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Welcome to the BIA

Founded in 1977, the Downtown Wallaceburg Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a non-profit, self-help organization funded by property owners within our designated area.

We work with many community partners including the Wallaceburg & District Museum, WDSS, Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market Committee and the Municipality in our effort to preserve and develop the heart of Wallaceburg. Our Board of Directors and member businesses work together to set and achieve goals by focusing on tourism, business retention and expansion. Promotions, festivals, markets and special events are held throughout the year in an effort to increase traffic and awareness, while enhancing the profile of our downtown and strengthen investor confidence.

Each summer, area residents and visitors are treated to a vibrant display of colourful foliage provided by the many beautiful gardens, planters and hanging baskets on display in our downtown, all funded by the Downtown Wallaceburg BIA. The summer gardens and planters also provide the perfect backdrop for our bi-weekly Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market and one of our newest initiatives, Whimsies Paddle Rentals.

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The History Of Wallaceburg

The town of Wallaceburg, Ontario has a rich history, dating back to the early 19th century. Named after Scotland’s national hero, Sir William Wallace, Wallaceburg was first settled by farmers and peasants from Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.

They arrived in 1804 and established the Baldoon Settlement along the Snye River. Although the settlers faced many difficulties such as malaria, harsh winters, and American invaders during the War of 1812, they persevered and contributed to the early success and development of the town. One of the town’s earliest major industries was the lumber trade, which was highly successful during the mid to late 19th century.

The Wallaceburg Cooperage Company, opened by David Alexander Gordon and his uncle Captain James Steinhoff in 1887, was one of the most notable businesses to develop during this era. However, as the supply of hardwood declined, industrialists had to find new business ideas to sustain the local economy. That’s when the glassmaking industry came to Wallaceburg in 1894. The Sydenham Glass Company was established and the industry lasted over 100 years, before closing in 1999.

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Hometown Happenings

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Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market

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The first Wallaceburg Farmers’ Market for the 2024 session was a huge success! This event is absolutely worth the drive to Wallaceburg, and draws people from many surrounding communities. Customers…

Pitching In & Picking Up

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In celebration of Community Living Month, we’ve partnered with Community Living Wallaceburg and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for a garbage clean up and BBQ event! On Thursday, May 23rd starting at…

The Sydenham Challenge Dragon Boat Festival 2024

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The Sydenham Challenge Dragon Boat Festival is back, and it's bigger and better than ever! On Saturday, June 1st, 2024, the historic Sydenham River will come alive with the exhilarating…