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(s): "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
CountyHuron County
 • Total5.33 km2 (2.06 sq mi)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total4,649
 • Density897.4/km2 (2,324/sq mi)
Time zoneEST
Postal CodeN0M 1S0 & N0M 3S0
Area code(s)519, 226

Exeter is a community in the municipality of South Huron, in the southern portion of Huron County, Ontario, Canada, 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", can be seen at many community events throughout the year, including Canada Day celebrations, the Exeter Rodeo, and the Santa Claus Parade.


Exeter was first founded in the winter of 1832 by the Irish settlers James and Jane Willis accompanied by the explorer Sir Michael Jacques. 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. This intersection of Highway 4 and County Road 83 is the busiest intersection in Huron County.

Freight train service is provided by the Goderich-Exeter Railway, connecting to Canadian National Railway service at London, Stratford and Toronto. The line running through Exeter is most commonly used by the Hensall District Co-Operative.

The closest local airfield is at Centralia/James T. Field Memorial Aerodrome, south of Exeter in Huron Park. Closest major international airport is London International Airport.

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


  • Exeter Times-Advocate - Exeter's local newspaper, owned by Metroland Publishing. This paper publishes once-weekly, on Wednesdays.
  • The Examiner - Formerly the Exeter Examiner, first issue published in 2015. This paper is not associated with the Times-Advocate and serves the larger area around Exeter.[3]
  • 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


Notable Citizens[edit]



  • South Huron District High School
  • Exeter Public School
  • Precious Blood Catholic Elementary School


Health & Wellness Facilities[edit]

Exeter and the surrounding area has many health and wellness facilities to offer its residents. The South Huron Hospital, South Huron Medical Centre/Walk-In Clinic, and the Grand Bend and Area Community Health Centre all offer hospital services in the local area. Jessica's House is a recently built residential hospice that offers care close to home. There are also 3 different general practitioners in Exeter. As for mental health, the Community Psychiatric Services and CMHA Middlesex can accommodate all of your needs. The Exeter Villa and One Care Home & Community Support Services are here to help seniors in all capacities. Exeter also boasts:

  • 2 optometrists
  • 2 dentists
  • 2 hearing care faciities
  • 5 chiropractic, massage and physiotherapy facilities
  • 3 pharmacies
  • 4 gyms
  • and 3 animal hospitals/veterinary clinics

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Wooden, Joseph L. (1973). "Exeter...: a history of Exeter, Ontario". R. Southcott (via ouroots.ca). Retrieved 2006-12-04.


External links[edit]

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