Nestled between St. Catharines and Welland is the quaint, up-and-coming city of Thorold. The town made headlines in recent years as one of destinations chosen by urbanites leaving bigger cities for tight-knit communities. Thorold’s appeal is clear as day: affordable housing and the ability to form connections with your neighbors, without having to sacrifice the comforts of urban life. With its lively downtown core, historic architecture, and sprawling parks, Thorold offers strong competition for larger cities.
Exploring Thorold, ON
Shopping and dining. Thorold’s flourishing downtown is home to independent boutiques, art galleries, and – if you’re looking for a bargain – antique shops and thrift stores. As for food and drinks, local hotspots include Karma Kameleon Gastropub for beers and seasonal dishes, Pho 18 for authentic Vietnamese, and Indian Flame for Indian cuisine.
Community market. In the mood for local produce and fresh fruit? Head to the Thorold community market, held every Wednesday at Battle of Beaverdams Park from June to August. Local vendors and live entertainment come together to celebrate the region’s finest offerings.
Parks and trails. More than 250 acres is dedicated to community parks, sports fields, and walking trails, so residents can enjoy an active lifestyle while staying close to nature. Nearby trails include the Welland Canal Parkway and Waterfront Trail. If you want to practice your swing, McMillan Park has a baseball diamond. For picnics under the sun, try Hutt Park or McAdam Park.
Real estate at a glance
Majority of the housing stock in Thorold is composed of single detached homes, although there are a few townhouses as well. You’ll find a strong selection of well-established homes built during the 1950s to the 1980s, but contemporary homes predominate the market.
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