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About Smithville


Established in 1795, Smithville is a lovely small community which exudes old time country charm. Located in the Township of West Lincoln it is also recognized as being in the heart of Niagara.

Smithville has a population of 3769 (2006 census) and is located 15 minutes south of Grimsby and the QEW, 30 minutes east of Hamilton, 35 minutes west of St. Catharines and Niagara Falls and less than an hour to the Canada/U.S. border. Pearson International Airport and Buffalo International Airport are approximately 1 hour 15 minutes away.

Major businesses downtown include Foodland, Willy’s Flowers & Gifts, Hodgkins True Value Hardware (an old style hardware store), several real estate agents, and many more small shops. Two banks are located in the centre of town – the Royal Bank and CIBC. Recent new businesses include The Sweet Spot where you can purchase delicious baked goods, Serendipity that features beautiful garden and gift items, and The Guitar Loft Music Studio, where you can take music lessons.

A newly renovated Smithville Medical Centre is just down the street from the town centre. Several Chiropractors, Dentists, Massage Therapists and a Reflexologist are also located in town.

Just to the east of the town centre, you will find Bert Vis Flooring and Cabinets, and an automobile Oil and Lube shop. The Village Square Mall includes Canada Post, Vehicle & License Registration, Meester Insurance, Giant Tiger, Home Hardware, Subway, Almatay’s Takeout Restaurant, Gino’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, Touchdown Willy’s Tap and Grill, Furs and Fins pet store, Dollar Village discount store, Curves, the Beer Store, a Liquor Store and a Sunoco gas station. On the outskirts of town going west, there is an Esso gas station, and going north, there is Turkstra Lumber.

For a small town, Smithville has a remarkable number of churches for a population of less than 5,000. You can find a Pentecostal Church, a Roman Catholic Church, a United Church, a Lutheran Church, an Anglican Church, a Presbyterian Church, a Church of Christ, a Christian Reformed Church, a Mennonite Brethren Church, and a Canadian Reformed Church.

Smithville is quite well-known for the annual festival known as Poultry Fest, held annually in June at the Community Centre, and throughout the downtown streets. Smithville continues to hold an agricultural fair on the Labour Day weekend every year, where you will find lots of agricultural competitions, demolition derbies and entertainment for all ages.

Smithville also has a Farmers Market that runs every Saturday morning from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving weekend and features a carefully selected variety of vendors showcasing local produce, preserves, meats, honey, flowers, baking and gift items.

Parks in Smithville include the Smithville Conservation Area, and the Smithville Fairgrounds and West Lincoln Arena (Community Centre). The “Murgatroyd Parkette” is at the corner of Griffin and St. Catharines Street and has trees and benches, and features the town clock (from the original post offices) mounted on a pedestal.

Smithville is located on Canadian Pacific’s Hamilton Subdivision. The historic train station is a local landmark and is the headquarters of the West Lincoln Historical Society.

About RVL Homes

About RVL Homes

Since 2005, our team has built and sold homes in Alma Acres, Wes-Li Gardens, Spring Creek Estates and Griffin Place. Our newest development is Spring Creek Manor, where we offer 11 vacant land condos.

Hope to see you on one of our sites!!!


Protecting Your Investment

All warranty service requests must be submitted in writing, prior to your year-end anniversary date. To ensure effective and efficient service, there are three scheduled warranty service appointments during the first year you are in your home: at the 30 Day, 6 Month and again at Year-End.Your new home has been registered under the Ontario New Home Warranty Program. Here is a summary of what is covered and for how long.

1 Year Warranty:

RVL Homes warrants, one year from the date on the Warranty Certificate, that the home is free from defects in workmanship and materials, is fit to live in and meets the Ontario Building Code. Notify RVL, in writing, of any defects before the first year is up.

2 Year Warranty:

RVL warrants that the home is fit to live in; is free of violations of the Ontario Building Code’s health and safety provisions; that it is free of defects in material or workmanship in the electrical, plumbing and heating delivery and distribution systems; is free of defects in the exterior cladding, caulking, windows and doors; and that the home is free of water penetration.

7 Year Warranty:

TARION warrants any major structural defects for seven years from the date of possession.

Buyers are protected for seven years against major structural defects. Coverage under this provision is by RVL initially, and after the builder’s warranties expire, it becomes the responsibility of the Ontario New Home Warranty Program. Major structural defects are defined as any defect that results in failure of the load-bearing part of the home’s structure or defects in materials or workmanship that adversely affect the use of the building as a home.

Any structural claims being made after two years are submitted directly to TARION, in writing. A major structural defect is defined by TARION as any defect in materials or workmanship that results in the failure of a load-bearing part of the home structure, or any defect in materials or workmanship that significantly and adversely affects the use of the building as a home.

For all warranty coverage, please submit all your warranty service requests to your Customer Service Coordinator by mail, fax, or email:

RVL Homes

Attention: Customer Service Department
Office: 2 Main Street East, Box 429
Grimsby, Ontario L3M 4H8
Telephone: 905.309.2760
Fax: 905.309.2761
Service Email:


Any emergencies during regular business hours should be reported directly to our Customer Service or Construction Office immediately. Emergencies are defined as water penetration or loss of heat or electricity. Please contact your Customer Service Co-ordinator if you have any questions pertaining to the warranty service of your new home.

Deficiency Report

Your Service Schedule

After moving into your home, you may find items in need of repair or replacement. If the items are outstanding from your pre-delivery inspection, nothing needs to be done because this list will have been handed to the finishing supervisor. RVL will have those items completed as soon as possible.

30-day Inspection

After you have been in your home for thirty days, any new items that have appeared should be listed and submitted to our office using theDeficiency Form. You will be provided with a hard copy of this form when your new home closes. Upon receipt of the form, our office will contact you to arrange an appointment to have these items checked. We will try to clean up any deficiencies within a short time period of the receipt of the list.

11-month Inspection

Toward the end of the first year, you should follow the same procedure as for the three-month form, except the Deficiency Form must be in RVL’s possession before the end of the first year to be covered by RVL’s one-year warranty.

Inspection Checklist

Print This and Take it With YouWith all the excitement of walking through your finished home for the first time, it’s easy to forget all the things you should check. Here’s a sample checklist to take with you to your pre-closing inspection. For a complete list, visit the TARION website:

  • Flush toilets
  • Run taps and check for hot water
  • Take along something like a night-light to ensure all electrical outlets are functional
  • Take your list of colour choices and upgrades to ensure finishings match the list
  • Check walls for cracks, popped nails
  • Check basement for leaks/water
  • Check insides of cupboards
  • Walk carefully on carpeted areas to check for “creaks”
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