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What you need to know to move there:

Thornton is a small community within Essa township located roughly located between the city of Barrie and Cookstown. It has been referred as a hamlet, however; strictly it cannot be as it has a church. Thornton is a village or a small town as the population was just under 1000 people as per the 2016 Census (Statistics Canada).

Formerly referred to as Henry’s corners after an early settler; Thornton was re-named around the mid 18th century after a man named Henry Thornton. If you are interested in History, please search his name as he has quite an impressive portfolio.

The current average house price as per MLS stats (February 2019) for Thornton is $516,225. This is historical growth for the community over the last decade and beyond. A reality for its surrounding neighbours as well. As communities are overflowing out of the Toronto and GTA, we will see more growth due to the demand for housing at more affordable housing.

Public elementary school children attend Cookstown P.S. and secondary attend Bear Creek S.S. in SW Barrie. Catholic elementary attend St. Nicholas Elementary and secondary attend Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Barrie.

The closest hospital is the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. It is approximately 20 km North of the Thornton Community.

The people:

In a small community like Thornton, the heartbeat is the people that live there. The fire station for example, is run by a group of volunteers that not only are there for the obvious but to educate the community on fire prevention and safety.

There is a library which shares a building with the fire station. Essa Public Library is the name and it was established late to the community in 1996. Locals can use the space to access the internet and/or arrange events within the community as it has a meeting room designated for activities as such.

Where to go:

Simcoe County Road 27 is a main vein running through Thornton for anyone that wants to avoid the 400 highway. This is a popular route in the summer when people are travelling to and from their cottages. For that, Thornton is known for its ice cream parlours that are located each side of the 27 in the centre of Thornton. Popular for both locals and tourists looking for a treat on a hot summer’s day.

Conveniently there is a corner store with a small LCBO. Grocery or bulk shopping is best done in Barrie which is approximately 15 minutes away. Barrie has a shopping mall, locally owned shops as well as popular box stores in both the North & South ends. In the opposite direction Tanger Outlet Mall in Cookstown offers deals on brand names and that is located right at Hwy 89 & 400.

In addition to the above Thornton offers a Flag Store, Vidya’s vegetarian restaurant, fish and chips, pizza place, splash pad, a couple of parks and a covered hockey rink and more!

People that live in Thornton get the best of both worlds. A small town community with access to urban areas and surrounding communities. The Trans Canada Trail runs through which a popular feature for outdoorsy and active people. All in all, Thornton is a lovely escape from life’s hustle.