GARA brings together and advocates for everyone living in the Grandview Area of Thornhill in the city of Markham, Ontario.
Our neighbourhood stretches from Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue and Steeles Avenue to the CN rail line.
We welcome you to our site and look forward to hearing from you.
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Local Students Bring New Life to Our Woodlot!

On June 5th, with  direction from Peter Cox, staff from LEAF and the City of Markham, twenty hardworking high school students planted a total of 139 trees and shrubs over a two hour period in the Grandview Park Woodlot. More than half of the students had never planted a tree before and yet they did a remarkable job.

Lots of hard work in area over the last few years to remove invasive species such as buckthorn and wild grapevines has produced spaces to renew the forest with native trees and shrubs.  It will be very exciting to watch as they grow.

Our thanks to the City of Markham and Leaf Organization for working in partnership with GARA to provide the trees and shrubs and help with their planting.

Huge Changes are coming to our Neighbourhood

The Yonge subway extension plans have spurred redevelopment proposals for the area around Yonge and Steeles and at the sites of planned stations further north. The size of the buildings and the number of people who will live in them is astounding. The future of our neighbourhood will be very different from what we have known and enjoyed. Read more here.

Coming Together and Getting to Know Each Other Better

Let’s get to know one another! How can we build an even better community? Tell us your thoughts.

Most of us on the GARA Executive have lived here for many years.  We work with GARA because we feel our neighbourhood is important to take care of and enjoy the sense of community.  However, we also know the 2016 census said that 40% of residents have moved to the neighbourhood within the last five years.  We believe old neighbours and new have a great deal in common.  We have come here looking for so many of the same things.  We asked ourselves how can we connect and get to know each other.

To start to build those plans, we have created a neighbourhood survey that we ask you all to complete.  Please take a few minutes to complete and encourage neighbours to join in too.

Looking for Local News?

Many of us miss having a regular source of local news.  Media coverage is almost entirely focussed on the City of Toronto.  If you are interested in local updates you may wish to check out the City's Deputy Mayor, Don Hamilton's newsletter.  You can see a copy and subscribe if you chose at

Also for updates about projects in our specific area you can check Counsellor Keith Irish's page or on the City's website The section entitled Proposed New Developments and Reference Material gives updates on various projects such as the Zonix proposal at 36 Highland Park and the rebuilding of E.J. Sands.