Explore St. Marys
Take Richmond St. North (Hwy. 4) or Highbury Ave. north out of the city, past Hwy 22 and turn east at Hwy. 7. Watch for the T intersection to the left marked Perth Road 25, turn left and continue to town.
St. Marys, just a 45-minute drive from downtown London, has a character all its own. It is a community very much in tune with its history. And no wonder—reminders of this history are allaround!
Settlers in the early 1840s were first attracted to the fast-flowing rivers and they built mills where Trout Creek joins the Thames River. Another early attraction was limestone, close to the surface and ready to quarry.
Today the mills have long since shut down, but the old millrace is a feature of a beautiful park and walkway along the river. The days of quarrying St. Marys limestone for building blocks are over but many fine stone buildings from the 1800s remain as a lasting legacy to that earlier time.
Four passenger trains a day stop at the VIA Rail Station, a restored 1908 building of brown "railway" brick that also serves as the Tourist Information Centre. A bridge over the Thames River is part of the Grand Trunk Trail, a two-kilometre walk through the north part of the town. From it you can admire breathtaking views of the town and the Thames River.
One of the main tourist attractions is the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Open May to October, the amphitheatre-style ball fields, unique museum and nature walking trail—32 acres in all—will fill your day.
But while rich in history, St Marys has many modern features to offer visitors. By far the most popular summer attraction is the Quarry, a swimming pool of deep, fresh spring water where once stone was quarried for building material. Billed as "Canada’s Largest Natural Swimming Pool", it has lifeguards, diving boards, changerooms and picnic facilities.
Nearby Wildwood Conservation Area offers swimming, fishing and boating along with campsites for tents and trailers.
For More Information:
Call: 1-800-769-7668 Website: www.townofstmarys.com