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Delightful General Stores and Where To Find Them

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 act as community hubs for the tiniest of towns.

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!).


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Ravenna Country Market

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 monstrous sandwiches and homemade slushies — typically infused with Meredith’s Ginger Syrup — that have people flocking here during cycling season.


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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. They’ve kept up the tradition of having visitors vie for the wall of fame via big scoop ice cream cones.


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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.

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McGinn’s 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.


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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.


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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.

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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!


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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 HoneyKawartha Dairy Ice Cream and Muskoka Roastery Coffee that keep people coming back!


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The Rosemont General Store + Kitchen

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.


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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!

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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.

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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.

Looking for ice cream specific content? Who isn’t. Check out our favorite Ontario Scoop Shops worth a road trip here.