#DiscoverON Hidden Gems

6 Ontario Towns With Famous Namesakes

Sometimes incredible places are hidden in plain sight. These six towns take their names from famous cities around the globe, but are home a unique Canadian charm all their own.  Here’s a few you can discover on your next Ontario road trip.

Paris, Ontario

At the fork of the Grand River and Nith River, Paris is known as the “Prettiest Town in North America.” Whether you want to shop the main street, or paddle down the river, there’s lots to explore here.

Athens, Ontario

In the heart of cottage country, Athens’ small town charm makes it the perfect spot to stock up for summer adventures. The  village is accented with wall murals depicting the area’s rich history.

London, Ontario

With a Thames River of its own, you’ll find London, Ontario draws quite a bit of inspiration from its British counterpart.


Stratford, Ontario

Like it’s namesake, Stratford celebrates all things Shakespeare. Home to North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company, they produce classics, contemporary dramas and musicals, with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare.  Make sure to spend sometime strolling along the Avon river to complete your Stratford experience.

Melbourne, Ontario

Take the back-roads out of London, and you’ll come across this small town. Agriculture is an integral part of the community’s fabric, and the Melbourne Agricultural Society a hub for community events.

Dehli, Ontario

This rural town is in the heart of Norfolk County – known as Ontario’s Garden for the abundance of fruit and veggies grown here. In the summer, farmer’s markets and fresh food are never far away.


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