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by Team Forster - homesinlondonontario.ca

Sept. 10, 2019

Moving To Thamesford? The Ultimate Guide To Living In Thamesford [2019]

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In the wide assortment of desirable small towns in Southwestern Ontario, Thamesford is set apart by its key location and vibrancy. Sitting at a cross between a branch of the Thames River and Dundas Street/Highway 2, Thamesford is about halfway between London, Ontario and the City of Woodstock. If a charming community outside of bigger Southwestern Ontario cities is something you are seeking, then this guide to living in Thamesford is for you!

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Where is Thamesford? How big is it?

Thamesford is a village, one of a handful of settlements that makes up the Zorra Township. It is located East of London along Dundas Street/Highway 2 and West of Woodstock along the same road. The Township stretches over urban and rural areas alike, occupying nearly 530 square kilometers in Oxford County and boasting a population of just over 8000 people. For comparison, the village of Thamesford had a population of 2,116 people in an area of 2.76 square kilometers as of the 2016 Canadian Census.  

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Real Estate in Thamesford: Living in Thamesford

Homes for sale in Thamesford can be divided into two groups. First are the older, more traditional houses that have been long-standing parts of the village. These homes are rarer to see on the market. The other group is made up of new developments and brand new or to-be-built properties as recent as 2019.

The most recent development is the subdivision of Thames Springs. The development, currently on its 8th phase, spans 94 acres of land in Thamesford. There are 10 different builders involved in the project building a variety of single-story and two-story homes with 2+ bedrooms. Prices in the area for a finished home begin in the low $500,000s and range to almost $700,000 at the top end.

There is potentially more development on the horizon for Thamesford. In 2018, Maple Leaf Foods permanently closed the doors of its Thamesford facility, leaving the factory and the 100+ acres of land that it sits on vacant. In the Summer of 2019, the Zorra Township announced that it  has entered a conditional agreement to purchase the site. Their proposed plan for the area includes diverse residential and mixed-use community developments.

Thamesford offers plenty of convenience for its residents. A lot of errands can be done locally, from the post office, to pharmacy trips, Tim Hortons, or eating out. On top of shopping, Thamesford also has a Public Library on Dundas Street and six public parks located throughout the village - including on the banks of the Thames River. Parks provide handy community access to picnic areas, sports fields, and play structures.

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The Commute: Work and School  

On a map, Thamesford is right between London and Woodstock. What does that really mean when you get into your car to drive to either city? Reaching London is pretty straight-forward, if you continue West along Dundas Street/Highway 2, after about 22 km - or 25 minutes, you would arrive in the core of London. Before driving into London, the London International Airport is only 15 minutes away, making long-distance travel accessible too. The core of Woodstock is 22 km away by taking Dundas Street/Highway 2 in the other direction. The drive to Woodstock is a little bit shorter than the drive to London time-wise, clocking in at about 20 minutes. Another nearby town for shopping, work, and school, Ingersoll is also a short 15 minute drive away. 

Thamesford is serviced by the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board. In the public board, students attend the local public school up until Grade 8, after which they move into Ingersoll or Woodstock for High School depending on their program. In the Catholic stream, students will start in Ingersoll and move into Woodstock for Secondary School. Below are the schools available to residents of Thamesford, their grade levels, and location. 

Thames Valley District School Board:

London District Catholic School Board:

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History of Thamesford and Township

The Thames River, the namesake of Thamesford, was a bountiful place for early European immigrants to put down new roots. As a result, many settlements like Thamesford, adopted its name into their own. Before it was Thames River, it was named Akunesippi “Antlered River” by the First Nations Peoples in the area, then La Tranche by French explorers. But where did the Thames name come from? In the 1790s, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe borrowed the name of the River Thames which runs through London, England for this Ontario river. In 2000, the Thames River was named a Canadian Heritage River, recognizing the national appreciation for the storied body of water.

At first, Thamesford was a village in the Township of East Nissouri. In the 1800s, the village was marked by the presence of a mill which used the water of the Thames to power the early processing of flour. The Thamesford Mill remained operational in some capacity until the late 20th century, being demolished in 2007. While it was milling flour and feed for farms, the Mill drew settlers toward it and into Thamesford. In 1862, the St. John Anglican Church and accompanying cemetery were built. The beautiful original stone church is still standing and servicing Thamesford. 

The Townships of East Nissouri and Zorra respectively were surveyed in the early 1800s, but would not be settled in earnest until later. The first set of land grants were given to veterans of the War of 1812 and there were more to come. Soon, British (particularly Scottish) and American refugees would accept the conditions and establish their new homes in the Townships. The arrival of railroads in nearby communities ensured that settlement of the area would continue throughout the 19th century.

In 1975, the Townships of East Nissouri, West Zorra, and North Oxford were amalgamated into the Zorra Township as it is known to this day.

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Things to Do In and Around Thamesford: 

Calithumpian

What does that mean? A Calithumpian has meant a lot of things over the years, but what they all have in common is merriment and noise-making. It refers to a gathering, a parade, or a celebration. In Thamesford, Calithumpian is all three! Over the Victoria Day long weekend, residents of Thamesford gather together to mingle and celebrate their community. The festivities usually include a parade, shows, games, contests, food, and entertainment for all ages. In 2019, the Thamesford Calithumpian celebrated its centennial anniversary in a big way: a 4 day event returning to the roots of the festival to bring together new residents with those who have many Calithumpians under their belts already. 

Highland Games Weekend

The Highland Games are held in Embro, another village in the Zorra Township about 15 minutes North-East of Thamesford. They began in 1856 when the Embro Highland Society was founded to preserve the Scottish heritage of immigrants in the area. After a hiatus from 1888 to the revival of the Society in 1937, the Highland Games returned to Embro and have been held in the tradition ever since. The Games consist of team Tug-of-War, foot races, stone put, hammer throw, and weight over bar contests. Alongside the traditional highland athletics, attendees of the Games are treated to Scottish music, a (bag)pipe band performance, and a variety of different Highland dance competitions featuring talent from around the world.

Thamesford and its neighbours in the Zorra Township are famous for two loud and rowdy festivals, but don’t get the wrong idea. Life in Thamesford is an escape from London’s metropolis and even Woodstock’s smaller-city bustle in favor of a village that is peaceful, quaint, and comfortable. With recent developments and the potential for more, Thamesford is emerging as a popular commuting option in Southwestern Ontario. 

Posted in Buying, Selling, Thamesford
Sept. 3, 2019

Moving To Kilworth? The Ultimate Guide To Living In Kilworth [2019]

If you are looking to live outside of London, but Komoka is too far away at 18 km, then consider Kilworth, Ontario as a contender for compromise. Kilworth is just 14 km - 20 minutes - away from the core of London and its proximity to both Komoka and London’s West Side allows it overall access to necessities and conveniences that both locations offer. 

Real Estate in Kilworth: Living in Kilworth, Ontario

Kilworth Heights Real Estate

Kilworth is a part of the township of Middlesex Centre, in Middlesex County. It is located West of London and East of Komoka, another part of Middlesex Centre. The Thames River wraps around the East and South of Kilworth with the Komoka Provincial Park on the opposite side of the riverbank to the South. In the 2016 census, Kilworth was considered together with Komoka for a total population of 1,754 residents.   

“Old” Kilworth: The older areas in Kilworth are more rural. Whether it’s the historic Kilworth United Church or secluded stone cottages, many of the homes here are quite storied or even designated heritage properties.

Optimist Park Kilworth

Kilworth Heights: A newer area closer to Komoka. Developments in Kilworth Heights are detached, single-family homes being built alongside new neighbourhood planning. Residents of this area have easy access to the conveniences in Komoka as well as the beauty of the Komoka Provincial Park. The newest development taking place in Kilworth is the Kilworth Heights West site, with 6 builders collaborating to create the neighbourhood from the ground up.  

Kilworth has no schools of its own. It falls within the coverage of the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board. Schools in London and other surrounding Middlesex Townships are accessible to residents of Kilworth depending on their preferences.   

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Komoka Wellness Centre

Things to do In and Around Kilworth, Ontario

Events and activities are not as far away from Kilworth as you might think. Being in between London and Komoka, Kilworth actually has a great deal of potential to draw upon from both communities.

Community Recreation 

Since newer developments in Kilworth are pushing West, recreation in Komoka is closer than ever before. Nearest to the Kilworth Heights development is the Komoka Wellness Centre at 1 Tunks Lane. The Centre houses 2 rinks with arena seating, a fitness centre, and a YMCA gym. Also included with the community centre is a branch of the public library which is constantly active with programs and events to service the community. 

Komoka Provincial Park

Komoka Provincial Park is due South of Kilworth with the main parking facility just 3 minutes away on Gideon Drive. This massive forest of mature trees and trails runs alongside the Thames River. It is an all-season park open to the public for a variety of activities. The main attractions of the park are the scenic trails. They total 11km in length, but are colour-coded with their own specific rules. The most restrictive is the White trail, which is for walking and hiking only. However, the Blue, Yellow, and Orange trails can be experienced on a bike, on horseback, by cross-country skiing, or on foot. Visitors to the park can also enjoy the Thames River by fishing and canoeing in its waters.

