We love us a good General Store.
Travelling across Ontario, you quickly realize that each one is a unique reflection of it’s area.
From hand-churned ice cream to fried perogies with crispy onions to anything and everything you forgot to bring with you; these eclectic, family owned shops are steeped in tradition (and town gossip!).
Here’s 8 more Ontario General Stores we love and where to find them.
Trousdale’s General Store
4395 Mill Street, Sydenham, Ontario
Ever-changing and never changing, that’s how the folks at Trousdale’s bill themselves. It’s been run by a Trousdale since 1836 and is considered the oldest running General Store in Canada!
Robinsons General Store
1061 Main Street, Dorset, Ontario
Voted “Canada’s Best Country Store”, this famous general store is a must-see for anyone visiting the Haliburton area. In true General Store fashion, you’ll find a little bit of everything on the shelves, but it’s local treats like Burke’s Honey
, Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream
and Muskoka Roastery Coffee
that keep people coming back!
508563 Highway 89, Mulmur, Ontario
Originally opened by George or “Squire” Cummings in the 1860’s, this gem of a shop has managed to maintain its charm despite changing hands many times. It’s more restaurant than general store now. Folks flock to the area for their twice cooked fries and Ocean Wise approved seafood options. It’s open for breakfast and lunch daily, a perfect time to try their Smoked trout salad.
Young’s General Store
111 Mission Road, Wawa, Ontario
The Young family and staff make sure they have something for everyone including their famous homemade fudge, summer sausage and plenty of full sour pickles — perfect for a picnic. Be sure to say hi to Henrietta the Moose while you’re there!
Too Good General Store
155A Main Street, Unionville, Ontario
Can you believe there’s an adorable General Store just north of Hwy 7 in Unionville? Somehow, it’s feels too close to the hustle and bustle of the city to be possible. Definitely a modern twist on the General Store, but their commitment to connecting Canadian artisans who create small batch goods with creative and thoughtful consumers keeps things quaint.
Enniskillin General Store
7851 Old Scugog Rd, Enniskillen, Ontario
This General Store was built in 1840 and was a Canada Post Office which developed into a general store for the needs of the community. We love any place famous for serving the largest ice cream cones in an area. Known as a ‘Big Baby’, they’re not for the faint of heart!
Pakenham General Store
2524 County Rd No 29, Pakenham, Ontario
Nestled in the heart of Mississppi Mills, originally built in 1840, the store still maintains its charm with wood floors, original wooden counters and antiques used by the original owners. They’ve got ice cream abd baked goods and junk galore — but they’re also home to a lovely art gallery specializing featuring local artists.
Big Bay General Store
250854 Big Bay Side Rd, Wiarton, Ontario
Unlike many of their counterparts, Big Bay General Store makes their own ice cream. Folks who stumble upon this local gem are treated to flavours like spicy Aztec Chocolate, Pumpkin Pie and the Maple Walnut.