What to do in Cookstown
Cookstown is known as a historic Village. It is a designated Heritage area. You can learn more about this on our History page.
This beautiful place has all the essentials! Pharmacy, building centre, restaurants, bars, fast food, a great school which hosts a gifted program, a library, curling club, parks, a splash pad, thrift stores, shopping, health workers, spa's and salons, pet care, tech services and so much more. Find local businesses on our Business directory page.
We pride ourselves on living in one of the friendliest places.
The TRANS-CANADA TRAIL runs right through Cookstown, we have set up a gazebo just off to the side of it; a great place for a picnic!
We host several fun events for our town, which is great for bringing in new faces to our businesses.
We are home of the famous WING DING! This event has been going on for over 30 years!
it is the largest community wide yard sale in all of Ontario. Possibly Canada. It was in the Guinness book of world records.
People come from all over to attend this event! we usually have an average of 10,000 visitors or more. We also provide a large vendors area. We had over 65 food, craft, clothes, and entertainers this past year, in our vendors area! You do not want to miss this event! For details go to our News & Events link at the top of the page.
There are three books about Cookstown, Ontario we are aware of in circulation:
Memories of Cookstown
Glimpses of Cookstown
If you are an active person, come enjoy our part of the Trans Canada Trail. you will see people jogging, walking, biking, even snowmobiling on the trail throughout the year. There are even hidden treasures throughout our town and on the trail, if you do Geocaching! if you have a smartphone you can go Geocaching! We are a family friendly community. We have 3 parks, a dance studio, and a Curling Club. There is also a boxing club, Yoga studio, and Volley ball group held at the School in the evenings for adults and children. There is even a Lady who runs a Biggest Loser weigh in 2x a year in town. Be sure to join the Cookstown Facebook groups to keep connected and learn about theses things.
Local Art & History
Cookstown is the home of many amazing Artists! We have a local Theatre (member), where they put on fantastic shows. We have shops where the owners, find and re-finish items and furniture. The Trading Co. has very unique items. There are a few, please see our directory for the business listings! There is an artist (member) on the main street who offers lessons to all ages!
There is also a local artist Christina Luck (member) who is very involved with the Chamber. She is a part of an artist group called Around the Corners Art. They have amazing pieces available for purchase. Art Unique is another place to look for their art.
Antiques & Shopping
Cookstown is a very old village with historical significance. We offer a Historical walk via a brochure. You can find this brochure in many of the shops. It takes you through popular history on certain buildings within town; a nice way to learn about our Village and a great way to spend the afternoon.
Antiques are kind of our thing! The Barn, also know as The Cookstown Antique Market (member) has been here for over 25 years. paving the way for other antique shops! AGem is a Jewellery store that specialises and making your old items into new ones! Please go to our Business Directory to see all the amazing businesses in town!
Don't forget out The Tanger outlet mall right at the 400!
We have Brownies in Cookstown now!
There are tons of After-school programs offered at our local and NEW Library for different ages and interests. They also offer a story time 2x a week for little ones, and The Early Years centre visits our library once a month or so. Our School is amazing! Many involved parents, volunteers, enthusiastic staff, and a Gifted Program for Students!
Your children can take art lessons at Joseph's Art Studio (member).
Take Piano Lessons from our member Pam Playtor at Howl with Pride.
Community members do an ice rink for the kids on the basket ball court behind the Library in the winters. Our member Debra Harrison (co-founder of Innisfil's Christmas for Kids Charity) puts on a splash pad Picnic for the community. There are many home day cares and one through the School as well.
Miss Kim (member) also offers lots of different dance classes for all ages right in Cookstown at Positive Steps Dance Academy.
The Cookstown Curling club (member) is now offering Youth Curling lessons.
Innisfil YMCA is 15 minutes from Cookstown.
See what other events are going o in the community - visit our Community events hub