Boler Mountain

Bolar Mountain

Boler Mountain has been providing all-season, outdoor recreation in Byron for over 70 years. Their 15-trail ski resort operates all Winter, complimented by a tubing park and snow school lessons for all ages and abilities. The rest of the year, the mountain’s “Green Season” begins and the mountain becomes a destination for mountain biking adventures, cycling races, and rentals. The mountain’s latest addition to the Summer Season is the Treetop Adventure Park where guests can experience new heights with zip-lining, swinging bridges, and rope courses.

Storybook Gardens

Within the Byron access to Springbank Park, Storybook Gardens is open year-round, but they offer more programming in the peak Summer season. Guests can enjoy the wildlife and greenery of Springbank Park alongside daily programs, shows, and climbing structures for children. Seasonal activities include a splash pad in the warmer months and an ice-skating trail in the winter.

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Restaurants and Shopping Around Kilworth

Kilworth itself is almost entirely housing neighbourhoods. Residents need to visit London or Komoka for their shopping and dining needs, but thanks to new developments in Komoka and the timeless presence of Byron Village, resources are not that far away after all. 

Nearby in Komoka…

Right between Kilworth and Komoka, a new shopping complex is in development. The designated area is only 2 minutes west of Kilworth Heights. As of Summer of 2019, the site is hom to a brand new LCBO, a Dollarama, and a Foodland grocery store. With all of the planned space in the development, there is much more to come in the future!

Further into Komoka, there are even more opportunities for events and activities. 

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Byron Village

Byron is now a neighbourhood in the South-West of London. Before being added to London in 1961, Byron had been an independent village since 1804. At 6 km away, it is a shorter drive from Kilworth than going all the way into London. Byron Village in particular is a useful retail and community hub for the residents of Byron and nearby townships. It has everything you might need from a library branch, several banks, take-out and dine-in restaurants, pharmacies, and even a grocery store. 

Looking for more London, Ontario? Consider reading up about this great Southwestern Ontario city in our Living in London Guide!

In Kilworth, beautiful, newly developed neighbourhoods surrounded by nature do not come at the expense of convenience. The area is developing rapidly, making Kilworth an elegant solution for those who are considering the commuter alternative to bigger-city life.

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Posted in Buying, Kilworth, Selling
Sept. 3, 2019

Moving To Ilderton? The Ultimate Guide To Living In Ilderton [2019]

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Ilderton is a small village in Middlesex County, officially a member of the Middlesex Centre Municipality that encompasses the area around London, Ontario. Located North of London, Ilderton is similarly situated between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Ilderton is the proud home of an excellent outdoor farmers market, a large county fair, and exciting new subdivision developments. Looking for a rural setting with access to London? Look no further than Ilderton.

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Where is Ilderton, Ontario?

Map of Ilderton, Ontario

In January of 1998, the townships of London, Lobo, and Delaware combined to form the Municipality of Middlesex Centre. After its creation, the population of the municipality was sitting just under 15,000, but by 2016, the population had bloomed to 17,262 people across 588 square kilometers around the city of London, Ontario. The growing popularity of Middlesex Centre is due to the number of “Bedroom Communities” within its borders. Many residents choose to live in the smaller towns of Middlesex Centre and commute to London rather than living in the city themselves.

Just North of London is one such community: Ilderton, Ontario. The residents of Ilderton make up about 10% of the population of the Middlesex Centre municipality with 1,856 people recorded in the 2016 census. However, the inclusion of two recent subdivision developments have caused a slight population boom for the community in the years since the census. It is estimated that the population now exceeds 2,000 people. 

Real Estate in Ilderton, Ontario: Living in Ilderton

Homes in Ilderton, Ontario

As new developments get closer and closer to completion, the population isn’t the only thing getting a healthy boost. The real estate market in Ilderton begins to buzz as well.

One of the new developments is “Clear Skies”, which features large lots and a choice of 4 different builders. Options for houses are varied, from 2 bedroom bungalows to 3-4 bedroom two-story homes all with stylish, modern exteriors. Another new addition to Ilderton is the “Timberwalk” community with 4 planned phases, equally large lots, and housing options that start around the mid-$500,000 mark.

Ilderton is also home to Vintage Green Apartments. The building contains vast community space alongside 36 rental units in a combination of one-bedroom and two-bedroom options designed with adult residents age 55+ in mind. In addition, the resident’s association organizes gatherings, clubs, and holiday special activities. 

Ilderton has one school in town, Oxbow Public School that takes students from JK to Grade 8. The Middlesex Centre municipality is well-covered by both the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board and additional school coverage can be found in nearby London, Lucan, or Arva.

Post-secondary education is surprisingly accessible from Ilderton as well. Fanshawe College’s main campus is a 25 minute drive away, while its downtown campus is a little bit closer, but an equal drive due to its location in the city core. Ilderton is even closer to Western University, at 15 minutes away from the institutions main gates on Richmond Street. Both schools offer a commute that is quieter and less congested than driving through parts of London.

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Things to Do in and Around Ilderton

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Ilderton may by rural, but it sure isn’t isolated. This just means that visitors and residents alike can experience fresh quality supplied by local farmers and artisans or quick convenience from the big box stores in London, Ontario. 

Ilderton Fall Fair

Ilderton boasts one of the largest fairs in the County. Hosted by the Ilderton Agricultural Society, the Fall Fair commemorates the season of harvest for a weekend in September. The fair entertains guests of all ages with a Midway, local vendors, performers, competitions, livestock, and a parade. The fair charges $8 admission for adults, but elementary students and preschool children get in for free.

Shopping in Ilderton

The Ilderton Farmer's market is open every Saturday morning all Summer long until September 21st. The market becomes the spot to buy local for Ilderton and the surrounding area. Everything in the market, from baked goods, to hot food, or fresh produce and ingredients is sourced from farmers within 30 km of the market.

Looking to refuel? Consider some of the local dining options in Ilderton. Grab a coffee and a donut on-the-go from the Ilderton Tim Horton's or stop in to the King Edward Pub for dinner, drinks, and good company. In a hurry? Try take-out pizza from New Orleans Pizza or For Pizza’s Sake.

Shopping in London

Ilderton is conveniently located only 10 minutes from the shopping in the Hyde Park area of London. Hyde Park has a lot of great stores all clustered together in one accessible location. There is no need to go further into London when Ilderton is such a short trip from a Canadian Tire, Walmart Supercentre, Winners, and so much more! Hyde Park is also a handy place to stop for a meal, with a Kelseys Roadhouse, Montana’s, and a new Mandarin Buffet all around the shopping centre.

The North side of London is also home to its best shopping mall. The two floor, CF Masonville Place is at the corner of Richmond Street and Fanshawe Park Road East. The popular mall is only 15 minutes away from Ilderton. With 150 stores and a selection of food from around the world, a trip to Masonville is well worth the commute. If you’re in the area, the mall is at the centre of several useful stores from groceries, electronics, books, pet supplies, and even more restaurants.

Ilderton is so close to North London, it enjoys the benefits of being an ideal suburb without the complications of being included in the city. Residents can marvel at the country view and village feel without the hour-long commute to a major city. If this sounds like the ideal lifestyle for you, then check out Ilderton, Ontario today.

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Posted in Buying, Ilderton, Selling
Sept. 3, 2019

Moving To Thorndale? The Ultimate Guide To Living In Thorndale [2019]

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Are you looking to move outside of London, Ontario? If you are hoping to live outside of the city or to move a little closer to London from even further away, then consider Thorndale, Ontario as your ultimate destination. This page will serve as a helpful outline guide for anyone interested in learning a little more about the pleasant and rapidly growing town of Thorndale.

Where is Thorndale, Ontario?

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At a manageable distance from London, Thorndale offers the comforts of a small, interconnected community alongside access to the conveniences of a larger city. But just how convenient? Thorndale is only 22 km from the core of London, about a 25 minute commute to and from the city. To the East, Thorndale is a 40 minute drive to Woodstock, Ontario.

Thorndale, Ontario is located North-East of London on the other side of where the Thames River becomes Fanshawe Lake. Thorndale itself is more of a village, never becoming formally incorporated as a town. Instead, it is a part of the Thames Centre Municipality alongside Dorchester, Mossley, Putnam, and many others. Thames Centre is made up of several rural communities to the East of London with a population totaling 13,191 people. The municipality makes up about 3% of the population of Middlesex County.

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History of Thorndale

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Thorndale gets its name from the estate of an early European settler. In 1837, Irish-born James Shanly and his family began to build his new Canadian home. He named the property “Thorndale”, a name that the expanding village would adopt years later. It was the introduction of the Grand Trunk Railroad and its station in Thorndale in 1858 that really got things moving for the little village. A railroad brought work and left connections to nearby markets when it was finished. This access made the transportation of goods and materials much easier than Shanly’s initial foray into the area. Even with the railroad, Thorndale was primarily an agricultural society. The village and the lands around it were known for fields of corn, potatoes, and wheat. Much of that farming has remained to this day in the surrounding rural areas and that agricultural legacy is celebrated by the Thorndale Agricultural Society and their annual Fall Fair. 

Live here!  - Homes for Sale in Thorndale?

