Originally known as Elm Flats, downtown Elmvale has been a lively centre of activity for almost two centuries.
From June through till October, join us on Friday mornings for local food, fun and entertainment! Our town hosts the Springwater Elmvale Farmers’ Market. To be a part of our market, you have to “make it – bake it – or grow it”….. Enjoy a fine selection of in-season produce, crafts, home-made gifts, baked goods and of course… maple syrup and more!!
Speaking of maple syrup – we are the Home of the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival. Since 1966, this annual celebration has blossomed into the second largest festival of its kind in Ontario. Each year, crowds of over 30,000 people attend this one-day event – rain or shine… sleet or snow! Our main street is closed to traffic, and our visitors stroll up and down the main street sampling and tasting – as well as buying maple syrup products and other amazing items for sale!
The Maple Syrup Festival funds community-minded projects in the Elmvale Area, fulfilling the mission statement of contributing to the physical, intellectual, cultural, emotional, or spiritual well-being of our community. Taking care of each other… that’s why people love living in a small town – the sense of community.
And Elmvale is an active community that not only boasts rich history but offers a wealth of recreational opportunities – from baseball, hockey and skating to lush parks and trails. Elmvale acts as a gateway to Wasaga Beach the longest freshwater beach in the world, and a very popular summer tourist destination.
And we’re not just about summer – snowmobiling is a popular pastime and the OFSC trails go right through Elmvale! Other winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, skating – and of course, curling! The Elmvale Curling Club is a hub of activity during the long winter months! Come out and throw a stone or two!
The Elmvale Jungle Zoo is located just south of Elmvale. The original site, established in 1967, was on two acres of land exhibiting mainly birds and reptiles. Over the years, the zoo has grown to 25 acres and now includes more than 300 animals from around the world, including animals from Australia, South America, Africa and Asia.
For over 150 years we have been celebrating our legacy and our agricultural roots at our annual Fall Fair. Hosted on the Thanksgiving weekend in October, we are the hosts for the thousands of guests that pour in to enjoy the sights and sound of the midway… and everyone’s favourite… the tractor pull – it doesn’t get more “country” than that!
Elmvale has so much to offer – places to worship, a library, a bank, a 24-hour grocery store, and much much more…
Our future holds a housing plans to allow our residents to “age in place” meaning, they won’t have to downsize to smaller homes in another town. Plans are underway to ensure these senior residents will have a place to call home right here in Elmvale.
And wait until you see our the new “Elmvale Gateway” at our main intersection… stay tuned for future developments! You’ll see how a community can partner with government, and private sector contributions to create a beautiful area of regrowth and promise!
Elmvale is a lifestyle choice – a place to live, work and play. We want you to come and visit – then stay to create your own story of Elmvale.