Schomberg, Ontario

Schomberg (2016 population 2,691[1]) is an unincorporated village in northwestern King, Ontario, Canada located north of the Oak Ridges Moraine and south of the Holland River.

Schomberg is accessed via Highway 9, which links Orangeville and Newmarket; via Highway 27 linking Barrie and Toronto; and the Lloydtown-Aurora Road. Its main street is York Regional Road 76, a curved avenue separate from the local major highways.

Unincorporated community
Schomberg is located in Canada
Location within Canada
Schomberg is located in Ontario
Location within Ontario
Schomberg is located in North America
Location within North America
Coordinates: 44°00′12″N 79°41′06″W / 44.00333°N 79.68500°W
Regional MunicipalityYork Region
 • Township mayorSteve Pellegrini
 • MPDeb Schulte
 • MPPStephen Lecce
 • CouncillorBill Cober (Ward 4)
 • Land2.31 km2 (0.89 sq mi)
200 m (700 ft)
 • Total2,691
 • Density1,127.3/km2 (2,920/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Schomberger or Schombergian
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)905 and 289
NTS Map031D04


Map of Lloydtown and Schomberg, King, Ontario, 1878
A map from 1878 showing lots 30–34 in King Township, including the communities of Schomberg and Lloydtown

This area was occupied for thousands of years by varying indigenous cultures of First Nations peoples.

Brownsville was founded by Irish settlers who had immigrated to Canada from Pennsylvania in the United States.[2] It was named for its founder, businessman Thomas Brown (born 13 May 1802), who was one of twelve siblings born in Pennsylvania, and one of four who emigrated to Upper Canada.[3] About 1830, his farmer brother John R. Brown (born 3 June 1811) settled on lot 26, concession 8, establishing the rural community.[4] Thomas built the community's only flour mill in 1836, stimulating development. The mill was eventually bought by their brother Garrett, who also established the first bank in the community.[4] For postal service, residents used the post office in the nearby community of Lloydtown.

In 1861, the community applied for a post office, but was rejected because another post office with the name Brownsville was already in operation in York County. (That community is now part of Woodbridge in Vaughan.) In 1862, the community was renamed Schomberg, a name suggested by Thomas Roberts Ferguson,[5] and its post office was established. The name was likely for The 3rd Duke of Schomberg and 1st Duke of Leinster, K.G. (1641-1719), a general under King William III of England.[6]

On 6 June 1890, the town was one of many flooded as a result of a storm in the eastern United States and Canada.[7] The flood destroyed buildings, leaving many residents homeless and businesses ruined, and swept away two mill dams.[7] It also carried one building downstream, where it came to rest on a farm.[8] In Ontario, the storm also caused flooding in Barrie, Brooklin, Greenwood, and Orangeville.[7]

On 25 March 1899, the community was established as a police village.[9] In 1902, the Traders Bank of Canada (now part of the Royal Bank of Canada) established the first commercial bank in Schomberg,[10] and in January 1920 the Imperial Bank of Canada (now part of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce) established a branch.[11]

For some time in the early 20th century, the town was the terminus of the Schomberg and Aurora Railway that connected to the Toronto and York Radial Railway on Yonge Street, some distance to the east. The railway was constructed to bring shoppers and day-trippers from Toronto to the town, but was never very popular. Opened for traffic in 1902, it was electrified in 1916 and closed in 1927. The rails were removed the next year, but the right of way can still be seen to the east of the town.

Urbanization of the community occurred primarily in the southwestern part, with small developments. In the 1950s and 1960s, housing was developed near the centre, and in the 1990s in the Roselena Drive area. Two developments in the 2010s added 147 detached homes, 52 semi-detached homes, 29 townhouses, and a 127-unit six-storey condominium.[12]


Schomberg has a continental climate moderated by the Great Lakes and influenced by warm, moist air masses from the south, and cold, dry air from the north. The Oak Ridges Moraine affects levels of precipitation: as an air mass arrives from Lake Ontario and reaches the elevated ground surface of the moraine, it rises causing precipitation.[13]


As of the Canada 2011 Census, Schomberg was home to 2,321 residents in 892 dwellings,[15] an increase in population of 38.2% from the 1,679 residents counted in the Canada 2006 Census.


