Thornton, Ontario

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The hamlet of Thornton is located in Essa, Ontario, Canada, with Essa Township having a population of 16,901 people in 2006.[1] It is about 74 kilometres (46 mi) north of Toronto.[2]

Thornton Historical Plaque


Thornton is located on generally flat and fertile soils about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north of Cookstown, Ontario, and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Barrie, Ontario. It is a hamlet with about 1400 people. The Trans Canada Trail runs through Thornton and the intersection of Country Road 21 and County Road 27 marks the core of the hamlet of Thornton.

Places in Thornton[edit]

Thornton is similar to most rural towns. Some places in Thornton are:

  • A fire station. The fire station in Thornton is run by volunteers and is a municipal service that provides help in emergency situations, education about preventing fires from occurring, and fire permits. The fire station building is shared with Essa Public Library.[3]
  • Essa Public Library. The Essa Public Library was founded in December 1996. It also has a meeting room for community events and activities and provides internet access to its clients.[4]
  • Thornton Lions Club Office
  • Thornton Plaza
  • Thornton Arena. The Arena is home to the Thornton Tigers, a minor hockey league team.[5]
  • Thornton Corner Store
  • Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet Restaurant.[6] The historic brick building, also known as the Queen’s Hotel, was constructed in 1852.[7] The former steak-house reopened as a vegetarian restaurant in 2014. The historical building is also home to the Vidya Centre For Yoga And Wellness.[8]

Recent developments[edit]

Thornton has had two subdivisions built within the hamlet in the last 10 years. The Thornton Plaza has also been built with a variety of businesses including the Thornton Post Office and a few private businesses.


Coordinates: 44°16′15″N 79°43′20″W / 44.27083°N 79.72222°W / 44.27083; -79.72222