The beautiful Village of Winchester is part of the Township of North Dundas. Located in the heart of Eastern Ontario, North Dundas has a diversified rural economy and prides itself on having some of Eastern Ontario’s richest agricultural land. North Dundas Township spans from the South Nation and the East Castor River watersheds. It was incorporated on January 1, 1998, by amalgamating Mountain and Winchester’s former townships with Chesterville and Winchester’s independent villages. The Township is located approximately 50 km from downtown Ottawa, midway between Ottawa and Morrisburg.
Is Moving To Winchester Right For You?
Family living is the heritage of Winchester and North Dundas Township: schools, hospital, clinics, sports complex, and community fairs and events make a rich cultural background in which to raise a family or retire to. It is also ideal for remote working. Highway 31 connects North Dundas to downtown Ottawa. Highways 401 and 417 are only a short drive away – work in the city then leave it all behind for your home in Winchester’s country setting. Businesses can also benefit from North Dundas’ sophisticated distribution, labour, communications infrastructures, low-cost environment, and proximity to Ottawa. Important employers in the township include: Parmalat Foods, SEVITA INTERNATIONAL, MB Foster and Associates, Guildcrest Homes and Natunola Health.
Reasons to move to Winchester
REAL ESTATE 2020
Average Sale Price Residential & Condominium Combined : $351,453
Up 19.38% over 2019
* based on MLS districts 706* OREB 2019 vs 2020
Explore life in Winchester
Winchester and the Township have a very active group of business leaders. The Winchester Downtown Revitalization Committee comprises local business owners and residents who volunteer their time to beautify the Winchester downtown core. The North Dundas Chamber of Commerce strives to raise awareness about the benefits of patronizing local businesses.The Eastern Ontario Women in Business is a dynamic and growing group of businesswomen with diverse backgrounds and careers. They share expertise, knowledge and successes in a supportive atmosphere that encourages personal and professional growth and prosperity.
The Winchester District Memorial Hospital is a teaching hospital located in Winchester. The hospital has a 24/7 emergency, childbirth centre and diagnostic imaging facilities, including digital mammography and CT scans. It also offers in-patient medical and surgical services, as well as day surgery and outpatient specialty clinics.
There are several major summer fairs and festivals that take place in North Dundas. Chesterville holds a summer fair, while Winchester hosts “Dairyfest” in early August. The Village of South Mountain hosts their summer fair in August. Chesterville hosts a Farmer’s Market on the waterfront every Saturday during the summer months and an annual Art on the Waterfront in June. Winchester and Chesterville have all the out and indoor sports and recreational facilities a family will ever want.
The Department of Recreation and Culture offers various programming – everything from Zumba to art classes and summer day camp. Both Winchester and Chesterville have swimming lessons and free swim in their outdoor pools. It also strives to ensure that recreation is available to all community members, with programs such as the recreation lending library and the North Dundas Inclusion Fund.
The department oversees the Township’s recreational buildings and other facilities. These arenas, community centres and meeting rooms are home to many community groups and programs. The Township works in partnership with community organizations and volunteers to support local cultural events and festivals.
Other great events include “Meet me on Main” which is hosted by the township, the different villages have “Meet Me on Main” each week throughout the summer. It comes complete with food vendors, beverage from local breweries/distilleries and more! Prepare to be mesmerized by Winchester’s Christmas Parade of Lights, hosted for the entire township every year on the first weekend in December. Old Town Hall hosts movie nights and is home to the Dundas County Players, a theatre company. For the sweet treats enthusiast, you’ll find many sugar bushes in the village as well as Sweets Corner Park where the live musical weekends and village mural won’t leave you disappointed. There’s something for everyone in this little village, including Winchester bike Nights which attracts motorcyclists from all over Eastern Ontario and Quebec.
For the outdoor enthusiasts –North Dundas Township has several conservation areas and forests , complete with walking trails managed by South Nation Conversation Authority. The Nation River is a great place for fishing and kayaking/canoeing as well there are many local ATV and snowmobile trails in the area for everyone’s enjoyment. For the young and young at heart, there is also a big hill to toboggan down in the winter and roll down in the summer.
The Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario are responsible for North Dundas schools. There are three public elementary schools, one Catholic elementary school, and one public high school in North Dundas:
The Village of Winchester was originally settled by Ben Bates in 1835 and was first called “Bates Corners.” During the early years, residents traveled to Winchester (Chesterville) for supplies and to Matilda (Iroquois) to pick up their mail. The Morewood area drew Irish and Scottish settlers and early Irish settlers in the Ormond area used the Castor River as means of transportation. Business started to evolve and by 1855 Winchester had a general store, blacksmith shop, a carriage maker and a farm produce business. Also in 1855, the first post office was opened and the name “Bates Corners” was changed to “West Winchester.” In 1884, with the establishment of the CPR, “West Winchester” became “Winchester.” Winchester enjoyed years of growth and in January 1888 was incorporated as a Village and an independent township. The Township of North Dundas was established in 1998, with the amalgamation of the former Townships of Winchester and Mountain and the Villages of Chesterville and Winchester.
Winchester is genuinely unique in Eastern Ontario. It is the heart of North Dundas, which is a vibrant rural community. While it has kept the country’s friendliness and charm, it is just minutes away from all that Ottawa offers. It has everything you will ever need or want from churches, service clubs, schools and an exceptional health services, and sport and recreational facilities. When you visit for the first time, you will quickly appreciate the village’s rural setting and enjoy the community atmosphere that attracts individuals to live and raise their families in the Winchester area.
While the population of Winchester is minimal in comparison to other suburbs or Ottawa, the amenities within the village are here to serve. Winchester is home to excellent local schools for both elementary and secondary students. Additionally, there is beautiful green space with an array of trees blanketing the surrounding parks.
North Dundas villages give the small town, community feel while still providing all the amenities needed. Winchester’s Main Street, St Lawrence Street and their surrounding side streets are home to many different types of local businesses and specialty stores that cater to most of the needs of its residents and homeowners. Here you can find hairdressers and barber shops, medical clinics, restaurants, fitness centres, dance studios, office supply stores, florists, grocers, butchers, bakers, library, an OPP detachment, financial institutions, a hardware store, and much more. Provided all the excellent benefits of living in the city of Winchester, most residents don’t mind venturing into the neighbouring Kemptville community for needs that exceed what is provided here, if the need presents itself.
With an office located on Main Street, and most of our real estate professionals growing up and living in the area, we know the community and surrounding area well. If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about real estate in the Winchester or North Dundas area, please reach out to us anytime!
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