Getting To Know Your Neighbourhood
The rural area of Pelham is the heart of the Niagara region. Located between Lincoln to the North/West and the city of Welland to the South/East, it is one of the major urban centres along the former provincial highway 20. Life in Pelham is quiet and relaxed, ideal for those wishing to get away from city life. The town is situated in rolling hills with mature trees and larger lots.
Properties include hobby, crop and horse farms in North Pelham, urban lots in Fonthill and larger, mature treed lots in Ridgeville. In Fonthill you will find new development focusing on the area at Lookout Ridge and East Fonthill.
Fonthill has a wide array of specialist medical facilities including chiropractic and physiotherapy clinics. It has assisted living accommodation and supports retirement communities. The active Public Library offers a full range of facilities and programmes for both the young and more mature citizens.
The shops in Fonthill are situated along Pelham Road at the intersection with Highway 20. This revitalised town centre has much to offer, including the Pelham farmers’ market, open once a week from May – October, and a choice of cafes and restaurants. Parking is available at the Fonthill Shopping Centre where you will find a Shoppers Drugmart, a petstore and various medical services. From here it is an easy walk to the library, the Cafe on Main and a new Inn, a bakery, local banks and of course Beamer’s the local Hardware store.
Further down Highway 20 heading towards Niagara Falls you will find a shopping centre with a large Sobeys and new LCBO store. East Fonthill is the site of a new urban development. This ambitious project will offer different types of housing, a “Greenlands system” integrated with the Steve Bauer trail, retail and commercial developments, medical facilities and a retirement residence. The Town of Pelham has made available online detailed planning documents.
Returning to Pelham Road, at Fonthill Baptist Church, you can walk up Church Hill. Here you will find Churchill meats, a new store specializing in natural foods and at the top of the hill stands Fonthill United Church. Turn left to follow Canboro Road into Ridgeville.
Ridgeville is a rural community. It has a mix of larger properties with mature treed lots, churches and working farms, such as Rumar farms offering community supported agriculture memberships. Property sizes are mixed, with some town sized lots lining Canboro Road. You will find the larger lots along the side streets, but all have mature trees and each house has its own style.
You will find Ridgeville’s specialty shops and tearooms at Effingham and Canboro Road. Starting at the Old Town Hall (yes you can take ballroom dance lessons here), walking back towards Fonthill, we find Joe and Teresa Hozjen’s Town and Country farmer’s market stand, well known for its fresh, locally grown produce. Just across the road lies Wes Crowe “farms and landscaping” with its eye-catching pumpkin displays.
Further down the road, it is hard to pass by Sweet Thoughts gift store & hand-made chocolatiers. Take a moment to enter Hamiltons of Pelham and browse through its interesting selection of stone and metal sculptures. This place always draws you into lively conversation with its owner! Le Village ladies wear and home decor is the perfect place to find a gift for any occasion. Community engagement and Canadian-made goods are at the heart of these popular local stores.
It’s time well spent browsing these charming shops or walking your pup down Canboro Road, admiring the beautiful gardens. In the summer you can rest up on the patio at Nature’s Corner. There is always a fresh bowl of water waiting for your pup and a delicious iced tea for you.
Leaving Ridgeville behind and crossing Highway 20, following Effingham Road, you will find North Pelham. It is situated between Effingham Road and Victoria Avenue, framed roughly by Lookout Point golf course and Peninsula Lakes golf club.
Here you will find large rural properties, farms and hobby farms. A few smaller lots alongside the main road – Metler Road – and the intersections with Balfour and Cream Street. On Centre Street is the newoff leash dog park, set up with two separate large runs for small and larger dogs.
The local park (North Pelham Park) hosts baseball games in the summer season and welcomes local children to its safely equipped playground.
The easily accessible Avondale Store provides for your local shopping needs while Minor Brothers Farm Feed store provides for your animals. The Avondale shares its building with the PostTime Services Company, which installs fencing and builds pretty much anything you would need, from gazebos to outhouses. Just 5 minutes down the road from North Pelhams core is BNR stables, a local riding school with a long time commitment to community work. Their new charitable program, Horse Cents for Kids, is designed to help children from all walks of life to learn about horses and participate in riding lessons.
No walk about Pelham would be complete without taking a look at the new revitalized centre of Fenwick. Its focal point is the Fenwick flag pole, a heritage site. The brick laid, wide sidewalks are the perfect place to walk your dog or browse the shops.
Starting your walk at the Fenwick Hardware Store, moving along Canboro Road towards the flagpole you will find Friday’s Child Vintage Clothing and the indispensable local Avondale convenience store. The delicious scent of homemade pies will draw you across the road to the Fenwick Pie Store, which offers fresh fruit and hearty dinner pies. On Saturdays, you can find them at the Welland Farmers market. There is a local pub, the Broken Gavel. Right next door you will find the Maple Acres Branch of Pelham Public Library. Extensive renovations and upgrades have been made to this small library in 2016 – 2017.
Just a short drive down the road lies the DeVries Fruit Farm offering fruits, vegetables and fresh local goods. Staff are very welcoming and friendly, prices are excellent and the produce is delicious!
If all this walking has made you wish for a comfortable chair then we should not forget about the well-known furniture store Lampman established in 1911. Their large showroom is open Sundays.
In Fenwick you will find individual style housing on mature treed lots. These are surrounded by farmland and larger country properties. The large majority of homes in the Pelham area are detached family homes. Prices for residential and farm properties in the Pelham area have steadily risen over the last fifteen years. The average sale price for a home in 2000 was under $200,000. By 2015 the cost had risen to above $400,000.
Here are some useful links, if you would like to research living in this beautiful area: City of Pelham , an Interactive Map: showing parks, schools and more. The Pelham Farmers Market. The Fonthill Bandshell. Last but not least the Pelham Business Association where you can find news about events and information about small business in Pelham.