Welcome to Paris, Ontario: Canada's Prettiest Little Town
It won’t take you long to fall in love with Paris, Ontario.Downtown Paris, a scene straight from a postcard, is where the Grand River and Nith River meet. Mother Nature’s natural beauty that flows through the downtown’s historic Victorian, Edwardian, and Gothic architecture has inspired restaurants offering the most spectacular views of Paris.
Surrounding the downtown are beautiful parks and walking trails that will provide you with the perfect blend of country and city living.
Here is a breakdown of Paris’ must-visit restaurants, parks, and close-by attractions that will have you excited to call this pretty little town your home.
RestaurantsThere is no shortage of four-star restaurants in downtown Paris, a short four-minute drive from your home in the Pinehurst community.
This historic hotel accommodates overnight stays, weddings, after work drinks, and evenings of great food. Situated across from the Grand River, the Arlington Hotel offers wonderful views of Paris’ quaint downtown.
Stillwaters Plate & Pour
A must-visit casual restaurant with breathtaking views of the Grand River that can be enjoyed from their huge multi-level patio. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, it’s always a good time at Stillwaters Plate & Pour.
Cobblestone Public House
Paris’ quintessential pub experience describes itself as a “laid-back, old-timey watering hole with a menu of gourmet versions of pub favourites.” What more could you ask for?
The Paris Wincey Mills
This historical market and creative space in downtown Paris is the perfect place to grab a coffee, meet-up with some friends, and pick-up groceries for dinner.
Parks & RecreationYou’re never far from spectacular Southern Ontario scenery in Paris. The Nith Trail beings at Lion’s Park, downtown Paris, and takes you on a short, beautiful walk through Paris’ green spaces without ever drifting too far from the town’s core.
Five minutes north of downtown is the namesake of our community, the Pinehurst Conservation Area where you can camp, swim, picnic, hike, fish, and paddle in the summer, and snowshoe and ice-fish in the winter.
The Paris Agricultural Society, home to the Ontario-famous Paris Fall Fair, is Paris’ community year-round event facility. Everything from weddings to theatrical performances, to expos and markets are hosted at the fairgrounds, which are just a two-minute drive from the Pinehurst community.
What’s close-by?Three larger cities are within 20-minutes of Paris: Brantford, Cambridge, and Kitchener. So whatever you can’t find in Paris is just a short drive away.
There are also many fun weekend things to see and do within a stone’s throw of Paris:
Six Nations is the largest First Nations reserve in Canada and its tourist elements are a must-see for anyone, young or old, interested in Ontario’s rich indigenous history.
The Windmill Country Market and Elberta Farms are both just 15-minutes from downtown Paris. Offering visitors the quintessential small-town Ontario market experience from good eats to gardening, home decor, and more, it’s a fun day for everyone.
With Highway 401 just 18 minutes away and Highway 403 a mere nine minutes away, Paris is not far from any of Southern Ontario’s major cities and attractions.