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10 Tiny Towns With Big Ontario Appeal

Ontario is a BIG, big place — it spans over 1800km tip to tail. That’s why it’s all the more impressive that these tiny towns, some just one street long, have commandeered such a large part of our collective heart.

From insanely good street food to big city style dining to terroir driven microbrews, each has it’s own unique charm. 


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Photo : Town of Creemore

CREEMORE, SIMCOE COUNTY         experiencecreemore.com

Now technically part of Clearview Township, and home to the famous brewery, Creemore boasts everything you want out of a small town. A bubbling brook, a fountain to admire, re-imagined hardware stores and amazing ice cream.  


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Photo : Calantha Elsby, Break Baker + Wizard

ELORA, WELLINGTON COUNTY             elora.info

Perched on the edge of a spectacular gorge, along the banks of the Grand & Irvine River sits the charming town of Elora. Visitors flock to this charming cluster of shops, bakeries, breweries and ice cream parlor’s in the summer — but we think it’s perfect all year round. Send the day walking the gorge and follow that with pint at Elora Brewing Company. 


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Getting some cinnamon buns on the run from Thornbury bakery… never a bad idea! Photo: @agapod

THORNBURY, GREY COUNTY            thornbury.ca

 Nestled on the banks of Georgian Bay, at the very top of Apple Country, Thornbury is a buzz with bakeries, cheese shops and one of the hottest pizza ovens in Grey County. Don’t forget to grab yourself a ginger lemonade at The Cheese Gallery before hoovering a whole pie at The Thornbury Bakery, one of many stops along The Apple Pie Trail, for a caramel apple pie and a cinnamon bun.


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Photo: The Quirky Carrot

ALEXANDRIA, GLENGARRY COUNTY

Besides being home to one of our favorite cafe’s slash cookery schools in the province, Alexandria is also home to a charming stretch of small shops and even a steeple. It makes an excellent home base for hikers and wilderness adventurers too!


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Photo: @agapod

BLOOMFIELD, PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY          prince-edward-county.com

Anyone heading for Sandbanks knows the rural pleasures found in Bloomfield. From boutique inns to pop-up taco shops (!) to little galleries, it’s easy to get lost in this four street town. Make sure to save room for a Rhubarb Ginger Ice Cream from Slickers while you’re in town.


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The dockside patio at Grand Electric is pretty darn sweet. Photo: @agapod

PORT CARLING, MUSKOKA LAKES

 What was once no more than a sad sports bar and a marina, has quickly bloomed into one of the areas most lively hubs. Now home to a Grand Electric off shoot you can boat right up to, a super fresh juice bar and the area’s first Kit and Ace — it won’t be a charming tiny town for long!


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The view from the Belfountain Inn come Christmas! Photo: The Belfountain Inn

BELFOUNTAIN, CALEDON            belfountain.ca

Small batch roasted coffee, hand churned ice cream and it’s proximity to Forks of the Credit, the Badlands and Spirit Tree Cidery has us swooning over this super charming Ontario town. The rapids, cedar trees and scenic drive there don’t hurt either!


Wellington-Park-Simcoe-13528SIMCOE, NORFOLK COUNTY                norfolktourism.ca

Home to no less than FOUR Feast On designated restaurants, this little town is over flowing with edible options for those looking for a delicious weekend. Also home to one of Ontario’s oldest cheese factories and some very good beef farmers, Simcoe is quickly becoming a mecca for local food lovers. Did we mention the lighthouse?


How adorable is this main stretch come spring? Photo: NiagaraScenery.com
How adorable is this main stretch come spring? Photo: NiagaraScenery.com

JORDAN VILLAGE, NIAGARA

 This tiny town is home to some pretty heavy hitters as far as the local food world in concerned. Visiting means a stop at Upper Canada Cheese, Cave Spring Winery, The Inn on The Twenty and a popping your head into a gallery or two. Makes an excellent home base when exploring Wine Country too!


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The ‘classic’ at Baldwin Street Burger is loaded with everything from pickled peppers to hot house tomatoes and housemade aioli.

BROOKLIN, DURHAM REGION

Whether you’re looking for high-end and candles or a wicked, flat top burgers oozing with cheese, Brooklin delivers. This charming little strip just north of Whitby offers up parkettes with gazebos, junk shops over flowing with hipster antiques, and even a babbling brook!


Looking for more delicious discoveries in Ontario? Start planning your next edible adventure here.