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St. Thomas | Ontario

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Jumbo the Elephant

Jumbo the Elephant is a larger-than-life historical figure of the St. Thomas community. Jumbo was immensely popular in P. T. Barnum’s circus, bringing some of the largest crowds the show had ever seen.

Originally spending time in London since being captured in Africa, Jumbo was eventually shipped off to Canada in 1882. Jumbo was unfortunately killed in this new land when he was struck by a train in St. Thomas.

The story of the Elephant’s heroism during the tragedy was circulated widely by Barnum and the whole western world mourned the great Elephant.

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Home Town of Joe Thornton

NHL star “Jumbo” Joe Thornton was born in London ON in 1979. He is the 2nd oldest current NHL player at 41 years old.

Joe grew up in the small community of Lynhurst, Ont., just outside of St. Thomas. He played minor hockey for the St. Thomas Travellers.

Joe was selected 1st overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play seven seasons with the club, three of them being named the team’s captain. He was then traded to San Jose in the 2005-2006 season splitting his campaign between the two teams. That year he received the Art Ross and the Hart Memorial Trophy making him the only player in NHL history to win them while switching clubs in his winning campaign. He went on to play 14 seasons with the Sharks with 4 of them as team captain.

He has now returned back to Canada currently playing on the Toronto Maple Leafs looking to win his first Stanley Cup. Joe was also a part of the Gold Medal Winning Team Canada club in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Thornton’s parents Wayne and Mary still live in Lynhurst on Crescent Avenue.

Photo: mark6mauno, CC BY-SA 2.0

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St. Thomas Elevated Park

It’s a park in the sky, some 95 feet over the Kettle Creek valley.

The Michigan Central Railroad Kettle Creek Bridge has stood at the western edge of the city since 1929. Its peak carried over 40 trains each day.

Today, it remains one of the most recognizable and iconic structures in Southwestern Ontario. The bridge was converted into Canada’s first elevated park.

Photos: elevatedpark.ca; Jfvoll, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Horton Farmer’s Market

This community-led market has been providing fresh produce to St. Thomas for almost 150 years.

Like many local markets, Horton Farmer’s Market welcomes an array of seasonal produce and local artisans and craftsmen.

The market opens in May each summer. You can find the market on Manitoba Street, half a block north of Talbot Street. Parking is free!

Photo: ontariosouthwest.com

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Elgin County Heritage Museum

The local Elgin County Heritage Museum collects and celebrates the cultural ties that bind the region together.

There are a few focused exhibits on display here, including a recreation of Talbot’s castle, a biography of local architect David Kilpatrick, a highlight on tattoos, and an exhibit on hockey in the area. Rest assured, there is something for everyone.

Photos: elgintourist.com, facebook.com/ElginCountyMuseum

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Dalewood Conservation Area

The Dalewood hiking trails take visitors over 10km through provincially significant wetlands areas. The views of the Dalewood reservoir make the day out well worth your time. The reservoir can be explored closely by kayak or canoe, both of which are available to rent.

The trails are good for all levels, offering several access points along the way. That way, you can choose the length of your hike as you go.

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Old St. Thomas Church

Built in 1820, the Old St. Thomas Church is one of the oldest and most interesting historical buildings and cemeteries in St. Thomas.

The site features old box-style pews, a Masonic stained glass window, stories of the pioneers of the area, and countless other points of interest.

Open for tours from mid-May to September.

Photo: Ottawa4ever, CC BY-SA 3.0

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North America Railway Hall of Fame

The Canada Southern Station (CASO Station) was the largest of 31 railway stations built in Ontario during the 1870s by the Canada Southern Railway Company. The station was constructed between 1871-73.

The building’s grandeur was impressive. The 1882 publication Picturesque Canada reported that the station was “one of the finest in the Dominion, and reminds one of the large structures in Chicago and New York.”

Now the North America Railway Hall of Fame is the main part of the cultural space at the Canada Southern Station.

Photo: Narhfwiki, CC BY-SA 3.0

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Elgin County Railway Museum

St. Thomas has a rich history surrounding its involvement in railway construction. The Elgin County Railway Museum seeks to preserve and present that history to both local and global audiences.

Visitors to the museum are invited to enjoy tours, educational programming, and field trip services. Explore the insides of historic railcars by taking advantage of the rolling stock that the museum has to offer. They have steam, diesel, and electric engines and a variety of cars including cabooses, passenger cars, baggage cars, motor cars, and hand cars.

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Railway City Arts Crawl

The Railway City Arts Crawl is an event celebrating local arts and culture.

An art crawl is a free event seeking to promote local arts and culture. The crawl features several downtown venue locations for the public to wander through. There is art, but also food and drinks for your convenience throughout the crawl.

See the website for full venue listings and their addresses. The website can also tell you which artists’ work will appear at each venue.

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