Introduction to Raymerville Community
Raymerville is a community located in Markham named after Raymerville Drive, the community’s major collector road. The community is defined by its relaxed atmosphere with lovely forested parkland areas. Interestingly, it is one of the few Markham communities that has experienced a population reduction.
Raymerville is located in central Markham. Its northern boundary is 16th Avenue, and to the south are the railway tracks just north of Bullock Drive. In the west, McCowan Road marks the boundary, and to the east, the Robinson River.
History of Raymerville Community
The Ramer family was one of the first families to have settled in Raymerville. They were farmers who farmed the land around Ramer Wood Public School. The school was built in 1986 and was named after them. When the houses were built in the 1980s in that area, the main thoroughfare followed suit with the name Raymerville Drive.
The Raymerville neighbourhood consists of 3 to 4 bedrooms and are at least 1,800 square feet for the most part. Most have at least a one-car garage. There is a high percentage of homeowners in the neighbourhood with only 10% of renters. Townhouses in the area usually have 2 -3 bedrooms with single-car garages.
Transport and Commuting
Most residents use their cars to move around, run errands and do their groceries. However, the central location of Raymerville makes it very easy to use public transport to get around Markham. Its proximity to McCowan Road, 16th Avenue and Markham Road means that buses are frequent and convenient. Commuters to the east of the neighbourhood have Markham Village GO station nearby within a 5 or 10-minute walk. In the west of the neighbourhood, Centennial GO station is more convenient. Commuting to downtown Toronto usually takes from 20 – 40 minutes.
There are a few shopping plazas in Raymerville itself. One is on the corner of 16th Avenue and Stone Mason Drive, and one is on the corner of McCowan Road and Raymerville Drive. Both plazas are small and contain small businesses such as alternative health clinics, dentists, restaurants & takeaways, nail bars, hair salons, veterinary clinics and pet stores. However, the neighbourhood is very close to Markham Village Main Street, Markville Mall, the numerous plazas on Highway 7 and Unionville Main Street. This gives residents an enormous choice of places to shop from Raymerville!
Parks & Recreation
The Raymerville community is park heaven! There are five separate parks in this neighbourhood.
- Springdale Park – this park has a wooded area, a grass field and a childrens playground
- Cedar Valley Park is at the southern end of Springdale and is a more natural area with a stream running through it. There are trails and cycle paths.
- Raybeck Park is connected by trails to the parks above, and like Springdale has a sports field, children’s playground and a wooded area.
- Raymerville Woodlot is a densely treed park with trails running through it.
- Stargell Park is a grass field with a baseball diamond and a children’s playground.
There are two community centres which are close to the neighbourhood – Markham Centennial Community Centre, and Markham Village Community Centre. Centennial has a fitness centre, ice rink, swimming pool, gymnasium, outdoor skate park, bocce courts, a banquet hall and lounge. Markham Village Community centre offers an ice rink, meeting rooms, and a community hall for events. It is located next to the Markham Village Library.
Schools in Raymerville Community
Ramer Wood Public Elementary School is centrally located in the area and ranks in the top 21% of all schools in Ontario. Older students from this area are close to Markville Secondary School which ranks number 2 of all secondary schools in Ontario. For more information on schools in Markham, see our Complete Guide to Schools in Markham articles.
The Raymerville community is part of central Markham with all the amenities and conveniences close by. However, it is also a quiet residential area with access to great parks and trails – perfect for families with children, dogs or family members who love to walk in nature!