10 Essential Stops on Ontario's Antique Trail: A treasure hunt from Barrie to Kenora

Turn back time (literally—the end destination is in the Central Time Zone!) by exploring these Northern Ontario antique shops.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a record to add to your collection, or looking for the perfect vintage dinnerware set, Northern Ontario offers a selection of unique antique shops and flea markets.  

Ranging from delightful stores in converted churches and cabins, to sprawling warehouses with numerous vendors, these ten gems along the Trans-Canada Highway will be sure to spark the thrill of the find. 

*Note that some of these shops are only open seasonally, and hours are subject to change—be sure to confirm opening hours and travel routes before planning your adventure.  

1. Sanford and Son Emporium
272 Innisfil Street, Barrie, ON

Begin in Barrie with this multi-floor vintage and antique market, open Tuesday-Sunday. With booths managed by more than a hundred(!) different vendors, you’ll find a varied selection of treasures, like parlor chairs, Kellogg’s cereal collector’s plates, and antique artwork representing a range of styles and subjects.

When you’re finished, drive less than an hour and a half along the 400 Highway to get to:

2. Edgington Station
1236 Highway 518, Parry Sound, ON 

Open Friday-Sunday, this sweet antique shop in a former church, is stocked with goods curated with home and cottage décor in mind. In the past they’ve had nostalgic finds like old oak library catalogue drawers from the days of the Dewey decimal system, wooden rolling pins, and a vintage kit-built canoe. 

From there, it’s about an hour drive east on the ON-518 E to get to: 

3. Berriedale Schoolhouse Antiques
431 Berriedale Road, Burk's Falls, ON

Open on weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, and by appointment at other times, this historical one-room schoolhouse in the Almaguin Highlands of Ontario specializes in furniture and Canadiana. This is the place to find statement pieces, like an 1800's cherrywood bonnet chest – complete with hat drawer – or an Early-Quebec pine kitchen cabinet. 

From there, drive just over an hour through North Bay and around Lake Nipissing to arrive at:

4. Great Northern Flea Market
179 Salter Street, Sturgeon Falls, ON 

Set aside some time to explore the multitude of vendor booths at this spot, open Friday through Sunday year-round. Local artisans are sprinkled among the vintage gems, like refinished furniture, a 1950s Nancy Drew mystery board game, and a T. Eaton’s Laundry Maid cradle-style wooden laundry tub with wringer. 

Afterwards, take the Trans-Canada Highway 17 for just over an hour to reach: 

5. Kulta Vintage
88 Durham Street, Sudbury, ON

Two online vintage sellers came together to open this brick and mortar as part of Sudbury BIA’s Zero Vacancy program, partnering vacant storefronts with small business owners. If you’re nostalgic for the 80’s, you’ll want to stop in here to stock up on thoughtfully-curated accessories, shoes, and clothing, which includes Western denim skirts, floral dresses, and leather jackets. 

Continue on the Trans-Canada Highway for just under three hours, past Espanola, Spragge and Blind River, to get to: 

6. Down The Line - Antiques, Vintage & Retro
9027 Highway 17, Bruce Mines, ON

Located in the rustic Mariner’s Cove log building, this shop is a treasure trove of nautical items, dishware – including colourful Fiestaware pieces, and an avocado-green Pyrex coffee set from the 1960’s – and an impressive collection of loon figurines.

Drive just under an hour on the Trans-Canada Highway to get to: 

7. The Ole Warehouse Market
69 Church Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Plan to visit on a Saturday, when a small group of vendors come together in this warehouse with upcycled, vintage, and antique items, like a 1972 Canvas Mail CPC Mail bag, antique Hudson Bay wool blankets, vintage jackets, and the classic 1970’s Fisher Price A-frame house. 

Consider using the Lake Superior Circle Tour trip planner to choose from many points of interest along the just under eight-hour drive to get from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay, where you’ll end up at:

8. Sleeping Giant Antiques
303 Victoria Avenue E, Thunder Bay, ON

In this historic bank building (complete with vault!) which has been operating as a multi-vendor antique market since 2011, you’ll find goods like heirloom flatware, old wooden radios and Strawberry Hill pottery, as well as furniture and décor. 

