Stirling-Rawdon is a newly transformed destination characterized by its rich cultural venues and alluring atmosphere. Located just 20 minutes north of the 401 from both Belleville and Quinte West, this community of 2,000 urban residents offers a lifestyle unique to Ontario.
A welcome awaits you in the picturesque village with specialty shops and boutiques, a line-up of professional performances at the Stirling Festival Theatre, and thrilling events at the covered bridge; a focal point within the center of the village that provides a welcome place for visitors.
Stirling-Rawdon is focused on expanding its agri-tourism sector, by promoting local food and innovative agricultural practices through events such as the Water Buffalo Food Festival, where businesses including the Stirling Creamery and Ontario Water Buffalo Company are on site to promote the importance of local food and production in the FAB Region. The Hastings County Beer Festival takes place at the Farmtown Park Agricultural Museum where visitors enjoy live music, beer education, and more!
Endless opportunities await the home of Kraft Hockeyville 2012 and we welcome you to venture over the Oak Hills to our village rich in old time charm!
This set of golf courses, the Highland and the Glen, is situated in the beautiful Oak Hills just 5 minutes south of Stirling, Ontario. At Oak Hills Golf Club there is something to interest and challenge golfers of all abilities, with both courses offering full 18 holes.
The Highland fairways are hilly, featuring challenging and undulating lies, while the tighter fairways of the Glen test your accuracy. The ever-changing elevations at Oak Hills mean interesting lies, while the rivers, ponds and creeks throughout both courses will have you using every club in your bag!
On March 31, 2012 CBC announced Stirling-Rawdon as the winner of Kraft Hockeyville 2012! Stirling-Rawdon proved to have the most Hockey Spirit by demonstrating our community spirit, passion for hockey and originality!
Stirling has a very strong Minor Hockey Program that attracts players from across the region to play hockey in Stirling. Although we are a hockey town and Stirling bleeds blue every winter, Stirling also focuses on a variety of successful recreational programs including Minor Soccer and Softball.
Formerly known as the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage, this one of a kind attraction has recently launched it’s new identity – Farmtown Park!
The museum was opened in 1997 by a group of volunteers, who wanted to preserve the agricultural heritage in Hastings County and surrounding areas. The museum is 28,000 square feet and has exhibits in over six buildings. Highlights include the Dairy Building, Steam Engine display, Tractor Building, Harvest Building, Tillage Building and Heritage Village Streetscape!
Come visit the past and tour the extensive collection of artifacts and scenes reminiscent of agricultural heritage in this area.
Come visit the past and tour the extensive collection of artifacts and scenes reminiscent of agricultural heritage in this area. Open Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend, 7 days a week, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information or to book a group tour call 613-395-0015 or visit the website.
Small town theatre… BIG time talent!
The municipally owned theatre was built in 1927 as a community service building. It was operated as a focal point to community meetings and events, housed the Public Works Office and Police Office and in 1939 the auditorium was used as a movie theatre. Until the 1950`s movies played but became less of an attraction and the theatre was seldom used. In 1982, the municipality looked at demolishing the building to create a new Public Works Building. Several dedicated Stirling citizens formed the Stirling Performing Arts Committee and put forth a petition to preserve the building. Since then the theatre has been providing entertainment to residents and tourists.
In 1996, the professional theatre company was formed with a program that included plays, musicals and youth programs, as well as special events and concerts. For more information and show dates call 1-877-312-1162 or visit www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.
In addition to attracting development to the area, Stirling-Rawdon is focused on expanding its agri-tourism sector, by promoting its tourism and agricultural assets. As a community located in the Harvest Hastings region, an organization dedicated to promoting local food, 23% of the agricultural businesses in Hastings County, including the cities of Belleville and Quinte West, are located in Stirling-Rawdon. With the largest cluster of agricultural products and home of the Farmtown Park capturing our agricultural heritage, Stirling focuses on promoting the existing assets and looks at further development and growth in this sector.
The Stirling Creamery is located smack-dab in the centre of downtown Stirling and has been cold barrel churning some of Canada’s finest butter since 1925. Globe and Mail’s food reporter, Chris Nuttal-Smith called their butter “exceedingly creamy and voluptuous tasting” and Saveur Magazine declared it “..one of the World’s 30 Great Butters”. Not surprised as Stirling Creamery butters are all-natural, artisanal crafted butter that eschews colourants or preservatives. Known for the finest, natural butter in Canada, Stirling Creamery butter was recently welcomed by owner/ celebrity chef Lynn Crawford of Ruby Watcho located in downtown Toronto!
Stirling-Rawdon has Ontario Water Buffalo Farm, the first water buffalo farm in Eastern Canada shipping milk to cheese producers. Creating a festival has strongly promoted this unique product and continues to bring together local producers, suppliers and chefs. The Water Buffalo Food Festival features a street meal with talented chefs serving dishes with Mozzarella di Bufala, Ricotta and Scamorza cheeses produced from local water buffalo milk. Water buffalo meat is also available, in addition to locally produced products from the Harvest Hastings region.
The water buffalo milk is shipped to Quality Cheese, an Italian cheese maker in Vaughan, Ontario, to be processed into authentic Mozzarella di Bufala. This cheese is very moist and spongy and tastes great in Mediterranean dishes such as caprese salad, lasagna and pizza. These and many more unique recipes are featured each year during this festival with an authentic Italian twist!
In the fall of 2011, Stirling received a visit from celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford. With the Ontario Water Buffalo Company being some of the only farmers outside of Italy to raise Water Buffalo for their prized milk, Lynn was delighted to work with this ingredient and intrigued to find out more about these charismatic animals. In the spring of 2012, the farm and Buffalo Mozzarella ingredient was featured on season three of the Food Network’s Pitchin’ In and can be viewed on The Food Network website.
The Hastings County Beer Festival is held at the Farmtown Park in Stirling. Visitors can come out to sample great Ontario craft beer in a historic setting. Enjoy live music, beer education, and much more! With over 18 craft breweries from across the province attending the inaugural festival, this event is sure to please the taste buds of both beer and food lovers!