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Thorndale is growing! There are three developments in Thorndale offering beautiful, new houses in the area. The first is the Wye Creek subdivision, a 300-lot development a little bit west of the heart of Thorndale. The site plan offers a variety of lots to choose from as well as two-story, bungalow, and 2-3 bedroom condo offerings. Foxborough is another development with deep, country-style lots and natural green space. The first phase of building consisted of 21 lots, but several phases are planned for this development going forward. The newest subdivision, Rosewood by Sifton is currently taking registrations, offering single-family homes to be built by 2020. In addition to new build communities, Thorndale also includes other established subdivisions with resale homes available for purchase.

Thorndale may be small now, but its businesses service its residents well. There is a post office, pharmacy, banks, shopping, and restaurants all local. Anything not in town isn’t too far away either. The 150-store, two-story Masonville shopping mall in London is only 20 minutes away. Even closer at a 15-minute drive is the London International Airport which is quite far East of the city of London.

Living in Thorndale is a great choice for families too. Not only is there a fantastic, welcoming community of events and activities, but access to a good selection of schools:

Thames Valley District School Board
- West Nissouri Public School (JK to Grade 8) Thorndale, ON
- Lord Dorchester Secondary School (Grades 9-12) Dorchester, ON
- Princess Anne French Immersion Public School (SK-Grade 8)London, ON
- Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School (Grades 7-8) London, ON
- Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary School (Grades 9-12) London, ON
- Montcalm Secondary School (Grades 9-12), London, ON
- B. Davison Secondary School (Grades 9-12) London, ON

London District Catholic School Board
- St. Pius X (JK to Grade 8) London, ON
- St. John French Immersion (K to Grade 8)London, ON
- John Paul II Secondary (Grades 9-12) London, ON
- Mother Teresa Secondary (Grades 9-12) London, ON

Community

From festivals, meetings, classes, and charity events, the activity in the Thorndale community never slows down. All residents are encouraged to visit and participate in events like Town-wide Yard Sales, Tea Times, Garden Tours, and special classes which decorate the town’s already extensive calendar of events. Seasonal recreation includes outdoor sports like skating, tug-of-war, soccer, and baseball, while indoor activities include yoga, tai chi, gymnastics, and zumba classes. With such a wide selection, there is bound to be something to interest everyone  - or at least give you something new to try.

The Thorndale community is vibrant and welcoming from Day 1. With all of the new developments lately, community organizers, “I Love Thorndale” have established a thoughtful welcome program for new residents of the village. By signing up, new residents will receive community guides, calendars, and a coupon collection. They also offer a “Welcome Mob” and other opportunities to connect with the Thorndale community.

The largest event on Thorndale’s Calendar takes place in September as a celebration of Fall and the town’s agriculture heritage. Hosted by the Thorndale Agricultural Society, the Fall Fair has been a local tradition since 1857. As part of the festivities, Thorndale hosts competitions, performances, a midway, and even a Tractor Pull event. Visitors can enjoy the sights and showswhile learning about Thorndale’s present accomplishments alongside its farming heritage.

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Things to Do In and Around Thorndale

Even though community events and recreation can keep you pretty busy, here are some sights worth taking the time to experience in and around the Thorndale area.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

This first destination is located just on the Eastern outskirts of London, Ontario, a 20 minute drive from Thorndale. Fanshawe Pioneer Village is a heritage village, live museum, and gallery committed to the authentic experience of stepping back in time to early villages in Middlesex County. The site has log cabins, blacksmith workshops, an old schoolhouse, and a functioning General Store, all filled with artifacts and props accurate to the period. 2019 marks the village’s 60th anniversary, which they have commemorated with special programming running all season.

Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush

An outing to a sugar bush is probably one of the most Canadian things you can do. Period. It is an educational and delicious opportunity to see how maple syrup is made - and of course, you can eat it! The Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush is nearly 10 minutes outside of Thorndale, near Fanshawe Lake. During their open season, they offer guides, tours, samples, and a pancake house for guests to immerse themselves in the world of maple syrup.

Apple Land Station

This family farm opens to the public in the Fall. The farm is located 11 minutes away from Thorndale in the neighbouring community of Dorchester. At Apple Land Station you can enjoy apple picking, pumpkin picking, a replica train, and an animal barn for the enjoyment of guests of all ages. When the orchard closes for the season, the farm remains open for Christmas tree-picking and Santa's Cabin in the Winter, followed by a huge Easter Egg hunt in the Spring.

Thorndale, Ontario is a small town with a lively community at its heart. With new developments on the horizon, Thorndale’s growth and expansion is starting to pick up in a big way. It already has access to great excursions and activities, but as the town continues to grow, more opportunities will surely follow. So, if you’re looking to live outside London, be sure to pay Thorndale a visit to see what it can offer you.

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Aug. 28, 2019

Moving To Komoka? The Ultimate Guide To Living In Komoka [2019]

Moving to and living in Komoka, Ontario

Komoka, Ontario began as a railroad town with high expectations. Two different rail lines ran through the little village, bringing work and goods to service it over the years. However, it was the city of London that drew in the big crowds in the 19th century. This left much of Komoka’s natural beauty intact as early settlement never met the speculation for the area. Now, Komoka is experiencing a modern growth spurt. This increase in population is spurring new development like a massive community arena and a shopping centre to better service the village.  New residents are attracted to Komoka for its size and pace - allowing for a peaceful lifestyle to return to after commuting to and from London. 

Where is Komoka, Ontario?

Komoka Ontario Map

Driving West along Oxford Street from London, Ontario until it crosses the Thames River and becomes Country Road 14 will get you to Komoka. Komoka is a small municipality in Middlesex County. Like Arva, Delaware, Ilderton, Kilworth, Lobo Village, Poplar Hill, and many other communities, it is considered to be a part of the Middlesex Centre Township which covers 588 square kilometers and encompasses many rural towns and villages.

It is also the namesake for the nearby Komoka Provincial Park, a protected forest that accompanies the Thames River running through the region. In 2016, the Canadian census recorded Komoka’s population at 1,754 people, but that number has been increasing rapidly due to expansions and residential development in Komoka and the nearby area of Kilworth. When compared to the overall population of Middlesex Centre at 17,262 people, Komoka makes up about 10% of it.

Real Estate in Komoka, Ontario: Living in Komoka

Komoka Real Estate

Being only 18km away, Komoka is a popular place to live for people who commute to London, Ontario. Compared to the larger city, Komoka is a much smaller village, yet it still has some recent developments. The majority of the houses in these new developments are detached single-family dwellings. Since Komoka is outside of the city, it is cheaper to build here and housing prices are lower per square foot than in similar developments in London. 

Need to know about schools? Parkview Public School is centrally located in Komoka and takes students from Early Years Kindergarten all the way to Grade 8. Another option is the privately funded Providence Reformed Collegiate, a Christian Secondary School in Komoka. Other options can be found in neighbouring townships and cities also serviced by the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board. Being so near London, Ontario, Komoka is a commute away from Western University and its affiliate Colleges: King’s, Huron, and Brescia as well as Fanshawe College’s two campuses. 

Komoka has access to other services in the nearby cities. The three nearest hospitals are St. Joseph’s Hospital, Victoria Hospital, and University Hospital, all three of which are in London, Ontario. Komoka is home to a Middlesex County ambulance station and paramedic service.  

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History of Komoka

History of Komoka

Early European settlement of the region was encouraged by the nearby Thames River and forest, useful for both transportation and natural resources. The first European settlement of the now-Middlesex Centre was Delaware in 1789, followed by Kilworth in 1789. The first historical “population boom” took place in the very early 19th century as Americans were taking advantage of land grants and relocating to Ontario.

Settlement in Komoka coincided with the development of railways in Ontario. The building of the Great Western Railroad through Komoka attracted settlers to work on the railway as well as those interested in the potential of trade. It was completed in 1854. Next, the Canadian Pacific Railway would be built through Komoka in 1881, making Komoka a stop on two major Ontario tracks. Over time, the stations in Komoka closed and the population growth slowed with the railway traffic.  

In 1998, Middlesex Centre was formed by combining townships to the North, East, and South-East of London, Ontario. Included in this merge was the village of Komoka.  

Things to Do In and Around Komoka

Komoka Wellness Centre

The newest addition to recreation and activities in Middlesex Centre is the Komoka Wellness Centre. This community facility houses two NHL-sized arenas, a fitness centre, an indoor walking track, a double gym, community club space, and a new branch of the Middlesex County Library. The rinks have a seating capacity of 750 and 250 spectators respectively, making it a comfortable place to watch local leagues or the Junior Hockey team, the Komoka Kings play.

An older, but still sparkling gem in the village is the Komoka Community Centre. Now primarily used for event space, this building located in Komoka Park was where the town library used to be. With a full kitchen, gymnasium, and meeting rooms, this building is used for a variety of events throughout the year. Private rentals, Christmas Markets, and many of the festivities during Komoka’s Canada Day Celebration are just some of the gatherings held here. 

The Komoka Railway Museum was incorporated in 1980 to pay homage to the village’s history with the great railways of Ontario. Part of the original Canadian National Railway Station that was in Komoka was relocated into the current museum facilities. They also house a collection of artifacts which snapshot life and the railroad in Komoka through the ages. This collection includes restored full sized steam engines as well as smaller models which can be seen running along a 500 foot track outside of the museum in the Summer months.  

