compass, insect capture box, magnifying glass, traction shoes, walking poles and more for you to borrow!

MPL Trail Project

Trailhead Collection

No matter the season, you can enjoy Markham's trail system. Try out some of these items to enhance your explorations.

Hiking, Orienteering and More!

Hiking, Orienteering, and More!

Do you know how to read a map or use a compass? Grab a walking pole and get out into the wilderness!

MPL Trail Project App

Local high school students are developing an app to animate the trails. You will be able to enjoy self-guided walks while learning about Markham’s rich local history and ecology by scanning the QR codes on the signs along the trails. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting initiative.

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APP Launch 2022 - MPL Trail APP (890 × 445 px)

MPL Blogs and Lists

Trail Collection

5 Trails to Explore Near Markham Public Libraries

Did you know that Markham is filled with scenic parks and trails that are perfect for leisurely walks, hikes, picnics, and even cycling?

Trail Collection

Fun Things to Do - The Great Outdoors

What better way to spend your summer days than exploring the outdoors.

Trail Collection

Nature Guides

Ontario has great hiking trails, including those near Markham Village & Unionville Libraries. Checkout these items & our trail system!

Trail Collection

Short Audiobooks for Hiking

Looking for something to do while you hike? Checkout this list of short audiobooks to keep you company.

Explore Local Shops on Main Street Markham & Unionville

Mainstreet

Mainstreet Markham

Main Street Markham is the original main street of the Village of Markham–one of Ontario’s oldest communities with a rich & interesting past

Mainstreet

Mainstreet Unionville

Main Street Unionville runs through the historical suburban community of Unionville and offers unique shops, tempting cafes and restaurants.

About Markham

Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 356,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 headquartered companies and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 234 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy.

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