From an agrarian pioneer village in its early days, Grimsby evolved into an industrial centre in the mid-1800s. During the latter part of the 19th century, industries that developed included John Grouts's foundry making state-of-the-art farm machinery, George and John Van Dyke's carriage shops, and Hugh Walker’s many enterprises involving stoves, hospital furniture and metal goods.
Grimsby Beach continues to echo with the charms of its storied past. In fact, these cottages built for the summer residence of a temperance camp, remain the most prominent connection to the rich history of the area. Now, the intricate fretwork and colors of the cottages inspire a vibrant mood at the beach which is a reminder of the spirit that once built the area.