Asphodel Norwood

Overview

Asphodel-Normwood is a picturesque township that is truly the hidden gem of Ontario. A charming fusion of rural, village and cottage living, this is a place anyone would love to call home.

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and relax in a slower paced environment that prides itself in the historic and quaint villages of Norwood and Westwood. Unwind in the numerous parks and conservation areas in the region, including the Birdsall Wildlife and Wakefield Conservation Areas.

The region has great schools as well as community facilities, including a modern community centre, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, as well as many scenic vistas that would have any nature lover engaged for a lifetime.

Asphodel-Norwood is a very welcoming region, rich in heritage, very family-friendly and always looking for new families to come and discover the pleasant lifestyle it has to offer.

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The Norwood Fall Fair

Established in 1868, the Norwood Fall Fair is a very popular annual event steeped in tradition that brings the whole community together. The fair features a little bit of everything: live music, a cowboy competition, car show and tractor pull, horse shows, crops and home arts competitions, tractor races, flyball, and even a midway, keeping the whole family entertained for the day.

There’s a good reason that the Norwood Fall Fair has been around for as long as it has, you’d be remiss if you never had a chance to join in the fun!

Recreation

Asphodel-Norwood will keep you busy for the rest of your days.

The township has all of the recreational facilities you and your family would need to maintain an active lifestyle. Enjoy the modern Asphodel-Norwood Community centre which boasts an NHL sized ice pad, splashpad, skateboard park, picnic area, playground and baseball field. The local high school has soccer, rugby and American-football pitches.

Nature lovers can splendour in the natural beauty of the region, including the Ouse River, Birdsall Wildlife and Wakefield Conservation Areas as well as numerous walking trails and scenic views to discover.

The region also has a thriving arts and music community, recently cultivating the international music sensation 3 Days Grace that got their start in Norwood in 1997. Come and discover the next generation of musical talent, perhaps at the nationally renowned Norwood Fall Fair that features local live musicians as well as entertainment and fun for the whole family.

ref. - Norwood Fair Official Site - http://www.norwoodfair.com/gallery.htm

The Norwood Fall Fair

Established in 1868, the Norwood Fall Fair is a very popular annual event steeped in tradition that brings the whole community together. The fair features a little bit of everything: live music, a cowboy competition, car show and tractor pull, horse shows, crops and home arts competitions, tractor races, flyball, and even a midway, keeping the whole family entertained for the day.

There’s a good reason that the Norwood Fall Fair has been around for as long as it has, you’d be remiss if you never had a chance to join in the fun!

History

The township of Asphodel-Norwood in the County of Peterborough was created in 1998 when municipalities in Ontario were reorganised and many amalgamations occurred. The township is named after the two amalgamated municipalities the Asphodel Township and Norwood village.

The history of the present day township dates to 1904 when development in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood began. It was instigated by land developers McDougall and Secord who sold 1200 lots in the new subdivision of Norwood. The township took off as a commercial and industrial town with 200-300 homes, stores, shacks and tents built by 1908 and also industries such as the Swift’s Meat Packing Company. This booming development drew services, churches, schools and many people into the area. The new Norwood school was finished in 1907 and St.Faith’s Anglican Church in 1910. During the Second World War and the following years into the 1950s the population and economy in the city boomed.

Also while the area has been noted for the diversity of its citizens, recent years have seen a marked shift in the character of the area as Portuguese, Somali, First nations and many others have taken residence.

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