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Welcome to Markdale

The charming village of Markdale offers families of the area unique retail shops, heritage churches, and festivities throughout the year. Markdale is very close to amazing recreation. Just a short drive away is the Beaver Valley Ski Club, & the Beaver Valley Nordic Ski Club to enjoy great skiing in the winter months. Another great Markdale also boasts the Markdale Golf and Curling Club and the CP Rail Trail to take advantage of in the warmer seasons. No matter what season it is, Markdale is a great place for outdoor recreation. Markdale is also home to Chapman’s Ice Cream!

Markdale is very close to amazing recreation. Just a short drive away is the Beaver Valley Ski Club, & the Beaver Valley Nordic Ski Club to enjoy great skiing in the winter months. Another great Markdale also boasts the Markdale Golf and Curling Club and the CP Rail Trail to take advantage of in the warmer seasons. No matter what season it is, Markdale is a great place for outdoor recreation.

Markdale is the home of Chapman’s Ice Cream. The company started in 1973 by Penny and Dave Chapman. In 2009, the Chapman’s factory caught fire and burned down. The company made sure its employees and the community were taken care of during this hardship and have now re-opened bigger, better and tastier than ever! Regardless of the challenges that the company comes across, the Chapman family is proud to produce its products in Markdale. Moreover, Markdale is proud to be home to the largest independent ice cream producer in all of Canada.

One local event you can’t miss is the Annual Markdale Street Frolic. Taking place every July on the main street of Markdale, this event is a perfect way to celebrate all that Markdale offers. Local businesses stay open late and there are plenty of activities going on, from chance games and children’s activities to live music and dancing, there’s something for everyone. The Annual Markdale Street Frolic is put on by the Markdale Rotary Club and funds raised go to local and international causes.

Another Markdale tradition is the annual fall fair. At over 150 years old, this fall fair is beloved by all in the area. There is a variety of activities including a 4-H show, horse pulls, a light and pleasure horse show, classic car show, tractor, and ATV pulls as well as lots of competition showcases to enter including baking, flowers, crafts, photography and more. The fall fair is a treasured tradition in Markdale and is not to be missed in the last weekend of August.

With amenities such as a grocery store, banks, a post office, and a hospital, Markdale also offers lots of conveniences.  There are plenty of small businesses such as bakeries, restaurants, cafes, and shops that dot the town offering great local foods and products.  Being surrounded by great farmlands providing such a variety of locally grown foods, Markdale offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy local cuisine and even delve into cooking yourself!  Markdale is also close to larger centers such as Owen Sound and Collingwood with more stores, boutiques, department stores, large supermarkets, cinemas, and fine dining. Markdale is the perfect option to enjoy country living and the country lifestyle without sacrificing any convenience.

With such a variety of activities and points of interest, from great events to amazing local businesses, there is so much to do in Markdale. The close tight-knit community draws people in from near and far to visit and live in!  And it’s only a 2-hour drive from the GTA and 1.5 hours from Kitchener/Waterloo.

Markdale Community Profile

Population
1,216
+ 3%
2.3
Sq. Km
Land Area
Median Age
54
+ 2 Yrs
Full Time Residents
585
95%
+ 1%
Second Residents
30
5%
+ 1%
Home Owners
370
63%
Renters
215
37%
Age Distribution

August Real Estate Market Report

Markdale Amenities

Local Schools

École MacPhail Memorial Elementary School – Flesherton
Beavercrest Community School – Markdale
École Grey Highlands Secondary School – Flesherton

Local Library

Kimberley Library & Kimberley Memorial Hall – Kimberley
Walter Harris Memorial Library – Markdale
Flesherton Public Library – Flesherton
South Grey Museum & Historical Library – Flesherton

Nearest Hospital

Centre Grey General Hospital – Markdale
Community Health Clinic – Markdale
Pharmacy – Markdale

History of Markdale

Markdale’s present name is derived from Mark Armstrong who, along with his family, was one of the first settlers in the area in 1853. First referred to as East Glenelg and then Corabus, Markdale was founded in 1846 by George Walker and Joseph Price. It was 1888 when Markdale was incorporated into a Village and was home to several businesses including a school, a bank, a wagon shop, a drug store, and three churches.

The Armstrong family played a major role in the development of early Markdale, as they established a veneer plant, a furniture factory, a cheese box factory, and a foundry under the Armstrong Brothers firm.  In 1873, Mark Armstrong sold land to the Toronto, Grey & Bruce Railway under the condition that the train station would bear his name.  By 1896, electric lighting was installed, a waterworks system was in place in 1905 and street paving began in 1933.

  

Harry Shaw- Markdale Butcher in the early 1900’s. Split Rail Country- Vol. 1

Richard English with niece Eva smith & nephew Rober James Smith (1943) Grey Highlands Public Library Online Collection