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What makes Vankleek Hill Special?

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Vankleek Hill is the town where there is always something happening! Those of us who live here call it the busiest little town in Ontario! But we know how to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of a small town.

Visit the Events page to find out more about upcoming fun in Vankleek Hill. But you can also choose to visit historic Vankleek Hill in person and stroll along our quiet streets, lined with historic brick homes. While we have the best of the old, we also have lots of new things to celebrate! Vankleek Hill is the proud home of the award-winning Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Co., open seven days a week for taste-tours.

Vankleek Hill’s historical murals are still the most-photographed subjects in town! Two historical murals are located on the corner of Home Avenue and Main Street. Visit a third historical mural called “Community Patchwork”, located at Vankleek Hill’s main intersection. This historical mural, along with “Going to the Fair”, located on the side of Wagar and Holland’s building at 28 High Street, feature scenes from Vankleek Hill’s past. All four historical murals were painted by artists Liz Skelly and Odile Têtu.

Vankleek Hill has been proclaimed as the “Gingerbread Capital of Ontario”. It exhibits stunning examples of Victorian-era houses which still boast the original wooden gingerbread ornamentation. All it takes is a stroll down any streets in the historical part of town to see what we mean.

festivalMore than 250 homes in Vankleek Hill pay homage to its Victorian history with its gingerbread-style architecture. “Gingerbread” is often used interchangeably with Victorian; a style named in honour of Queen Victoria, and was introduced as a way to decorate buildings.

At the turn of the 19th century several brick factories flourished in Vankleek Hill, and the town’s beautiful brick homes still give you the feeling that you are taking a walk through history. The many homes and buildings have charming, elaborate porches and peaks where “gingerbread” emphasizes these architectural features. BTW: if you want to eat some gingerbread, visit the Trillium Tea Room for gingerbread with hot lemon sauce!

You won’t want to miss a visit to Vankleek Hill and experience some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture still in existence.

For more historical facts check out our local history page !

Visit the Vankleek Hill Home Tour Page to see a selection of photographs taken in homes that were decorated as part of the annual Vankleek Hill Christmas Home Tour.

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