Welcome to the Cottage on the Thames, the ideal getaway for couples, families, or small business groups: backing onto the Thames River in quiet and picturesque St. Marys, the Cottage is bright, cozy, and relaxing. Adults and children alike will love the community’s many natural, cultural, and recreational attractions, most of which are within walking distance of the Cottage. For those attending the nearby Stratford Shakespeare Festival, retreating to the tranquil and natural beauty surrounding theCottage on the Thames is the perfect follow-up to a theatrical performance.
At the Cottage on the Thames, you can sit under the trees and enjoy a campfire by the river; hike for miles along a scenic country road with the rippling Thames on one side and luscious fields on the other; watch herons strut along the riverbank while hawks whirl above; stroll through the expansive estate grounds fronting the Cottage; fish on the banks of Trout Creek; take a dip in the crystal clear water of the swimming quarry (Canada’s largest outdoor pool) or in the Pyramid’s brand new salt-water facility; play tennis, soccer, or baseball, or try your hand at lawn bowling in Lion’s Park; walk to St. Marys' downtown (just five minutes away) to explore its quaint streets and marvel at its historic stone architecture, including the home where Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King spent vacations; browse the shelves of the grand Carnegie library; attend a service at one of the town’s impressive stone cathedrals and churches; find a treasure in one of the town's antique shops; take in an opera at Queen Street’s Town Hall; surf the Internet and relax with cappuccino in the hip Coffee Culture; make your way to the little falls at sunset to hear the stirring strains of a bagpiper; take the family to Pathway Fish and Chips for the best halibut around, or cross Thomas Street for an upscale meal at the Westover Inn; drive ten minutes to boat or water-ski at Wildwood Conservation Park; or take casual day-trips to explore nearby towns and cities, such as Shakespeare,Stratford, Listowel, Mitchell, Milverton, London, and Kitchener-Waterloo; or simply cozy up in the Cottage to read a book or cook a meal with fresh, local ingredients from McCully’s Market.
In the off-season, too, there’s plenty to do: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, curling, and river skating; or saunter through the streets to behold the seasonal lights and displays that made the town of St. Marys the winner of the national 2006-2007 Winterlights competition.