Wander about downtown St. Jacobs
After getting our fill of shopping at the farmers' market, we drove the two or three kilometres to the actual town of St. Jacobs. We found the tourist information booth (which had downstairs -- a little museum and film about the locals). There are the normal business of small town Ontario - post office, Home Hardware, restaurants, an artist's gallery, etc.
The second picture is of a local business called Hamel Brooms. It is half business and half tourist spot. They make various type of brooms there using primarily manually (they use machines to make turn the handles). You can watch them build from branches and straw to brooms.
Go for a ride on a antique train
We kept hearing the whistles and noises from the Waterloo Central Railway train. On market days, you can take a train trip from the City of Waterloo to St. Jacobs.
The price for a round trip ticket was $12 adult and $8 for kids. The train stops at the market as well (3 km from St. Jacobs).
EATING AT THE FARMERS MARKET
The St. Jacobs Farmers Market is located just south of St. Javobs and on the northern outskirts of Waterloo, Ontario. The Market takes place every Saturday and usually attracts a big crowd . Most of the Market is outdoors but there are a few buildings. The one in the picture is the food court . As a rule , and without very little exception, this place is packed . It is still worth the experience to walk through, as everyone else seems to want to do the same .You can even buy something to eat but it is recommended that you eat at the tables outside.
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
St. Jacob's has restored some old stucco silos and turned them into a farily interesting showcase for local artists. My favourite was the one who made art from hay and wheat.
Even if you're not going to buy anything (which we didn't) make sure the check out the white silos and the end of the main street. It's interesting to see the inside of the structure and explore the nooks and cannies of it's three levels.
Learn the History of the Mennonites of the Area
I've grown up hearing about the Mennonites of the Waterloo region, and knew a little bit about them. Basically I knew that they were similar to the Amish of Pennsylvania, but not really much more than that. I did know that they were not Dutch but Deutch - mainly Swiss German speaking. However, until I was wandering along the main street of St Jacob's I knew not much more. That was when I discovered the Mennonite House - a museum of the history, which also included an audio-visual history.
- Museum Visits
Enjoy the Outside Decor
Pretty hard to miss seeing this painting on the side of one of the buildings at a side street off King Street. Since I was wandering along by myself, I took the picture of the wall along with some other tourists taking pictures of their friends.
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
The Mennonite Story
If you are interested in finding out about the Mennonites, then take a trip to the Visitor Centre. It is designed to help visitors understand some unique aspects of Mennonite history, lifestyle and beliefs.
There is a 15 minute video, "The Mennonites of Ontario" which includes photo's, narrations, slide presentations, lighted displays, replicas of a Swiss cave and a Mennonite Meetinghouse, the type still used by the Old Order Mennonites.