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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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SOLD OUT Enjoy a wondeful evening on Friday April 4, 2014 at the Wolf Thrater.  Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8. Read More...
Posted by Team O'Halloran on 2014-03-27
Enjoy a wondeful evening on Friday April 4, 2014 at the Wolf Thrater.  Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8. Read More...
Posted by Team O'Halloran on 2014-03-26

Construction and Expansion

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After our long, dark winter, spring's beginning to show some signs of sun and warm winds, well, a least some sorts. The downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year's flower beds. Go through the list and see what areas in your house may be of concern.   Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the ... Read More...
Posted by Brian Singh on 2014-04-14
JUST LISTED - 1890 HYDE PARK ROAD 2733 SQ FT ONLY 18 SQ FT INCLUDING HEAT, HYDRO, PARKING AND MORE....15,000 CARS A DAY.... CALL GREG NOW 519-643-8361 Read More...
Posted by Gregory Galbraith on 2014-03-17

Community Events

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working with a REALTOR®   About organized real estate Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) LSTAR Members are also Members of the Ontario Read Estate Association (OREA), which represents over 50,000 brokers and salespeople belonging to the province’s 42 real estate boards. OREA serves its members through a wide variety of publications, educational programs and ... Read More...
Posted by Ken Small on 2014-03-22
Harlem is about 6 months old, recently neutered at LACC. We think he is a Lab/Bull Terrier mix. As you could see for yourselves, he is largely untrained - little puppy in big dog body. — at London Animal Care Centre. Read More...
Posted by Barbara Whitney on 2014-02-26

Family & Kids

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Lennon is 6-8 years old.  He was found in early February laying in a snowbank.  He has a 1/4 length tail.  He is shy but affectionate.   Read More...
Posted by Barbara Whitney on 2014-04-07
Genesis is a 10 year old female that is spayed and is a Lynx Point. This poor little girl came to the London Animal Control Shelter on January 20, 2014 after being found on the streets of London abandoned and hungry. She has become very stressed after almost 2 months of living in a shelter and needs a loving home that is quiet and and she can be the only pet. She is very affectionate one-on-one and ... Read More...
Posted by Barbara Whitney on 2014-03-31

Parks & Recreation

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The weather lately has been so strange! Last week there were days where it was sunny but then 5 minutes later it was snowing, and then back to sunny! It's like Canada can't make up its' mind about whether or not it is winter or spring. This week has been mostly rain which has been a bit depressing. But then again it is April. You know what they say, "April showers bring May flowers"! At this rate, ... Read More...
Posted by The Gord And Lisa Team on 2013-04-11

Market Reports and Conditions

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April 2014 (LSTAR reports)   Despite temperatures that continued to dip well below average for the month of March, there were signs that Spring had finally arrived for a region that had remained locked in a deep freeze over one of the coldest, snowiest and longest winters on record – real estate sold signs! In March 2014, 548 detached homes sold, up 10.7%, along with 118 condos, up 0.9%. ... Read More...
Posted by Sandra Pineda on 2014-04-16
London, April 1, 2014 Spring is here! Despite temperatures that continued to dip well below average for the month of March, there were signs that Spring had finally arrived for a region that had remained locked in a deep freeze over one of the coldest, snowiest and longest winters on record – real estate sold signs! In March 2014, 548 detached homes sold, up 10.7%, along with 118 condos, ... Read More...
Posted by Jeffrey Carpenter on 2014-04-01

Restaurants / Bars / Coffee Houses

Try this tasty recipe for BBQ . This will work with steak, lamb, pork, chicken and fish. Cook meat as desired then remove from grill and squeeze fresh lemon on meat, sprinkle with oregano and lightly salt, flip and repeat. Love the steaks at the Keg, then give this a try.  Enjoy the nice weather ! Read More...
Posted by John Winsor on 2013-04-23
I know it's over-priced. I know you have to wait in-line. I know that the specialty coffees are extremely high in calories! I know , I know, I just can't help myself. The Cinnamon Dolce is to die for! If I am feeling extra guilty (and let's face it who doesn't these days) I will go for a skinny latte. There are only about 100 calories and gives me a smile. Gosh it just smells so good. The staff ... Read More...
Posted by Marty Mihm on 2013-02-27

Schools & Universities

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We can't believe it's September already! All the kids are back to school this week in London. Many of our clients have children and we hope the best for them during this time of the year. Going to a brand new school can be tough after moving! There are many good public and high schools in London and St.Thomas to go to. There are also great colleges in London. Lisa's daughter is in her last year of ... Read More...
Posted by The Gord And Lisa Team on 2013-09-04

Shopping

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I know it may be a bit early - but if you are like me and have never purchased winter Tires previously, you might like this info. Not to mention Snow tires can be expensive (whether it is a write off or not - it is still an expense) and need to budget for them. The Storage Bag request is a must do! Winter Tires We regularly encounter ice, unplowed snow, or slush, so you are going to need winter ... Read More...
Posted by Marty Mihm on 2012-10-28

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
Sometimes on very sunny days it can be difficult to see oncoming motorcycles especially older bikes with single headlights. Changing lanes please check your blind spots and listen for bikes, turning left be wary of bikes following behind larger vehicles as you don't see them until they are right there. If you ride please ride defensively and watch for aggressive drivers. Lets all drive and ride safe ... Read More...
Posted by John Winsor on 2013-07-08
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