In 1871, the grand Western Railway line through Palmerston was completed. Although the railway helped the local economy, the expansion of the rail yard through Queen Street posed a serious threat to pedestrians. To ensure public safety, the Railway Commission of Canada ordered the town to close Queen Street and in 1911 the Grand Trunk built a 700' steel pedestrian bridge over the yard. The yard closed, and in 1998 the town purchased the site.
The sole remaining pedestrian railway bridge in Ontario, the Palmerston Railway Pedestrian Bridge was originally built in 1912 to allow schoolchildren safe passage over the railway tracks. Now it serves as a symbol of Palmerston’s railway heritage and as the signature feature of the Lions Heritage Park. The Pedestrian Bridge turned one hundred years old in 2012.
Located on the top floor of the Harriston Library, the John Webb Room is the Harriston Historical Society’s largest collection of historical documents and artifacts.
Wesley Bates is an artist and wood engraver whose work is nationally renowned. He owns the Wesley Bates Gallery and West Meadow Press in Clifford. He also works closely with the Minto Arts Council and other community organizations.
Built in 1874: Original home of John & Jane Bolton.
Built in 1894: Original home of Robert Grieves.
Built in 1879: Original home of Richard & Ann Dowling.
Built in 1867: Original owner was J. E. Boomer.
Wild Things Plant Farm has a wide variety of native and exotic plant species on display in their gardens, greenhouses and along their walking trail.
Growing high quality food is not just a business, but a way of life. As farmers, we are motivated by a deep love for the land and a desire to share the goodness of homegrown with you and your family. Visit our farm and experience the benefits of choosing family farm fresh.
Palmerston’s Lions Heritage Park is built along the old railway tracks. It includes a playground, splash pad, pool, tennis court, pavilion and walking path, as well as the Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum, the Pedestrian Bridge and Old 81.
OSiM Interactive is a business focused on digital marketing, content management systems, and website design and hosting. They are based primarily in Caledonia and Minto.
Based out of Palmerston, the Minto Express is a weekly newspaper covering communities in Minto and the surrounding area. It features news, sports, arts and opinion articles from professional reporters and local correspondents.
Located in downtown Harriston, Harriston Bakery offers a mix of breads, buns, bagels, pies, cakes, donuts and other desserts.
Chantal is a local artist of many talents who bounces back and forth from Palmerston, where her main personal studio is located, and Toronto. She explores ideas of re-purposing and recycling materials in order to add value to objects that could be considered trash.
Run by Chef Jake Tyson, South Street Cafe is a gourmet restaurant in downtown Harriston. South Street is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 - 2, serving a variety of breakfast and lunch options made from local ingredients.
JAZ Image is a professional photography company based out of Harriston.
Built in 1875: Original home of Samuel Robertson.