Welcome to Simcoe County's Small Town Downtowns
Close enough to the GTA but far enough north for a getaway, downtown Alliston has everything you need for your perfect RURBAN experience. Rural and urban have integrated – creating a new type of balanced living and blending the values of both worlds into one. Here you can find history, agriculture, outdoor activities, boutique shopping and dining, all with a small-town community feel. What more could you want? It’s the best of both worlds. With so much to do and see (not to mention many instagrammable locations), there’s definitely something for everyone.
Local Favourites: Albalisa All Natural Mexican Food, Delzotto’s Butcher Shop, Herbert’s Boots & Western Wear, and Details Home Décor, Cool Moose Ice Cream Shop, and Table for Two.
Don’t Miss: Alliston Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from June-October
Originally named Clarksville, the name was changed to Beetown and then to Beeton after David Jones established his apiaries here in the 1870s and made it the honey and bee-breeding capital of Canada. Come and explore the history and beautiful architecture of century-old buildings and discover all of the bee-branded assets in this charming, quaint, and very little downtown core.
Local Favourites: D.A. Jones Public Library, The Whistle Stop Restaurant, and Cremahh
Don’t Miss: The Beeton Historical Walking Tour
Originally incorporated as the Village of Bradford in 1857, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury (BWG) has grown into a bustling, dynamic community of 40,000 residents that is one of the fastest growing areas in Canada. Downtown BWG is a vibrant commercial hub with a storied past. It has survived two devastating fires in 1871 and 1959 and was the site of a bank robbery by the infamous Boyd Gang in 1951. Today, the downtown features a panorama of culinary experiences, including Mexican, Caribbean, European, Middle Eastern, Asian and traditional Canadian. Home décor, textiles and toys are all available in the many small, inviting shops as well as several professional services.
Local Favourites: La Mexicanada, Hay Caramba, Brick N Fire, Bradford Farmers’ Market.
Named “one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada” by Expedia, Downtown Collingwood is an experience on its own. Full of artistic, historical, architectural, culinary and natural features, it’s an authentic experience you don’t want to miss. Luxury, one-of-a-kind shopping, to trendy and amazing locally-inspired cuisine, Downtown Collingwood is where it’s at.
Collingwood’s historic downtown is home to the finer things in life – the best in local art, musical talent and culinary creativity – more than 20 art studios, two live theatres and more than 40 restaurants and foodie shops, including Canada’s first – and newly expanded – Caesar Bar.
Local Favourites: The Historic Gayety Theatre, Gibson & Co. Coffee & Whiskey Bar, Tremont Café, Leuk, Baked & Pickled, Crow Bar, and Sporting Life.
Don’t Miss: The creative hub on Simcoe Street, the Farmers’ Market every Saturday from May- October, Art on the Street, and the Look Up Tour.
Downtown Coldwater has it all! Coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops, antiques and funky vintage shops, and so many neat little places to pop into, and find something cool. Outside of the main street you will find your pharmacy, grocery store, auto garages and parts, building supplies, recreational vehicle suppliers and your liquor and beer stores and more! We welcome you to come enjoy our little Village-on-the River!
Local Favourites: Em’s Café, Purple Sock, Back in Thyme, Copperpot Nuts, Phill Holder’s Steampunk Store, Coldwater Farmers’ Market, Canadiana Museum, and The Coldwater Mill.
Welcome to Elmvale! Come discover all the treasures that the village of Elmvale has to offer. From the unique shops, restaurants and professional services – to our local artisans - to the exciting events and festivals we create and host. Originally known as elm flats, downtown Elmvale has been a lively centre of activity for almost two centuries. Join us on Friday mornings from June-October for local food, fun and entertainment at the Springwater Elmvale Farmers’ Market. We can’t wait to meet you!
Local Favourites: Live Music in the Park Every Saturday June-August, The Tiny Art Shack, Elmvale Bakery, and The Cheese Guy.
Don’t Miss: A trip to The Elmvale Zoo down the road.
