St. Thomas, also known as the Railway City, is located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario in beautiful Elgin County. Surrounding St. Thomas is numerous picturesque towns, lakeside villages and historic hamlets, each with its unique charm. St. Thomas is home to one of the most unique park systems for a city its size, with thirty-five parks spread over 457 acres.
Over 40,000 people call St. Thomas home. The local economy is dominated by automotive manufacturing, with two plants operated by Magna International. St Thomas is a 30-minute drive from London, just under a 20-minute drive from Port Stanley, and just over an hour from the US-Canada border. You will find all the amenities you need, including St.Thomas General Hospital, Fanshawe College, recreation facilities, arts & cultural facilities and so much more. Fanshawe College has a satellite campus in St. Thomas. Two school boards control the public and catholic school system, Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board.
Fun Fact: In 1914, 8 different railways were operating in St. Thomas (halfway between Detroit and Buffalo), with over 100 trains passing through the city, earning the title of the “Railway Capital of Canada.”
St. Thomas Transit, better known as the Railway City Transit, runs seven days a week and has five routes available. There is a personalized, accessible door-to-door transportation service available to individuals with limitations upon request called Parallel Transit. St. Thomas is accessible by walking and/or cycling, as the city has many trails and paths. Licensed Taxi services are also available. With St. Thomas’ proximity to London, the city dwellers can reap the benefits of the Via Rail and the London International Airport as well.
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