Queen's Golden Jubilee
Town Crier Competition

Hosted by: John Webster, the Town Crier of Markham and of East Gwillimbury

(905) 472-3122     28 Parkway Avenue, Markham Ontario Canada L3P 2G1     JohnWebster@TownCryer.ca


Toronto is the capital city of the Province of Ontario, Canada. It is a world-class city of 2.5 million people, 40% of whom are recent immigrants from every nation of the earth. The cultural diversity of the city -- its theatres, restaurants, and markets --- will delight you without end.

International travellers arrive via regularly scheduled flights to Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Airport limousines, rental cars or public transit can take you to the heart of the city, or to Markham (about 50 km or 30 miles).

The city is also accessible by rail and by an excellent system of highways.


Markham is a booming community of over 200,000 people, and home to many hi-tech companies. It has fine hotels, restaurants and many sites of interest.

Within its boundaries are the historic communities of Unionville and the old Markham Village (where the World Town Crier Competiton was held in 1993).

Several of the Town Crier Competition events will be held in Unionville, as part of the Unionville Village Festival.


Sharon is a small, rural community (part of the Town of East Gwillimbury), 30 minutes drive north of Markham.

Here, some of the earliest Quaker settlers in York Region built the famous Sharon Temple -- a wooden church renowed for the symbolism of its architecture, with its many windows, and doors on all four sides of the building.

One of the Town Crier events will be a cry at the Sharon Temple.

To Sharon from Markham

  • Go north on Highway 404 to Davis Drive (end of 404).
  • Go west on Davis Drive 1 km to Leslie Street (first major intersection).
  • Go north on Leslie Street about 10 km to Sharon. TheSharon Temple is on the west (left) side of Leslie, next to the Town offices.