Jarvis, Ontario

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Village of Jarvis
Village of Jarvis is located in Southern Ontario
Village of Jarvis
Village of Jarvis
Location in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 42°53′04″N 80°06′50″W / 42.88444°N 80.11389°W / 42.88444; -80.11389Coordinates: 42°53′04″N 80°06′50″W / 42.88444°N 80.11389°W / 42.88444; -80.11389
184 m (604 ft)
 • Total2,303
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code span
N0A 1J0
Area code(s)(519)

Jarvis is a small community in Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada.

This community is located near the towns of Simcoe, Townsend, Cayuga, Port Dover and Hagersville. Major highways Highway 3 and Highway 6 form a crossroads near the centre of the community.


Possibly named after the notorious William Jarvis family of Toronto whose patriarch was very incompetent and selfish during his tenure as a government official,[2]. Mr. William Jarvis himself was a member of the defunct Family Compact clique which believed in arch-conservative values that directly opposed democracy.

In on May 24, 1873, a fire destroyed a quarter of the town. Although no lives were lost a large amount of wooden structures in town were destroyed. [3]

The town was much bigger in the early 1900s, featuring 4 churches, 4 hotels, 5 blacksmiths, a school, brickyard, and cheese factories.


96% of this community speaks English as its native tongue. There are at least 30 individuals that are born in Europe and at least 20 people who were born in Asia. The typical age of a Jarvis resident is between 30–39 years of age as of 2016. Males typically outnumber females in Jarvis by 1.4%.[4]


Jarvis also is the home of the Jarvis Travelers Fastball team, winner of the ISC World Tournament of fast-pitch softball (fastball) in 2010. The town also features tennis courts. The Jarvis Lawn Bowling Club closed in 2013. The town currently has no ice skating facilities.


Businesses in the town of Jarvis include a gas station, a microbrewery, several restaurants, two convenience stores, beer and wine can be found. Jarvis also has a community centre that holds Jack and Jills along with weddings and other events.

There is also a car dealership that also sells motorcycle trikes, a flower store, a new and gently used children's clothing shop along with a butcher shop. There was only one bank in Jarvis (CIBC), which had served Jarvis since 1898 and officially closed on May 24, 2018, due to lack of business.[5]

Schools include Jarvis District Christian School (a member of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools) and Jarvis Public School.

Jarvis Public School has 22 students enrolled in grade 6 as of the 2017-18 school year. Slightly over 18% of the students at Jarvis Public School have some form of developmental disability. Grade 3 and 6 students at Jarvis Public perform the best at writing and the worst at mathematics. Recent testing has indicated that 40% of Jarvis Public School students in grade 3 and grade 6 are experiencing troubles coping with the current Ontario curriculum. Female students have somewhat of a bigger edge over the male students in reading; but the gulf between the male students and the female students is not so significant in math.[6]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Michaud Toys is a very popular attraction in Jarvis; selling wooden toys and games with an excellent level of quality. Mostly purchased as Christmas presents, some of the best-selling toys at this store are dice and poker equipment.[7]

D and D's Family Dining is a moderately expensive restaurant that offers Canadian cuisine along with vegetarian-friendly options. Offering an excellent level of service, their main options for meals include fish and chips, French onion soup, hot beef sandwich, shrimp dinner, along with barbecue ribs.[8]

Just Johns is a moderately expensive pub that serves pizza in addition to Canadian cuisine. While the service is of very good quality, the food and the overall value of the meal are above average during the weekends and Friday evenings. Even though Just Johns is open year-round, the establishment is often visited between the months of April and November. Beer is served to patrons who are at least 19 years of age.[9]

Jarvis used to host a festival in the month of August called "Cornfest" until 2012.The event had tonnes of fresh buttered corn to eat, as well many musical acts came to Jarvis to play at the festival. The main musical act for Cornfest 2010 was The Road Hammers. A notable Cornfest performance by the Canadian country rock music band Blue Rodeo was considered to be a high-profile event for a small community festival.

Royal Canadian Air Force Station Jarvis[edit]

Historical plaque at the site of No. 1 Bombing & Gunnery School

During World War II the Royal Canadian Air Force built and operated No. 1 Bombing & Gunnery School as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan [10] on a 600-acre site 6 kilometers southeast of Jarvis. A historical plaque on Concession 2 Walpole marks the location, and the reverse side of the plaque lists the names of the thirty-eight Commonwealth airmen and one civilian who died while serving at No. 1 B&GS.

The air station appears in the 1942 Hollywood movie Captains of the Clouds.


  1. ^ "Wolfram Alpha City Profile: Jarvis, Ontario". Wolfram Alpha. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  2. ^ "William Jarvis information". schools.tdsb.on.ca. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  3. ^ "The History of Jarvis information". visual heritage. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  4. ^ Jaris, Ontario population information at City Population
  5. ^ CIBC will transfer accounts to Hagersville at Simcoe Reformer
  6. ^ Jarvis Public School testing information at Fraser Institute
  7. ^ Michaud Toys at Trip Advisor
  8. ^ D and D's Family Dining at Trip Advisor
  9. ^ Just Johns at Trip Advisor
  10. ^ Hatch, F. J. (1983). The Aerodrome of Democracy: Canada and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, 1939-1945. Ottawa: Directorate of History, Department of National Defence. ISBN 0660114437.