About Downtown Paris

Originally settled by Hiram Capron in 1829, Paris is located at the junction of the Nith and Grand River in southern Ontario. The town was divided into lots available for purchase, and a gristmill was erected in 1830. Capron decided on the name Paris because of the gypsum deposits being mined nearby used to make plaster of Paris. Today, Paris is often referred to as the “Cobblestone Capital of Canada” because of the many unique and historical cobblestone buildings throughout the town.

When you visit downtown Paris, you will experience a range of shopping, dining and fun activities. The central parks and trails are perfect for hiking, jogging, biking and cross-country skiing. The close proximity to the Grand River allows for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and rafting. The local spas, salons and shops offer quality services that will keep you coming back for more. Don’t forget to stop in at one of our many unique dining locations for great food during your visit. We encourage you to explore our history and see what we have to offer in “the prettiest little town in Canada.”