Exeter, Ontario

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Exeter, Ontario
Top Left: Exeter's town hall constructed in 1887, Right: Exeter's water tower, Bottom Left: An Exeter, Ontario White Squirrel
Top Left: Exeter's town hall constructed in 1887, Right: Exeter's water tower, Bottom Left: An Exeter, Ontario White Squirrel
Motto: "Home of the White Squirrel"
Exeter is located in Ontario
Exeter, Ontario on a map of Ontario
Coordinates: 43°21′N 81°29′W / 43.350°N 81.483°W / 43.350; -81.483
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Huron County
 • Total 5.33 km2 (2.06 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,785
 • Density 897.4/km2 (2,324/sq mi)
Demonym Exonian
Time zone EST
Postal Code N0M 1S0
Area code(s) 519, 226
Website www.southhuron.ca

Exeter is a Canadian community in the municipality of South Huron, in the southern portion of Huron County, Ontario, located approximately 50 kilometres north of London. The community proclaims itself the "Home of the White Squirrel", owing to the presence of the unusually-coloured mammals. Exeter's mascot, "Willis The White Wonder" (Doug Westlake) can be seen at many community events throughout the year, including Canada Day celebrations, the Exeter Rodeo, and the Santa Claus Parade. Recently Exeter has opened a new Crabby Joe's Tap & Grill restaurant.


Exeter was first founded in the winter of 1832 by the Irish settlers James and Jane Willis and also Amanda. By 1853, Exeter had grown into a community of over 300 with the help of Isaac Carling bringing immigrants from the Exeter and Devon areas of England.The original Carling homestead, a designated historical landmark still stands on Huron St.W. It was on July 1, 1873, when the villages north and south of the Ausable River (Francistown and Exeter respectively) merged to form the Village of Exeter. Exeter eventually became a town of over 4,700 people. Paintings of some of Exeter's historical citizens, by the late artist Harry Burke, may be seen at the Exeter Legion Hall.


Sir Wilfrid Laurier speaking from the platform of a railway observation car in Exeter during the federal election campaign, November 1904.

Exeter is located on the north-south Highway 4. At the north end of the community, Highway 4 intersects with County Road 83.

Freight train service is provided by the Goderich-Exeter Railway, connecting to Canadian National Railway service at London, Stratford and Toronto.

The closest local airfield is at Centralia/Huron Airpark, south of Exeter. Closest major international airport is London International Airport.

Exeter is served by scheduled bus service to Owen Sound and London.[2]


The local newspaper is the Exeter Times-Advocate, owned by Metroland Publishing. This paper publishes once-weekly, on Wednesdays.

Cable television is provided by Eastlink TV and includes local community station ETM Television.

  • CKXM-FM 90.5 "myFM" - Exeter and area local news coverage, adult contemporary music
  • CKNX-FM 101.7 "The One" - local, regional and national news and adult contemporary music
  • CIBU-FM 94.5/91.7 "The Bull" - local, regional and national news and classic rock music


Exeter is home to the Exeter Hawks, a junior hockey team that plays in the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Exeter Mohawks of the Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League. The Exeter Express baseball team plays in the Southwest Senior Baseball League.

Notable people[edit]


  • MacNaughton Park, including Scenic Gardens
  • South Huron Hospital
  • 2 golf courses
  • Exeter Curling Club
  • [1] Morrison Dam Conservation Area]
  • Recently restored Town Hall
  • Carling House
  • Huron Tractor Ltd.


  • South Huron District High School Home of the Panthers, a nationally recognized music program and over 850 students
  • Exeter Public School
  • Precious Blood Catholic Elementary School

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Coordinates: 43°21′N 81°29′W / 43.350°N 81.483°W / 43.350; -81.483