20 responses to Amish in Canada

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    Amish in Canada (November 18th, 2011 at 08:16)

    The St. Jacobs area of Ontario is also home to a large population of Old Order Mennonites, and there are other Old Order groups of Mennonites in Canada. Ontario has excellent farm land, and the southern regions are temperate, similar in climate to Pennsylvania. The land there is now too expensive, I suppose, to be of much use to new farmers.

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    Amish in Canada (November 18th, 2011 at 09:12)

    In the last few years some Old Order Mennonites have moved from Ontario to the Gladstone area in Manitoba.

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    Joan Sheldon
    Pathway Publications (November 18th, 2011 at 19:32)

    Pathway Publications

    I get all 3 Pathway Publications and am particularly fond of “Family Life” but enjoy them all and have learned a lot about the Amish from reading them. I also have learned a lot from this web site and am grateful to you, Erik, for having it.

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Amish in Canada (November 18th, 2011 at 22:20)

    Thank you for writing this, Erik. I appreciate it. I like the state guide for Canada/Ontario, but I won’t nitpick about the state thing, no James Madison jokes on my part….

    I have been to Aylmer, lovely spot. I think I saw the property that Pathway is published from when I was in the area a decade or so ago. There was a hand painted sign that read “Pathway” and as I recall not much more, it lead into a farm.

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      State and Province Guide (November 19th, 2011 at 05:14)

      State and Province Guide

      Shom I would love to call it the “State and Province Guide” but brevity and a 28(29?)-1 ratio demand otherwise :)

      If the Amish get expansive in Canada and decide to settle two or three more provinces then we may have to change the name :)

      Thanks though and glad you enjoyed it!

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    Mark
    Amish in Canada (November 18th, 2011 at 22:42)

    A new state? Where?

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Amish in Canada (November 18th, 2011 at 23:09)

    Mark; I can tell you its not Upper or Lower Canada.

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    Lindsay
    Amish in Canada (November 20th, 2011 at 23:56)

    A new state…hmmm maybe a contest to guess which one it is? I would take a stab Oregon.

    I visited Elmira last spring, nice community but unfortunately I was there on a Sunday, so all the OOM businesses were closed.

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    Paul A.B.
    Thanks for the post (November 23rd, 2011 at 12:26)

    Thanks for the post

    I’ve been aware of the Mennonite communities north of K-W forever, but wasn’t aware of the Amish settlement in the Milverton area. I love traveling through that part of the province. Hope to make some Amish contacts in the future.

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    Paul A.B.
    Amish in Canada (November 23rd, 2011 at 12:59)

    There are also Mennonite farmers near Massey (west of Sudbury), though I wonder how the farming is up there because there is a lot of rock, and even the wild vegetation looks noticeably sparser. The farmland in southern Ontario is definitely more productive.

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    Darlene
    Amish in Canada (November 25th, 2011 at 20:50)

    The photo for this post reminded me…

    A couple years ago we went on a family vacation to Canada. The day we began our trip home we stopped on the American side of Niagara Falls and had lunch. As we left the restaurant and were crossing the street I heard my husband saying, “Look! Look!” and there was a whole group of Amish young people sitting on benches and milling around (my husband does not have the interest in the Amish like I do, but he doesn’t want me to miss a thing!).

    When we got back home I started doing some research into Amish in New York state (found out there are settlements fairly close-by (2-2 1/2 hrs.) in eastern New York. I also found out that we were a stone’s throw from a settlement in Ontario while we were in Canada. You know what they say about hind sight…

    Anyway, during that research a very cool thing happened…I found Amish America,

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    Anisa
    Amish in Canada (December 2nd, 2011 at 21:37)

    Actually, there is another Amish settlement in Canada. A few years ago a group from Ontario moved to Manitoba. I was born and raised in Manitoba and before I moved away, the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) published an article on it. The settlement is close to Galdstone, MB. You can read it online here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2006/09/06/mba-amish.html

    My question is how are they managing with the prairie weather… Perphaps Ordnug rules on dress would have to change in some cases I imagine so that frostbite would not be too big a problem. Southern Ontario can get cold, but I know from experience that Southern Manitoba is one of the coldest places to live on earth.

