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Experience Elgin County

Experience Elgin 2015 

Railway Capital of Canada - Elgin Tourism

Railway Capital of Canada

At its peak St. Thomas was an influential railway centre. It acted as a central location for a series of prominent railways and served as the primary stop on the Canadian shortcut between Detroit and Buffalo. By 1914 more than 100 trains passed through St. Thomas each day earning it the title of "The Railway Capital of Canada".

The railway had a tremendous effect in the shaping of St. Thomas. It brought jobs which in turn brought prosperity and population growth. Today, St. Thomas’s 36,000 person population is a testament to the railway’s influence.

Various museums and monuments dedicated to railway heritage give visitors the opportunity to delve into St. Thomas’s storied past. Attractions such as the annual "Day Out With Thomas", and the Port Stanley Terminal Rail train ride, provide interactive fun for the whole family! A local craft brewery and multiple vibrant railway themed festivals and events are sure to delight visitors of all ages, and no trip to St. Thomas is complete without a visit to the Jumbo monument to see the most famous elephant that ever lived!

History - Elgin TourismHistory

The railway played an important role in shaping the growth and development of the city of St. Thomas.

Iron Horse & A Day Out With Thomas - Elgin TourismIron Horse & A Day Out With Thomas

The Iron Horse festival and a Day Out with Thomas are great family attractions during the summer.

CASO Events & Elgin County Railway Museum - Elgin TourismCASO Events & Elgin County Railway Museum

Come to the great events hosted by CASO and the Railway museum.

Canada Southern Railway Station - Elgin TourismCanada Southern Railway Station

Travel back in time when railway ruled St. Thomas, with a visit to the  Canada Southern Railway Station.


Railway Museum - Elgin TourismRailway Museum

Visit one of the last remaining operational locomotive shops in North America!

Jumbo - Elgin TourismJumbo

Come and take your picture with a life-sized statue of the most famous elephant in the world!

Port Stanley Terminal Rail - Elgin TourismPort Stanley Termial Rail

Climb Aboard and ride the rails on the Port Stanley Terminal Rail!

Murals - Elgin TourismMurals

Take a walk downtown to see these works of art in person.

Railway City Brewing Company - Elgin TourismRailway City Brewing Company

Stop by the and take a 15 minute tour detailing the brewing process of this delicious local treat!

Packages - Elgin TourismPackages

Pick your package, make your reservation, then pack the car and go.

Interactive Railway Map - Elgin TourismInteractive Railway Map

View an interactive map detailing all of the railway attractions Elgin County Has to offer.


Check out our Calendar of Events to see what’s happening in Elgin and St. Thomas throughout the year.

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