Discover the Rurban Experience: Alliston
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Discover the Rurban Experience: Alliston
Not many of us can say they have the luxury of living both urban and rural lifestyles, but citizens of Alliston do. Just an hour drive north of Toronto discover the authentic, sought-after area of Alliston, Ontario. Diversity flows through the tree-lined streets of this rustic, farming town – one visit and you will fall in love with this down-to-earth community. From the charming, century homes, to the modern, new builds, to the vibrant shopping district, festivals and many celebrations, there’s a lot to appreciate about Alliston.
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Population: 34, 242 (Statistics Canada Census Profile 2016)
Distance from Toronto Waterfront to Alliston: 91 km
Distance from Alliston to Barrie: 42 km
Perhaps the most notable thing about Alliston is their events, festivals, and celebrations. Annually, Alliston draws roughly 75,000 visitors to their Alliston Epic Events such as Summer Series, Monster Mash, Rurban Christmas, more events listed with the information below.
This is the event where you will find yourself in the heart of Alliston taking part in what the town is most well-known for, potatoes. (No – we’re not kidding, there is an event literally in honour of potatoes). Alliston originally grew as a commercial centre for farmers and became best known as a potato-growing area. It still holds the title for being the primary industry for potato growth, and in honour of the hardworking potato farmers. They have maintained the Potato Festival annually for 47 years and counting. Indulge in the eclectic variety of activities such as rides, food trucks, and live entertainment for all ages, so no one gets left out of the fun!
Rurban Food Truck Rally:
Take part in an afternoon filled with delicious food, live music, fantastic art, and more. A great way to get out of the house on a hot summer’s day, broaden culinary experience, and experience local artisans.
A unique event takes place every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from May until October. Residents from all over town support this event by sharing their admiration for the hardworking farmers for filling many bellies. When you visit, you will find all of the food comes from the farmers who harvest, make, and sell their goods – the variety is endless.
Circle Theatre – Founded 1938
To theatre has character, strength, and old-world charm, making it a sacred monument in the town of Alliston. The Circle Theatre was built in 1938 by a man named Oliver Stewart – the first building in Alliston to have air conditioning. (Fun fact: businesses in Alliston were closed early every Thursday to allow patrons to attend movies.) Years later, the theatre faced many ups and downs but stood firm until 2011 when it closed, indefinitely many people thought. However, there is a happy ending. Circle Theatre was purchased by new owners in 2012, underwent numerous renovations and continues to be the place where many dates and memorable family nights take place.
Earl Rowe Provincial Park:
Featuring numerous amenities, Earl Rowe Provincial Park is the perfect place to getaway. There is a large outdoor swimming pool that is open from July 1st until Labour day, beautiful hiking trails for sight-seeing as well as a paved trail for those requiring accessibility services. Watch the natural wonder of salmon and trout spawn from the fish ladder. Retreat to the great outdoors and test out your green thumb at the group campsites, radio-free sites, and RV and car camping. Earl Rowe Lake also offers canoeing, swimming, and fishing.
If you’re searching for an area where the variety is endless, look no further. Alliston boasts a range of price points and housing options starting with townhomes, fixer-uppers, semis, detached, new and older builds, substantial and executive lots, and expansive farming land. Have a budget? Houses are starting around $450K going all the way up to $1M+. This means there’s a home in Alliston to suit many different needs.
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- Ernest Cumberland Elementary School
- Alliston Union Public School
- St. Pauls Catholic School
- Boyne River Public School
- The Montessori Family School
- Boston Pizza
- East Side Mario’s
- Kelly’s Kitchen
- Spring Basil
- Thera Greek Restaurants
- Peake Barbeque
- The Coop
- Wild Wing
- St Louis’s
- daGraza Ristorante
- Yuki Sushi
- Indian Flames
- Sunset Grill
- Symposium Café Restaurant & Lounge
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