Welcome to Flesherton, Grey Highlands

About Flesherton, Grey Highlands

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 art and history-loving community with several art galleries and antique shops decorating the town’s streets. In the summer, Lake Eugenia is conveniently located minutes away making it the perfect day trip 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. For the winter months, many local residents enjoy downhill skiing 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!

Flesherton Grey Highlands Main Intersection Although many would not expect it, Flesherton is a strong art and history-loving community. Several art galleries and antique shops decorate the town’s streets. Moreover, the South Grey Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Flesherton and surrounding area.  This is where you can learn about local trailblazer Agnes Macphail, the first woman elected to the Canadian Parliament, who was born and raised in the Grey Highlands area.

Flesherton, Grey Highlands Restaurants

The small town of 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 speciality 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.

Outdoor Recreation in Flesherton, Grey Highlands

Outdoor recreation is a highlight of life in Flesherton. Flesherton Hills Local Wildlife Education centre is a great place for hiking in the warmer months and snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the winter. Downhill skiing is another highlight offered at the Beaver Valley Ski Club which is only a 10-minute drive away. In the summer, Lake Eugenia is also very close for swimming, paddling, boating, and fishing. Eugenia Falls and Hogg’s Falls are two gorgeous local waterfalls with lovely hiking trails that are great and easy for the whole family to enjoy. No matter the season, Flesherton has lots to explore and enjoy outdoors!

Amenities in Flesherton, Grey Highlands

Flesherton is close to amenities such as grocery stores, banks, post offices, and a hospital, all less than 10 minutes away. With such a variety of locally grown foods, Flesherton offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy local cuisine and even delve into cooking yourself!  A short drive will take you to Owen Sound or Orangeville where you’ll find boutiques, department stores, large supermarkets, cinemas, and fine dining. We can’t forget The Blue Mountains and Collingwood which are the perfect destinations for adventure and leisure alike. 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 visiting 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 Grey Highlands Real Estate Market Report

In the Municipality of Grey Highland’s, there has been a 15% increase in the number of properties listed since last month but a 25% decrease when compared to October of 2019. Property sales have decreased 22% from last month and have seen a massive 110% increased from the same time last year, with the bulk of the sales being in the  3-4,  hundred thousand range. The market has been strong with sellers having offer dates usually within the first week of the new listing hitting the market. We are seeing some offers going over list price and with no conditions.

Flesherton Amenities

School Info

Local Schools

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

Local Library Info

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

Hospital and Medical Centers

Nearest Hospital

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

Flesherton Gems

Explore each section below to see some of our favourite local spots. You can choose from Arts & Culture, Local Businesses that we love, Outdoor Recreational Activities and Natural Treasures!

History of Flesherton

Main Intersection of Flesherton, Grey Highlands

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 was also 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…

Flesherton Grey Highlands Town Sign At the intersection of the Toronto-Sydenham and Durham roads Mr. Flesher established a post office which became the first building in the area. He operated a grist and sawmill on the Boyne River which aided in the development of the community.  The area north of the Toronto-Sydenham Road (known as Artemesia Corners) was surveyed into town lots.  Mr. Flesher wore many hats in his town such as postmaster, 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.

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.

Munshaw House

In 1854, Aaron Munshaw built the infamous Munshaw House (or the first part of it anyway).  After the development of the community continued, Mr. Munshaw built a larger Inn which incorporated part of the first building.  At this time, the 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 and fought during the war.  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.

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.