Bear Essentials is primarily a Gift, Home Décor and Garden Accessory Store, but we carry a wide variety of items outside of those definitions. There are literally thousands of different items in stock at any given time. We try to carry items that are unusual and not available at every gift store. We carry work by local and other Canadian Artists and Artisans including Shelley Adam, Peter Hoffer, Murray MacKinnon,  Deb Reynolds and Mel V. As the store name implies, we are a Dealer for Boyds Bears and also carry Bearington Bears and plush by other Manufacturers. We have a very large selection of candles, including Country Home Candles and bee's wax and soya candles.

The Stores, Shops and Services of Millbrook Ontario offer a tranquil break from your hectic lifestyle. Come and enjoy the serenity of the countryside, while still being able to access all of the products and services you expect.

Millbrook, Ontario is a unique Village at the gateway to the Kawarthas. A quick trip to our historic Village will provide everything required for a fabulous weekend. Amenities in the Village include a Foodland, a Liquour Store, a Gas Station, a TD Canada Trust and Bank Machine, a Pro Hardware, an IDA Pharmacy, Restaurants, Auto Repair and Convenience Stores.

Shopping in Millbrook, the village in the valley, can be a relaxing, rewarding experience. The stores in Millbrook can supply the essentials like Groceries, Hardware, Wine, Spirits, Beer, Banking, Gasoline, Drugs, and take out food, or, other important things like Postal Service, Videos, Meals, Gifts, Home Decor, Fabrics and much, much more. Visit www.millbrookbia.com for information on stores in the Village, or www.millbrook.ca for businesses in the surrounding area.

Millbrook, Ontario "a green and pleasant land"! Where history lives on in a turn-of-the-century charm, but life hasn't stood still in this beautiful village in the valley. You will find a treasure trove of experiences in our unique shops with friendly hometown service.

Millbrook is home to a growing community of professional artists millbrookgallery.com and to the 4th Line Theatre, 4thlinetheatre.on.ca  one of Canada's premier outdoor theatre companies.  Millbrook serves as the commercial centre for the surrounding countryside and hosts one of Ontario's oldest Agricultural Fairs.

Millbrook is home to a series of Events throughout the year.  The Millbrook & District Agricultural Fair in June, The Fabulous ‘50's Car, and Truck Show in July, Ladies Night in August,  The Scarecrow Festival in October and  Christmas in the Village in December. For information on Events throughout Peterborough County this summer, visit www.kickitupinthekawarthas.com

Millbrook's many streams made this location an ideal mill site. In 1816, John Deyell came from Ireland to build the first mill on the same site where Needler's Mill stands today. The village prospered and quickly grew to a recorded 1700 inhabitants. In the 1880's, Millbrook's population dropped to half when the Canadian west opened to new settlement. New rail lines began bypassing the village, and then the highways: Millbrook was left behind.

Fate has preserved much of the village as it was 100 years ago. Those who cherish heritage will find in Millbrook a legacy to Ontario and small town life.

There are more than 45 designated historic buildings in Millbrook -- more per capita than any other Ontario town. Needler's Mill by the pond is the third mill to rest on this site, having been moved here in 1909 from Cedar Valley and restored by a citizens' group in 1982. On the hill above the village sits the majestic Old School, built in 1889 on what is said to have been a native campsite. The old fire hall on Hay Street was built in 1881 and has a rare Tuscan-style tower for drying hoses. It now serves as a museum housing fire fighting equipment, and is open to the public on special occasions.

These are just a few of the heritage buildings worthy of discovery. The entire downtown has changed very little since it was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1875.

For a cool walk in the shady woods, take the path leading from the millpond up to Medd's Mountain Conservation Area. The entire area south of the village contains passive-use park space and trout streams, all awaiting the intrepid explorer. And, only a bit further a-field, lies the Ganaraska Forest, 10,000 acres of forest interlaced with miles of hiking and biking trails, transformed into groomed cross-country and snowmobile trails in the winter with a maintained link to the village.

And all within 90 minutes drive from Toronto!

Our History

"When we bought Bear Essentials we were planning, perhaps a five year stay” said Ian. “The response from the Community was so good that we kept increasing the selection. Soon, it was apparent that we were staying more than five years.

The past, almost six years, have flown by. We have a huge number of regular customers and Bonnie has helped a growing list of Clients redecorate their homes."

Special Events

  •  Hockey Day in Millbrook, January 
  • Lions Fishing Derby May 
  • Millbrook Fair June 
  • Millbrook Car Show July
  • Ladies' Night August 
  • Zucchini Festival 
  • Christmas in the Village December 
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