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Town Attractions

Komoka is part of the pretty unique celebration for Canada Day. It is called “Del-Ko-Brydge”, and that name may sound pretty strange at first, but it stands for the municipalities of Delaware, Komoka, and Mt. Brydges who agreed to host a joint Canada Day. Every year since its inception in 1982, the festivities would rotate from town to town in partnership with local community organizations. This past year, it was hosted in the Komoka Community Centre with a free pancake breakfast, a parade, live music, activities, and topped off with an evening of fireworks. 

Outdoor Activities

Komoka Golfing

Komoka is surrounded by nature and that scenic background makes outdoor activities a lot more appealing. Komoka Provincial Park provides a local hub for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing, depending on the trail and the season. The access to the Thames River allows for fishing spots and canoeing, weather permitting. Visitors can also enjoy less-physical activities like picnics and photography amongst the lush Carolinian Forest.

Another way to enjoy the spacious and rural Middlesex Centre is golfing. Komoka, Ontario has three Golf Courses to choose from. The Oaks Golf & Country Club, FireRock Golf Club & Pub, and Oxbow Glen Golf Course are all within a 5 minute drive from the heart of the village.

Restaurants and Shopping in Komoka and Beyond

Komoka Restaurants

Komoka has plenty of great shopping and restaurants to call its own. Familiar chains like Tim Hortons, Subway, Dollarama, and Foodland can be found in Komoka, but what about unique local businesses? One great place to try is the Gingerbread Bakery on Jefferies Road, a little family-run business which sells freshly baked sweet treats, including local-favorite Cinnamon buns. Local dining doesn’t get much better than the Little Beaver Restaurant offering diner-style breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Try their tasty tarts or signature double-patty Beaver Burger as a dine-in meal or take-out on the way home.  

It might surprise you to learn that Komoka is not that far from the conveniences of London. Commuters don’t need to go anywhere near the core to have access to banks, pharmacies, and grocery stores because the quaint Byron Village is about 15 minutes away. Convenient shopping is not the only thing that Byron Village offers, the main street of the Village is also lined by restaurants serving the flavours of the world. If you are in Byron, consider trying a meal from one of these great 5 restaurants:

1. Byron Pizza

2. Golden Dragon Restaurant

3. Meesai’s Thai Kitchen

4. Shawarma House

5. Byron Freehouse - patio and pub

Komoka is the proud home of a forested Provincial Park, thriving local business, and a tight-knit and active community, all of which retains its charm from Komoka’s seclusion from larger cities. Despite its rural status, Komoka is still an excellent choice for a short and manageable commute to London, Ontario for work or access to amenities. So, if you are looking into areas outside of London, don’t forget to pay Komoka, Ontario a visit.

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Posted in Komoka
Aug. 19, 2019

Moving To Aylmer? The Ultimate Guide To Living In Aylmer [2019]

Living In Aylmer Ontario

Since its incorporation 132 years ago, Aylmer has been a town with a strong connection to its heritage. Historically, the town was home to manufacturing plants and farmland. Now, much of that past is preserved in county museums. Aylmer’s agriculture has evolved into a thriving agri-tourism industry.

Between bees, dairy museums, fruit farms, and farmers markets, Aylmer can not only provide delicious produce but also an exciting and educational afternoon experiencing the town. 

Where is Aylmer, Ontario? How Big is Aylmer?

Where is Aylmer Ontario

Aylmer is a southern Ontario town in Elgin County 16.5km East of St. Thomas, making it a 40-minute drive from London, Ontario. Aylmer is centrally located South of the 401 Highway and 26km North of access to Lake Erie. At almost 7,500 people, the population of Aylmer makes up 8% of the population of Elgin County

Aylmer Real Estate: Living in Aylmer, Ontario 

That being said, Aylmer’s growth has been slow and steady. Since 2011, Aylmer’s population has increased by 5%. Over that period, the shape of the real estate market in Elgin County has been changing too. In the Summer of 2019, the average home in the county sells for around $350,000, a 13% increase from 2018. However, the market in the region is slowing down after a high in 2016. In Aylmer, the majority of houses for sale are single-family homes featuring at least 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom built between the 1960s and 1980s. 

Aylmer Ontario Real Estate     

As for education in Aylmer, the town is serviced by the Thames Valley District School Board, London District Catholic School Board, and privately funded institutions. There are a total of 6 schools in Aylmer. Students in the Public Board can attend Davenport Public School from Kindergarten to Grade 8 or McGregor Public School from Kindergarten to Grade 4, finishing up the remaining grades at Davenport. In the Catholic Board, students go from Kindergarten to Grade 8 at Assumption Separate School. East Elgin Secondary school is the only Grade 9-12 option in Aylmer and it services the nearby county as well. 

The first of the two privately funded schools is Immanuel Christian School, established in 1954. The second is Old Colony School, founded in 1989 by the Old County Mennonite Order for Kindergarten to Grade 12.  

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History of Aylmer, Ontario

The area was first settled by John Van Patter, formerly of New York State. He arrived in 1817 and a hamlet called Troy began building around his original 200 acre grant.

History of Aylmer

In 1835, Troy was renamed to Aylmer to honour the Governor-in-Chief- of British North America, Matthew Whitworth-Aylmer who would be replaced that same year. Aylmer would be formally incorporated as a town in 1887. 

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Aylmer would be home to a number of different manufacturing plants. The first plant in the area was established in 1879 as Aylmer Canners, a factory which packed pickled fruits and vegetables into cans for exportation.

The cannery would remain operational until 1959, with the building being demolished nearly a decade later. 1893 would see the opening of a condensed milk plant which would eventually be bought by Carnation Milk in 1916. Between 1945 and 2005, Imperial Tobacco Canada would operate a tobacco processing plant in Aylmer. For 50 years, the tobacco plant would be a major employer for the region until Imperial Tobacco ultimately decided to downsize and relocate their facility out of Canada. 

History of Aylmer

In 1941, after the outbreak of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force would establish a training facility in Aylmer. The school, known as No. 14 Service Flying Training School was built as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, a cooperative plan to train pilots for WWII.

This Flight School consisted of hangars, runways, and other training grounds to prepare pilots to meet wartime demands. The facility would be used for a variety of purposes over the years until 1962, when the building would become the Ontario Police College. The college now serves all of Ontario, providing training and courses to recruits and senior members of the police force.

Things to do In and Around Aylmer: Festivals, Attractions, Restaurants, and More!

The first thing to check out in Aylmer is any seasonal festivities.

Springwater Conservation Area Aylmer

In Spring, Springwater Conservation Area turns into a sugar shack for a week, hosting the annual Maple Syrup Festival. Guests can see how maple syrup is made while enjoying a variety of maple-themed products and a pancake house.

Summer means it’s time for the Aylmer Fair and the Sweet Corn Fest, both of which take place in August. The Fair takes place every second weekend in August, offering rides, a petting zoo, exhibits, contests, and shows for the entire community.

The Sweet Corn Fest takes place at the end of August and it is the best opportunity to experience local dining and shopping. Downtown features sidewalk sales while many of the parks throughout Aylmer have markets, events, and activities for everyone to enjoy. Outside of festivals, Aylmer has things to do for heritage-enthusiasts, foodies, and nature-lovers, too. 

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Museums

Aylmer’s history is still apparent in the heritage homes and buildings all over town.

What better way to get acquainted with that history than to visit a museum? Aylmer offers 2 great museums for those looking to explore the town and area’s past.

Aylmer Museums

Gay Lea Dairy Museum boasts a 19,000-strong collection of artifacts related to the agricultural history of Ontario. They are open for walk-in visits between the months of May to September. During the other months of the year, they remain operational for educational school visits where students can participate in special activities including outdoor games, cartooning, and ice cream and butter making.

If town history is more of a curiosity, then consider a visit to the Aylmer-Malahide Museum and Archives. This small museum is open to the public from March to November and houses an archival collection which is viewable by appointment year-round. It features rotating exhibits dedicated to preserving the area’s heritage and give visitors a glimpse into early Ontario life.

Farms and Markets

Aylmer is now famous for its agri-tourism - activities which promote and celebrate agriculture in the region. Some farms in the area are even open to public visits and participation.

Aylmer Farmer Market

Visitors can stop by the Aylmer Sales Arena for a Farmer’s Market and Flea Market - a chance to get fresh, local produce, meats, cheese as well as other local creations. The Arena has an ATM, free admission, and free parking. Need even more produce opportunities?

Try Berry Hill Fruit Farm. Between Summer and Fall, they sell fresh, hand-picked fruits and veggies. In addition to the berries in their name, they also sell peaches, pumpkins, and delicious sweet corn.

Finally, stop by Clovermead, an “Adventure Farm” and bee farm for an afternoon of family fun. They have tours, animals, corn mazes, wagon rides, and a splash pad for the enjoyment of guests of all ages. As an active bee farm home to 24 million bees, they also sell local honey, beeswax products, and cosmetics.

Parks and Conservation

Outdoor green-space is another fantastic element of living in Aylmer. Whether you prefer family parks, walking trails, or wildlife sanctuaries, Aylmer has something to please everyone.

Aylmer Park

Aylmer has 12 public parks, many of which have paved or unpaved walking options, tree arboretum, and gardens.

For families, Balmoral Park has a public swimming pool for the Summer and Centennial Park has a toboggan hill in the Winter.

Located next to the Police Academy is Aylmer’s Wildlife Management Area. This spot is unique because it falls in the migration pattern of the Tundra Swan. 10-60 thousand swans use the area as a rest-stop on their journey to Alaska and their arrival is anticipated by local businesses and residents alike.

