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The city has come a long way since it was first settled in 1810. Named after Thomas Talbot, who helped promote the development of this region during the early 19th century, the city was named the seat of the new Elgin County in 1844 and was incorporated as a village in 1852, as a town in 1861 and as a city in 1881.

In the late 19th century and early 20th century several railways were constructed through the city, and located exactly halfway between Detroit and Buffalo, St. Thomas became an important railway junction. By 1914 there were 8 different railways operating in St. Thomas with over 100 trains a day passing through the city, earning it the title of the 'Railway Capital of Canada', which is celebrated today in the revitalisation of the original train station and Elgin County Railway Museum.

The trains contributed to a sadder part of our local history, when Jumbo, P.T. Barnum's famous elephant died here on September 15, 1885, when he was struck by a locomotive. Barnum was a trustee of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and Jumbo's remains were sent there. Though only his tail and some ashes remain after a fire in 1975, Jumbo's memory lives on in a life-sized commemorative statue, erected in St. Thomas in 1985, the centennial of Jumbo's demise.

In the 1950s and 1960s, with the decline of the railway as a mode of transportation, other industry, principally automotive manufacturing, began to locate in the city with plants operated by Magna, Ford and Sterling Trucks along with many secondary producers driving economic prosperity for the next 50 years.

Unfortunately, the auto industry suffered significantly in the the worldwide recession that began in 2008 and even St. Thomas could not completely escape unscathed. Several plant closings, including those of some of the city's larger employers, hindered economic growth.

Fortunately, work had already begun on diversifying the economy and just as St. Thomas was able to successfully negotiate the decline of the railway industry, the city is well-positioned to prosper in the new economy.

The citizens of St. Thomas have also prospered away from home, most notably including the NHL's Joe Thornton, NASCAR driver D.J. Kennington and the actresses Helen Shaver and Rachel McAdams.

The St. Thomas Municipal Airport is one of the finest municipally operated facilities in Ontario, providing complete services to an ever growing sector of corporate customers, private pilots, military and public service aircraft.

St. Thomas Airport also hosts the annual Wings N' Wheels event. This extremely popular two-day event brings in the very best in classic and modern day aircraft from across North America.

Services

5,050 foot main runway, 6 runways, 4 IFR approaches, Full fuel service including jet fuel, Fixed-wing single & multi-engine charters, Flight school, professional/commercial/private license training, Aircraft maintenance and repair facilities, Canada Customs & Immigration services.

Serves industry and the public and has the capacity to handle all corporate jets built today as well as the largest aircraft used by the Canadian Armed Forces.

The railway has been a part of St. Thomas since 1856 with the completion of the London and Port Stanley Railway. Since then a total of 26 railways have passed through town making St. Thomas what is now known as the 'Railway Capital of Canada'.

       The Elgin County Railway Museum was created in 1988 as a registered non-profit charity for the purpose of preserving and restoring the railway heritage of St. Thomas and surrounding area. Our knowledgeable base of volunteers are dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the railway which put St. Thomas on the map.

Our extensive collection includes some real gems including an electric interurban, a Pullman Sleeper and even a Jordan Spreader and more precious pieces of Canada's railway history.

Even our home is part of history; we are located in the 1913 former Michigan Central Railroad Locomotive Shops next to the Canada Southern Railway which was built in 1872 as a shortcut through Canada from Chicago to New York.

We look forward to welcoming you to our collection!

 Welcome to the St. Thomas Timken Community Centre, the newest ice facility in St. Thomas. This two-rink facility was officially opened to a sold-out crowd on Thursday, October 20, 2005.

We are very proud of this addition to our City, as it truly is a community centre, attracting people of all ages every day, every season. The Timken Centre has lots of parking and is a modern, fully accessible, multi-use building

The Princess Avenue Playhouse, home of the Elgin Theatre Guild, is located at 40 Princess Avenue.

The former church, built in 1907 by the Church of Disciples, was sold to the Elgin Theatre Guild in 1987-1988, giving the building a new lease on life.

Since that time, the Guild has ensured that many of the original features of this fine building have been retained.

This handsome brick building, designed by architect Neil Darrach, has three outstanding facades (north, east, south) which are framed by two distinctively different towers. Anchored in the centre of each of the three facades at the second floor level in the gable ends, are sizable, circular stained glass windows. These windows have been incorporated in several plays, including "Agnes of God". Noticeable in the brick construction of this building is the use of pink mortar.

On December 3rd, 2001, St. Thomas City Council designated 40 Princess Avenue as a building of historic and architectural value in the City of St. Thomas.