Creemore means “big heart” in Gaelic. Our village takes its name from the words croi mor means big heart in Gaelic, so we have come to be known as the little village with the big heart. We have many small reasons you may enjoy a visit any day of the week. With Creemore Springs Brewery and several cafes and restaurants there are many flavours to offer. From coffee to cassoulet; wings to wine and beef to beer there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our food retailer provide basic needs and specialty items.
Local Favourites: Creemore Famers’ Market on Saturdays from May – October, Creemore Springs Brewery, Old Mill House Restaurant, Chez Michel, Side Door Gallery, Bank Café.
Don’t Miss: North America’s smallest jail and The Log Cabin, the nearby trails at Creemore Nature Preserve, and views of the purple hills and the Niagara Escarpment.
Downtown Midland is beautiful year round with over 120+ unique businesses. You can tour the downtown area’s glorious murals, attend numerous wonderful events and so much more! FREE street parking is available on weekends and during the week after 5pm. In addition, 9 additional FREE 3-hours municipal parking lots are available 365 days a year. FREE Wi-Fi is also available on the main street. Come on down to Downtown Midland and visit the gateway to Georgian Bay!
Local Favourites: 35+ murals, Explorer’s Café, Lilly’s Italian Eatery, Dillon's Wood Fire Pizza, Grounded Coffee Co., Saturday Afternoons, Cottage Friends, & Simply Country
Don’t Miss: Dino’s mile high sandwiches and famous pasta salad.
The Town of Penetanguishene invites you to explore our historic downtown. Shop at our local retailers, dine at our fabulous restaurants and enjoy our professional businesses. Wander our charming newly reconstructed Main Street and take in the breathtaking views of Penetanguishene Harbour. While there, marvel at one of our many heritage structures, grab your favourite treat from a local merchant and take a stroll through our beautiful Rotary Champlain Wendat Park easily accessed from the town centre. There is a lot to do, see and experience in Downtown Penetanguishene!
Local Favourites: Flynn’s Irish Pub, World Famous Dock Lunch, Cafe Kittyhawk, Captain Ken’s, and the pirate-themed splash pad and Bayside Summer Soiree (both located at the Rotary Champlain Wendat Park, adjacent to the downtown core).
Don’t Miss: Historic Port of Penetanguishene, Penetanguishene Centennial Museum, and the Tall Ships at Discovery Harbour.
Stayner is the hub of South Georgian Bay. Visit our charming, quaint downtown for unique shopping or to admire our beautiful architectural buildings. Drive through the rural areas for breathtaking views that make gorgeous backdrops for photography and selfies! Enjoy our trails, Eco Park, open skies, sunsets, stunning cloud formations, star gazing and bird watching. Escape the hustle and bustle and come to Stayner to relax, de-stress, dine, meander the shops, and meet our friendly merchants.
Local Favourites: Coffee Culture, Angie’s Place Caribbean Eatery, Leishman Pottery
Downtown Barrie supports local - local businesses, local shops, local restaurants, local artists. Shop vintage or the latest trends. Get cozy in a coffee shop or enjoy a fine dining experience. Downtown Barrie has it all, including a new outdoor community performance space at Meridian Place & Memorial Square, a stunning waterfront along the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, endless walking and biking trails, SUP rentals, year-round outdoor fitness equipment and more! Creativity and excitement pulse through downtown Barrie. Come down and experience it - we promise you'll be back!
Local Favourites: Everleigh Garden, Donaleigh's Irish Pub, Osgoode Co., Nutrition Plus Community Health Market, Homestead Artisan Bakery & Cafe, ZuZu Fashion Boutique, BLiSS Ann Green Yoga, Mantiques, Our House, MacLaren Art Centre, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, and Valiant’s Eatery.
Nestled near beautiful Lake Couchiching and located at the gateway to cottage country, Downtown Orillia is perfectly positioned. Full of charm, rich in history, bursting with culture and home to over 230 exceptional businesses, Downtown Orillia has so much to offer. You are sure to find something for everyone to enjoy in beautiful Downtown Orillia no matter what the season.
Local Favourites: Mariposa Market, Wilkie’s Bakery & Pizza, Alleycats Art & Music, Shine Juice Bar, and The Grape & Olive
Don’t Miss: Streets Alive! June - October