There was a time when Tillsonburg was synonymous with tobacco but gone are the days when you expected to find field after field of tobacco crops and people with funny titles like primers and fluffers. Today, Tillsonburg has adapted into a culturally significant town that’s still in touch with its rural roots. Read on for attractive stops to make the most of your day in Tillsonburg.
The Tillsonburg Airport: Skyway Cafe and Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association
Make sure your day takes off right with a hearty breakfast and awesome view at the Skyway Cafe. Sit inside or outside, no matter the choice, you will have prime seating as small and large air crafts take off and land on the municipal runway.
After breakfast, why not pop into the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association on site and see their collection of seven Harvards, a Tiger Moth and a Yale airplane. Learn about how they maintain this flying museum. If you’d like to take it one step further for a bird’s eye view of the town, book a flight experience by emailing email@example.com. For hours see their website.
Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre
The Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre is a remarkable gem in the town with a gorgeous showcase of local art. The facility is a converted CN railway station that’s architecture is as beautiful as the works within. Shop the gift shop, take a peek in the Members’ Gallery and see the exquisite pieces in the rotating Main Gallery. If you’re looking for educational fun, the Station Arts Centre also offers a variety of classes, workshops and events.
Annandale National Historic Site
Step inside the beautiful and ornate 1880s home of E.D. Tillson, the town’s first mayor. In a time when most people lived in log cabins, E.D. and his wife Mary Anne lived in a lavish three-floor home with running water and electricity. This home is Canada’s foremost example of the Aesthetic Arts Movement – meaning the home is full of adornment and colour. Come for a tour and see what it was like for the town’s wealthiest family at the time. Learn about E.D.’s world renowned model farm that featured Ontario’s first silo and enjoy a picnic lunch on the beautiful grounds of Annandale NHS.
Lake Lisgar Water Park
There’s no better place to spend a hot summer day than at the Lake Lisgar Waterpark. With sparkling, cool water, giant inflatables, sprays, individual tubes and the creme de la creme – a giant twister water slide, boredom is not an option. If you’re ready to take a break from the water, hit the grass to work on your tan or the picnic tables to enjoy the shade and an ice cream treat from the snack bar. Just outside the pool area, a new pirate-themed playground awaits you. Make a splash with your kids this summer!
One part healing arts, one part organic cafe, The Indigo Lounge is a holistic center for yoga, Zumba, life coaching and more. It also boasts an excellent eatery with filling, healthy meals. Grab a zucchini pad thai or a smoothie on the go. The Indigo Lounge is the perfect stop any time of day. For a full list of classes please visit their website.
Carrol Trail and the Bridges
If you can’t get enough of the outdoors, the Carrol Trail and Bridges Golf Club/Restaurant is the place for you! Go for a walk or run along 5km of trail that winds through Coronation Park and the Bridges Golf Club. See scenic ponds, woods and rolling hills.
If that’s not long enough, not to worry. Tillsonburg has an extensive walking trail system through out the town that links up with the Trans Canada Trail System. You can walk or bike over 15km of trails with a look at this map.
If you’d rather spend your day driving golf balls, sign up to play at the bridges and don’t forget to stop in for lunch in the clubhouse for some great pub style eats. A gorgeous afternoon with friends and great food awaits you.
Mill Tales Inn
With so much to do in Tillsonburg you will want to stay the night. With a stay at the Mill Tales Inn, you can enjoy home cooked meals in one of E.D. Tillson’s original pea and barley mills. Dating back to 1878, you’ll enjoy the quaint and rustic water view rooms. Don’t forget to try the famous fish and chips!
Accommodation is also available at the Howard Johnson.
So head on down to Tillsonburg for all these amazing attractions!
By: Gabrielle Bossy