Located in Oxford County in southern Ontario midway between Brantford and London, Woodstock is a small but certainly not a tiny city. The population currently sits at about 38,000.
Like most cities and towns in southern Ontario, Woodstock is surrounded by fertile farmland, yet it is also home to a large manufacturing sector – mainly automotive.
Some well preserved older buildings and the Victorian homes in the west side help to give this city the special charm that makes it worth visiting. Most of the buildings in the downtown core are over 100 years old.
Some key attractions include the Woodstock Museum which is a national historic site. You’ll also want to check out the Woodstock Art Gallery.
At the north end of the city you can enjoy walking scenic trails, having a picnic or just relaxing in either Hoth Park or the Pittock Conservation Area situated on both shores of the Thames River.
At the south side of the city is the appropriately named Southside Park where you will find a pleasant pond, walking trails, picnic areas, ball diamond and a childrens playground.
The city also has a very nice 9 hole golf course – Cedar Creek Golf Club.
During the summer months the main street is shut down to traffic for a ’streetfest’ event where you can enjoy special sales and entertainment.
Other festivals include:
- The Woodstock Wood Show
- The Woodstock Car Show & Shop
- The Ontario Woodworking Championships
- The Canadian Farm Show
- The Woodstock Fair
- Woodstock Rotary Club Dragon Boat Festival
- Woodstock Rotary Festival of Music
- Woodstock Fleece Festival
Woodstock is particularly pretty in the Autumn when the leaves transition from bright green to varying shades of yellow, orange and crimson red.
The city and surrounding area is famous for its cheese, having a total of 98 cheese factories in the county.