12 Best Things To Do In Woodstock, Canada

Things to do in Woodstock Canada
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A lovely, small city in Ontario, Woodstock is in the heart of Oxford County, about 43 km (27 miles) from London, in Ontario, and 128 km (79 miles) from Toronto. Known as the ‘Dairy Capital of Canada’, the city of Woodstock conducts several events for paying homage to its bovine heritage, such as the Dairy Capital Run, Dairy Capital Stampede, Cowapolooza, and the Dairy Capital Cheese Fest. The city is also famous for the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site, the Woodstock Art Gallery, the Upper Thames Brewing Company, the Pittock Conservation Area, and many other places. If you have plans to visit, check out the best things to do in Woodstock, Canada.

1. Visit Woodstock Museum National Historic Site

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Woodstock is famous for having all of its original administration buildings. The Woodstock Museum National Historic Site was built way back in 1853 and comprises of the Town Hall and the Market House. It was restored in 1993-1995. Pay a visit to this historic building for checking out the original 1879 council chambers and the 1889 Grand Hall with its Victorian designs. There are many galleries, programs, and services too.

Woodstock Museum National Historic Site

Address: 466 Dundas Street, Woodstock, Ontario.

Website: Woodstock Museum National Historic Site

Opening hours: Labour Day to Victoria Day: Tue to Sat: 10am - 5pm; Victoria Day to Labour Day: Mon to Sat: 10am - 5pm

2. Enjoy outdoor activities at Pittock Conservation Area

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Pittock Conservation Area is a multi-use conservation area in the Upper Thames River watershed. The 2,000 acres (809 hectares) outdoor playground is a popular spot for fishing, boating, camping, swimming, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, and bird watching. Other conservation areas in the region include Fanshawe CA and Wildwood CA.

Pittock Conservation Area

Address: 221 Pittock Park Road, Woodstock, Ontario.

Website: Pittock Conservation Area

Opening hours: 8am - 11pm (daily)

Price: 8 USD

3. Try your luck at Gateway Casinos Woodstock

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Owned and operated by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, Gateway Casinos Woodstock boasts a total of 286 slots and games. There are popular ones such as Bonnie and Clyde, Golden Festival. Quick Hit and Hot Shot, 5 Dragons Gold, and more. Their Getaway Express is always open in case you feel like having a light meal, snack, or beverage.

Gateway Casinos Woodstock

Address: 851 Nellis Street, Woodstock, Ontario N4S 8Z9, Canada.

Website: Gateway Casinos Woodstock

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 8am - 2am; Fri - Sat: 8am - 4am

4. Browse through books at Woodstock Public Library

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In 1835, a Reading Society was started in Woodstock by Bettridge, Nellis, and Perry, who were prominent men of the town. This society became what is now known as the Woodstock Public Library. The library building was opened in 1909 after it was constructed using a grant of 24,000 USD from the Carnegie Foundation. At present, thousands of Woodstock residents are members of this library. Quite an interesting place to visit, especially if you are an avid reader.

Woodstock Public Library

Address: 445 Hunter Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 4G7, Canada.

Website: Woodstock Public Library

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 8:30pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Sun)

5. Explore marvelous artworks at Woodstock Art Gallery

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Displaying an impressive collection, the Woodstock Art Gallery is the largest public gallery in Oxford County. It is spread over three floors of the famous John White Building in downtown Woodstock and it exhibits work by both local and international artists. On the first floor, you will find works by renowned Woodstock artist, Florence Carlyle. The Woodstock Art Gallery is also popular for conducting classes, workshops, and art appreciation programs, and they have a gift shop with unique creations from local artisans.

Woodstock Art Gallery

Address: 449 Dundas St, Woodstock, Ontario.

Website: Woodstock Art Gallery

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm (closed on Mon & Sun)

Price: Free

6. Sample craft beer at Upper Thames Brewing Company

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The Upper Thames Brewing Company is the first and only brewery in Oxford County and is famous for its excellent craft beer, good music, and charcuterie platter. The company is the winner of the ‘Best Ale’ at the 2019 Forks and Barrels Tour and has also won a bronze in Sweet Stout or Cream Stout at the 2019 Canadian Brewing Awards. They brew using good quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Their popular products include Blonde Ale, Ontario Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Brown Ale, and many more varieties.

