Schomberg, Ontario

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

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
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional Municipality York Region
Township King
 • Township mayor Steve Pellegrini
 • MP Deb Schulte
 • MPP Helena Jaczek
 • Councillor Bill Cober (Ward 4)
 • Land 2.31 km2 (0.89 sq mi)
Elevation 200 m (700 ft)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Total 2,691
 • Density 1,127.3/km2 (2,920/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Schomberger or Schombergian
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Forward sortation area L0G
Area code(s) 905 and 289
NTS Map 031D04


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 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 Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg, 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 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]

Climate data for Schomberg
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.0
Average high °C (°F) −3.4
Average low °C (°F) −11.4
Record low °C (°F) −36.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 53.9
Source: Environment Canada[14]


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, 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. ^ Environment Canada
  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

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

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