Tour This Town – Elmira, ON

Located 10 minutes north of Waterloo Ontario, Elmira is often described as traditional, friendly and hospitable. One day a year, Elmira’s population swells from about 10,000 up to around 60,000 people. As a true sign of spring, visitors from all over the region, country and even the world attend Elmira’s Maple Syrup Festival.

Come visit Elmira on Saturday April 7th for the festival and enjoy some fluffy pancakes drenched in syrup and other tasty maple treats. Or you could pick another day to get a true sense of the town’s offerings and fully stocked shops.  Click here for more info about the Maple Syrup Festival.

Other than the festival, here are some of my recommended stops while in Elmira (note they may not be open or fully able to serve you well if you do attend during the big Maple Syrup Festival):


Sip & Bite

Homestyle cooking in a classic diner experience at just the right price. Enjoy friendly service and delicious favourites such as a classic all-day breakfast plate, a turkey sandwich or fish & chips. You won’t be dressing up in your finest for this place but it’s clean, friendly and has great portion sizes!




At The Crossroads Family Restaurant & The Mercantile

One of the most popular stops in Elmira, At The Crossroads Family Restaurant is a common meeting place for some traditional home-cooked meals among family and friends. Their extensive buffet is sure to provide something warm and comforting for your hungry tummy. When you are done eating, don’t forget to check out their attached gift shop – the Mercantile, for some amazing home décor, house goods and gifts.



Chervin Furniture & Mattress

With their newly renovated 17,000 square foot showroom, you are sure to find something for your home at Chervin.  Focusing on traditional and contemporary furniture and decor, the friendly staff at Chervin offer personal design services as well as customized solutions for any space.



Maggie’s Mudroom

This little shop is tucked just off the main street and is a unique combination of coffee shop and art studio. Pick from a large selection of ceramics to sit down and paint while you sip on a warm beverage. I’m thinking this place would be the perfect date spot to enjoy with your child on their next P.D. Day.



The Window Box

This little shop can be easy to miss on the main street, but take a minute to stop in and see the carefully selected décor items and beautiful plants and flowers. I dare you to go home without taking something home to liven up your space.


Frey’s Flowers

This family owned and operated florist makes, arranges and delivers the most beautiful arrangements and gifts. This place may be personal to me (as they created our wedding bouquets and arrangements), but they prove time after time to be professional and stunning anytime florals show up at my home. 🙂 Creatively arranged or thoughtfully grouped, you won’t be disappointed in ordering or picking up an arrangement here.




If you love thrifting, Elmira should be on your list. Here are some places you’ll want to pop into:

MCC rePurpose Centre

MCC Thrift & Gift

WCS Thrift Shop


Whether you are adventuring to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival or up for a thrifting adventure, take some time to explore Elmira and all the warm and unique stops this town has to offer.

I’d love to hear your comments if you’ve been to town or feel like I’ve missed an important stop.


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