Another popular spot is the Springwater Conservation Area. This space is great for camping, picnics, and birdwatching against a beautifully forested backdrop.  

Must-Try Restaurants in Aylmer

Aylmer Restaurant

With a local market as strong as Aylmer’s, the restaurants in the area makes use of fresh, local ingredients to spice up their menus in exciting ways. Here is a list of some of the best restaurants to try in Aylmer:

1. Pinecroft -

Located between Aylmer and Port Bruce in a 54-acre pine forest, Pinecroft is a heritage experience in itself. It houses a B&B, an art gallery, and a pottery gift shop, but it doesn’t end there. In an original log cabin from 1934, guests can enjoy a pleasant lunch at the Green Frog Tea Room. They specialize in home-baked pastries and country lunches with evening meals offered on special holidays.

https://pinecroft.ca/home/   

2. Dan’s Taco Wagon - 

This spot is simply the best Mexican Fusion option in Aylmer. They have operated out of a food truck, serving delicious tacos, burritos, burgers, and sides since 2012. Perfect for people on-the-go, Dan’s Taco menu features a signature Hawaiian Bacon Burger and Double Decker Taco. If you’re just looking for a snack, they serve Poutine, Jalapeno Poppers, and Deep-fried Mars bars too!

https://www.facebook.com/danstacos/ 

3. Ruby’s Cookhouse - 

Casual family dining with top-notch variety and flexibility in their menu. Ruby’s Cookhouse has an extensive breakfast menu featuring plates, omelettes, and skillets. Later in the day, they offer an equally massive lunch and dinner menu. Their dinner portions are huge, but especially when it comes to their famous ribs which can come in a quarter, half, or full-rack size. Vegetarian and Gluten-free options are abundant and clearly marked on the menu as well. 

http://rubyscookhouse.com/ 

4. Johnny’s Restaurant - 

Johnny’s is a cozy, hometown delight loved by adults and kids alike. With sweet breakfast offerings like Cinnabun pancakes and Nutella wraps, they are bound to be popular. Their lunch and dinner menu has a nice, affordable selection that covers all the appetizer and main course staples for a night out - or a night in: they offer a take-out menu!

http://johnnysaylmer.com/ 

Port Bruce

Being about 25 minutes North of Lake Erie, residents of Aylmer can also enjoy convenient access to Port Bruce. The main attraction in this coastal hamlet is the Port Bruce Beach. It features freshwater swimming, picnic space, and designated fishing areas. Visitors can also enjoy the convenience of a restaurant and washrooms nearby the beach area. To make it even better… Admission to this natural Lake Erie beach is totally free!

Aylmer has the idyllic scenery and steady pace of a historic Southern Ontario town. Even with its rich nature and heritage, Aylmer is a convenient drive away from amenities and attractions in both St. Thomas and London while preserving its own, unique small-town experience. Whether you like heritage, nature, wildlife, arts, farming, or food, participate in Aylmer’s community and see its charm for yourself. 

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Posted in Aylmer
Aug. 7, 2019

Moving To Ingersoll? The Ultimate Guide To Living In Ingersoll [2019]

Ingersoll Ontario Sign

There are many things that put a place ‘on the map’, as the saying goes. For Ingersoll, that achievement was being the “Cheese Capital” of the Oxford County in the 19th century. Nowadays, Ingersoll is better known for its automotive manufacturing, which dominates the job market. At the heart of all that developing industry is an inviting small town with a strong community and an exciting town culture. Just a quick stop off of the 401, Ingersoll has plenty of charm to offer visitors and residents alike.

What is the population of Ingersoll? Where is Ingersoll?

Downtown Ingersoll

Firstly, how big is Ingersoll? The town itself covers an area of about 13 square kilometers and that area is home to just over 12,500 people. The population of Ingersoll is on the rise! Between the 2011 and the 2016 census, the population of Ingersoll increased 5% from 12,146 to 12,757 people.   

As for its location, Ingersoll is a Southwestern Ontario town located in Oxford County. This town on the Thames River is about 39 Kilometers East of London, Ontario and 132 Kilometers West of Mississauga in the GTA. Also within a reasonable distance are Woodstock (20km), Kitchener (70km), and Hamilton (90km).  

Its spot on the 401 Highway puts Ingersoll in a good position to uniquely service the larger cities around it. Ingersoll is a great place to live for someone looking for the small-town experience without giving up big-city conveniences. Living in Ingersoll can shorten the commute to a bigger city like London or Woodstock while maintaining a relaxing lifestyle outside of them. If you’re committed to commuting, then why not start on the scenic and quiet roads of Ingersoll?

Looking to travel even further? Ingersoll also has access to a variety of transportation options other than cars to get you where you need to go. You can take the VIA Rail from the Ingersoll Train Station or plane from the London International Airport, in London, Ontario.

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The History of Ingersoll and the Mammoth Cheese

Ingersoll Cheese

Originally called Oxford-on-the-Thames, the town that would become Ingersoll was founded on a land grant given to Thomas Ingersoll by the Governor in 1793. Massachusetts-born Ingersoll, would eventually move away from the settlement, but, Ingersoll’s son, Charles would rename the area after his father. In 1852, the Village of Ingersoll was incorporated, then officially became a town in the 1860s. Oxford County - and particularly Ingersoll would become famous for its cheddar cheese production and the local farms and factories of the 19th century that would cement that area’s reputation as the “Cheese Capital”.

In celebration of Ingersoll’s prestigious “Cheese Capital” title and to spread the word to new markets, the Mammoth Cheese was ordered. While some make their monuments out of stone or bronze, the Ingersoll-based James Harris Cheese Factory made a giant cheese. And it’s not called the “Mammoth Cheese” for nothing, it took the milk of 2500 Cows on 250 farms, but the result was a magnificent, 7300-pound cheese. The cheese was then paraded through Oxford County and the New York State Fair by wagon before being shipped off to England for sale. While the original Mammoth Cheese is long divided and gone, a replica resides in the Ingersoll Cheese & Agriculture Museum to honour the importance of the industry to the region. 

Living in Ingersoll: 

Living In Ingersoll, Ontario

Living in Ingersoll means being part of an active community rich with years of traditional festivals and extra-curricular activities. Ingersoll is home to a diverse collection of community centers servicing all ages and interests. Programs like Fusion are dedicated to providing a safe space for the youth of Ingersoll to pursue their passions and learn something new. Available for ages 10-18, they offer music lessons, art classes, cooking classes, a recording studio, a gym, and many other amenities. No matter the hobby, Fusion strives to provide a space for it.

Fun for all ages can be found at the Victoria Park Community Centre which offers an indoor pool, recreational fitness rooms and classes, children’s preschool programs, a summer camp program, and other seasonal activities. Outside of the community centre, Victoria Park also has outdoor space for picnics, baseball, and a splash pad for those hot summer days!  

Victoria Park In Ingersoll

With recreation covered, what about schools in Ingersoll? There are four elementary schools to choose from in Ingersoll all taking students from JK all the way to the 8th grade. Harrisfield Public School and Royal Roads Public School were expanded in 2011, while Laurie Hawkins Public school was opened in 2012. St. Jude’s Catholic School is also an option in the London Catholic School Board. After elementary school, students will attend Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute for grades 9 to 12. As for continuing education, Ingersoll has a Conestoga College Skills Training Centre for programs related to the electrical utilities and powerline fields. 

The main employment sector in Ingersoll is manufacturing. The townhouses facilities for IMT Group, Sivaco, the Ingersoll Paper Box, and most famously, a GM CAMI Assembly plant, manufacturer of the Chevrolet Equinox. But there are still opportunities in the region for careers in health care, education, retail, construction, transportation, and hospitality services too.  

Ingersoll Real Estate

Ingersoll Real Estate

Real Estate in Ingersoll is a small market with a lot of gems available for patient buyers. Most homes in Ingersoll sell after barely being on the market for a month. The average price of a listed home in Ingersoll is about $400,000, falling neatly between the low of $200,000 and the high of $730,000. The majority of homes on the market are detached single-family dwellings or townhouses. Occasionally, a rare heritage home goes up for sale as well. 

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Things to do in and around Ingersoll, Ontario

Festivals

Festivals In Ingersoll Ontario

In Ingersoll, every season has a reason to celebrate. Ingersoll plays host to a line-up of festivals all year long. In Spring, the Ingersoll Cheese & Agriculture Museum celebrates “Thomas Ingersoll Day” - on the birthday of the town’s founder. Moving into summer, Ingersoll becomes a haven for folk music fans during the Canterbury Folk Festival in July. This festival has performances and activities across seven different stages, food and craft vendors, a beer garden, and a prize raffle. 

With the hot weather winding down, Ingersoll welcomes the Fall with two festivals: the Harvest Festival at the end of August and Pumpkin Fest in October. Harvest Fest is held in Centennial Park to celebrate the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall. From 10am to 10pm, the park promises a day of family fun activities including vendors, historical and modern agriculture demonstrations, live entertainment, a petting zoo, and fireworks to cap it off. Coming closer to Halloween is Ingersoll’s Pumpkin Fest held at the Ingersoll Cheese & Agriculture Museum. Families can enjoy the Fall season by carving pumpkins, touring the museum, or taking a wagon ride through the park.

