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What makes Vankleek Hill Special?

How can one small town be so busy and so quiet at the same time? We’ve found the magic formula! For those of us who are fortunate enough to live here, there are many opportunities to get involved in fun community activities, whether we are organizing them or just attending to have fun! But we know how to relax and enjoy great quality of life, too!

Check on the Events page of this website to find out more about upcoming fun in Vankleek Hill. But you can also choose to visit historic Vankleek Hill and stroll along our quiet streets, lined with historic brick homes, where you will feel like you are taking a walk back in time.

And don’t forget about Vankleek Hill’s historical murals! Two murals are located on the corner of Home Ave. and Main Street. Check out “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.

More 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 many of the town’s most beautiful brick homes exist in the same condition as when they were built.  The many homes and buildings have charming, elaborate porches and peaks where “gingerbread” emphasizes these architectural features.

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 !


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