Surrounded by the graveyard, it sits in the older section of town, undisturbed by the modernization going on around it.
One of my favourite things to do during the Christmas season, is to attend the annual Carol Service here at the Old English Church.
As we often have snow then and the Church is lit only by oil lamps, the friendly volunteers serve warm Mince Pies and hot Apple Cider, which makes this Christmas Carol Service beautiful and enhances the feel of a real old-fashioned
If you are interested in the Paranormal then you might like to check this out - some people claim to have experienced
at the Church and grave yard - check it out and decide for yourself!
If you are seeking a "Family Friendly" Church in St Thomas, check out
St John's Church
on Flora Street, just north of Talbot Street, the Rev. Jim Innes and his congregation will show you a warm welcome!
If you are thinking of emigrating to Ontario and are considering this area in which to relocate, or if you are already living in Canada and you are planning to move to St Thomas Ontario, check out our
section for some general information.
Currently the house prices in the St Thomas Ontario area are stable and are fairly low, compared to other towns and cities in the area.
The principal claim-to-fame of St Thomas Ontario is that it was where the famous elephant, Jumbo, met his death in 1885, when he was hit and killed by a train.
The plaque which commemorates this event is just north of the railway tracks on Woodworth Avenue - turn north at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Talbot Street and and you will find the plaque on your left hand side.
There is a life-size statue of Jumbo at the entrance of town on the west end of the main street, Talbot Street, which was erected in 1985 on the 100th anniversary of Jumbo's death.
The statue is visible from the road as you enter town from the west and is opposite the Elgin County Military Museum.
Until recently this was also the home of the Elgin County Pioneer Museum and was originally the home of Dr. Elijah Duncombe.
The Museum with its Pioneer artifacts, including many of the doctors’ medical instruments and equipment, are on display in the Central Elgin Municipal Building opposite the Psychiatric Hospital on Highway 4, on the south side of St Thomas.
The nickname of St Thomas Ontario is the "Railway Capital of Canada" and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries several railways ran through the city and a total of 26 different railway companies have, at various times, passed through here.
In the 1950's and 1960's the railroads started to decline and the automotive industry began it's rise in this community.
There's a selection of Ales such as "Iron Spike Blonde Ale", "Copper Ale", "Amber Ale", and the unique "Dead Elephant Ale" each locally brewed, all natural, craft brewed in small batches, using only the finest ingredients with no artificial adjuncts or preservatives.
They also have a custom kitchen on site, that enables them to custom brew small sample batches which will allow them to create new unique brands as they continue to grow.
You can stop by and visit - they would love to show you around and demonstrate the brewing process - there are even samples available with every tour! Stop in and see how they brew locally handcrafted beer, here in St Thomas!
for a list of establishments in the London, St Thomas & Port Stanley area, where Railway City Brewing Company Beers are served.
St Thomas Ontario has two lovely municipal parks,
Pinafore Park on Elm Street is in the south west section of town.
This park has a lovely lake, walking trails, a band-shell where summer concerts are held, and a new "Splash Pad" in the childrens' playground area.
One of my family's favourite pastimes in the summer is to take our lawn-chairs to Pinafore Park on Sunday afternoons and enjoy the free "Music in the Park" concerts, which are held each weekend during July and August, so if you are in the area, bring a picnic and your sun-screen and join us for an afternoon of entertainment.
Waterworks Park is on the north side of St Thomas at the far west end of South Edgeware Road. There are 100 acres of lawns, gardens, woodland and river.
The Kettle Creek runs through the park and it is a popular fishing spot - just make sure you have a Fishing License before you start!
There is a large area of open space near the playground where children can safely play and there is also an area of small islands, connected by bridges that meander over a water-lily filled stream.
This park is a popular spot for newly-weds to have their formal wedding pictures taken and there are also two Pavilions which may be rented for Family Reunions and events.
At the edge of the reservoir, there is a memorial forest being planted.
There are at present 50 - 100 trees of various species, which have been planted in memory of a deceased loved one - what a wonderful way to remember the life of a friend or family member.
you will see families of
swimming in the lake, don’t let your small children get too close to them as the geese are very protective of their little goslings.
If amateur Theatre is your "thing", check out the
Elgin Theatre Guild
who perform in the Princess Avenue Playhouse, 40 Princess Avenue, which is not far from the downtown area. Princess Ave is south of Talbot Street and is not difficult to find.
When you are driving around this area in the winter time, you may notice that there are Snowmobile Trails crossing our roads and highways.
These trails are maintained in and around St Thomas Ontario, by the volunteers of the Elgin Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, which grooms 100 km of snowmobile trails in this area.
Quai du Vin Winery
Located south of the city of St Thomas Ontario- Follow Highway 3 east towards Aylmer and turn south (right) just past the St Thomas Municipal Airport, follow the road over John Wise Line and turn right along Fruit Ridge Line where you will find the winery on your left