Norwich Ontario in Oxford County. A great place to live in Southern Ontario. A Quaker founded community. Economical, (warm for Canada), lots of stores (for a small town) close to beaches, with all the amenities of a larger locale. You gotta love the town of Norwich (Ritchie’s, Hockey etc.). This is our home. Shop in Village of Norwich stores. Eat in Norwich restaurants. Go local in the town of Norwich. Raise your family in a great place, a cultural melting pot of different ethnicities including Amish, British, Polish, German, Irish, Dutch, Chinese and Filipino. Norwich is a community of tolerance and inclusion. Live the Norwich dream. Norwichians love their hockey and congregate many days a week with family and friends at the Nor-Del arena. See you there soon!

Founding of Norwich – In 1809 Peter Lossing, a member of the Society of Friends from New York visited Norwich Township, and in June, 1810, with his brother-in-law, Peter De Long, purchased 6070 ha of land in the area. That fall Lossing brought his family to Upper Canada and early in 1811 and settled . The De Long family and nine others joined Lossing the same year and by 1820 an additional group of about fifty had settled within the tract. Many were Quakers and a frame meeting house, planned in 1812, was erected in 1817. These resourceful pioneers founded one of the most successful Quaker communities in Upper Canada. Emily Stowe, arguably the most important and respected Norwichian of all time was a Quaker. She fought against woman’s suffrage, and helped women obtain equality in a man’s world.

Shop local, Shop Norwich. Why drive when you can shop local?

Our Hometown

Norwich is a prototypical Canadian town. We have our drive-Inn diner (Ritchies), we have our grocery store (Foodland), we have a Shopper’s Drug Mart, a Tim Horton’s and a Home Hardware store amongst countless other stores, services and restaurants. We are a hockey centric town, with the Norwich community centre as the place we congregate and cheer on our children. Don’t forget the Norwich Merchants.

Norwich is a fantastic place to live and grew within. We are a great community. So much to do and see! We also have great places to shop and eat.


Norwich Ontario is a beautiful town south of Woodstock. A central hub community feeding other communities with restaurants and shops. Towns such as Burgessville, Otterville, Delhi and Tillsonburg are close, Woodstock, Brantford and Ingersoil are about 20 minutes about 20 minutes from the Town of Norwich.

Our site is an information site for those in the town of Norwich Ontario and nearby. We’ll advertise the stores and events for free, share ideas and make Norwich a better place for all. Do you love the deli or the fantastic home hardware? We do too!

We’ll also answer questions. Where are the best places to toboggan? Where do I go skating? Which is the best place to dine? Have a question or an answer…we’ll post it!

Norwich, Ontario would be perfect for a fall fair. What do you think?

We will also share useful and not really useful information through NorwichOntario.com (Did you know the town of Norwich was once called Norwichville?)

The Norwich Business Alliance (NBA) promotes your business for free and we also promote the town as a whole. As a group, we want schools for our children (i.e. High School), traffic calming areas, Sunday shopping, equality for all, policing etc. Let’s build a better community.


Who are Norwichians?

The people of the town of Norwich are mostly of European descent, Many of those are Polish, British, Dutch or German descent. Some Norwichians have been in the area so long they have lost their roots to the old country and declare themselves to be merely Canadian. Norwich is a melting pot of cultures and religions both old and new. The area is expanding with new subdivisions and an influx of people from larger urban centres such as Toronto.

The town and community is centred around the Norwich Community Centre (NCC) which we congregate to on Saturday and Sunday (and many other days of the week). We watch the Norwich Merchants play hockey. We watch our children as they develop, learn teamwork and become active members of our community. The parents chat and talk in the stands, friends are made. Hockey is truly the Nexus of Norwich and most will, have or are making trips to this house of Norwich. I thank all of the volunteers, supporters and those who play patronage to the facility . We see our neighbours and Norwich unites within the hallowed walls of the community centre. A great many players have seen action and entertained us there. Go Merchants Go!

Norwich also has figure skating at the NCC, but alas, I am not too familiar, as I have 5 boys.

The Amish have made Norwich their home for many generations. Those in the Norwich area travel just south of Town of Norwich to the Amish farm on the western side of HWY # 59 to procure fresh produce (No slight to the local Foodland).

There is an abundance of fresh home baked goods in the area if you look around Norwich.

Many Norwichians have college degrees from esteemed institutions such as the University of Toronto or McMaster University. We are scientists, doctors and lawyers. Farming is a way of life in the area, and it is one of Norwich’s greatest attributes, the rolling green fields. Have you gone on the Cheese Trail or seen farming in action?

There is so much to enjoy and do around Norwich. I lived in Markham, Toronto, Oshawa, Montreal, Kitchener and Brantford, but I can truly say that I want to retire out here in the Town of Norwich. In some ways it reminds me of the life I had as a child growing up in a rural community. Places like Ritchies Drive Inn carry so much nostalgia for me. The lake is also fantastic. The Norwich waterpark is also a lot of fun for the little ones. I hope you enjoy the town as much as I do!

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