Spend a day of family fun with Thomas the Tank Engine. Take a ride with Thomas and participate in other fun Thomas themed activities at the Imagination Station, including Thomas inflatable, readings and videos, stamps, temporary tattoos and hands on arts & crafts. Have your picture taken with Sir Topham Hatt, straight from the island of Sodor! Watch the July event calander for dates. 

Thought to be named after a popular Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, Pinafore Park was first developed by the St. Thomas Street Railway Company in the later years of the 19th century. It was their hope that a recreational feature would encourage passenger traffic on the newly electrified railway.

Many changes have taken place since 1863, yet Pinafore Park still remains a unique spot for recreation and pleasure with something to offer everyone. Century old pavilions nestled among towering trees provide an ideal setting for family picnics. The beautiful flower displays created each year are the product of the hard work of our parks crews and our unique Carolinean climate.

Pinafore Park is oriented to the active outdoor enthusiast with hiking and cross-country ski trails, tennis courts and its first-class ball stadium, Emslie Field. In addition to its beauty and accessible layout, Pinafore boasts a wildlife sanctuary, a small lake, the Rotary Splashpad, accessible playground equipment and the magnificent Morris F. Jones Memorial Bandshell for the music lover.

The St. Thomas Fire Muster is a fun 2 day event, for the whole family! Come watch the Fire Muster Competitions, Fire Truck Rodeo Antique emergency service vehicles on display all weekend

Huge Car show,  Dog Show,  Parade, through Downtown St. Thomas! (Saturday), Live music, bands and entertainment all weekend!, Crafts, Vendors, Food vendors, and BBQ, Emergency Service displays and demonstrations, Auto Extrication., Midway Children's Play Area.

And so much more! Come enjoy a weekend of fun for the whole family! Entrance to the park is Free! All proceeds to local charities, hosted by the St. Thomas Professional Firefighter's Assoc. Every Labour Day weekend.

Downtown St.Thomas will come alive as the Iron Horse Festival takes to the streets! The 14th Annual Iron Horse Festival is one of St.Thomas’ largest events. More than 20,000 people over the four days come from across the region to enjoy the Festival.

It is full steam ahead for this downtown street festival that combines a variety of festival attractions with a unique blend of railway, family fun and other heritage oriented displays.

The Festival features live entertainment on three stages, family midway, rib-fest, vendors, Cruise Night, Kid’s Junction with children's activities and hands-on art projects, Iron Chef Grill-off, craft & food booths, games, loonie bingo, and much more ! You won’t want to miss this year’s Celebration! Every August.

 

Local Attractions

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When walking into a home, the old adage comes to mind...First impressions... and this home definately shows very well:)   Read More...
Posted by John Pierson on 2014-08-29
  The Bat makes his grand entrance with his trusty sidekick; the hilarious Robin! Together they train the kids to be superheroes by taking them through a fun filled and interactive workout! Each child will get to participate as a group and individually get their very own superhero certificate! A distress call interrupts the party warning our superheroes that the evil Riddler Man ... Read More...
Posted by Eric Prendergast on 2014-08-06

Construction and Expansion

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You may already know where some air leakage occurs in your home, such as an under-the-door draft, but you'll need to find the less obvious gaps to properly air seal your home. For a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage in your home, hire a qualified technician to conduct an energy assessment, particularly a blower door test. A blower door test, which depressurizes ... Read More...
Posted by Brian Singh on 2014-10-14
Fall is approaching! It’s such a beautiful time of year with the leaves changing colors and the chrysanthemums in bloom. But the temperature also falls with the leaves, and precipitation tends to increase. Many homeowners may remember to change the batteries in their smoke detectors, and will start stocking up on yard waste bags for raking leaves, but many other important items may be overlooked. ... Read More...
Posted by Brian Singh on 2014-09-10

Community Events

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The light colored rabbit is Thumper.  He is a lop ear.  The brown rabbit is Flower (female).  The rabbits can be adopted for a $5 adoption fee.  Cat adoption fees are waived through October 12 – only the $12 city licence fee must be paid.   Read More...
Posted by Barbara Whitney on 2014-10-13
If you're thinking of selling or buying...don't delay any longer as you may miss out on this great bonus offer!!!!  Call me today for full details   Read More...
Posted by Anna Ivanisevic on 2014-08-30

Family & Kids

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Sam, the rat,  has been with us since September 11 – friendly little guy. The rat can be adopted for a $5 adoption fee.  Cat adoption fees are waived through October 12 – only the $12 city licence fee must be paid. Read More...
Posted by Barbara Whitney on 2014-10-13
They have been in the shelter since early September. They started their life as feral cats, and were tamed by the finder’s mother. They are both male, about 10 weeks old, and were neutered on October 9. They are fully vaccinated. We hope to find them a home together, as they are quite bonded. Read More...
Posted by Barbara Whitney on 2014-10-13

