Ontario’s Best Small Town

Picton Harbour courtesy gapster/Flickr

Picton Harbour courtesy gapster/Flickr

In 2011, Detourist conducted a survey to determine Ontario’s favourite small town. The reasons for liking them were as numerous as the suggestions were plentiful: restaurants, shops, pubs, outdoor adventure, antiques or seasonal festivals and events. With 154 votes cast through Facebook, Twitter and email, here are the Ontario small towns worth a visit. Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below.

#1 Picton, Ontario

Home to one of the world’s last remaining replicas of the UK’s Crystal Palace and Canada’s largest premium kayak manufacturer, the small town of Picton, Ontario, is where Gord Downie, lead singer of the Tragically Hip, has decided to hang his hat and where thousands in southern Ontario retreat for a taste of the summer good life. With a population of just under 5,000, Picton serves as the main hub of the mainly agrarian Prince Edward County surrounding it. Nestled on a quiet bay and with a quaint main street, colourful shops and a retro theatre, there is surprising a lot to see and do in town and in the areas just outside it: scenic driving on the Loyalist Parkway, great beaches at nearby Sandbanks Provincial Park and, of course, sips at the plethora of vineyards in this burgeoning wine region just to name a few.

Top 5

  1. Picton
  2. Stratford
  3. Niagara-on-the-Lake
  4. Elora
  5. Port Perry

Top 25

  • Bala
  • Bayfield
  • Bloomfield
  • Creemore
  • Goderich
  • Haliburton
  • Kincardine
  • Kleinberg
  • Meaford
  • Merrickville-Wolford
  • Penetanguishene
  • Port Dover
  • Orillia
  • Paris
  • Port Stanley
  • St. Jacobs
  • St. Mary’s
  • Tobermory
  • Unionville
  • Uxbridge

On the Radar

  • Ancaster
  • Bobcaygeon
  • Brussels
  • Collingwood
  • Crystal Beach
  • Dundas
  • Elmira
  • Fenelon Falls
  • Fergus
  • Glen Williams
  • Gore Bay
  • Grand Bend
  • Jacksons Point
  • Jordan
  • Kettleby
  • Kimberley
  • Kingsville
  • Lakefield
  • Marathon
  • Mono Centre

On the Radar

  • Neustadt
  • Owen Sound
  • Perth
  • Port Burwell
  • Port Carling
  • Port Colborne
  • Port Dalhousie
  • Port Elgin
  • Sauble Beach
  • Smiths Falls
  • Snowball
  • Southampton
  • St. George
  • Thornbury
  • Tweed
  • Warkworth


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