Upper Thames Brewing Company

Address: 225 Bysham Park Drive unit 9, Woodstock, Ontario.

Website: Upper Thames Brewing Company

Opening hours: Mon: 11am - 5pm; Tue - Thu: 11am - 7pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm

7. Shop farm-fresh products at Woodstock Farmers' Market

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Woodstock’s farmers’ market dates back to the year 1853 when it was held in the Old Town Hall. It was in 1993 that the market was shifted from the downtown area to the Woodstock Fairgrounds. Currently run by the Woodstock Agricultural Society, the Woodstock Farmer’s Market is where you can find fresh local produce, honey, bakeries, butchers, maple syrup, fish and seafood, dairy and cheese vendors, chocolates, crafters, and florists.

Woodstock Farmers' Market

Address: 875 Nellis St, Woodstock, Ontario.

Website: Woodstock Farmer’s Market

Opening hours: Sat: 7am - 12pm

8. Browse through interesting things at One-of-a-kind-Antique Mall

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Woodstock’s One-of-a-kind-Antique Mall boasts more than 500 booths with a wonderful selection of antiques, collectibles, good quality furniture, toys, old electronics, paintings, and much more. Located close to the 401 in Woodstock and nearby to most major centers in Southwestern Ontario, this mall is spread over three floors with over 80,000 square feet (7432 square meters) of shopping space.

One-of-a-kind-Antique Mall

Address: 97 Wilson Street, Woodstock, Ontario.

Website: One-of-a-kind-Antique Mall

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

9. Visit the amazing Springbank Snow Countess monument

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This popular monument is for all the people looking for a bit of history and a roadside opportunity for taking photos for Instagram. The Springbank Snow Countess monument is the life-size statue of a famous Holstein-Friesian cow known for breaking the world record for butterfat production in 1933 and holding it for 21 years. The statue was unveiled in 1937.

Springbank Snow Countess monument

Address: Corner of Springbank Ave & Dundas St, Woodstock, Ontario.

10. Enjoy the 'English-pub' vibes at Charles Dickens Pub

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The Charles Dickens Pub in Woodstock is a family-run restaurant serving authentic English pub fare. Visit the place for grabbing a perfectly poured pint of Guinness and trying their fish ‘n’ chips, nachos, soups, greens, pies, burgers, or pub favorites such as the Southern-style battered chicken tenders and chips or the Indian curry bowl.

Charles Dickens Pub

Address: 505 Dundas Street, Woodstock, Ontario.

Website: Charles Dickens Pub

Opening hours: Sun - Tue: 11am - 11pm; Wed: 11am - 12am; Thu - Sat: 11am - 1am

Price: 11-30 USD

11. Savor sumptuous Canadian meals at Sixthirtynine

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Opened in 2005, Sixthirtynine is a family-run restaurant popular for its commitment to Canadian cuisine. The restaurant boasts a wonderful contemporary dining room having 30 seats, seating for four guests at the chef’s table, and there is a patio too that is available seasonally. They offer locally sourced seasonal menus and the chef and owner Eric Boyar always makes sure that the dishes are both tasty and beautiful on the plate.

Sixthirtynine

Address: 639 Peel Street, Woodstock, Ontario.

Website: Sixthirtynine

Opening hours: Wed: 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm; Thu - Fri: 11am - 2pm; Sat: 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 5pm - 8:30pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

Price: Above 61 USD

12. Tour the vast Mill River Golf Course

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Mill River Golf Course opened way back in 1971. It was designed by Canadian architect Robbie Robinson and in 1996 Grahame Cooke redesigned six of its holes. With wide rolling fairways, slight elevation differences, well-bunkered greens, lakes, and streams, each hole of the course will create a different challenge for the players.

Mill River Golf Course

Address: 180 Mill River Resort Rd., Route 136, PO Box 399, Woodstock, Prince Edward Island, Canada C0B 1V0.

Website: Mill River Golf Course

Opening hours: 7am - 8pm (daily)

Get ready for Woodstock

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So, there you have it. We have done the hard work and found all the best things to do while touring Woodstock. Of course, you will probably find more interesting things about the city once you start exploring it. Packing your bags already? We wish you a pleasant journey!

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Leo is passionate about travelling, photography, and writing. If he's not doing any of those, he will be on the mat practicing freestyle wrestling or in his dojo doing Karate.

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