Woodstock and surroundings - many thanks to MapArt
Woodstock has a population of approximately 36 000 and claims to be known as the "Dairy Capital of Canada".
Now it became also known as a new home for Toyota. The successful RAV 4 is now manufactures and assembled in Canada for the North American market. I drove one of the first models of this car which was still imported from Japan and was very happy with it. The new model offers now more comfort for the passengers on the rear seats.
I worked in Germany for the automotive industry as an engineer and expected that Toyota would at least have a state of the art show room and an information center in Woodstock. Even at NSU we had one and it was an attraction for the city and an excellent promotion of our products. (Now NSU became a part of the Volkswagen group)
Still driving an US built Toyota, which does not meet the standards I was used from all our previous Toyota's, I was badly disappointed not to find anything to welcome people interested in the products of this company.
Certainly, every Canadian is happy about the investment and the jobs Toyota created, but they should not overdue cost cutting. Good contact to potential customers is essential and it would also help to attract visitors to Woodstock.
Especially the surroundings of Woodstock are worth a visit. I will come back, with Elizabeth, my wife. I was again in a rush and have problems walking. I always ask Elizabeth to go on a walking tour to take pictures and tell me her little adventures. She did this very well in Thuringia, Germany (See our English tourist guide) or in Newfoundland-Labrador (See our German tourist guide).
She certainly would enjoy window shopping or browsing through the interesting looking stores and seeing the well kept and nicely renovated historical buildings.
A city which is proud of its past and heritage always should always attract visitors. I was impressed to see that this little town even buried all the electrical power lines which I did not see too often In Canada.
As usual in small towns everybody was very friendly and helpful.
Woodstock is not a "bustling" tourist town or as I say a tourist trap. It is clean with tree lined streets and no flashing lights or colorful advertising. They even offer free parking for two hours, similar what they do often in Germany to bring business to the downtown area where they introduced parking disks for that purpose.
Picture taken during a brief stop
When I return with Elizabeth, we will visit the art gallery which does not even charge anything or the Woodstock Museum. Certainly, we also will visit one of the restaurants.
Visit Sweaburg and learn something about the famous maple syrup. We purchased even a booklet with recipes. It was published by the "Ontario Maple Syrup Producer's Association". We purchases syrup in very attractive tins as gifts for our friends. This was not a good idea, obviously they were not really airtight or the metal did something to the syrup - it tasted so terrible that we discarded our complete purchase. Now I buy it only in glass containers.
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