If you’re looking to relocate to a community that has a friendly atmosphere, Ingersoll just might be the ticket.
Situated between London and Woodstock on the 401 corridor, it doesn’t take long to get to any major centre in Ontario. Once you’re here, though, you won’t want to leave.
Home to parks, shopping, a great community centre, live theatre, seniors centre and a golf course, Ingersoll is a safe and clean environment where every age can enjoy the many amenities normally only found in larger centers.
Named Oxford-on-the-Thames by Thomas Ingersoll in 1793, the Town of Ingersoll was renamed in 1861 and has since been dubbed the Festival Town. Every year, thousands flock to the 3 main festivals: Festival of Lights in the winter, the Canterbury Folk Festival in the Summer and the Harvest Festival in the fall.
Glance to the north of Hwy. 401 when driving to Ingersoll and you will notice a stately building perched atop a hill. The Elm Hurst mansion was built in 1865 as the personal residence of James Harris, the owner of James Harris Cheese Factory, and in 1988 the house was transformed into the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa. Fine dining, live entertainment throughout the year, spa services to pamper, well appointed rooms and conference and wedding facilities, Elm Hurst is a gem and refuge in Ingersoll.
Young families can attend one of the local schools that are just a short walk or bus ride from your home. During the 2010 – 2011 school year, Harrisfield PS experienced a massive renovation with each classroom receiving new heating and cooling ventilation systems, “green” windows and doors, a fresh coat of paint and in some classrooms a new floor. Laurie Hawkins Public School they are proud to be one of the newest schools in TVDSB, opening in the fall of 2011. Royal Roads PS underwent an addition and a renovation in 2011. The addition included; 9 new classrooms, a large gymnasium with a beautiful stage, offices and an activity room with a kitchen. The remainder of the building was renovated to include; a library with a computer lab, 6 classrooms and 3 full day kindergarten classrooms. St Jude’s Catholic School has a total population of 249 students and 33 staff members and as of September 2004, the “new and improved” school, opened its doors to the community. All elementary schools in Ingersoll accommodate kindergarten to grade 8. Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute is a medium sized secondary school offering a full range of programs for students in Gr. 9-12 and provides a large variety of options in the arts, technology, business, math, science, languages (including french and spanish), family studies, social sciences and physical education fields as well as cooperative education and apprenticeship opportunities (OYAP). Conestoga College has openend the Ingersoll Skills Training Centre. This 12,000-square-foot training facility was completed in 2010. Initially developed to provide training programs in the electrical utilities powerline field, the Ingersoll Skills Training Centre also provides additional power-related programs as well as skilled trades program that complement the industry.This is the only facility offering such training in Southwestern Ontario.
Residents of Ingersoll can also take advantage of a multitude of fitness programs, swimming, squash and volleyball at the Victoria Park Community Centre. Once the kids get older, they can hang out at the Fusion Youth Centre and hone their skills with free music lesson and record their masterpiece using a state-of-art digital recording studio or be part of the Road Hockey Tournament or Pool Tourney. There’s a splash pad for the young ones, a skate park for the teens and outdoor movie nights for the whole family to enjoy.
Retired or soon to be retired, there’s a very strong seniors program delivered by the Seniors’ Activity Centre located at the Suzuki House. There are more than 600 members and they participate in over 40 programs ranging from Belly Dancing to World Current Affairs. Most programs are free or at minimal costs and are well attended.
Whether young or in your twilight years, you can live, work, and play in this great community. Ingersoll has it all!