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      No Amish in Manitoba (December 3rd, 2011 at 12:05)

      No Amish in Manitoba

      Anisa I had a look at the article–it’s interesting, though it’s also over 5 years old and there doesn’t seem to be much else out there on Amish living in Manitoba.

      I had not heard of this group’s story, though a couple things are possible: in some cases what have been termed “para-Amish” or more coloquially “out-of-order Amish” set up communities in some ways similar to Amish but not accepted as officially Amish by other communities, or what is probably more likely here, it could be another plain groups such as a Mennonite group mistaken for Amish.

      I found some evidence at GAMEO (and elsewhere online) indicating that the latter possibility might be the case: “During the 1990s members of the Canadian Orthodox Mennonite communities began to move into the Algoma Region of northern Ontario, and in 2006 a group leaving their fellowship moved to Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada.” http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/orthodox_mennonite_church

      Also, David Luthy, an Ontario Amishman who compiles a comprehensive list of Amish settlements every five years, did not include anyone from Manitoba in 2008, and if anyone would know, he would. The previous year’s Amish Almanac (2007) also does not list any group from Manitoba.

      You present an interesting question though, as to how an Amish group would do in those conditions. Seems like you’d need a pretty good heater in the buggy.

      No Amish in Manitoba

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        sam
        Amish in Manitoba (July 17th, 2012 at 14:00)

        Amish in Manitoba

        The people who have moved into the Gladstone/Plumas area of Manitoba do not go by the title of Amish. They ask to be called Horse and Buggy Menonites. They farm with horses and no electricity and dress in the Amish style. They seem to be expanding and buying more farm land as well as selling RTM buildings, furniture and also have a welding shop.

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    T Wilkie
    Amish in Canada (June 10th, 2012 at 18:01)

    Amish in Canada

    There are Horse and Buggy Mennonites in Gladstone MB . The highways office has posted an 8km stretch of highway west of the town a Horse and Buggy caution.
    There are many Mennonites in Saskatchewan and Alberta also. Though not Horse and Buggy

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    T Wilkie
    Amish in Canada (July 18th, 2012 at 01:31)

    Yupper Sam thats what I said ;)

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    gary r chapman
    AMISH/MENNONITES IN NORTHERN ONTARIO (July 28th, 2013 at 19:23)

    AMISH/MENNONITES IN NORTHERN ONTARIO

    I have just finished reading RUMSPRINGA – to be or not to be amish by Tom Shachtman — very interesting.
    I have seen old order people waiting for trains at union station to take them to the i assume, the k-w area.
    I used to see the old order people coming into Simcoe, Norfolk Ontario to the big box stores for their grocery shopping. Simcoe is about 25 miles away from Aylmer, Ontario. There is a Quaker community in Sparta, Ontario.
    Aylmer was in the news a few years ago when members of the church of god were charged with child abuse for spanking their children.
    The Amish/Mennonite people are indeed buying farms in northern Ontario beginning in the Almoguin Highlands (Powassan where they bought the Anderson farm, Callendar where the Dionne quintuplets AND Michael J Fox were born). the Algoma farming area is quite rich, and seems to run north from Powassan up through North Bay and north west to the Sudbury area, plus north east towards Timmins and Cochrane, Ontario close to the Ottawa River Valley.
    My niece-in-law is from a Mennonite background in Tavistock, Ontario but her family is pentecostal now.

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    Amish in Canada (August 2nd, 2014 at 22:08)

    I have a question, not related to the above. I do not know who to contact, maybe you can help. We have two horse drawn mowers for sale We live close to the 401 and 416 junction. Not sure which communities are close to us or who use these machines now. Also is there a for sale page in you magazines?

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