In 1939, Thomas J. Bata moved to Canada from Czechoslovakia and opened North America's first Bata Shoe Factory in a community that they named Batawa. During this time, Batawa was very much a "company town" where employees and their families lived in the community's subsidized housing.
Today, Batawa is a wonderful example of a small community with lots of spirit and great potential. If you could imagine the perfect community your vision would look very much like Batawa. In a beautiful rural setting along the Trent Severn Waterway, Batawa residents live in pleasant homes in an established neighborhood surrounded by mature trees and natural forest areas. Batawa's streets are friendly. Residents go for walks along the road, children ride their bicycles on sidewalks and play in the centrally located park.
Both residents and visitors in Batawa are treated year round to a fantastic selection of outdoor recreational activities. Spring through fall, you can hike, walk, cycle or horseback ride beside the scenic Trent River along the Lower Trent Trail or on one of the many nature trails that wind through wooded areas, enjoying beautiful views atop the many rolling hills. The Trent Severn Waterway meanders alongside Batawa. Its famous Trent Severn Lock system is a boaters paradise.
In the winter months, what would a perfect community be without its own ski area! The Batawa Ski Club was established in 1955 by a dedicated group of Bata factory employees through hard work and sheer determination. With its three lifts and seven runs, there is no better place to learn how to ski or snowboard in the area. The ski school and its certified instructors offer lessons for everyone from the novice skier/snowboarder to the expert. The Batawa Ski hill also boasts a strong race program for kids ranging in ages from 5 to 17 who consistently win competitions province-wide.
Batawa is home to a picturesque Catholic Church and school, an active Lions Club, a Community Centre (where weddings, meetings, dinners, receptions and other events are frequently held) and a fire hall.
Batawa is an exemplary small town, and a happy and friendly community with a very bright future.