In 1825, Tillsonburg was discovered by one George Tillson and established as a small (and we mean SMALL) town.  Fast forward almost 200 years and the town has flourished into a thriving community full of unique opportunities.  If you're looking for the ultimate day trip, Tillsonburg poses the perfect way to enjoy small town Ontario.  Read on for where to eat, shop and play in Tillsonburg.  Read on or download our PDF and print off at home! 


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What would a day trip be without delicious food? Tillsonburg definitely has some fantastic options! For those looking for a guilt-free yet still delicious meal, The Indigo Lounge Organic Eatery and Cafe is where it's at. Located in a yoga studio, The Indigo Lounge provides healthy twists on old school favs like zucchini pad Thai, wraps, local burgers from Y U Ranch and quinoa salad. Enjoy lunch over a soothing cup of tea or grab a smoothie for the road. 

If breakfast is your thing, a trip to the Skyway Cafe is a must.  Located inside the Tillsonburg Municipal Airport, the Skyway Cafe is a great spot to grab your eggs and enjoy the view.  Zen out over your morning cup of java and a sandwich or eggs as you watch heritage, commercial and private planes hit the skies.  With such a unique view and relaxed atmosphere, little ones will love it! 

Finally, for those looking for healthy fare that is oh-so-tasty, check out D'Lish Kitchen Cafe or their sister restaurant, Nectar Coffee + Bar. D'Lish is home to all kinds of tasty bowls, salads and the must-try mini-empinadas that come on top of ther burrito bowl. 



Of course, no day trip is complete without a little retail therapy and Tillsonburg is home to many great shops.  Find the perfect gift for your hostess or for yourself when you discover two floors of stunningly curated treasures at Pedlar's Quay.  Pedlar's Quay is in its 31st year of business.  Located inside an 1872 heritage home, Pedlar's Quay is the perfect stop to pick up a great hostess gift or something for yourself.  This lovely shop is full of hidden gems.  You'll find everything from gorgeous kitchenware and dining accoutrements to beautiful  jewelry, home decor and more.  With a keen eye, shop owner Kim Miggens has curated her shop to the last detail. 

Just around the corner, The Anchor Shoppe on the main drag is as cute as a button. Pop your head inside for a great selection of nautical decor, well-crafted furniture and a massive selection of fusion mineral paint.  If you love that, keep an eye out for their mineral paint workshops too!

Only a block away, Cherished Pieces specializes in all things quilting.  From boatloads of quilting material to specialized tools and even workshops, this storefront is a quilter's dream. Trinkets Gift Shoppe has fashionable clothing, jewelery and more! 



History is a-plenty in Tillsonburg. Get your dose when you visit Annandale National Historic Site, an 1880s home built by Tillsonburg's first mayor.  This museum is the country's best example of the Aesthetic Art Movement, which earned it a national heritage site designation.  Wander the hallways and see the amazing details in this home from the intricate door knobs and hinges, in-laid forms and exquisitely painted ceilings. 

Just across town, The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association showcases a variety of heritage planes including of course, The Harvard. Learn the interesting stories behind these planes and what they were used for during war time.  You'll love talking to the volunteers (usually ex or current pilots) and their experiences with the planes. Love it? Check out their Open House Fly Days!

Getting artsy is easy and fun in Tillsonburg too.  Located inside two historic train stations, The Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre is home to two in-house galleries showcasing local and national artists as well as a ton of programming.  Try your hand at everything from pottery to quilting to succulent workshops. You'll love exploring their in house gift shop too! 

Finally, for those out to make a splash, Lake Lisgar Waterpark is the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon.  Laze on the grass enjoying a delicious icy treat from the tuck shop as wee ones splash around and of course, don't forget to check out their giant inflatables and sprays! It's the perfect summer adventure. 

So if you love to shop, eat and play then Tillsonburg is the spot for you!

Want to stay the night? Check out Seven Gables or the Howard Johnson right in town. 

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