Big Things Come in Small Packages
Jordan Ontario is a tiny community in the heart of the Niagara
wine region and fruit belt. Just off the QEW highway, it’s easy to find.
September 6, 2012 – Jordan
Village is one of the smaller communities that make up Lincoln Township,
which is a mostly-rural area between Grimsby and St Catharines.
Jordan’s downtown core is Main Street, which stretches for half a dozen
Above: Photo of Fry house by Sylvia Beben, Assistant Director for the Town of Lincoln's Jordan Historical Museum
But don’t overlook this village just because of its size! Visitors can easily fill a happy day here poking around in the boutiques, visiting the winery or the museum, and relaxing in a cafe, gourmet restaurant or tavern.
The main tourist attraction is the village is the Town of Lincoln’s Jordan Historical Museum*.
The Fry House is the oldest structure on site. A Mennonite farming family built this home in 1815 . Inside you’ll find tools and furnishings from the period. There’s a lovely hand-painted bench in the kitchen/dining room but other than that, most of the furnishings are very simple and undecorated, reflecting the unpretentious tastes of their makers.
Across the way, the handsome 1859 one-room stone schoolhouse is a testament to the growing importance of public education in the mid-19th century in Ontario. The interior has been restored to look the way it did in the year 1908. It’s filled with teaching tools and toys from the period and gives visitors a glimpse of how different school was back then.
Just outside of the town is Balls Falls, a popular recreation area. For more about this former ghost town, see my story: Balls Falls.
The town may be small, but it has a handful of cute, high quality boutiques to explore. You'll find art galleries, ladies' fashion, gifts and even garden decor.
Cave Spring Cellars is the main street’s local winery. You can tour the winery and of course pick up a bottle or two.
Too tired to drive home? You can sleep over at Inn on the Twenty or at Jordan House. Both have restaurants attached. The “Inn” is more gourmet/high-end and “Jordan House Tavern” (as the name implies) is more casual/budget-friendly. Inn on the Twenty also operates a luxury Spa which offers half-day and full-day packages.
* Update 2017: The Jordan Historical Museum is currently under renovation and will re-open at the end of 2018.