Parks & Recreation

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3rd Annual Outdoor Smoke-Free Movie Night The Middlesex-London Health Unit and the One Life One You, in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Societ, YMCA and the City of London are hosting the 3rd annual Outdoor Smoke-Free Movie Night in Victoria Park on September 20, 2014 (weather permitting). The night will feature a free outdoor screening of Disney's "Frozen". Remeber to bring your blankets and ... Read More...
Posted by Arnate Swigger on 2014-09-17
  It's practically the holiday season, and that wouldn't be complete without the Holiday Fantasy of Lights!  The event is in its 21st year, and is definitely worth coming our and seeing at Pinafore Park. The event is free, but they do take donations - whatever you want to contribute.  Volunteers collect donations in a big horn from a ship, and the kids love it.   The donations ... Read More...
Posted by Harold Kewley on 2013-11-28

Market Reports and Conditions

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Advanced Pol today at Elgin Mall between 10 am - 4 pm.  Please Vote!! Read More...
Posted by Harold Kewley on 2014-10-15
Home Moving Checklist    Six Weeks Before Research. Start investigating moving company options. Do not rely on a quote over the phone; request an on-site estimate. Get an estimate in writing from each company, and always ask if there are hidden fees. Order supplies. Order supplies that you will need for your move such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, labels and markers.  ... Read More...
Posted by Sandi Cardoso on 2014-10-10

Restaurants / Bars / Coffee Houses

Great news for a local company as one of their products wins an award.  Railway City Brewing Sales and Marketing VP Paul Corriveau says that they recently attended the Ontario Brewing Awards and came home with top prize. He added they've had Black Coal Stout fo just over a year and it won silver last year and after a little tweaking, they were able to win Gold.  Corriveau feels that they ... Read More...
Posted by Harold Kewley on 2013-05-02
   The new subway on Talbot St. on the West end of town will be operating up today (May 1).  The new store at the top of the hill near, Jumbo will host their Grand Opening starting at 11 am.  General Manager Carla Lee say's there will be lotss of great things for the community when they first open the doors. Lee added that tomorrow will also be the kick off to St.Thomas' first ... Read More...
Posted by Harold Kewley on 2013-05-01

Schools & Universities

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Conditions today in the London and St Thomas Real Estate Market are more than favourable for first time buyers. In fact, whether you are buying your first home, second home, a cottage or an investment property with Interest rates remaining low and the high number of available properties keeping market values balanced and different types of mortgages that can be customized just for you, now is ... Read More...
Posted by Andrew Redman on 2014-06-08
  On Friday, Monsignor Morrison school received a special gift.  Ashley Thornton, school council chair, said they've been four years without a junior yard - but no longer. Thornton says they are the beneficiary of a $10,000 community building grant from Libro Financial.  She adds they were approved through round one, then had to go to a presentation for round two.  They apparently ... Read More...
Posted by Harold Kewley on 2013-12-02

Shopping

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Welcome to Foxfield Trails - Visit our Model Home at 2114 Yellowbirch Place London Open House every Sat & Sun 2 - 4 pm This new Phase within the Fox Field Communities is sure to be the best phase yet!  New walking trails with bridges to parks and playgrounds and a brand new Secondary School with an Elementary School scheduled to be built within the next couple of years. About Pat ... Read More...
Posted by Lynda Fox on 2014-08-07
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Wilsonville’s Flir has unveiled technology that turns your phone into an infrared camera. “It enables a whole new world of vision for iPhone 5 owners,” said CEO Andy Tiech as he demonstrated the app called Flir One. The tiny camera can help you seek out where your home is losing heat, detect trouble as you vacation outdoors and even come in handy ... Read More...
Posted by Michael Kalopsis on 2014-07-28

Sports & Activities

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Lets hand it to the women's hockey for their remarkable determination!  What a win in overtime.  Up next our men go for gold! Read More...
Posted by Patricia D'Andrea on 2014-02-20
Bo Horvat, Team Canada Member, current London Knight and former St.Thomas Star will be the special guest at tonight's Stars home game vs Strathroy.  Bo will participate in the ceremonial puck drop and will be available to sign autographs during the first intermission. There will also be a Bo Horvat  autographed Team Canada jersey that will be raffled off.  The Stars are encouraging ... Read More...
Posted by Harold Kewley on 2014-01-09
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