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Welcome to St. Mary’s, one of Ontario’s oldest and most appealing communities, offering a unique rural lifestyle all with the amenities of a larger city. The town is also known by its nickname, “The Stone Town” because of abundance of limestone in the area. Due to this fact there is a large number of limestone buildings and houses throughout the town.
St. Mary's is located at the junction of Thames River and Trout Creek along Highway 7, and is surrounded by the Township of Perth South in Perth County, Ontario. It is approximately a 30 minute drive to London and 15 minutes to Stratford.
St. Mary's is home to roughly 7,000 residents and offers them a unique living experience as it is removed from large cities but boast all amenities one would require. Deep rooted in history, the town was a grain and agricultural community in the 1800’s. Today, it is evolved into a hub for artists and unique businesses.
Due to its desirable area and features, houses in St. Marys are valued at approximately $480,000 according to zolo.ca. There are a number of older, prominent homes as well as newly developed neighbourhoods to choose from when looking into real estate opportunities.
Those who live in and around St. Mary's have a number of amenities within town. There is the St. Marys Public Library which strives to take an active role in the community by offering a number of program and events for people of all ages. Tales for Tots, adult colouring, and book clubs are just some of programs offered. The library also hosts an annual “end of season” BBQ for the community.
The St. Marys Golf & Country Club boasts that it is one of Ontario’s best golf courses, offering players a challenging course, well kept grounds and breathtaking scenery. The course is set on 150 acres just outside of town and is a public and semi-private club. The clubhouse also plays host to wedding and events throughout the year.
St. Mary’s also is home to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The doors opened in June of 1994 and has been providing residents and visitors with information and thousands of baseball artifacts since then. Since opening, 75 members (46 players, 23 builders, 2 honorary, 4 honorary teams) have been inducted. It includes professional ballplayers, amateurs, builders, and honorary members who have helped popularize the sport in Canada
The Hall of Fame also hosts different events and fundraisers in hopes to further educate and continue to contribute to Canadian Baseball history. There is also 32 acres of park land, 4 baseball fields, walking trails and home to kids baseball camps.
The rich history of St. Mary's is evident in some of the buildings that still remain in town. Notebly, the Opera house, which was built in 1880. This four storey, limestone building was designed by Silas Weekes. There is also buildings such as the Town Hall, St. Mary’s Public Library, Junction Station, Trunk Station, Sarnia Bridge, James Carter House, the Water Tower, Tracy House/Museum and The Quarries which are all historical sites in the town of St. Mary’s which offer a glimpse back in time. There are walking tours of the sites available.
For residents of St. Marys there is a number of standard amenities that are situated in town. There is the St. Marys Memorial Hospital, a Canada Post office, grocery stores, LCBO and a via rail station.
There are several elementary and secondary education options in St. Marys. The town, and surrounding area, is served by the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board. The School options are Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, Little Falls Public School, and St. Marys DCVI, which all offer unique and superior education options. Holy Name of Mary Catholic School and Little Falls Public School both offer before and after school programs as well.
St. Mary's has over 20 of parks and trails throughout the town for all to enjoy. Cadzow park is located on the original property of George Tracey, one of the town’s earliest settlers. A new playground was set up in the park in 2017. A performing arts stage, pavillion and a splash pad was opened in 2018. Cadzow park is the traditional site of the Canada Day celebrations and perfect setting for picnics, and playtime.
Lions park is located at the North end of Milt Dunnell Field, and is a perfect spot to sit and relax, or enjoy a picnic while taking in the view of the Grand Trunk Trail.
The Skatepark is located downtown on James street and offers ramps, and structures for all skill levels. There is also Junction Dog park where you and your furry friend can enjoy some off leash time.
With a town as scenic as St. Marys, walking or biking along trails is a popular activity. The parks and recreation department services a number of beautiful trails for all to enjoy. Avon Trail commences in St. Marys and runs through to Conestoga. It is a linear hiking trail through scenic farm lands, small rivers and streams.
Riverview Walkway is a paved path that runs from the center of town south to the swimming quarry. There is also the loop throughout town which is 13km of path through natural and historic sites. The path is partially paved, grassy areas, wood chips and dirt.
The Quarry in St. Mary’s is a one of a kind feature, unique to the area. This former limestone quarry is now Canada’s largest outdoor swimming pool. This exciting attraction offers cliff-jumping, water slide, water trampoline and stand-up paddle board rentals. There is also a large grass area to use for picnics, a tiki hut for snacks and volleyball courts.
The Pyramid Recreation Centre is a hub for all in St. Marys. The facility offers programs for all ages from ball hockey to scooter lessons. There is also a Aquatics Center boasting an indoor, 4-lane, 25 meter, saltwater pool, dry sauna, 7 person spa, leisure pool, and outdoor splash pad. The center has 2 ice pads, with seating capacity of 1400 and a licence area.
The community center offers space rental for any number of events, and rooms both small and large to accommodate. They also offer the use of the industrial kitchen.
For youth, there is the Youth Centre which is a safe and inclusive space to socialize and build positive relationships. There are programs to participate in as well, such as summer camps, babysitters course and CPR training.
There are a variety of transportation options in St. Marys. For those who require it there is accessible transportation or residents can participate in the Southwestern Ontario Regional Rideshare program. For access to surrounding towns and cities, the St. Marys train station can connect you. Also there is a local taxi service.
For dining options in St. Marys there is plenty to choose from. Like most towns, there are your staples such Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s, and pizza joints, New Orleans Pizza, and Little Caesars. For a more unique experience there is a handful of choices. The quaint and welcoming atmosphere of The Westover Inn or Stonewillow Inn, combined with delicious food has residents and visitors alike frequenting the two. Ocip is a great location to gather and enjoy happy hour, serving up great food, cocktails and has beautiful outdoor seating. Breakfast joint, Jennies, is the place to be when going out for brunch. Harris Eclectic Eatery is easily becoming a town favourite with their unique food options and warm and attentive service.
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