Colder weather doesn’t mean the fun needs to end! Ingersoll knows how to celebrate the Winter in style with the Festival of Winter Lights. Starting on November 21st and running until the beginning of January, parks in Ingersoll as well as the downtown area will glow with 350 lighting displays to warm up the town with a little holiday cheer.

Looking for an adventure or an outing? Check out these Ingersoll destinations:

The Oxford County Cheese Trail and the Ingersoll Cheese & Agriculture Museum

Ingersoll Ontario is a prime spot on the Oxford Cheese Trail - a heritage tour through the county exposing people the rich history of the dairy industry. Dedicated to that history is the Ingersoll Cheese & Agriculture Museum. On top of cultivating an awesome collection of Ingersoll history (including that “Mammoth Cheese” replica!), the museum also shines in the community for its education tours, historic demonstrations, and contribution to community festivals and events. Visitors can see a Blacksmith Shop, a Sports Hall of Fame, a barn filled with historic agriculture tools, and a replica of a 19th century cheese factory.

https://www.ingersoll.ca/visitors/cheese-and-agricultural-museum/cheese-agricultural-museum

Leaping Deer Adventure Park & Market

It’s a park, a farm, a market, and an adventure all rolled into one great outdoor destination. The Adventure Park consists of a massive 10+ acre corn maze, peddle carts, animal barns, wagon rides, pig races, and much more! Once you escape the corn maze, Leaping Deer also has a country store filled with agriculture-inspired gifts, and a bakery with freshly baked desserts waiting to be devoured.

https://leapingdeer.com/    

Elm Hurst Inn & Spa

If you are in need of some pampering, then you simply must visit the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa. Located in the 1872 former family home of James Harris (owner of the Cheese Factory), both the grounds and the mansion itself are beautifully maintained for the enjoyment of spa-day appointments and overnight guests alike. The spa facilities include private rooms, manicures, pedicures, jacuzzi, saunas, and a steam room with a variety of treatments available. If you do stay overnight, some spa packages even allow you to get private treatment from the comfort of your room!     

http://www.elmhurstinn.com/

Best Restaurants and Specialty Food Shops in Ingersoll

Restaurants in Ingersoll Ontario

Ingersoll’s place on the Oxford County Cheese Trail marks it as a bit of a culinary tourism destination. As such, here is a list of not only fabulous restaurants, but also some specialty shops to pique your taste buds. Some of these restaurants can be quite popular, so be sure to call and reserve a table ahead of time.

Louie’s Pizza & Pasta

Featured on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!”, Louie’s Pizza and Pasta is a bustling diner-style restaurant serving a hybrid of Italian and North American food. They have heaping portions of just about everything you are craving - not to mention that staggering size of the pizza topping selection alone. The menu is massive with entire pages dedicated to their impressive list of pizza, sandwiches, and burgers. Popular choices are the raved about specialty pizza, panzerotti, and charbroiled BBQ back ribs. If you don’t have time to stay and dine, they offer a takeout menu too.

https://www.louiespizzapasta.com/

P.B.’s French Fries

Craving deep-fried goodness? P.B.’s French Fries are proclaimed the best in the area by Ingersoll residents and it’s popular with people passing through too. This old fashioned food truck - well, Airstream trailer, actually - serves town-favorite fries that are hot, crispy, and fresh. With 55 years serving Ingersoll, this family business is definitely worth stopping off the highway for.  

Mango Salad

Friendly service, great prices, and a diverse Thai food menu come together to make Mango Salad a community gem. The food options are extensive, allowing for steamed, sticky, or coconut rice to be mixed in with five different curry options as well as a hefty Stir-Fry section. That diversity can also be found in Mango Salad’s consideration for special diets. They clearly mark the 17 gluten-free options on their menu and they will substitute any meat in a dish for tofu. If you have room in your belly after a full meal, Mango Salad also offers a small selection of traditional Thai desserts: Sweet coconut sticky rice (with or without fresh mango) and deep fried banana fritters sweetened with peanuts and honey. 

http://mangosalad.ca/

The Olde Bakery Cafe

If you enjoy a steaming specialty coffee, a decadent dessert, or both, then The Olde Bakery Cafe has a table just for you! In addition to coffees, lattes, and baked goods, this cafe also serves a soup of the day made with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. To top it off, the Olde Bakery Cafe will fill custom cake orders too. They are able to substitute dairy, gluten, or allergens for equally delicious alternatives. Stop into The Olde Bakery Cafe for lunch and maybe even be tempted by the cheesecake… 

https://theoldebakerycafe.com/ 

Chocolatea

This downtown Ingersoll shop sells the delectable combination of hand-made artisan chocolates and teas of the world. Truffles, Bark, Clusters, Caramels, Toffees are all specialties of owner and chocolatier, Cindy Walker. All chocolates are made with locally-sourced ingredients and made traditionally, without preservatives to craft the most authentic taste possible. The tea selection is all ethically traded and provides excellent samples of black, green, white, oolong, rooibos, Pu-Erh, and herbal teas from around the world. Stop in to try some locally crafted chocolate and carefully collected tea, or why not try both? Green Tea Truffles anyone?

http://chocolatea.ca/

Wine Cellar & Cheese Shop

Cheese once defined Ingersoll, so finding a specialty shop to keep the tradition alive is a perfect addition to this list. The Wine Cellar & Cheese Shop has a full and varied stock of both cheese and wine as well as the knowledgeable staff to help visitors pair them together. Whether it’s campfire baked brie or a fine Ontario ice wine, a wine and cheese lover is sure to find something here to impress. In addition to the shop, the Wine Cellar also offers the services to ferment and bottle your own wine!

http://www.winecellaringersoll.com

Ingersoll, Ontario might not be the “Cheese Capital” of Oxford County anymore, but its modernization has brought so many more claims to fame. With heritage celebrations, seasonal festivals, and culinary excellence, the true character of this manufacturing town is in the enthusiasm of its welcoming community.  

 

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Posted in Ingersoll
July 31, 2019

5 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

5 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

For most people, their home is one of their greatest and most valuable assets. As such, it would only make sense to not only protect that asset but also increase its worth. There are plenty of things that just about anyone can do that will help. Here are just 5 ways to boost the value of your property. 

1. Curb Appeal:

They say never judge a book by its cover, however, when it comes to houses unsightly exteriors, cluttered yards, and poorly maintained property are hard to look past. 

Simple ways to ensure your home makes the best first impression are to have a clean, maintained lawn. Fresh cut grass, weeded gardens, and a clutter-free entranceway can make a world of difference for those entering your property. 

2. Make it Smart:

From smartphones to smart tv’s and even smart fridges, we live in a world where technology rules all. People enjoy the ease and convenience of smart technology and that applies to their home as well. 

Installing a smart thermostat, smart home monitoring or a smart irrigation system will allow for ease of use for potential new owners. And with today’s lifestyle being as busy as ever, the fewer things on ones to-do-list the better. 

Not only do smart systems make life easier, but they also tend to be more efficient and cost-effective, saving time and money.

3. Upgrade decor:

A little goes a long way when it comes to updating one's home. It is amazing what a can of paint and some new furniture can do. 

A freshly painted room appears clean and new, which is what new buyers will be looking for. When redecorating, choose neutral, light colours that appeal to the masses, as well as present the space as fresh and open. 

New light fixtures, door knobs and window treatments can make a big difference in the overall appearance of a room and is a relatively low cost upgrade. 

Remember, when redecorating, though it may not be your personal style, simple, light and neutral colours will showcase your rooms the best. If in doubt, hiring a decorator or home stager may be a sound investment. 

4. Add Storage: 

When looking for new homes, buyers often will be focusing heavily on the amount of storage space available. 

Upgrading your closet systems to include built-in storage will not only maximize the functionality of the closet but appeal to potential buyers as well. 

When it comes to storage space, it’s not always about the amount, it’s how well you use it. Whether its wall units in the basement, shelving in the garage, or adding a closet, additional storage space is always an asset. 

5. Focus on the Kitchen:

When it comes to rooms in a house that can make or break a sale, the kitchen is at the top of the list. 

Kitchen remodels tend to be where you will see significant increases in value. A poor functioning and outdated kitchen will have even the most interested of buyers looking elsewhere. 

If your budget doesn’t allow for a full kitchen renovation, there are a number of low-cost upgrades that can help improve the space. Repainting cabinets, replacing countertops, upgrading hardware and adding new lighting can vastly improve the space. 

 

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We know the London, St. Thomas, and surrounding communities and their real estate markets. Let Team Forster guide you through the buying process so you can find a home you cherish. Our team of real estate professionals lives and work in the area and we know real estate.

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July 29, 2019

Moving to Dorchester? The Ultimate Guide to Living in Dorchester (2019)

Dorchester, Ontario

Are you looking for a smaller town in Southwestern Ontario? A town close enough to London, Ontario to be convenient, but not too close to the hustle and bustle of a bigger city? Then this handy guide to Dorchester, Ontario should help you get familiar with this quaint town and its flourishing amenities.

Where is Dorchester, Ontario? How big is Dorchester?

Dorchester Ontario On A Map

Dorchester was first settled in the 1790s, when the governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe was distributing land to help populate Ontario and resettle British Loyalists after the American Revolution. Back then, the region around the Thames River and Dorchester in particular was known for its lumber. The cedar and white pine trees which grew in the area were sent down the river to construct the city of Detroit. To this day, Dorchester is complimented by a rich ecosystem and natural growth all around it, though the town has progressed a lot since those early days.

