Tottenham - The Village
Celebrating it’s 125th Anniversary in 2009, the historic Village of Tottenham is located within the amalgamated Town of New Tecumseth, 70 km northwest of Toronto in a picturesque rural setting, part of the greater Simcoe County, population: approximately 6000 residents.
A weekly publication, “The New Tecumseth Times”, services the community with local and area news, community events and announcements, and classified ads.
There are many community support groups including ‘The Lions’, Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement Association, Horticultural Society, Historical Society, and Welcome Wagon, as well a local branch of the Town of New Tecumseth Public Library.
Tottenham hosts a variety of pubs, bars and restaurants and a local Canadian Legion within walking distance of an old time ‘4 Corners’ setting. As with many heritage towns, the villages boasts it’s own notable figures: Charles Eagan known for defining the wind chill factor as we know today, Wes McKnight, the first announcer for the longest running broadcast ever “Hockey Night in Canada”, and the famous South Simcoe Heritage Railway.
Tottenham offers a wide variety of housing to suit those from all walks of life.
To the delight of heritage lovers, the Village still retains many of the historic buildings from yesteryear, most kept to the standards of their former glory.
As the town progressed so did the development of housing and there are homes of many different eras from pre & post World War bungalows, to modern estate homes on the outskirts of town.
The market offers a wide variety of affordable starter homes or those suitable for small families on the go, with the odd offering of a ‘handyman’s special’ for those who delight in home renovation projects.
Retirement living is at it’s best in Tottenham, offering Tecumseth Pines, a well maintained, detached home condominium complex complete with a recreation centre.
Houses of many sizes, styles and age are located on quiet side streets, within walking distance to schools and the main street business core, and range in price between $220,000 to approximately $550,000 in price.
Tottenham is largely a services based community that supports local and surrounding citizens and farmers.
F&P Manufacturing Inc., with 500 employees, is a leading Tier 1 Automotive Parts Manufacturer in Tottenham. Their core business is automotive metal stamping, welding, hydro forming, and assembly, producing annually over 58 million component parts for their customers for more than 10 different current models.
Another large local automotive industry employer is Flex-N-Gate. Flex-N-Gate/Seeburn produced their first jack assembly in 1956.Today Flex-N-Gate has become one of the main suppliers of jacks and jack tools in the world, with global design and manufacturing capabilities for a range of mechanical systems.
Honda Manufactuing in nearby Alliston employs approximately 4000 people and is within an easy commute of Tottenham.
Being the home of the South Simcoe Heritage Railroad, Tottenham is designated a Tourist area and enjoys an influx of some 22,000+ visitors from around the world to the town over the summer steam season. Along with this and future housing development planned for within the bounds of the Village, the quaintly historic mainstreet is appealing to those with the entrepreneuring spirit.
Schools and Churches
There are two elementary schools: Tottenham Public School and Father F.X. O’Reilly Catholic School, and one high school St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School.
The Anglican Parish of the Evangelists, Tottenham United Church, Christ Church Anglican, Fraser Presbyterian Church, St Francis Xavier Catholic Church are always ready to welcome new parishoners. Churchhill Baptist Church is located just south of Tottenham on the Mount Wolfe Rd., with Hillside Community Church located just north of town.
The medical centre is home to general practitioners and other health care related professionals.
Annual Community Events
Earning the title of ‘Ontario’s Top Family Festival’, musicians and spectators travel from across Canada and the US to attend the largest and most well known local annual event, the weekend long Tottenham Bluegrass Festival. Held at the end of every June at the natural amphitheatre of the Tottenham Conservation area, a weekend pass includes stage presentations by the finest bluegrass music has to offer, Conversation Area camping, with added extras of workshops, food and craft vendors.
Tottenham Community Week is another annual event held in mid-July, intended to promote community spirit. Organized by the local Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Association, the event features a fun filled week, including sporting tournaments, Family Fun Night, Mill Street party, a Pancake Breakfast and a Fishing Derby. It’s a great kick-off to “Concerts in the Park”, a series of free live music presentations featured in the bandshell at Keogh Park, Sunday afternoons throughout the summer months.
Running for nearly two decades is the Tottenham Classic Car, Truck and Tractor Show, in early July. Showcasing over 300 automobiles pre 1986, this is a Not-for-Profit Organization event with all proceeds being returned into the community.
Tottenham village hosts two annual parades, Remembrance Day with a march led by the Sir Frederick Banting Pipe and Drum Band to the Cenotaph at Keogh Park, and the ever popular Santa Claus Parade.
Sports and Recreation
An extension was recently completed on an updated Tottenham Community Centre with the addition of a fitness complex and outdoor covered ice rink. There are many local organized sports teams for all ages. Tottenham Soccer Club has soccer for nearly everyone. Organized sports groups include boy’s and girl’s baseball, men’s and lady’s slow pitch, men’s hockey, and boy’s and girl’s hockey. There are many baseball diamonds, soccer pitches, running tracks and even a skateboard park. Other available activities include dance, art and music lessons, riding stables, and hiking trails. Nearby Woodington Lake Golf Club, a nationally ranked course is located 1.6 km (1 mi) west of Tottenham, currently offers 36 holes of golf.
All Aboard! Tottenham is “Steam Country”, home to the South Simcoe Heritage Railway’s historic steam train, a popular tourist attraction which brings people from around the world to the village.
The train ride is an exciting journey through the scenic Beeton Creek valley over the rails of a century-old branch line that once connected Hamilton with Barrie and Collingwood. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the steam train as you travel through the rolling countryside. The return trip from Tottenham to Beeton takes just under an hour, highlighted by the Conductor's friendly and informative commentary.
You'll travel in a fleet of restored 1920's steam-era passenger coaches and a collection of historic ‘rolling stock’ including freight equipment and locomotives. The pride of the collection is historic Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotive #136. Built in 1883, when Sir John A. Macdonald was Canada's first Prime Minister, #136 helped build Canada's transcontinental railway and is unique in that it served the CPR from before it's completion right up until the end of steam operations in 1960. In 2000, #136 entered a third century of service! The South Simcoe Railway Heritage Corporation is a not-for-profit historical organization.
Tottenham Conservation Area consists of 41 acres of pristine parkland overlooking the historic Avoca Mill Pond, situated in a picturesque location with in walking distance to the main street business section of the village.
The large sandy beach offers a host of possibilities for keeping cool and having fun! A pavilion is located near the beach area for picnics and shelter. The park offers camping facilities (both serviced and rustic), fishing, and nature trails. The pavilion can be reserved for private occasions such as business retreats, family reunions and picnics. Bring your canoe or pedal boats to fish in the pond or bring your friends and plan a beach volleyball game!
There is an abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat which can readily be seen - blue heron, red foxes, pheasants, groundhogs, Trumpeter Swans and a large variety of song and birds of prey. Canada Geese are regular visitors to the area in late spring and early fall. This park offers something for everyone - wetlands, pond, fishing, beach, swimming, open fields, camp sites, beautiful trees, natural grass areas and heavy bush. It is ideal for naturalists and photographers.
Black Horse Village Theatre
Located just outside of town, this community theatre, and group of playwright and stage production enthusiasts are now in its 41st year of offering first quality presentations.
Coming together in the early 1970's at the vintage 1940’s Enniskillen Hall of the Loyal Orange Lodge, the building was renamed the Black Horse Village Theatre, to recognize the location of the once nearby historic Blackhorse Inn.
The Black Horse Village Players are a volunteer group dedicated to live theatre and always welcoming to new members.