10 Places You Must Visit and Experience in Woodstock.

When you visit Woodstock, you’ll find the air is cleaner and the grass is greener, the people are friendly and helpful, and there are lots of things to do.
We’ve compiled a list of places of historic value and interest, from parks to markets, museums, and entertainment. Whether you’re just visiting or moving to Woodstock, make sure to make the time and enjoy what Woodstock has to offer you, your family and friends all year around.
10 places you must visit and experience in Woodstock.


Southside Park

Woodstock’s historic Southside Park has charming walkways with decorative lighting fixtures throughout the grounds. Take some time to admire the gorgeous flowering magnolias, cherry, and crab-apple trees during the first three weeks of May.
In the month of June, enjoy the colourful accents of over 33,000 tulips throughout the park. Stop by the Southside Park Gazebo covered by a stunning display of over 10,000 tulips of pastels and plum pudding.

Bring the kids or grandkids and enjoy the expansive play area for children of all ages, guaranteed to be a fun-filled experience.

If you’re a baseball fan, come out to Southside Park in the evenings and watch the local Woodstock Jr. Rangers and Wranglers play at the newly refurbished Tip O’Neil field, named after Woodstock’s own Hall of Famer.

Woodstock Art Gallery

Located in the historic John White Building in the heart of downtown Woodstock, opposite Museum Square. The Woodstock Art Gallery inspires, engages and enriches the lives of all community members through innovative programming and activities and Oxford County’s largest municipal public gallery. Featuring a permanent collection of over 1,000 works of contemporary and historical art. The Woodstock Art Gallery also offers art instruction, TIFF film screenings, exhibit receptions, and special events.
REGULAR HOURS:  Tuesday-Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Free admission, accessible, and nearby parking

Woodstock Museum National Historic Site

Explore Woodstock’s Old Town Hall which once held Woodstock’s first public market, council chamber and concert hall. Serving later as the first firehall and police lock-up, the building became the home of the Oxford County Museum in 1947 and eventually the Woodstock Museum.

Originally constructed in 1853 as the Town Hall and Market House, the building was completely restored in 1993-1995 and offers a wide variety of programs and services. The Woodstock Museum National Historic Site strives to interpret the past, present, and future through conservation, education, and exhibition of local history.
Admission by donation. Located at 466 Dundas Street, Woodstock, N4S1C4
Labour Day to Victoria Day: Tues to Sat: 10 am – 5pmVictoria Day to Labour Day: Mon to Sat: 10 am – 5 pm

Pittock Conservation Area

Enjoy camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, hiking a 5km trail that goes through intriguing plantations, forests, meadows, and shoreline.
Many children’s activities and recreation programs are seasonally available at Pittock Conservation Area. Love bird watching? Come site seeing a variety of birds and ducks like the American Black Duck, Mallard, and Common Merganser.

Located on the northern edge of Woodstock, Ontario. This 2000-acre outdoor playground offers visitors the opportunity to step into nature by camping, hiking, fishing, biking or simply relaxing in its natural environment. Several events are held annually including the Dragon Boat Races and Multi-Sport Triathlon. Or simply come for a weekend getaway to enjoy a family picnic or cool down with our splash pad. Canoe rentals available. Bring your furry friend to the leash-free dog park!

Woodstock Farmers market

Shop local! Woodstock is proud to have one of the oldest markets in Ontario celebrating 162 years, established in 1853. The year-round vendors provide a variety of produce, meats, dairy products, bakery goods, flowers, honey, maple syrup, and crafts.  Located one block north of Dundas Street at West Ave. on the Woodstock Fairgrounds. It is on the East side of the City of Woodstock. Hours of operation: Jan-Dec Saturday 7am-12pm

One of a kind antique mall

If you love vintage, this is the place to visit!
Canada’s largest antiques & collectibles store with over 500+ vendors 80,000 square feet of shopping. The One of a Kind Antique Mall is a vintage treasure hunt of furniture, toys, china, housewares, games, and collectibles. Enjoy three floors of antiques and nostalgia located in a historic textile factory.  Open Daily 10am – 5pm.