Now sporting a population of 3911, Dorchester is the core of the Thames Centre municipality in Middlesex County, formed in 2001. Dorchester is located about 20km East of London, Ontario, making it a decent daily commute or day-trip away. 

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What are the Education Options in Dorchester?

Education in Dorchester, Ontario

Dorchester, like most Southwestern Ontario towns, is included in the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board. In the regular board, students attend River Heights Public School from JK to Grade 3, then Northdale Central Public School from Grades 4 to 8.

In the Catholic Board, students attend St. David’s Catholic School from JK to Grade 8. The only high school in the area is the Lord Dorchester Secondary School for Grades 9 to 12. However, the boundaries of several elementary and secondary schools in London, Ontario extend to provide French Immersion programs to Dorchester as well. 

Step Outside: Dorchester and Eco-Tourism

The forest surrounding Dorchester is actually of unique importance for the biodiversity of Southwestern Ontario. Luckily, the Thames Centre municipality has introduced many ways to safely enjoy the natural wonders around Dorchester.

Dorchester offers 9 local trails in a range of settings for the enjoyment of visitors. Certain trails, like the Community Park Trail, are located closer to the urban elements of Dorchester, while others like the Lions Trail on the Thames River and the Mill Pond trail take hikers into a pocket of natural beauty.

Trails in Dorchester, Ontario

In addition to being a 3.5km hiking trail, the Mill Pond Eco-Trail is also a fantastic spot to enjoy other outdoor hobbies such as photography, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, and snowshoeing in the winter. The trail wraps around the outside of the pond and while following it, visitors can see the wildlife that makes this area special. Raspberry bushes, turtles, deer, and water lilies are just some of the species native to the Dorchester Mill Pond. You might even see a beaver working on a dam in the otherwise still waters of the pond.

While not as picturesque-sounding as the pond, the Dorchester Swamp is equally rich with nature. The 1354 acre swamp was designated a Class 1 Provincially Significant Wetland because it is home to a thriving sample of flora from all over Canada. In fact, in 1997, the community planned and executed the Dorchester Swamp Management Strategy to preserve the ecosystem and the heritage of the area despite it being divided by the 401 and Highway 73.

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Dorchester Fairgrounds, Community and County Festivities  

What do fairs, demo derbies, and jousts have in common? They can all take advantage of the spacious land offered by the Dorchester Fairgrounds!

The Fairgrounds yearly schedule is headlined by two unforgettable events: the Oxford Renaissance Festival in June and the Dorchester Fall Fair in October.

Festivals in Dorchester, Ontario

For 1 evening and 2 days in June (plus an extra “Educational Day” for school students), the Oxford Renaissance Festival rewinds the clock, taking visitors back to a time of knights, ladies, and swordplay. The entertainment lined up for the festival includes performances from a jester, a magician, and a pirate, jousting competitions with period-appropriate equipment, and charming musical acts. Taking a break from the spectacle, the festival also educates visitors on siege equipment, medieval combat, falconry, and Vikings. Whether it's the shows, the food, or the history, a Renaissance Festival is a timeless source of entertainment available right in Dorchester, Ontario.

Moving into the Fall, the Dorchester Fair takes up residence in the Fairgrounds for Thanksgiving Weekend. With 164 years of tradition behind it, the North Dorchester Agricultural Society invites attendees to join in the celebration of the town’s heritage. For the long weekend, a Midway is set up alongside agricultural displays, a parade, and stage entertainment - there is even a demolition derby! This festival also highlights the community with no less than 24 competitions ranging from a pet show, a pumpkin carving contest, youth and adult culinary contests, and many more. There is a lot of family fun to be thankful for at the Dorchester Fair.   

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Services and Activities In and Around Dorchester

Not every day can be a fair or festival, but there are plenty of outing options to make the average day in Dorchester special. In this section, you can find some information on local restaurants, recreational programs, and great sites for leisure activities. 

Eat Out at the Best Restaurants in Dorchester

Need somewhere to be for breakfast or lunch?

TC Brewing Company

TC Brewing Company in Dorchester, Ontario

Stop in to TC Brewing Company between 8am and 2pm for a local coffee house experience. On top of fantastic coffee - regular and specialty for those latte-lovers, TC Brewing Company also serves super healthy soups, salads, and sandwiches with a special aioli pairing.

http://www.tccafe.ca/

What about late-night dining?

Mill Pond Tap & Grill

The Mill Pond Tap & Grill is the choice local pub for a cozy meal and refreshing drinks. Open for lunch, dinner, and later, Mill Pond offers burgers, wings, beer, and friendly service. They also have an open-mic night, live band music on Saturdays, and a different special every other night of the week to draw in the local crowds.

https://www.facebook.com/The-Mill-Pond-Tap-and-Grill

Moving on to family restaurants, Dorchester has an excellent one for your consideration:

Fat Olive

Fat Olive in Dorchester, Ontario

In the mood for Italian? Come to Fat Olive for authentic Italian pasta, panini, and flatbreads. Delicious specials, portion, and plating sets this restaurant apart from the rest. If you are after the whole ‘wine-and-dine’ experience, then Fat Olive provides a selection of Italian wines and craft beer to go with the food. Even if you don’t have room, stay for dessert too, they have gelato.

http://fatolive.ca/

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Recreation in Dorchester

Parks in Dorchester, Ontario

Sometimes going on a day-trip doesn’t always work out. When the weather gets in the way of a hike, picnic, or a round of golf, it is always nice to have places in the community you can visit. 

Weather isn’t an issue when it comes to the Flight Exec Centre in Dorchester. This recreational facility services the community with a huge selection of indoor fun. They have an indoor walking track, fitness centre, gymnasium, and two rinks which have public skating starting in the fall as well as other team ice sports throughout the year. The Flight Exec Centre is also the home arena of the Provincial Junior Hockey League team, the Dorchester Dolphins.

When the weather does cooperate, you can visit the Dorchester Community Pool for a public swim, wading pool, or splash pad to endure that Summer heat.

Even more indoor fun can be found at the Dorchester Public Library which amps up its programming during the Summer to include daily creative and literacy activities. During the school year, the library continues to run a “Play and Learn” program for pre-school aged children as well. 

There is a lot of love about a town like Dorchester, Ontario. While attractions like the Fall Fair and the Renaissance Festival draw in the big crowds to this little town, the quiet comforts of a friendly, hometown atmosphere are enjoyed by residents every other day of the year. 

Dorchester Real Estate

Dorchester Real Estate

Thanks to some new developments, the size of the housing market is increasing. Dorchester’s overall real estate market is still relatively small compared to its neighbours. The current average listing in Dorchester is about $645,000. Within that average is a low of over $400,000 and a high of over 1 million. Homes for sale in Dorchester are usually detached, single-family houses in a bungalow or 2-story styles with at least 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.

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July 22, 2019

Moving to Strathroy? The Ultimate Guide to Living in Strathroy (2019)

Strathroy Ontario

If you are thinking about living in Strathroy or exploring towns in Middlesex County, look no further than the complete guide to Strathroy-Caradoc! This guide covers everything from the geography and history, to activities, restaurants, and sight-seeing available in this delightful Southwestern Ontario area.

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What is the population of Strathroy-Caradoc? What does living in Strathroy look like?

Outside of London, Strathroy-Caradoc is the largest community in Middlesex County. According to a 2017 Municipal study, the population of Strathroy is just over 20,000 people, which is about 4.5% of the population in the greater Middlesex area.

Looking for schools? Strathroy-Caradoc is serviced by both the Thames Valley School Board and the London District Catholic School Board for a total of 7 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools between them. Elementary options include: Caradoc Public School, Caradoc North Public School, Mary Wright Public School, North Meadows Public School, J.S. Buchanan French Immersion, Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School, and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. For secondary schools, the options are Strathroy District Collegiate Institute in the Public board and Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in the Catholic board.

Caradoc North Public School Strathroy Ontario

Outside of those boards, Strathroy is also home to the Strathroy Community Christian School and the Strathroy Adult Alternative Learning Centre.

What about Post-Secondary? Being so close to London, Ontario, Strathroy offers a reasonable commute to Western University, Fanshawe College, and Westervelt College as well as Lambton College in Sarnia.

In terms of employment, Strathroy benefits from an expanding, modern economy. The largest employers in the area are in the Automotive, Manufacturing, and Food Processing in the private sector and Health Care and Education in the public sector.

Health and Safety Concerns? Strathroy-Caradoc prides itself in being able to care for its residents without having to send patients to a bigger city for treatment. Strathroy-Caradoc is serviced by its own hospital, Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital, as well as a number of Long-Term Care Facilities.

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Strathroy, Ontario and the History Behind this Rapidly Growing Town

Strathroy Ontario History

What’s in a name? A huge part of Strathroy-Caradoc’s history is in the name alone. John Stewart Buchanan named the area after his hometown in Ireland when he first settled it in 1832 with a house and a small gristmill. While it wouldn’t be included until later, Caradoc shares its name with a variety of figures from British History and Arthurian Literature including Irish Saints, Knights of the Round Table, and Ancient Kings.

