Adventures & Amenities


With its rolling hills, bluffs of trees, and bucolic farms, Perth County is one of the most beautiful regions in 

Ontario, and St. Marys, with two rivers flowing gently through its heart, is one of the county’s jewels. In this regard, the Cottage on the Thames is ideally situated: a five-minute walk down Thomas Street brings you into the open country, where you can ramble for miles along a country road with the Thames on one side and fertile fields on the other. You’re sure to see an abundance of flora and fauna, including herons and hawks, and you’ll hear innumerable songbirds, and maybe spot some deer. Another nature walk is the Grand Trunk Trail which runs for over a mile between Thames Road and James Street North, and features a 

panoramic view from the Sarnia Bridge. More advanced hikers might tackle a section of the sixty-mile Avon Trail which starts in St. Marys and runs all the way to Conestogo. Wander down to the old quarry, and you can see fish suspended in its thirty-feet-deep, crystal-clear water. Watch for groundhogs and muskrats, and enjoy the dozens of species of wild flowers.


St. Marys is popularly known as Stonetown, thanks to the nearby limestone quarries that, in the nineteenth century, provided the material for so many of the community’s beautiful buildings and bridges, over forty of which have been designated Ontario Heritage Properties. Indeed, according to a Toronto Star journalist, St. Marys boasts “some of the finest old limestone buildings in the province.” Another journalist writing for the Toronto Star echoed this sentiment:

“This beautiful little town lovingly referred to as Stonetown reflects the town slogan, inscribed on its historic water tower: St. Marys: the town worth living in. I feel I have ventured into the past, even before crossing the bridge and passing the water tower. The streets are lined with beautiful old stone houses and the sandstone townhall towers over me like a medieval castle. I expect the women to be wearing gowns that sweep the ground and men in top hats, tipping them in greeting, but modern cars line the streets and people wearing the latest fashions greet me with a pleasant ‘Good morning.'”

St. Marys’ splendid architectural heritage has also been noted in travel articles appearing in the Globe and Mail and the Winnipeg Free Press.

An excellent way to explore the architecture and history of St. Marys is through the Historical Narrated Walking Tour which runs on Saturday mornings at 11am, from July 7 to August 25, from the Town Hall at 175 Queen Street East.

You can find out more about St. Marys’ fine buildings by visiting some of the following links:

Sports and fitness

There’s a wide variety of recreational and athletic activities available in St. Marys, and most of them are free.

Summer, spring, and fall



Eclectic Treasure
128 Queen E, St Marys

O’Hara Antiques
615 Queen St E, St Marys

Stratford Antique Warehouse
RR #4, 2977 Forest Road, Stratford

Gregory Connor Antiques
7 York Street, Stratford

Hidden Treasures Antiques
432 Erie Street, Stratford

Antiques In Time
45 York, Stratford

Yesterday’s Things & Books
351 Ontario Street, Stratford ‎

Adlon House Antiques
24 Woodstock N, Tavistock ‎

Shakespeare Antique Centre
2 Fraser, Shakespeare
Jonnys Antiques
10 Shakespeare S, Shakespeare

Waterloo County Antique Warehouse
805 King Street North, Saint Jacobs

Miller JC Antiques Ltd.
8 Foundry Street, Baden

St Jacobs Antique Market
8 Spring, St Jacobs

Artefacts Architectural Antiques
46 Isabella S, St Jacobs

Lucan Architectural Antique Market
277 Main, Lucan

Dale’s Antique Market
10410 Lakeshore Rd, Grand Bend

Mr Haneys Market
269 Main, Lucan
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