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Welcome to Flesherton

Welcome to Flesherton which is located in the Municipality of Grey Highlands. With a population of approximately 700 people, Flesherton makes a wonderful year round home or a great vacation destination.

Although many would not expect it, Flesherton is a strong arts and history loving community with several art galleries and antique shops decorating the town’s streets. In the summer, Lake Eugenia is also very close by providing opportunities for swimming, paddling, boating, and fishing. Eugenia Falls and Hogg’s Falls are two gorgeous local waterfalls with lovely hiking trails that are great for the whole family to enjoy as they are not too difficult. Also a highlight in the winter, downhill skiing is offered at the Beaver Valley Ski Club which is only a 10 minute drive away. Spring, summer, fall or winter, Flesherton has lots to explore and enjoy outdoors!

Local Flesherton residents include many artists and musicians, farmers, as well as many business people. Although many would not expect it, Flesherton is a strong arts and history loving community with several art galleries and antique shops decorating the town’s streets. Moreover, the South Grey Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Flesherton and the surrounding area.  There you can find out about local figure Agnes Macphail that was born and raised in the Flesherton area who went on to become the first woman elected to Canadian Parliament. Flesherton is also a hub for several eclectic and unique stops for local foods as well as some great restaurants. On the main street you will find a variety of locally owned shops including the Bakery & Cafe, Artemesia Cheese Market & Fine Foods, Peasemarsh Farms and other small cafes. All of these spots are great places to get an assortment of specialty foods and pantry items to stock your shelves. The Flesherton Farmer’s Market which runs on Saturday mornings from May to October is also a great place to get locally grown and made products. Furthermore, there are many fantastic local restaurants in the Flesherton area, one of which is the Flying Spatula. This diner just off of Highway 10 was featured on the Food Network’s show “You Gotta Eat Here” that showcases eateries in Canada that highlight amazing food and unique culinary experiences. As you can tell by the name of the show, when you are in Flesherton, stop in at the Spatula because ‘you gotta eat here’!

Flesherton is also home to lots of outdoor recreation. Flesherton Hills Local Wildlife Education centre, located just outside of downtown Flesherton, is a great place for hiking in the warmer months and for snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter. Also a highlight in the winter, downhill skiing is offered at the Beaver Valley Ski Club which is only a 10 minute drive away. In the summer, Lake Eugenia is also very close by providing opportunities for swimming, paddling, boating, and fishing. Eugenia Falls and Hogg’s Falls are two gorgeous local waterfalls with lovely hiking trails that are great forthe whole family to enjoy as they are not too difficult. Spring, summer, fall or winter, Flesherton has lots to explore and enjoy outdoors!

Flesherton is close to all the amenities you may need such as grocery stores, banks, post offices, and a hospital all less than 10 minutes away.  There are plenty of small businesses such as restaurants, cafes and shops located in Flesherton.  With such a variety of locally grown foods, Flesherton offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy local cuisine and even delve into cooking yourself!  Also close are Owen Sound and Orangeville, which have more stores, boutiques, department stores, large supermarkets, cinemas, and fine dining. The Blue Mountains and Collingwood are also only a short drive away giving even more options for amenities and more urban options. Flesherton is the perfect place to live if you want the country lifestyle without sacrificing convenience.

With such a variety of activities and points of interest, from shopping downtown, to checking out the various natural wonders, there is so much to do in the Flesherton area. Add in the amazing locals that make up the town and it is clear to see why Flesherton draws people in from near and far to visit and live in!  And it’s only a 1.5 hour drive from Kitchener/Waterloo and 2 hours from the GTA.

Flesherton Property Listings

October Real Estate Market Report

In the Municipality of Grey Highlands there has been a 5% increase in the number of properties listed since last month and a whopping 150% increase compared to October 2018. Property sales are down 23% from last month and have decreased 47% compared to the same period last year with the bulk of the sales being in the 3-4 hundred thousand range.

Flesherton Amenities

Local Schools

École MacPhail Memorial Elementary School – Flesherton
Beavercrest Community School – Markdale
École Grey Highlands Secondary School – Flesherton

Local Library

Kimberley Library & Kimberley Memorial Hall – Kimberley
Flesherton Public Library – Flesherton
Walter Harris Memorial Library – Markdale
Centre Grey Recreation Complex – Markdale
Kinplex – Flesherton
Stothart Hall – Priceville

Nearest Hospital

Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) – Markdale
Flesherton Family Practice Clinic – Flesherton
Flesherton Pharmacy – Flesherton

History of Flesherton

Flesherton was first settled in 1853 by the town’s namesake William Kingston Flesher.  It was because of his service during the Fenian Raids of 1866, that the town was renamed Flesher’s Corners and then later Flesherton. Mr. Flesher established a post office, at the intersection of the Toronto-Sydenham and Durham roads, which became the first building in the area. He operated a grist and saw mill on the Boyne River which aided in the development of the community. Mr. Flesher also was Reeve of Artemesia and Warden of Grey County, and in 1872 was elected (re-elected 1874) Member of Parliament for the riding of East Grey. It was 1854 when Aaron Munshaw built the infamous Munshaw House…

Mr. Flesher established a post office, at the intersection of the Toronto-Sydenham and Durham roads, which became the first building in the area. He operated a grist and saw mill on the Boyne River which aided in the development of the community.  Mr. Flesher had the area north of the Toronto-Sydenham Road (known as Artemesia Corners) surveyed into town lots.  Mr. Flesher wore many hats in his town, such as; post master, magistrate, druggist, and occasionally Doctor.  He also was Reeve of Artemesia and Warden of Grey County, and in 1872 was elected (re-elected 1874) Member of Parliament for the riding of East Grey.  The local militia, No. 6 Company of the 31st Grey Regiment was organized September 14, 1866 of which Mr. Flesher became the first Captain.  It was because of his service during the Fenian Raids of 1866, that the town was renamed Flesher’s Corners and then later Flesherton.

It was 1854 when Aaron Munshaw built the infamous Munshaw House (or the first part of it anyways).  After development of the community continued, Mr. Munshaw built a larger Inn which incorporated part of the first building.  This Inn also operated as a stagecoach stop and still stands in its original location to this day. 1912 saw the incorporation of Flesherton as a village.  In 1920, Mr. Flesher’s children donated land in memory of the many local men who were lost during the war, as well as those who survived.  A memorial was erected and the land became known as Flesherton Park. Telephones were first connected October 21, 1891 and by the spring of 1967, dial telephone service was installed.Flesherton was amalgamated with the Township of Artemesia in 1998; in addition   Artemesia was amalgamated with other area townships in 2001.

Famous Fleshertonians include:

  • Agnes Campbell Macphail – the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons in Canada.
  • Chris Neil – NHL Player; plays right wing for the Ottawa Senators; raised on a farm outside Flesherton.