Once a center of honey production, lumbering, manufacturing, and more, Beeton is a small community in Simcoe County, located between Alliston and Tottenham. In 1991, these three communities were amalgamated to form the town of New Tecumseth. The main street of Beeton consists of commercial architecture from the late Victorian period, which was built after a fire destroyed many of the original buildings in 1892.
The village of Beeton was originally named Clarksville, after Robert Clark, a blacksmith. In the 1860s, a man named David Allanson Jones settled in Clarkesville. By 1870, Jones owned two swarms of bees and fifty acres of land, and became known as the Bee King all over North America and Europe. To honour the Bee King, in 1875 Clarkesville was renamed to Bee Town, and over time the name was shortened to Beeton.
Fast forward to modern day, and in 2011, the population of Beeton was 3,086, with 1,339 private homes in the area. The median age of Beeton’s population is 38 years old, and 44 % of the population is one-family households with children.
Though it’s a small village, Beeton contains many conveniences which make living in close proximity to the 400 highway, and the cities of Barrie and Toronto, the ideal location for commuters, families, and anyone looking for the small town feeling. Beeton has a Foodland for your grocery needs, Shoppers Drug Mart, Veterinary clinic, sushi restaurant, Daisy mart, dental office, pizza, Chinese restaurant, Petro Canada, among other specialty shops and services.
The Whistle Stop Restaurant, named after the South Simcoe Railway, was once the village drugstore, but has been transformed into a popular spot for both regular clientele and out-of-towners. The fully licensed, casual fine dining restaurant also hosts special events, business functions, and various Theme nights.
The Muddy Water Hotel is a restaurant and bar on Main Street West, which has been around since 1885, and features great food, an extensive beer selection, live music, karaoke, a dance floor, pool tables and a games room. The hot spot also has two patios, free WIFI, caters to private events, and offers takeout.
The community of Beeton has its own long term care facility, called Simcoe Village and Manor, located on Main Street East.
Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School, was rated 5.6 in 2014, is located at 43 Patterson Street, and offers before and after school care.
Monsignor J.E. Ronan Catholic School is located at 10 Lily Street East, was rated 6.5, and offers French as a Second language beginning in grade one.
Beeton’s library, the DA Jones Branch of the New Tecumseth library, is open five days a week and offers free programs for children, and even book club for teens.
For those looking for places of worship, the village of Beeton has three churches, Grace Covenant Baptist, Trinity United, and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian
The Beeton Memorial Arena hosts the Beeton Stingers hockey association, as well as public skating, and shinny. Beeton also has a curling club, mixed slo-pitch. Within the arena, there is also a community hall available to rent, perfect for private events and fundraisers.
The Beeton Community Park has a playground and baseball diamonds, and hosts the annual Fall Fair and Meet Your Neighbour Picnic.
The Ponderosa Golf & Country Club is a 9 hole, semi private golf course located on the 9th Line, which has a Pro Shop, putting green, and snack bar, and offers club rentals.
Each year, Beeton hosts the Honey & Garden Festival, to commemorate the village’s history of being the first beekeeping community in Canada. The family event consists of over 190 vendor booths set up along the Victorian Main Street. The vendors offer everything from local honey and beeswax candles, baked goods, gardening supplies, and items for the home. “Antique Alley” features booths with vintage and restored items. ‘International Marketplace” is where one can find crafts, fashion and textiles from around the globe. Even car buffs are catered to, with the “Classic Car & Truck Show”. The Muddy Water Band shell features live entertainment through out the day, and there is a complimentary Family Fun Zone. There is a huge variety of food as well, with BBQ, funnel cakes, fresh fudge, fresh organic lemonade, and much more. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, May 28 from 9am-4pm.
The community also hosts an annual Meet Your Neighbour Picnic in August, which started in 1983. The event begins in the morning with a pancake breakfast and continues throughout the day with baseball games, historic walking tours, live entertainment, vendors, and games.
In the Fall, the village is known for its annual fair, one of the oldest in Canadian history, dating back 160 years. The Beeton and District Agricultural Society Fall Fair takes place over an entire weekend in mid-September and consists of a demolition derby, midway, live bands, vendors, beer garden, parade, animal shows, car show, a movie night in the park, and so much more!