Whether you've come from away, or you’ve lived in St. Thomas your whole life, there is lots to discover in the city. That's why we have created an itinerary for you that outlines how to have the perfect Saturday in St. Thomas. While this guide is only a glance at all there is to do, it will provide you with some of the city’s highlights that will ensure a day of exploration and fun. So here it is, your guide to the perfect Saturday in St. Thomas – you may even fall in love with a place that you never knew existed!
- 8:00 a.m. -
It’s time to wake up and head to the Horton Farmers’ Market. You can grab some breakfast here with a French twist from Bonjour Breakfast, or treat yourself to something from Spicer's Bakery. After eating, browse the market for some local produce and artwork while enjoying the friendly atmosphere!
- 9:00 a.m. -
Next, make your way to the Jumbo the Elephant Monument! Jumbo had a historic role in the community in 1885 because of his tragic passing in St. Thomas. Being the largest circus elephant in the world at the time, the size of this monument is astonishing. This statue is inspiring for all-ages, so bring your friends or take your kids to witness this amazing little piece of history!
- 10:00 a.m. -
Head down to the Elgin County Railway Museum and learn all about our amazing heritage - you may be surprised at how interesting railway history can be! With tons of cool artifacts and collections, including model trains, the museum is the perfect place to spend the morning in a fun and educational environment!
- 12:00 p.m. -
Now go and enjoy the wonderful local talent that we have at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre down the street. Admission to the gallery is free, providing you with an inexpensive and exciting way to experience culture in our area through the thought-provoking and beautiful works.
- 1:00 p.m. -
Take a rest and eat lunch at any of the delicious eateries downtown. We suggest Why Not Cookies, where you can enjoy a sandwich, followed by in-store soft-serve or Shaw's Ice Cream and homemade cookies for dessert!
- 2:00 p.m. -
Now that you have lots of energy, stroll down Talbot Street for some great Downtown Shopping. Don’t forget to check out some of the hidden gems of downtown, like Las Chicas Del Cafe in the CASO Station. There are lots of great specialty stores and antique shops to check out, too. Treat yourself to some clothes, home decor, or whatever you happen to stumble upon - it’s a great way to support local businesses!
- 4:00 p.m. -
Get away from the traffic and the bustle of life and instead appreciate the tranquil nature of Waterworks Park. Go for a nice walk along the path and through the water gardens, or take the kids to play in the splash pad and on the playground. You can also try your hand at some Disc Golf at Waterworks, or check out the VA Barrie course on Sunset Drive for a unique and challenging kind of fun.
- 6:00 p.m. -
Now it’s time to wrap up the day with dinner, and there are plenty of stellar places to grab a bite to eat in St. Thomas. Legends’ patio is always a great option for a lively dinner with fresh air and some tasty food. Just beside the Railway City Tourism office is Rail City Bistro for you to check out their often themed weekend offerings. Or, if you’re feeling like an international meal, Cafe Siam and Bella Jacks are also lovely places to eat.
It is not down in any map; true places never are.