An annual tradition is the Schomberg Fair, first held in 1851. It is an agricultural fair featuring a variety of events and activities. It is held every year on the last weekend in May.

A more recent annual tradition is Main Street Christmas. This is held one evening in December, during which people celebrate the holiday season by listening to carols, going on hay rides, and viewing ice sculptures, among other things.

Schomberg is home to the Schomberg Cougars, a Junior C hockey team playing in the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League. The Schomberg Minor Hockey Association and the Schomberg Cougars are tenants of the Trisan Centre.

The largest inuksuk is located in Schomberg. It was built by a local stone quarry as an attraction for commerce.[16][17]


Schomberg has two elementary schools: Schomberg Public School and St. Patrick's Catholic School. There is also a nursery school. There is no secondary school in Schomberg, so students generally attend King City Secondary School, Cardinal Carter Catholic High School, Aurora High School, or St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic High School.

Famous people

Filming locations

  • The 1970 Canadian film, Homer, starring Don Scardino and Ralph Endersby, was shot mainly in downtown Schomberg. In the film, the characters referred to the fictional town as "Schomberg, Wisconsin".
  • Several other motion pictures have been shot in Schomberg and surrounding areas[18]


  • "(Code 1357) Census Profile". 2011 census. Statistics Canada. 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  • "Bradford Muck Research, Ontario". Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000. Environment Canada. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  • "Schomberg [Population centre], Ontario and Ontario [Province]". Census Profile, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  • Love, Jean Catharine; Sawdon, Herbert H. (1928). "Schomberg and its school (S.S. No. 14, King)". Ryerson Press. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  • "Raging elements". Los Angeles Herald. 7 June 1890. Retrieved 10 September 2017.


  1. ^ a b c Statistics Canada: 2016 census.
  2. ^ Love & Sawdon, p. 116.
  3. ^ Love & Sawdon, p. 10-11.
  4. ^ a b Love & Sawdon, p. 11.
  5. ^ Love & Sawdon, p. 14.
  6. ^ "Schomberg". Rural Routes. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  7. ^ a b c Los Angeles Herald, p. 1.
  8. ^ Love & Sawdon, p. 18.
  9. ^ Love & Sawdon, p. 23.
  10. ^ Love & Sawdon, p. 31.
  11. ^ Love & Sawdon, p. 32.
  12. ^ "Schomberg Developments". The Corporation of the Township of King. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  13. ^ Cf. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Rouge River Watershed Plan Report (2007), 15.
  14. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010". Environment Canada. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  15. ^ Statistics Canada: 2012
  16. ^ Large Canadian Roadside Attractions
  17. ^ "The Biggest, the Smallest: World Records and 20 Minutes of Fame", 20 Minutes of Fame Blog, 7 Jan 2008
  18. ^ IMDB Movie Database

External links

Coordinates: 44°00′12″N 79°41′06″W / 44.00333°N 79.68500°W

Alexander Ferguson

Alexander Ferguson (February 23, 1860 – March 3, 1925) was a farmer and politician in Ontario, Canada. He represented Cardwell from 1906 to 1908 and Simcoe South from 1908 to 1919 in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as a Conservative member.He was educated in Collingwood. Ferguson was elected to the Ontario assembly by acclamation in a 1906 by-election held after Edward Alfred Little resigned his seat.He died at Schomberg, Ontario in 1925.

Bill Kitchen (ice hockey)

William Percy Kitchen (October 2, 1960 – July 30, 2012) was a professional ice hockey player, born in Schomberg, Ontario. He was the younger brother of Mike Kitchen.


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Canadian Lakehead Exhibition

The Canadian Lakehead Exhibition (CLE) is an annual regional fair in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Similar in nature to the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, it features local and regional artisans and farmers, a midway, concessions and numerous other activities geared towards families and people of all ages. The exhibition takes place yearly in early August and is held on the CLE grounds in the Intercity area.

Homer (film)

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Mike Kitchen

Michael Elwin "the Kitch" Kitchen (born February 1, 1956) is a Canadian former defenceman who most recently served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. As of February 2016, Kitch has coached in over 2400 NHL games including playoffs. In 2012/2013 he assisted in coaching the Hawks to their longest winning streak without a loss.

