The Local’s Guide to Erin, Ontario

Established in the 1800s as a mill town, the Town of Erin has since grown into a thriving and diverse place to live. Its proximity to the Credit and Grand Rivers, as well as its location midway between Guelph and Orangeville, also means that Erin strikes a hard-to-find balance between being close to both natural amenities and city conveniences. But don’t just take our word for it — read on to discover all that Erin has to offer.

Over 500 Trails to Explore

With significant lands preserved in the Greenbelt, the Town of Erin makes it easy to stay connected to nature. With quick access to the Elora Cataract Trailway and over 500 trails — including the Trans Canada and Bruce Trails — nearby, there’s so much to explore on foot or by bike. Locals also love spending time hiking the Woolen Mills Conservation Area, which features a scenic lookout point with river views.

Plenty of Great Places to Eat

 Many of Erin’s eateries have been in business for decades, with restaurant owners priding themselves on their unique, locally-inspired dishes and excellent customer service. Stroll through Erin’s picturesque downtown for a host of culinary delights, including:

Maddie Hatters

A whimsical tea room that specializes in a high-tea experience for all ages, Maddie Hatters is a must-visit for their selection of rich coffees, tasty teas, homemade sconces, delectable desserts and more.

Debora’s Chocolates

Handmade chocolate, fudge and candies — need we say more? Stop into Debora’s Chocolates for a Kawartha Dairy ice cream cone, frozen yogurt, or to pick up imported British and Dutch sweets.

Bailey’s Ice Cream

Open from spring until the fall, Bailey’s Ice Cream shop is a delightful spot to grab a cool treat on a hot day. You’ll want to visit more than once to sample all their flavours and toppings.

The Busholme

Originally intended as a hospital when built in 1886, The Busholme was used as a doctor’s office before it was converted into a hotel. Today, it’s a lively local eatery with a quaint outdoor patio.

Tin Roof Cafe

Family owned and operated, the Tin Roof Cafe has been providing locals with the jolt of caffeine they’ve needed since it opened in 2015. Tasty treats and brewed coffee are the perfect accompaniment when strolling downtown Erin.

Unique Shopping Experiences

Erin is known for its strong sense of community spirit, and a stop into any one of the boutique shops that line its downtown will prove it. Business owners greet you with a smile as you enter, so if you’re in need of some retail therapy, be sure to visit these local gems.


With boutique service and big-city style, Hannah’s has been building women’s wardrobes for over 25 years. Visit for a great selection of clothes and accessories. 


One-of-a-kind fashion and accessories are Amoretto’s specialty. You’re sure to fall in love with their collection of wraps, capes and shawls. 

The Weathervane

For design lovers, The Weathervane has an eclectic mix of casual and contemporary accessories to make your house feel like a home.


With an appreciation for all things historical, especially fine antiques and vintage jewellery, Renaissance is where you’ll find that perfect piece to add to your home or wardrobe accessories collection. 

A Vibrant Community Hub

Connecting with your community is as easy as visiting the Erin Centre 2000. A unique hub of activity, the Erin Centre is where you’ll find a live performance theatre, library, banquet hall, and the local community centre, which includes amenities like a hockey arena, baseball diamond, skate park and tennis courts. 

A Host of Community Events to Enjoy

Always seeking an opportunity to get together and celebrate, the Town of Erin is home to a host of great community events that run throughout the year.  

Erin Farmers’ Market

The Erin Farmers’ Market at McMillan Park is a summer celebration of all things fresh, bringing together local farmers, artisans and the community every Friday from June until October. 

Angelstone Tournament

An equestrian marvel, the Angelstone Tournament at Angelstone Stadium is a 100-acre venue that hosts a world-class competition attracting locals and tourists alike each June and August.

Erin Fair

For more than 170 years, the Erin Fair has always been the community’s favourite autumn event. The fair features a midway, tractor pulls, rodeo, fireworks and more, and is organized by the Erin Agricultural Society. 

Window Wonderland

Shop, dine and celebrate the holiday season with Window Wonderland, where you stroll through Erin’s Main Street and observe the charming Christmas displays. For an extra bit of holiday magic, you can also experience the displays while on a horse and carriage ride.

Fun in and Around the Water

Being close to the water is one of the greatest perks to living in Erin, with the Grand and Credit Rivers at your doorstep. Adventure seekers can boat, paddle, fish, tube, swim and raft along the Grand River, as well as bird watch, picnic or hike the surrounding green spaces and trails.

Ready to call Erin home? Explore our community website to learn more about life in Erin and our master-planned community, Erin Glen.

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