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Avon River
Lake Victoria, in Stratford, part of the Avon River
Avon River (Ontario) is located in Southern Ontario
Avon River (Ontario)
Location of the mouth of the Avon River in southern Ontario
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Perth
  • Perth East
  • Perth South
Physical characteristics
Main source Field
Perth East
390 m (1,280 ft)
43°23′32″N 80°49′14″W / 43.39222°N 80.82056°W / 43.39222; -80.82056
River mouth North Thames River
Perth South
308 m (1,010 ft)
43°18′18″N 81°10′03″W / 43.30500°N 81.16750°W / 43.30500; -81.16750
Length 37 km (23 mi)
Basin features
River system Great Lakes Basin
Basin size 1,678 km2 (648 sq mi)

The Avon River is a river in Perth County, Ontario, Canada. The river was named after the River Avon in England when the town of Stratford was founded on its banks in 1832. The Avon River rises northeast of Stratford and flows southwest, entering the North Thames River near St. Marys. It was originally known as the Little Thames River.


Another view of Lake Victoria in Stratford

The river begins in a field northeast of the community of Shakespeare in Perth East. It flows west to the north of the community, south of Brocksden, and into Lake Victoria, a seasonal reservoir created by the Thomas Orr Dam, in Stratford. The Avon River continues west through the community of Avonton in Perth South, and heads south through the community of Avonbank. It then empties into the North Thames River, as a left tributary, between the community of Motherwell to the north and the town of St. Marys to the south.


  • Dunseith Drain
  • Douglas Drain
  • Hislop Drain
  • Court Drain
  • Kuhne Drain
  • Central School Drain
  • Sheerer Drain
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