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Top Things to Do in Historic Unionville

Posted : March 15, 2016

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

Unionville’s Main Street, settled in 1794, is the ultimate in picturesque charm. Lined with seasonal decor and flowers, original historical buildings, and a pond at the end of the street, many find themselves strolling the streets, ice cream in hand on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With a nod to some films that have used the street to shoot on, here are the top 10 things to do in historic Unionville.

Ice Cream Sunday

The Old Firehall Confectionery

So that ice cream we just mentioned? Put your sweet tooth in overdrive at the Old Firehall Confectionery. Housed in an old fire hall, complete with a stone facade and bell, this is the ice cream place to go to when in historic Unionville. Choose from tons of flavours, as well as cupcakes, marshmallows, fudge, truffles and chocolates.

Spice it Up

If savory flavours are more your thing, be sure to check out Ambiyan in historic Unionville. Known as one of the best Indian restaurants in the area, Ambiyan is not only delicious, but a great venue for a celebration or fine dining.

Get Cultured

Varley Art Gallery

A visit to historic Unionville isn’t quite complete without a visit to the Varley Art Gallery. Named after Frederick Varley, an artist from the Group of Seven, the gallery is a great tribute to Canadian art and has some great pieces, as well as workshops and classes to offer.

Too Good to be True

With that ice cream in hand, take a stroll down to the quiet trail around Toogood Pond. License holders can fish, and others can relax by the water with a picnic or a good book. The trail loops around the entire pond, making for a picturesque bike ride or stroll.

Dress to Impress

Looking for a boutique women’s wear shop? Lou Lou Boutique in historic Unionville is the place to go. With a mix of trendy pieces and classic staples, you’ll be sure to find something perfect for you.

Patio Time


When the weather is right, a good afternoon on a patio is all us Canadians want. Jakes on Main has one of the biggest patios in the area, complete with good music and great pub fare. Spend your weekend brunching and catching up over a languid afternoon at Jakes, and watch how quick an afternoon turns into a night of fun.

Gilmore Girls

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Did you know that the first few episodes of Gilmore Girls was filmed on Unionville Main Street? Take a stroll down the street and envision coffee guzzling Lorelai and Rory walking arm in arm down this picturesque street, and you’ll feel like you’re right in Stars Hallow.

These top  things to do in Historic Unionville will have you falling in love with the quaint street.

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