As railways were built across Canada, they brought settlers with them. Pretty soon, there was enough of a population to call Strathroy a Village in 1860, then upgrade it to a Town in the 1870s. But Strathroy was not done growing just yet and this next development was quite a few years later. In 2001, Strathroy joined with the nearby township of Caradoc to form the municipality that is present today.

As for famous residents, Sir Arthur Currie, a Canadian Commander during the First World War, was born in Strathroy in 1875. In 1917, Currie became the first Commander of the Canadian Corps - a position previously held only by British Commanders. He led the Corps to many strategic victories throughout the Hundred Days Campaign.

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Where is Strathroy?

Where is Strathroy Ontario on a Map

Strathroy-Caradoc is a Southwestern Ontario municipality joining together the larger communities of Strathroy and Mt. Brydges over 270 square kilometers. It is located about 35 kilometers - or 20 minutes West of London, Ontario with easy access to the 402 Highway and the Canadian National Railway. It sits between London and the border with Port Huron, Michigan in Sarnia. Strathroy’s location makes it an accessible commute to London or to the US for a day-trip. But, there is plenty to do in Strathroy itself which blends an idyllic rural charm with a modern, developing urban centre.

The 5 Best Restaurants in Strathroy-Caradoc

Bringing the best online reviews together for a comprehensive list of Must-Try restaurants in the Strathroy area. This list highlights a combination of interesting locations, popular spots, and fantastic food.

1. Clock Tower Bistro & Pub

Clock Tower Bistro & Pub

The Clock Tower Bistro & Pub’s unique location alone is an attention-grabber. Nestled amongst the heritage buildings in Downtown Strathroy, this restaurant gets its name from the lovingly restored clock tower that it is built into. While the clock tower also serves as an inn, the real highlight is the restaurant and its carefully crafted menu. The kitchen uses locally-sourced ingredients to skillfully blend a traditional pub experience with that of fine dining. Best of all are the Market Dinner Feature and the Dessert Feature, daily specials straight from the local selection of produce and the imaginations of the chefs.

https://www.clocktower-inn.com/

2. Caradoc Sands : 43 North Pubhouse & Patio

Come for the golf, stay for the food? For most residents and visitors to Strathroy, you come to Caradoc Sands Golf Club for its restaurant: 43 North Pubhouse & Patio. The lunch and dinner menu checks all of those pubhouse boxes: Burgers, hotdogs, pizza, steak, and an amazing selection of interesting appetizers. Particularly eye-catching is the imposing-looking “Caveman Combo”: Beef ribs, Turkey legs, and mashed potatoes. Caradoc Sands serves a daily breakfast, but the real treat is the Sunday Breakfast Buffet where diners can enjoy loading their plates with bacon, waffles, seasonal quiche, and personalized omelettes and crepes. All with a great view of the course grounds.

https://caradocsands.ca/restaurant/

3. Tia’s Place

On Front St., downtown Strathroy, Tia’s Place extends a warm welcome into the world of traditional Portuguese cuisine. Everything on the menu is made from high-quality seasonal produce and most uniquely, everything is made in a portion size to be shared. With the influence of Portuguese flavors weaving through the menu, some standout traditional dishes include: “Tia’s Bacalhau A Bras”, pan-fried Cod served with potatoes and an egg, and the “Chouriço Asado”, a delightfully spicy grilled pork sausage appetizer served with bread. To make the experience even better, the atmosphere of the restaurant is as comforting as the food, complemented by beautiful decorations and friendly service.

http://tiasplace.ca/

4. Rusty Wrench Brewery

Rusty Wrench Brewery

Opened in 2017, this local Strathroy brewery and pub offers a place to enjoy craft beer and great food too. The Menu is a tour around the world of pub and finger food with an absolutely massive selection of appetizers to pair with a drink after a long day! Following the naming convention of the brewery are the signature “Big Hef n Hammer”, a citrus and spice blend, and the “Crappy Tire Stout”, a combination of dark chocolate, toffee, and oatmeal flavours. For a limited time, Rusty Wrench Brewery is advertising the “Mango Jalapeno Pale Ale” on tap. If these craft brews sound appealing, then this brewery is the go-to destination in Strathroy. If beer is not your thing, the pub keeps cocktails and specialty sodas on rotation with combinations that are just as innovative as the beer!

http://rustywrench.ca/

5. Back Alley Burrito

Changing pace for a moment, Back Alley Burrito is a Mexican take-out destination in downtown Strathroy. What sets this place apart from other take-out in the city is the passion that goes into the atmosphere of the restaurant. A historic storefront, brick interior, and record-player, vintage vibe invites diners to enjoy the take-out experience again. Offering a wide selection of affordable Burritos, Quesadillas, Nachos, Tacos, or Bowls, Back Alley Burrito should definitely be your takeout fix in Strathroy.

https://www.backalleyburrito.com/

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Things to do in and around Strathroy

History and Heritage in Strathroy

Strathroy Ontario Museum

Strathroy-Caradoc is fortunate to be the home of two excellent sites of historical education. The first is the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc located in downtown Strathroy next to the public library. The Museum houses a combination of archives and exhibits all dedicated to preserving the history of Strathroy. The building can be most famously identified by the War Memorial and bronze statue of Sir Arthur Currie outside. Currently, the Museum is celebrating its new exhibit as of June 2019, “Fully Furnished”. This newest exhibit is dedicated to the history of the furniture manufacturing industry in the area. The new exhibit will run throughout the Summer until Fall.

The best part of Museum Strathroy-Caradoc? It’s entirely free. There is no charge for admission, and the downtown area has plenty of free parking options (including the public library).

Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum

The second heritage location is called the Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum. Located in the Longwoods Road Conservation Area, Mt. Brydges, this site doubles as a park and a piece of history. On site, a Haudenosaunee village is recreated with great attention to detail so visitors can experience how a First Nations settlement would have looked. Complimenting the Museum and Historical Village are trails for hiking and green-space for family picnics. The Conservation area is usually open only during daylight hours, but for a special event called “Twilight Tuesdays” during the Summer Months, the area is open in the evening for guided tours.

This last “site” is a bit of a bonus: Strathroy-Caradoc excels at bringing heritage to the modern age. 3 PDFs are available through the official Strathroy-Caradoc website: a Mt. Brydges heritage walking tour, a Strathroy heritage walking tour, and a South Caradoc driving tour. Using these as a guide, discover even more hidden historical gems in the region, free of charge.

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Outdoor Activities for Every Season

Caradoc Sands Golf Club

Looking for something to do outside? Strathroy-Caradoc identifies as a “Four Season” destination, because it boasts activities to try in every season.

Including the Longwoods Road Conservation area, the region offers 4 Conservation Areas. Numerous trails in the area allow for hiking, picnicking, and cycling in the Summer as well as offering cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails in the Winter. Being close to the Sydenham River also provides Strathroy-Caradoc with a rich diversity of wildlife. Visitors to Conservation Areas along the river can enjoy fishing, canoeing, and birding.

If you prefer a different kind of “green”, then Strathroy-Caradoc also provides two Golf Courses. The Bear Creek Golf & Country Club and the Caradoc Sands Golf Club. Bear Creek is a lushly forested 18-hole course along the Sydenham river. In addition to offering an 18-hole course, Caradoc Sands also features the 43 North Pubhouse & Patio restaurant which is popular amongst locals for its breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus as well as a Sunday breakfast buffet.

What’s Happening in Downtown Strathroy?

Thinking of spending your time in a more urban setting? Then downtown Strathroy is the perfect solution. With streets lined with heritage buildings, shops, and trendy restaurants, downtown Strathroy is an essential place to visit. Not to mention, plenty of free parking spaces along Frank St.

Downtown Strathroy is also the spot to be for festivals and activities during the Summer. Every Saturday morning between June and October, farmers, artisans, and other local vendors set up shop on Front St. & Frank St. This lively market is full of fresh produce and other locally made goods that are sure to impress any curious browsers. Throughout the Summer, the market also holds Night Market events with live music, craft beer, wine, and dining menus provided by the local restaurants.

Hometown Festival

Most unique to Strathroy is the annual Hometown Festival, held in June to celebrate the heritage and history of the town. In 2019, the Hometown Festival was held in Alexandra Park over June 14th to 16th to celebrate the festival’s 42nd anniversary. The weekend festival featured a Midway fair, a car show, live performances, and a vendor alley with entertainment for all ages. Did you know? The Hometown Festival goes by another name: Turkeyfest! The name calls back to Strathroy’s heritage as a major turkey farming hub thanks to the opening of Cuddy Farms in 1950. To this day, Cuddy Farms remains famous for their high quality Turkey eggs and breeding.

Cuddy Farms

And that is Strathroy-Caradoc Ontario. The best part is that this guide is just the beginning. There is plenty more to discover about Strathroy, whether it is a hidden historical site, a new nature trail, or an amazing new shop in the heart of downtown, the rapid development of this small town is full of opportunities.

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Strathroy Real Estate

Real Estate in Strathroy is expanding. The township is currently experiencing a rush of new land development and more people than ever are taking notice. The market is further bolstered by an increase in sales activity and homes available. In 2019, the average home in Strathroy sold for about $380,000. This number is a 20% increase from 2018 and a staggering 60% increase from 2016. Most of the houses for sale in Strathroy-Caradoc are detached single-family homes with plenty of brand new houses on the horizon.

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