Wikipedia defines a General Store as a rural or small town store that carries a general line of merchandise… but we know it’s so much more. These eclectic, family owned shops are steeped in tradition and have fueled more than our fair share of ice cream pit stops. There’s no better place to get the town gossip than at a small town general store!
Ravenna General Store
495972 Grey Road 2, Ravenna, ON N0H 2E0
Fresh homemade baked goods made from scratch, meat pies and ice cream are just the beginning. It’s Roy’s homemade slushies — typically infused with Meredith’s Ginger Syrup — that have people flocking here during cycling season.
Enniskillen General Store
7851 Old Scugog Rd, Hampton, ON L0B 1J0
This gem is over 175 years old. Owners T.J. and Jessie Sheehan took ownership of the small town’s beloved landmark in April 2014 and have carried the long-standing tradition of big scoop ice cream cones.
Port Albert General Store
4 Central Wellington St, Goderich, ON N7A 3X9
You can’t get more classic than this Port Albert institution. Bait, firewood, ice cream — you name it; it’s got it. There’s event a little farm stand set up outside in season.
Byer’s General Store
159 La Salette Rd, La Salette, ON N0E 1H0
Classic Coca-Cola brand swag is just the start in this little spot near Dehli, Ontario. It’s got all the fixings for a classic general store.
Amherst Island General Store
5695 Front Rd, Stella, ON K0H 2S0
Named one of Canada’s Top Ten Endangered Places by the Heritage Canada Foundation in June 2013 due to the threat of wind turbines, Amherst Island’s rich cultural heritage is no where more evident than at it’s old timey general store.
Kimberely General Store
235304 Grey Road 13, Kimberley, ON N0C 1G0
The Kimberley General Store is a thriving depot in the rural village of Kimberley, in the original store building from 1905. Stop in for fresh baked goods, homemade soups, hearty sandwiches, and strong coffee.
Cheltenham General Store
14386 Creditview Rd, Caledon, ON
This historic, stone structure was built in 1887 by Fred Haines after a large fire tore through downtown Cheltenham destroying the main businesses. Careful to retain its unique charm, the Judge family purchased and renovated the store in August 2008.
Commanda General Store & Museum
4007 ON-522, Commanda, ON
This is actually a General Museum — with its counters, flooring and goods from 1885 -1934, features displays changed throughout the season. Totally worth a detour off Highway 11 for the those who like old stuff and small town charm!
Do you have a favorite general store? Where is it? Let us know!