Box Grove is an original community in Markham, Ontario. The hamlet was the centre of local and small-scale industrial activity. The Box Grove General Store (6772 14th Avenue c. 1860), Box Grove Church (2 Legacy Drive c. 1870) and Box Grove Schoolhouse, S.S. #18 (7651 9th Line c.1870), are the only reminders of the once-vibrant hamlet (the Tomlinson family is buried in the church’s graveyard). Many homes along 9th Line from north and south of 14th Avenue date to the mid to late 19th Century.
Today, Box Grove has undergone a transformation from protected agricultural land to residential use. Box Grove is located in the area around Ninth Line (also known as Box Grove By-Pass) and 14th Avenue. It borders Vinegar Hill, Locust Hill, Cedar Grove, and Brookside.
14th Avenue and Box Grove By-pass serve as the main thoroughfare, including Donald Cousens Parkway that runs diagonally and forms a natural boundary to the east. The Express Toll Route interchange borders the east-west stretch of the northern border. Rouge River flows in and bisects the community from the north.
There are plenty of green spaces and parks within the community such as Bob Hunter Memorial Park (Rouge National Urban Park), Collingham Parkette, Fieldside Mariette, Legacy Park, Harmony Park, Ivan Reesor Parkette, Rizal Parkette, Riverwalk Park, Boxgrove Off-Leash Dog Park, Fieldside Parkette, Legacy Park, Old Mill Pond Park, Fairway Vista Park, Tomlinson Park, Fairway Vista Park, Forest Hill Trail, Roxbury Park, and Markham Green Golf Club. Educational buildings include Sir Richard W. Scott Catholic Elementary School on 90 Roxbury Street, Boxwood Public School on 30 Boxwood Crescent, David Suzuki Public School on 45 Riverwalk Drive, and York Montessori Private School on 6890 14th Avenue. The Box Grove Community Centre is located at 7651 Ninth Line while the Rouge River Community Centre is located within Markham Green Golf Club.
Most commuters in the area travel by car as there is limited bus service by York Region Transit (2 Milliken (weekends), 9 9th Line (weekdays), 14 14th Avenue (weekdays)). Highway 407 serves the area from the Ninth Line interchange; however, there is no access onto eastbound Highway 407 from Ninth Line northbound.
Box Grove Coordinates: 43°51′29″N 79°13′50″W