He was selected in the third round of the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft, 38th overall, by the Kansas City Scouts. He was also taken in the seventh round of the 1976 WHA Amateur Draft, 83rd overall, by the Toronto Toros, although Kitchen ultimately chose to enter the NHL. Kitchen was born in Newmarket, Ontario, but grew up in Schomberg, Ontario.

Mike is well known for his charitable work and has used his day with the Stanley Cup to raise funds for Southlake Regional Health Centre and other local charities.

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Niagara Purple Eagles men's ice hockey

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Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is an annual agricultural fair near the end of March, hosted by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba in the Keystone Centre, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

The largest event held in Brandon, and one of the largest agricultural events in Western Canada, the RMWF is traditionally held each year during Manitoba's academic spring break.

In 1970, it received Royal patronage from Queen Elizabeth II, and is one of only two fairs in Canada with Royal patronage.

Events at fair include show jumping and heavy horse competitions, livestock sales and displays, and hands-on agricultural awareness programs as well as exhibits and entertainment.

Schomberg (Sloan Field) Aerodrome

Schomberg (Sloan Field) Aerodrome, (TC LID: CSV8) is located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) west southwest of Schomberg, Ontario, Canada.

Schomberg Cougars

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Schomberg Fair

The Schomberg Fair is an annual agricultural fair held in late May in Schomberg, a community in the township of King in Ontario, Canada. It starts on the Thursday following Victoria Day, and runs through to Sunday. It is staged at the Schomberg Agricultural Fairgrounds.

In 1852, the Township of King established the annual King Township Fall Fair, which was held in one of the communities of Aurora, Kettleby, King City, Laskay, Nobleton, or Schomberg. In 1872, a permanent location was selected, and the fair renamed The Schomberg Agricultural Fair, and the Schomberg Agricultural Society was organized to operate it. Agricultural land was purchased adjacent to the community to be the site of the fair.The fair has expanded beyond simply an agricultural showcase, and now includes numerous activities.

Sooke Fall Fair

The Sooke Fall Fair is an annual fair held in Sooke, British Columbia. It is held at the Sooke Community Hall on Vancouver Island, Canada, every September. Established in 1913, it is one of the Sooke community's longest-running annual events.

The fair holds competitions, with adult and junior categories including photography, painting, drawing, embroidery, knitting, carving, preserves, vegetables, and baking. First Nations artwork and traditional crafts are also displayed.

Trisan Centre

The Trisan Centre is a community recreation centre in Schomberg, Ontario, Canada located at the intersection of Dillane Drive and York Regional Road 27. It has a fitness centre, and a 600-seat arena that is the home rink of the Schomberg Cougars, an ice hockey team of the Ontario Hockey Association, and the Schomberg Minor Hockey Association of the Simcoe Region Minor Hockey League. The King Curling Club also uses the arena.

Local construction company Trisan Construction purchased the naming rights to the arena for 50 years.

The building was officially inaugurated on 27 June 2011 by township mayor Steve Pellegrini, the township's six councillors (Bill Cober, Avia Eek, Peter Grandilli, Cleve Mortelliti, Linda Pabst, and Debbie Schaefer), York Regional Council chairman Bill Fisch, provincial representative Helena Jaczek, and federal representative Paul Calandra.

Wando (horse)

Wando (February 23, 2000 – January 22, 2014) is a Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Canadian Triple Crown in 2003. Wando was bred by Gustav Schickedanz at his farm Schomberg Farms in Schomberg, Ontario and ridden mainly by jockey Patrick Husbands. The chestnut stallion raced with moderate success as a four-year-old, and was then retired on 12 May 2005 to stand at stud at Lane's End Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. In 2011, the stallion returned to Schomberg, where he died of a heart attack on 20 January 2014. He is buried at Schomberg Farms.Of Wando's 23 starts, he won 11, placed in 2, and came third in 2. His career earnings amounted $2,563,038.

Western Fair

The Western Fair is a fair held annually in London, Ontario, Canada in early September.

Climate data for Schomberg (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.0
Average high °C (°F) −3.0
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.9
Average low °C (°F) −10.9
Record low °C (°F) −36.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 52.9
Average snowfall cm (inches) 33.3
Average precipitation days 12.2 9.4 9.6 11.8 11.9 10.9 9.9 11.3 12.7 13.1 12.2 10.1 135.0
Source: Environment Canada[14]
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