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Grimsby is a town of about 27,000 people (2016) in the Niagara Peninsula region of Ontario.


It is named after the English fishing town of Grimsby in north-east Lincolnshire.


The town of Grimsby was founded in 1790 as Township Number 6 after a group of United Empire Loyalists fleeing persecution in the United States settled at the mouth of 40 Mile Creek in 1787. It was later called 'The Forty'. Robert Nelles, a politician and later lieutenant-colonel in the War of 1812, was one of the town's founders. His home on Main Street West was used for many planning sessions during the war. In 1816 the village became known as Grimsby, the name of the surrounding township. Canada's first Chautauqua was established in 1859 in Grimsby Park and Beach, but by 1900 interest had declined, and by 1909 it had ceased.

The town has gone through many changes, from being a small rural village; to a centre for the manufacture of farm machinery, hospital furniture, furnaces and other metal products; and later the hub of the Niagara Peninsula's fruit-growing industry. Grimsby also had a successful fishing industry which lasted until the 1960s. With a number of wineries and distilleries, Grimsby now serves as the starting point for touring the Niagara wine region.


Grimsby's climate varies throughout the year; 12-15 °C in the spring, 21-33 °C in the summer, and 10-17 °C in the autumn. Temperatures in the winter months vary between 4 °C and −16 °C, with about 190 cm of snow per year.

Get in[edit]

Map of Grimsby (Ontario)

By car[edit]

Grimsby is on the Queen Elizabeth Way (highway), about halfway between Hamilton and St. Catharines. The QEW has three exchanges in the town, with Casablanca Boulevard in the west, a central exchange for three roads (Christie Street, Ontario Street, and Maple Avenue), and Bartlett Avenue in the east.

By train[edit]

By bus[edit]

Bus operators GO Transit and Megabus (Coach Canada) serve Grimsby. 2 GO Transit has a stop at South Service Road and Casablanca Boulevard, about 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from Downtown Grimsby. 3 Megabus stops on Main Street in Downtown Grimsby just east of Christie and Mountain streets.

Get around[edit]

In order to see the various attractions around Grimsby, it's best to rent a car in Hamilton or St. Catharines, the closest cities. The Town of Grimsby has no local public transit service.


Grimsby Beach cottages
  • 1 Grimsby Beach cottages (Gingerbread cottages) (north of QEW near Bartlett Avenue North exit). Private dwellings visible from the street. In a cute neighbourhood of cottages, a few cottages (dubbed "gingerbread cottages") are very colourfully painted giving them a fairytale look. The streets of interest are Fair Avenue between Betts Avenue and Wesley Avenue, Auditorium Circle and Temple Lane.
  • 2 Grimsby Museum, 6 Murray St, +1 905-945-5292, . Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa Su noon-4PM. Adults $3; seniors, students and children 5 years & older $2, children under 5 years free.
  • 3 Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, +1 905-945-3246, . M F 10AM-5PM, Tu W Th 10AM-8PM, Sa Su 1-5PM. Free.
  • 4 130 Main Street East. This historic house is a good example of an Ontario vernacular version of the Italianate style with its hip roof with deck, balanced facade, eyebrow like arched window cornices, and large cornice brackets. This style of architecture became very popular in the late 1860s due to its practicality for many different buildings and budgets.
  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 3:18PM local time and lasts almost 3 minutes. The chances of a clear sky are 35%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico and Texas to Ohio, straddling the Canada–New England border through Lakes Erie and Ontario, then across Maine, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.


Upper Beamer Falls
  • 1 Beamers Falls, 121 Ridge Rd W. This is a lovely hike with attractive rock formations, water flow, and moderately dense vegetation around. Hike from the parking lot off Ridge Road to the edge of the escarpment and on to a tall viewing platform for the “hawk watch”. There is a washroom block without running water. The accessible part of the trail leads right to the edge of the escarpment. A great hike for all ages. The accessible part of the trail does not require athletic wear in good weather: running shoes may be enough. It is a good place for a short walk or a longer hike.
    • 2 Hike the Bruce Trail. From Beamer Falls, the Bruce Trail follows the escarpment east to Lincoln or west to Hamilton. A side trail follows Forty Mile Creek north through downtown to Lake Ontario. Bruce Trail (Q991831) on Wikidata Bruce Trail on Wikipedia
  • 3 Grimsby Peach King Centre, 162 Livingston Ave, +1 905-945-1288, . Early Sep-mid May: daily 6AM-midnight; mid May-early Sep: M-F 6AM-10PM, Sa 8AM-3PM, Su 11AM-3PM. Home of the Grimsby Peach Kings. It would be hard to make this stuff up. 2 indoor ice pads, outdoor rink/summer pad, splash pad, fitness facility, racquetball courts, mini-soccer field.



  • 1 Downtown Grimsby, Main St (between Mountain St & Elm St). Shops and restaurants line the 230-metre length of the downtown retail area.
    • 2 The Dutch Shop, 52 Main St W (Downtown Grimsby). M-Sa 9AM-6PM. Products from the Netherlands, mainly food items.



  • 1 Judge and Jester Pub, 17 Main St E, +1 905-945-8744, . M 11:30AM–11PM, Tu W 11:30AM–midnight, Th-Sa 11:30AM–1AM, Su noon–10PM. 15 beers on tap, and a large selection of Niagara Region wines available by the glass and the bottle. Traditional pub fare.
  • 2 Station 1 Coffeehouse, 28 Main St E, +1 905-309-4000. M-W 7AM-6PM, Th Sa 7AM-8PM, F 7AM-9PM, Su 8AM-5PM. Large, but cozy cafe serving coffee, tea, local beer and wine, along with baked treats, snacks, and sandwiches.

Wineries and distilleries[edit]

There are more wineries in nearby Beamsville.


  • 1 Super 8 by Wyndham, 11 Windward Dr, toll-free: +1-800-536-1211. Free continental breakfast gym, the heated indoor pool, hot tub, free WiFi, free parking, 24-hour guest services, and business services. Non-smoking facilities, suites, and pet-friendly rooms are available. From $129.
  • 2 The Casablanca Hotel, 4 Windward Dr, toll-free: +1-877-446-5746, . Boutique inn with views of the Niagara Escarpment, close to shores of Lake Ontario. 78 guest rooms and suites, from standard double rooms to luxury suites with fully furnished living rooms, dining rooms, en suites and powder rooms. From $135.
  • 3 Vinifera, The Inn on Winery Row, 245 Main St E, +1 905-309-8873. 1846 historic bed & breakfast inn. From $169.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Grimsby
TorontoBurlington  W  E  St. CatharinesNiagara Falls
TorontoHamilton  W  E  LincolnNiagara Falls
Hamilton ← becomes  W  E  LincolnNiagara-on-the-Lake

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