Travel just under four hours along the Trans-Canada Highway, past Quetico Provincial Park to reach: 

9. Second Chance Treasures
32 Princess Street, Dryden, ON

Anything you buy here will support the Second Chance Pet Network shelter (and you may meet some dogs or cats that are up for adoption in the shop!) With items donated by the public, this isn’t strictly a vintage shop, but depending when you go, you may find furniture from various eras, dish sets, vintage typewriters and Blue Mountain pottery. 

Hop back on the Trans-Canada Highway for another hour and a half and you’ll arrive at: 

10. Elizabeth Campbell Books & The Darlington Gallery
129 Main Street South, Kenora, ON 

Comb through over 50,000 used and out-of-print books on a variety of subjects, like the 1876-published Poetic Localities of Cambridge Illustrated, the complete 20-volume The Book of Knowledge: The Children’s Encyclopedia or a Tom Corbett Space Cadet novel from the 1950’s series by Robert A. Heinlein. You can also score some sweet vintage items to go with your reading material, like a delicate tea-set, or a Hudson Bay Company point blanket.

Happy hunting! If you want to learn more about some of the history behind some of the treasures you find on your antiquing adventure, be sure to check out some of the museums and historical attractions in Sunset Country, Superior Country, and Algoma.

About Celeste Percy-Beauregard

Celeste Percy-Beauregard is an Ontario-based writer who discovered just how large our province is when she travelled across it in a cube truck performing children’s theatre and eating all of the poutines along the way.

Recommended Articles

See the Leaves Change: Fall Colour Report Ontario 2023

Autumn in Ontario is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Here’s how to plan a spectacular viewing experience.

The Great Big Northern Ontario Story Contest

Enter to win $1000 for your best travel story!

The Best Ontario Parks to Visit in 2023

5 provincial parks that are hidden gems.

9 Amazing Glamping Destinations in Northern Ontario

A wilderness of luxury awaits.

The World's Smallest Record Store Is Not Where You'd Expect

In a converted meat trailer off the Trans-Canada Highway lies a tiny record store named after a walrus penis.

10 Awe-Inspiring Natural Wonders in Northern Ontario

The biggest gorge, the bluest lake, and a whole bunch of waterfalls.

Say spaaaah!

8 Northern Ontario spas where you can treat yourself 

My 10 Day Ontario Road Trip Itinerary: Toronto to (almost) Thunder Bay

Group of Seven landscapes, butter tarts, the Wawa Goose, and epic Lake Superior views.

Northern Ontario's Ghost Towns Revealed!

Tour the faded ghost towns of Ontario’s Cottage Country with Andrew Hind's new book.

9 Northern Ontario Artist Residencies That Will Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Apply now!

Rainbow soap, alpaca toques, maple BBQ sauce, and more!

Shop our one-of-a-kind, made-in-Ontario 2020 gift guide for everyone on your list!

The 11 Best Burgers in Northern Ontario

From locally-sourced bison burgers to doughnut buns—Northern Ontario's got some delicious burgers you've got to try.

Ontario Travel in the Time of Covid

Put your passport away and look to Ontario

Pride Events in Northern Ontario 2023

Northern Ontario celebrates its 2SLGBTQI+ community this summer. Here's your calendar for everything Pride-related in the region.

7 Interesting Place Names in Ontario

Ever wonder how Haileybury got its name? What about Noëlville? The answers may surprise you!

Got deer?

A complete guide to backyard deer feeding made easy—what to feed them, how often, and why it's so much fun

7 Neat Town Slogans in Northern Ontario

Gardens, gold, and the North's prettiest village—these Northern Ontario towns are known for some unusual things!

List of Ontario Government Covid Health Measures Starting Jan 5 2022

Can I still travel? What's open? How many people can gather indoors? Your questions answered here.

Surf Northern Ontario

Bring your board and learn what the Great Lakes have to offer.

Looking to rep your love of the North? There's a toque for that.

Rep your Northern Ontario style with these gifts ideas for any occasion.