Cathedraltown is a 225-acre planned residential community in the city of Markham just north of Toronto. The neighbourhood was named after the Cathedral of Transfiguration, which sits in the center of the neighbourhood on Victoria Square Boulevard. Cathedraltown is known for its rows and rows of exquisitely laid out townhomes that give the neighbourhood a unique aesthetic unlike any other in the city. A relatively new neighbourhood, Cathedraltown is still seeing massive amounts of residential development that will work to diversify the housing options in the area. Due to its large newly built homes, excellent parks, and wonderful selection of schools, Cathedraltown has become a hotspot for families looking for a place to lay down roots in Markham.
Where is Cathedraltown?
Cathedraltown sits between Highway 404 and Victoria Square Boulevard with Elgin Mills Road serving as the northern boundary and Major Mackenzie Drive serving as the southern boundary. The neighbourhood has excellent access to transportation with the highway just minutes away. The YRT also has several bus routes running through the Cathedraltown neighbourhood.
A brief history of Cathedral Town
The area that is now Cathedraltown was originally home to Romandale Farms and was owned by Stephen B. Roman, who was a successful breeder and exhibitor of Holstein cows. Roman emigrated to Canada from Slovakia in 1937 and made his fortune in the mining business. He donated a piece of his land for the building of the Cathedral of Transfiguration, modelled after the church in the Slovak village where he was raised. Construction of the Cathedral started in 1984 and was blessed by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Canada. Unfortunately, Stephen Roman passed away in 1988 and was unable to see the completed Cathedral.
Stephen Roman’s daughter, Helen Roman-Barber, developed the residential design and concept for Cathedraltown and the neighbourhood welcomed its first residents in 2006. The neighbourhood is still going through constant development with new housing options and amenities being added all the time.
Types of homes in Cathedraltown
Most of the residential space in Cathedraltown is occupied by rows of Georgian and Regency Style townhomes that are meant to harken back to London in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These houses come in blocks of mainly red or yellow brick exteriors creating a uniform and manicured look to the neighbourhood. Construction is underway on the Courtyard Condominiums, which will be low-rise boutique condos located directly behind the Cathedral in the heart of Cathedraltown.
Making the move to Cathedraltown
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Parks and recreation in Cathedraltown
Cathedraltown has several beautiful parks and green spaces that give its residents plenty of opportunities to get outside, get active, and enjoy the great outdoors. On the corner of Woodbine Avenue and Victoria Square Boulevard you will find Frisby Park, which has a multi-sport field, a large children’s playground, and two well-maintained tennis courts. Victoria Square Park is located on Prince Regent Street and Reflection Road and has two full sized baseball diamonds, a nature trail, and a splash pad. Victoria Square Park is also home to Victoria Square Community Hall which is available for event rentals. Some of the other wonderful parks in the Cathedraltown area include:
- John Payne Park
- William Cantley Park
- Hazelton Park
One of the most unique recreational spaces in all of Markham is located just a few minutes west of Cathedraltown on Elgin Mills Road and Leslie Street. The Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park is a city-owned and operated sports complex with a long list of amenities. Some of the features of the Richmond Green Sports Centre include:
- Indoor Sports Dome
- State-of-the-art skateboarding park
- Landscaped inline skating trail, turned into an outdoor ice-skating trail in the winter
- Tom Graham Arena Complex with two ice rinks
- Water play park with splash pad
- Three outdoor soccer fields
- Seven ball diamonds
- An outdoor basketball court
- An outdoor amphitheatre that seats up to 300 people
- Picnic areas and shelters
The Sports Centre also hosts several recreational programs and large events for Canada Day, Arts and crafts shows, and cultural festivals.
The best schools in Cathedraltown
Cathedraltown has become a popular landing destination for young families, mainly due to the neighbourhood’s excellent selection of schools. The York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board both operate several schools in the Cathedraltown area. The main high school in the area is Richmond Green Secondary School located on Leslie Street.
Cathedraltown also has a several excellent elementary schools; however, one school deserves special recognition. Victoria Square Public School, located on the corner of Prince of Wales Drive and Helford Street, received extremely high marks in the Fraser Institute’s Annual Report Card for 2020 and was ranked as one of the top 200 elementary schools in all of Ontario out of over 3000 other schools. Other highly rated schools in the Cathedraltown Area include:
- Sir John A Macdonald Public School
- Sir Wilfred Laurier
- Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Elementary School
- Victoria Square Montessori School
The best restaurants in Cathedraltown
Cathedraltown has an eclectic selection of restaurants that highlights cuisine from all over the world. Toshi Ryoriten is a relaxed Japanese restaurant serving up sushi, noodles, grilled meats, and seafood on the corner of Major Mackenzie and Forestwood Street. Just down the street from Toshi Ryoriten, you will find the Little House of Kebobs, which is a causal eatery serving up classic Persian cuisine. The go-to brunch spot in Cathedraltown is Chillax Coffee located just south of Elgin Mills Road and Leslie Street. Right in the heart of Cathedraltown, on Markland Street, you will find one of the best ramen spots in all of Markham. Koi Sakana Ramen is serving up delicious ramen bowls, skewers, and other Japanese dishes in a minimalist café setting. On the north end of Cathedraltown on Elgin Mills and John Birchall Road you will find Astoria Shish Kebob House, which has been serving authentic Greek cuisine in the GTA for nearly fifty years.