Ontario is positively brimming with beautiful small communities that combine heritage architecture with walkable streets and interesting attractions and shops. Here are eight hidden gems that you may not have visited yet.
Located in northern Pickering, about 40 kilometres northeast of Toronto, Claremont was settled in the 1840s, and was originally named Noble’s Corners after Thomas Nobel’s grocery store.
Dresden may be named for a German city, but its claim to fame is as the terminus of the Underground Railroad during the American Civil War.
Vienna is a tiny southwestern community located just north of Port Burwell and Lake Erie.
With Dresden and Vienna on the list, it would be silly not to include Paris. Located where the Grand and Nith rivers meet in Brant County, Paris was voted “Prettiest Little Town in Canada” by Harrowsmith magazine.
If you’re not from around Ottawa, you may not know that Canada has a Mississippi River—but it does, and Almonte is a lovely mill town located on its banks.
Located on the Rideau River, Smiths Falls boasts two National Historic Sites related to the railway development of the province: the original CN railway station, now the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario.
Located on the shores of Lake Huron south of Goderich, Bayfield combines the best aspects of a heritage village combined with a beach town.
Founded in 1855, Neustadt—German for “new town”—is the birthplace of John Diefenbaker, Canada’s 13th Prime Minister.