Why Move to Woodstock

There is a reason they call Woodstock, The Friendly City.  Small town values still matter here, and in a world where people don’t say hello or get to know their neighbours, Woodstock is still the exception to the rule.

With an affordable cost of living, direct access to Highway 401 and Highway 403, and an easy commute to Kitchener, Cambridge, London and Brantford, there is a lot to like about living in Woodstock Ontario.

The current climate in the city is one of growth and development with new homes going up and industry being attracted to the area.  The population has grown 8.3% between 2011 and 2016, and it continues to grow today.

Woodstock Ontario

Things to Do

The city of Woodstock hosts several great community events throughout the year that are sure to delight you and your family.

Great Family Centered Fun

  • Victoria Day Celebration:
    2018 will be our 71st Victoria Day celebration complete with a parade and a full midway.
  • Woodstock Street Fest:
    Join us for a fun 3 day weekend celebration in the Downtown Core, with more than 30 local and international performers, and over 175 vendors.  A little bit of something for everyone!
  • Dog Lovers Days:
    A day for the dogs, literally.  Enter your pooch in the best dressed dog contest, let him run wild in the doggy play zone and enjoy a show put on by the Wunderdogs.
  • Woodstock Farmers Market:
    Fresh local produce, jewelry, hot food and more…there is something for everyone at Woodstock’s Farmers Market.  Join us every Thursday from May 17th until October in Museum square and taste what the area has to offer.
  • Canada Day:
    Music, Pony Rides, Face Painting and so much more…and of course Fire Works!
  • Cowpalooza:
    Every year in August the Dairy Capital of Canada celebrates with a huge bash at Southside park with cows and more cows!  There is cow milking contests, strong man and strong woman competition, live entertainment, vendors, two free concerts under the stars, kiddie rides and you guessed it…cows!  A great time for the entire family.
  • Winter Lights
    Great time for the kids, including music and scavenger hunt and of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree lights.
  • All Aboard The CP Holiday Train
    Late November every year the CP Holiday Train rolls through town rolls through town to delight children and to raise money and food for local charities.  Live music and a beautifully lit up train, what’s not to love?
  • Santa Claus Parade:
    An amazing turn out of beautifully lit floats, local marching bands and of course the jolly old man make this an unforgettable family evening.
  • Free Winter Public Skate:
    Throughout the winter The City of Woodstock offers several free skates for local families.  View the public skate schedule here-
  • Southside Park
    in the city center is the perfect spot for a picnic, trail walking, relaxing or taking the kids to play.  The city of Woodstock has over 50 additional neighborhood parks and 21 kilometers of trails to enjoy.
  • Pittock Conservation Area
    Whether you enjoy hiking or biking, camping, fishing or disc golf; the natural beauty of Pittock Conservation area is a rare find within city limits.  Featuring 2,000 acres on the Thames River, an RV park, a splash pad, a rental pavilion and beach there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Dining Out

Dining out in Woodstock is a real treat, with over 100 restaurants in the area and every type of cuisine to delight your palate.

Some of the local favourites worth checking out-

Sixthirtynine – Farm to Table Cuisine featuring fresh local food.  https://www.sixthirtynine.com/

Tandoori Knight – Flavourful Authentic Indian food with great atmosphere. http://www.tandooriknight.ca/site/home.php

Sushi Cove– Fresh high-quality sushi in a small restaurant setting.  http://www.sushicove.ca/

Burnt Brick Café – Great Downtown coffee shop offering a wide variety of beverages, healthy tasty lunch options, live music.  And they are licensed!  Worth checking out.  http://burntbrickcafe.ca/

Health Care

Woodstock Hospital-

  • 178 bed full service hospital.
  • Workforce of over 600
  • Over 100 doctors
  • 16 mental health beds


  • Acute Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care Services Including – Cardio-Respiratory Care, Chemotherapy, Dialysis, Diabetes Education Centre, Emergency, Intensive Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (IROP), IV Infusion Treatment, Laboratory Services, Nutrition Services, Occupational Therapy, Outpatient Clinic Services, Pre-Admit Clinic, Physiotherapy, Speech Language Pathology and Woodstock Rehabilitation Clinic.
  • Complex Continual Care- a 21 bed inpatient program for patients from South Western Ontario over 18 with complex care needs.
  • 12 bed critical care unit.
  • Complete Diagnostic Imaging Department, Including MRI and CT
  • Maternity Services
  • 16 bed Inpatient/Outpatient Mental Health Ward
  • Recreational Therapy Department
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Surgical Services with 5 operating rooms
  • Two urologists


Additional Health Care

  • 24 hour Ambulance
  • Oxford County Health Unit
  • Walk-In Mental Health Counselling at CMHA
  • Sakura house, Hospice service
  • VON services, Including Adult Day Program, Foot Care Clinics, Alzeimer Programs, Meals on Wheels and more.


Southside Public School  | Frasier Institute Rating 4.8

Springbank Public School  |  Frasier Institute Rating 5.1

Winchester St. Public School | Frasier Institute Rating n/a

Algonquin Public School | Frasier Institute Rating 5.9

Northdale Public School | Frasier Institute Rating  4.9

Eastdale Public School |  Frasier Institute Rating 4

Oliver Stephens Public School | Frasier Institute Rating n/a

Central Public School | Frasier Institute Rating n/a

College Avenue Secondary School |  Frasier Institute Rating 3.6

Huron Park Secondary School  | Frasier Institute Rating 6.1

St. Patrick’s Catholic School | Frasier Institute Rating 6.3

St. Michaels Catholic School | Frasier Institute Rating 6.2

St. Mary’s | Frasier Institute Rating 6.5

Woodstock Christian School |  Frasier Institute Rating n/a

Trinity Private School | Frasier Institute Rating n/a


Downtown Woodstock has free parking and has something to offer just about everyone.


Outside the downtown core there are many stores to meet your shopping needs, including-

  • Walmart
  • Reitmans
  • Sports Chek
  • Home Depot
  • Payless
  • Pet Valu
  • Global Foods
  • Canadian Tire and much more.