Gateway Casinos Woodstock

Located in Woodstock, Ontario and owned and operated by Gateway Casino Entertainment Limited, Gateway Casino Woodstock features more than 235 slots and games as well a quick eats restaurant which features two complete menus to choose from. The restaurant’s main menu features everything from appetizers, soups, and salads to entrees such as the Chicken & Rib Combo and English-Style Fish & Chips to yummy desserts., with drink service and bar fare. The venue is also home to Woodstock Raceway, a half-mile track for Standardbred Harness Racing, which features simulcast racing and a racebook.
The Getaway Express is the perfect place to grab a light meal and relax! Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 3 am and Friday and Saturday are 24 hours

Springbank Snow Countess Cow Monument

A definite roadside photo op you do not want to miss!
In 1933 she broke the world record for butterfat production and held the record for 21 years.  The Snow Countess statue is located on the original site of her home, Springbank Farm, which was known worldwide for their cattle breeding program. Taking a photo with the Countess has become a tradition for visitors to Woodstock.  She is located on the corner of Dundas St and Springbank Ave (parking access on Springbank Ave).
The monument was restored in the spring of 2007 and appointed a Municipal Heritage Site during a re-dedication ceremony on Aug. 4, 2007 — exactly 70 years after the initial unveiling.

Roth Park

Beautiful landscape and site seeing trails for the whole family to enjoy!
Roth Park is on the south side of Pittock Lake. There are picnic facilities and is home to the Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat.  Enjoy the trail with hard packed dirt and granular and provides a lovely view over the lake. There are also side trails, which branch through a pine plantation and go up and down some gentle inclines. These side trails link back to the main trail. At Lansdowne Ave. Length: 6.75 km approx. Difficulty: Easy, family Trail Uses: Walking, bicycle, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog walking. Located at the South side of Pittock Lake.

Sally Creek Golf Course

Hey Golfers! Be sure to book a tee time at the Sally Creek Golf Course, you will not be disappointed.
Sally Creek is a quaint golf course in the city of Woodstock. It offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Sally Creek Golf Course difficult yet friendly, and the staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round. Sally Creek Golf Course is a great choice for your regular rounds of golf or a new destination for you and friends when visiting Woodstock. The 9-hole Sally Creek Golf Club is a semi-private golf course. Sally Creek Golf measures 3031 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.  Located at 190 Fairway Rd, Woodstock, ON N4T 1W3, Canada
Visit: www.sallycreekgolf.com/

Thinking about moving to Woodstock?
Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
Or visitThe Villages of Sally Creek

The benefits of Adult Active Lifestyle Communities and what they have to offer.

Making the move to an Adult Active Lifestyle Community can be an exciting new chapter in your life. A retirement lifestyle can enable you to pursue your interests, enjoy an active lifestyle, and develop new friendships.

Here’s how retirement living can help you embrace these possibilities to ensure the next stage of your life is the best it can be.

The benefits of Adult Active Lifestyle Communities and what they have to offer.


4Active living at its best:

An active adult community will provide you with many opportunities to exercise, socialize, and stay sharp into your retirement years. In addition to the many amenities like pools and fitness centers, these communities’ residents will often organize social events, clubs, volunteer groups, and other ways to stay active and involved.

A sense of community:

Opportunities to make friends with other like-minded people; When moving someplace new, there’s something to be said for having a conveniently located group of potential friends. In active adult communities, residents are essentially all in the same place in life, having worked hard for many years, raised a family, and now looking to enjoy a relaxed retirement, Therefore, it is easy to establish friendships when there are so many common interests in mind.

No need to be retired:

Although Adult Lifestyle communities are commonly referred to as “retirement communities,” there’s no need to leave your present job to live here. That’s what makes living in one of these communities so unique.

Location, Location, Location:

Initially, since these communities are built with you in mind, great location was a key aspect to consider.

Many are conveniently located close to recreation centres, golf courses, and all the amenities to make the most of your experience. Shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores, museums, libraries, medical offices, hospitals, parks, walking trails, and entertainment, are all part of the careful thought and planning that goes into building an Adult Lifestyle Community.

For more information on Adult Active Lifestyle communities, please contact our onsite Sales Agent: 226-289-1943
Or visit: The Villages of Sally Creek

Buying a new home? Here are 6 things you must do and questions you MUST ask!

If you’ve never built a new home and are unfamiliar with how a home builder operates, then chances are, you will have questions. The below list provides the most frequently asked questions, accompanied by a short answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1. Check out the builder:

Many home builders have been in the business for years and produce a quality product. However, a few do not. Check review sites, provincial licensing boards and the local court records to see whether the builder you’re considering has run into any trouble, including lawsuits, complaints with licensing agencies and disciplinary actions. This is also a good time to talk to previous customers.

Sunlight Heritage Homes has been in business for over 30 years and has built thousands of family homes in South Western Ontario and beyond.
Qualified. Trusted. Reliable. More than just words when it comes to selecting the right company to build your next home. In a fast-paced world of mass production and unprofessional workmanship, we realize that homebuyers still believe in both quality and value. As a family run business, we fully understand that the quality of our workmanship is the cornerstone of our reputation, and we embrace the many challenges and opportunities that will lend to our legacy.
Check out our testimonials here: What our clients have to say!

