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9 Can't Miss Stops in Ingersoll

Ingersoll might be known as a town built on cheese but there is so much more to offer there! From unique shopping and antiques to delicious chocolate, ooey-gooey cheese and a fantastic array of histories to uncover, there is always something new to do in Ingersoll.  Explore Ingersoll on foot, bicycle or car as you discover this wonderful corner of small-town Ontario.  Don't feel like reading right? Download our PDF and read it later

#1: Pick Up Some New Threads at Dwell Urban Boutique 

147 Thames St. S. Ingersoll (View Map)


Chic meets quirky at Dwell Urban Boutique on the main drag of downtown Ingersoll. Step into this shop for great finds you won't discover elsewhere.  We're talking handcrafted jewelry from Canadian artists, colourful scarves, dresses, bags, home decor and green living accessories.  Whether you're looking for the perfect staple to match your wardrobe or a classic statement piece, you'll be able to find it at Dwell. 


#2: Get to know your cheese at The Ingersoll Wine Cellar and Cheese Shoppe

188 Thames St. S. Ingersoll (View Map)


Calling all lovers of cheese, this is the place for you.  Working as a ferment-on-premises wine cellar, visitors to the shop can come and ferment their own wines on site.  More than that though, The Ingersoll Wine Cellar and Cheese Shoppe has a wicked selection of Ontario and international cheeses.  Balsamic cheddar anyone? Looking for the best brie for raclette or fondue? Chat with their knowledgeable staff about your best options for all things cheese. 

#3: Vintage Finds at Modern Hipster Antiques

70 Thames St. S. Ingersoll (View Map)


For those who love to add antiques into their decor, Modern Hipster Antiques is a true treasure trove of possibilities.  Owner Marty Gebel has been seeking out the coolest of the cool at flea markets and antique shops since he was a kid and has even hosted his own television series.  Consider this shop his baby.  Step inside for a great mix of furniture, decor, funky toys and so much more.  


#4: Chill out at The Olde Bakery Cafe

120 Thames St. S. Ingersoll (View Map)

Olde Bakery Cafe entryway

There is something so calming about walking into a bakery and smelling the aromatic mixture of freshly ground coffee and scratch-made baked goods. The Olde Bakery Cafe is a favourite among locals for this very reason.  Step inside this cafe (which at one time was a bakery- go figure!) and feast on sandwiches, homemade cookies, cakes, pies, tarts and so much more.  Savour delicious and creamy soups or just treat yourself to a nice latte. You'll feel the sigh of relief in no time. 


#5: Find the perfect gift at Patina's Gifts of Art and Craft

112 Thames St. S. Ingersoll (View Map)


If ever there was a perfect place to find the perfect gift for any occasion, Patina's would be the place.  Specializing in artisan-made items, Patina's is home to the largest selection of Canadian-made pottery in Canada and also houses a selection of gorgeous jewelry, delightful candles, scarves and slippers and even some toys for the wee ones in your life! Find the perfect gift? You'll love the gift wrapping. 


#6: Bring on the food at Louie's Pizza and Pasta

440 Bell St. Ingersoll (View Map)


Home of the Big Ass Panzerotti, amazing smoked mac n' cheese, burgers made with grilled cheese sandwiches for buns and dare we say it, deep fried cheese curds, Louie's is definitely a place to add to the bucket list.  With inventive and delicious flavours coming out of the kitchen constantly. Grab a seat in their road-house style dining room or pull up a chair outside on the patio.  We hope you brought your appetite.

#7: Learn the history at The Ingersoll Cheese Museum

290 Harris St. Ingersoll (View Map)


Ingersoll is known as The Town Built on Cheese so it's only right that there be a museum dedicated to it!  Learn the history behind Oxford County's cheese making past from the country's first cheese making school to a ginormous 7300lb wheel of cheese made in town.  More than that, learn about the other interesting parts of Ingersoll's history from its connection to Laura Secord to the town's important role along The Underground Railway.  You'll be amazed by the history.  Need a little stretch? You can walk from the Ingersoll Cheese Museum through Centennial Park and over to the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre for a little artsy inspiration.  Follow the Thomas Ingersoll Trail from there and right into town! 


 #8: The Elm Hurst Inn and Spa

415 Harris St. Ingersoll (View Map)


Whether you're a foodie, a maxin' relaxer or somebody who just wants a few days away, The Elm Hurst Inn is a stunning place to stay.  Recognized as an Ontario's Finest hotel, The Elm Hurst Inn is nestled on beautiful  acreage.  Talk a stroll through the grounds before heading inside their boutique hotel for an amazing meal in the Mansion Inn restaurant.  Be sure to enjoy the new Oxford County Cheese Trail menu too!  For those who love a good spa day, head downstairs for anything from body wraps and massages to manis and pedis.  Hear that? You're relaxing.


#9: John Lawson Park and Trail

Charles St. W/Wonham St. S., Ingersoll (View Map)

John Lawson Trail


Get up and get outside when you hike at John Lawson Nature Trail and Park right in Ingersoll.  Explore the diversity of a Carolinian Life Zone as well as a variety of plants and animals.  Four legged friends will love exploring the trail and hitting the dog park along the way! How good is that fresh air? 

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