Located 45 kilometres south of Downtown Ottawa, Winchester is a charming village in the township of North Dundas.
The area was originally settled by Ben Bates in 1835 and was first called “Bates Corners.” By 1855, the town had grown to have a general store, blacksmith shop, carriage maker, and farm produce business. It was then known as “West Winchester” until 1888, when the community was incorporated as a village and officially became Winchester.
We love the area for its community events and small-town attractions. In August of each year, Winchester hosts Dairyfest, which has grown into a much-loved street festival featuring local vendors, family-friendly activities, and entertainment. There’s also the Christmas Parade of Lights and Winchester Sunday Market, where you can get produce, treats, and artisanal goods.
Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the 18-hole course at Cloverdale Links Golf Course, and at Old Town Hall, you can enjoy everything from theatre and concerts to movie nights, open mic nights, and other live entertainment.
Want to spend some time in the great outdoors? Head over to the Cass Bridge Conservation Area, where you’ll find scenic views of the South Nation River. Take in the tranquil waters from the observation area, have an afternoon picnic, or launch your boat from the floating dock. With plenty of green space, a play structure, parking, and privies, Cass Bridge is a perfect stopover off County Road 31.