2. Research the community:

There’s no harm in visiting the community you’re interested in building your new home. Get a sense and feel for what’s around, amenities, schools, depending at what stage you are in life, is too close to shopping centres? or perhaps too far?  Before you buy, find out as much as you can both about the area and the subdivision itself. Visit at different times of the day and talk to residents about what they do and don’t like.

Our agents can be a great resource when researching the area and our amenity maps listed on Sunlight Heritage Homes and available to you at our sites. They can be fantastic guides for everything you’re looking for; from schools, shopping, dining, to recreation have all been carefully researched and added to our maps for your convenience.

3. Ask about warranties:

Most builders offer warranties on materials and workmanship. Make sure you understand what is and isn’t covered and what process you need to follow to get something fixed. All home builders in Ontario must be registered with TARION. Tarion’s primary purpose is to protect consumers of new homes by ensuring that builders abide by the provincial legislation. Tarion serves new home buyers and new homeowners by ensuring that one of their life’s biggest investments is protected. Almost every new home in the province is covered by a new home warranty.  This warranty protection is provided by Ontario’s builders and lasts up to seven years. To see if your builder is registered, do a search in the Ontario Builder Directory.

Sunlight Heritage Homes is a Tarion registered builder.

4. Do you provide assistance for selecting the home’s finishes?

Building a new home involves a lot of decisions, especially when it comes to selecting items like cabinets, counters, light/plumbing fixtures, paint colors, etc. For many people, it can be overwhelming. An experienced designer can walk you through the process. Make sure you’re not on your own and the builder has someone to guide you through the selection process.

Sunlight Heritage Homes are designed to fit your lifestyle. And our professional design consultants are here to help you turn your home into a perfect reflection of who you are and how you want to live.

We give you all the options. The possibilities are endless when you design your home with Sunlight Heritage Homes. From hardwoods and tile flooring to an almost endless array of countertops in granite, solid surface and quartz; from the best names and newest looks in fixtures, faucets, and finishes to the hottest trends in lights, cabinetry, and colors, we’ll help you pull your ideas together into a home that’s uniquely yours, just the way you dreamed it.

Our design center was created with you in mind. When you first arrive, you are not overwhelmed with products on top of each other. Each area has been designed to allow you to walk freely with a view of the entire area. From a fully functional designer kitchen to a luxury washroom display you will feel as if you’re at home. Let Sunlight Homes be part of your dream and help you create that home you have always wanted.

5. What standard features are included?

Every home builder includes a set of standard features in each home built while offering extras that cost more. Much like buying a car, you want to find out what is standard and what is extra. What is included and what isn’t is one of the most important questions to ask when buying a new home. The builder should have a detailed “specifications” sheet that details everything that comes standard with your new home.

Sunlight Heritage Homes come equipped with Standard finishes and
the following Main Features:

  • ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES
  • 7-YEAR INSURED STRUCTURAL WARRANTY
  • FULL BASEMENT
  • HIGH POURED WALLS
  • HEAVY DUTY 2X6 PREMIUM EXTERIOR WALL’S
  • PEX WATER SYSTEM
  • R-22WALL & R-60 CEILING INSULATION
  • HRV SYSTEM

Standard finishes can be obtained by visiting one of our sites or online.

6. How do you communicate and provide service during the design, build and warranty?

Lack of communication is one of the most common complaints from homeowners about their builder. So how do you avoid it? This is another area where your conversations with past customers will reveal the real story. You’ll want to know if the builder responds to your requests promptly and how accessible they are. Do they communicate in a way that works for you? Given the prevalence of technology in our communications with email, texts and internet access, find out how your builder uses technology to improve communication with you.

At Sunlight Heritage Homes we pride ourselves how quickly and effectively we communicate with homeowners and we’ve made even easier with technology.
Sunlight Heritage Homes is proud to announce the “Homeowners Communication Portal”
Exclusive to Sunlight Heritage Homes: Homeowners have access to documents, and data they need, anytime, anywhere, on any device. Stay up to date with the progress of your home with Sunlight Heritage Home’ “My Story”. Access photos and progress of your custom build from beginning to end. Sunlight Heritage Home “Homeowners Communication Portal” is also mobile friendly.

Let’s Talk

We’d love to have the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. You can get in touch with us by simply giving us a call at (519) 653-5036 or drop us a line at info@sunlighthomes.ca