Wardsville is an undiscovered gem. Should we expose it? or Hide it?

Todays’ seniors, and their baby boomer children, realize that they are going to live a long time and they had better plan ahead. But where to downsize? There is a shortage of seniors’ housing in rural areas and retirees are moving to London to access comfortable condominiums, health services and cultural activities.

Wardsville is a settlement on the Thames River at the centre of four counties: Elgin, Middlesex, Lambton and Kent. It’s main street has gone into demise; its two churches are struggling; and commerce flows along Hwy 401 to the south.

But take a second look. Wardsville area features beautiful river country and the largest Carolinian forest and wetland remnant in Canada. Upstream, there is the charming Big Bend conservation area. Downstream, residents, with the support of Thames Talbot Land Trust, recently set aside the Newport Forest for protection. The 27-hole golf course established 50 years ago is often described as a “hidden gem”. The village has new water mains, sewer system, paved streets and lots of history.

Hmmm. I would like to live there. I bet I’m not the only one.


7 thoughts on “Wardsville is an undiscovered gem. Should we expose it? or Hide it?

  1. Looking to relocate out of the Big City. Wardsville sounds like a great place to go for a Sunday drive. But….is it somewhere where you might want to live? What amenities do you have?

  2. This is a great place to relocate because it hasn’t been discovered. Property is very inexpensive.

    Groceries are in a few miles away in Glencoe, Rodney, and West Lorne, Newbury (McNaughtonville) with its fantastic hardware store, automative supply, M@M Meats, trailer sale, doctor clinic, hospital, dentists, etc. is 5 minutes away.

    And it has a great little downtown that’s begging for a renaissance. Wardsville has a post office, library, museum, ball park, two cemeteries, the Thames River, a 27 hole golf course.

    It’s got history. The Bi-Centennial of the War of 1812 will be a big deal.

    And the houses are turning over. People are moving in!

    Mary Simpson

  3. Having moved from a city to Glencoe (located near Wardsville), I have realized there is a lot more for me to do here in a small town, as apposed to a larger city like London. Most people don’t recognize that, especially people my age (I’m 19 year old student). The things that are available in the city, cost money. Who can afford to go out all the time? Small places like Glencoe, and Wardsville; not only do you have privacy, the beautiful scenic view, but when you do decide to go out and spend money, it’s exciting. Small towns should be more recognized, and praised a lot more. These are the kinds of places that parents would want their kids to grow up. I know I would! They offer just as much fun as cities, only it’s less expensive. No one goes to the movie theatre every day, no one goes out to dinner every day, no one wants to spend a lot of money everyday. Here, you can do all of that, and spend much less. I suppose I’m just expressing my appreciation for small towns such as Glencoe, Wardsville, and surrounding areas.
    Kat W

  4. Hi Kat: What a cool name.
    Thanks so much for blogging with us. For someone that has moved from a big city to a little town you sure have picked up on what is important to all of us in the country.
    You don’t always need money to have fun.
    Being in a smaller school means you have the oppourtunity to GET INVOLVED and that’s great.

    Could you do me a favour, let your friends know about this old foggy blog site. We need comments and ideas from you “young’ons” to let us know what is important to you. What would it take for someone like you to go to school, get a good education and come back to any little town and raise YOUR family.

    Thanks for Blogging

  5. It’s funny you mention that Denise. This weekend I went to Kitchener to visit some friends who are currently attending Laurier University, and they have the same thoughts about the country life as I do. They plan to finish University, find a job in the city, however live in the country or a smaller town to raise their future families. I have mentioned this site to a couple friends of mine, and I will continue to do so.
    I hope you had a good weekend
    Take care,

  6. Kat:

    Looking forward to meeting you. Hopefully you have a chance to come out to our next meeting. We need a fresh look at what we are trying to accomplish.

    Here’s a question for you.

    Should communities be labelled as retirement?


  7. To answer your question Denise: Yes, but not exclusively. Without younger generations like myself, a community will only last so long.
    I am looking into something at the moment, one specific thing that could keep this small community (where I live) alive. We have to do what we can right?

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