In the year 1853, a town plot was laid out where the two branches of the Maitland River met. John Coryn, one of the earliest settlers built a hotel in the area in 1861. In 1862 a post office was included and the tiny settlement was named Wingham. The community thrived as a supply and distribution centre for the surrounding area and with the completion of the railway Wingham’s future looked very bright.
Wingham is situated on the Maitland River in the Township of North Huron, 30 minutes East of Lake Huron and an hour from London and Kitchener. Visit Wingham in the summer and paddle a canoe down the river, sport fish, golf, take advantage of our bike and walking paths, or bring a picnic and enjoy the view from the bank of the Maitland. Winter offers snowshoeing and cross country skiing at the Maitland Conservation area or take advantage of the many snowmobile trails that surround us.
Wingham’s rich history can be explored at the Township of North Huron Museum, which celebrates the history of the area from the Paleolithic era to the modern day.
Award-winning author Alice Munro was born here and many of her short stories are based on her life in Wingham. Her contribution to the town is celebrated with the Alice Munro Garden, a beautiful spot on the main street across from the historic Town Hall.
Wingham’s historic core hosts a mix of businesses, including retail stores, local cuisine, and professional offices as well as The Alice Munro Garden, Cruikshank Park, and Riverside Park to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
The Musical Muskrat Festival features, events for children, Fireman Games, the now Famous Rib Off, and various bands through out the weekend.
Wingham kicks off the holiday season with the Christmas lighting and carol singing at the Cruickshank Park, as well as the Santa Claus Parade, which showcases our great community spirit with decorated floats created by our local schools, churches, social service agencies and businesses.