Mennonites country, many cultural museums, pedaling in Grand River
Not the most exciting place in the world
Capital of cultural museums and galleries
Schneider's Bush is a beautiful piece of private land just outside Waterloo city limits. It's open to the public for walking and x-country skiing. It's a fantastic piece of property that lets you walk through fallow fields and densly wooded areas. It's a 275ha site with lots of hills and meadows. The area is open to the public from dawn to dusk...more
The Princess Cinema and the Princess Twin are both located near King street in Waterloo. They are almost right across the street from one another. They play all sorts of interesting movies, usually the ones that you wouldn't find at the larger cineplexes; documentries, foreign movies and artsy Candain movies. The popcorn and drinks are fairly...more
We visited this park couple of summers ago just to have a picnic. This 27 hectare park plays host to a number of events throughout the year, the most significant being the Cambridge Highland Games which is held each July.We enjoyed the small animal viewing area. There were deer pen, pheasant pen, and a waterfowl area. The last one was being used by...more
There are many activities other than drive through. • Kids in the entourage loved Jungle Playground, the Misumu Bay Wet Play Area, and Pet’s Corner’. • All of us visited the show ‘Parrot Paradise’• The ‘Elephant Round-Up’ is another well admired show• We took a cruise on the African Queen • We also boarded the Nature Boy Railroad for a scenic tour...more
We visit The African Lion Safari near Cambridge every other year. The Safari Park consists of 750 acres and over 1,000 exotic animals and birds. African Lion Safari was founded in 1969 by Colonel G.D. Dailley, to preserve wildlife species that were endangered. The park has succeeded in breeding 30 species on the Endangered Species List and 20...more
This is my university and is located in Waterloo. It also has campuses in Brantford and Kitchener, Ontario. It is named in honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada. The City of Waterloo is home to both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.Laurier offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate...more
After watching the DVD we started our journey on discovering the Mennonites through an informative exhibit of photos, artifacts, and displays that describe the history, culture and faith of the Mennonites. The exhibits take you on a journey of the Mennonite faith as it was practiced previously and in the today’s world, in this region and around the...more
The Visitor Centre educates travelers about the Mennonites. We visited this newly refurbished, little known, but definitely a pleasant surprise of an attraction in April 2009. We are sure that many others have since visited it at our recommendation alone LOL.Finding the Visitor Centre is tricky, although it is located on the most visited street of...more
St. Jacobs is reported to be Canada’s premier tourism success stories. The village has a small town feel and hosts thousands of visitors each week for different reasons – observing the Mennonites, cultural museums, markets selling fresh produce, or for strolling through the main street shopping for gifts, new pieces of art, intriguing handcrafts...more
475 King Street North, Waterloo, N2J 2Z5, Canada
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Casa Mia is an Italian deli type restaurant that is meant to cater to the various office buildings and small businesses in the area. The traditional Italian eatery in Waterloo is called Vincenzo's and is a bit of an establishment, so this is supposed to be an upstart new restaurant that will give Vincenzo's a run for its money. Sadly, the Italian...more
I've actually only been to the Duke of Wellington for drinks and not food, so the opinions that I can give you really only relate to second-hand stories of the food. The Duke of Wellington is a standard British pub. It has a very casual atmosphere and it can get quite loud after work, especially on Fridays, as the surrounding area has a large...more
I have only been to Angie's once, mainly because I feared that eating there more than once would induce some sort of cummulative poisoning. My sister and I stopped in here at the beginning of October, when we were in town looking for an apartment. My sister insisted that it would probably be a good choice, since all-breakfast places are usually...more
Phil's is a nightclub located right across the street from my old university, so it was mostly packed with students and/or young people when I was there. I only remember going once, its pretty big (but more long and narrow than wide and open.. there are about four different small rooms to pass through before you've been through the whole club.) The...more
Maxwell's Music House is located directly across the street from Wilfrid Laurier University on King Street, just south of University Avenue. Maxwell's hosts live music concerts every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. If you are looking to see great indie artists, Maxwell's is the place for you! Cover charge ranges from $5-$10, and...more
The Grand River transit buses are a great way to get around Waterloo. If you are spending some time here, you can get day bus passes for $5.00. If you're going to live here, you can either buy a monthly pass or a yearly pass, with a redused rate if you're a senior, or a student.
There are at least 15 different bus lines in the city, with stops all over so you'll have to visit the website to find the schedule and maps for each line. I would aim to be at your stop at least 5-10 minutes early, because the bus drivers here have a tendency to come early (although they're not supposed to.)
We visited St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and Flea Market most recently on a cold day in early November 2009.Waterloo region has a vibrant agricultural heritage and freshly grown produce are brought to these markets, which bring visitors and shoppers from as far as Hamilton and Toronto and beyond. This market is open all year around except on Christmas...more
This is a smaller mall located on King street North in Waterloo. They have a number of clothinbg stores for men and women, jewelry shops, home furnishing and department stores. It is not the largest mall in the city - if you want more of a selection, I'd go to Fairview Park Mall instead. This is a good mall if you need something specific and don't...more
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The Mennonites are a group of Anabaptist (opposed to infant baptism) denominations named after and influenced by the teachings and tradition of Menno Simons (1496-1561). Mennonites are committed to nonviolence, nonresistance, and pacifism.
As of 1998, there were about 20 distinct groups of Mennonites active in Southern Ontario. As a result of their dress and modes of transportation (horse and buggy, bicycle), the Old Order Mennonites of Waterloo Region are probably the most distinctive. The majority of Mennonites in southern Ontario, however, cannot be easily distinguished from the rest of society.”
For a historical background of Mennonites, please visit the following website:
On our way to Saint Jacob we saw this broken down barn. Had to photograph it because I am puzzled why people let this happen.
Anywayz, I had taken three photographs and a little bit further along the road I decided I had to take just one more picture. So Simone pulled over again and I ran back and took the photograph.
The minute I got back in the car a huge black pickup truck passed very closely by and parked in front of us so we couldn t pull up.
Some guy jumped and walked over to my side ..... eeeeeeeeeks!
I locked the door and let the window come down some. He wanted to know what I d been doing.....I looked at Simone, she stared back and I mumbled to the guy: Eeerrrr, just a roadsign, I photographed just a roadsign.
He was pushy and kept asking but probably because of our Dutch yapping and our beautiful innocent eyes he decided we had done no harm .. phew!
You can imagine that we were at guard each time we saw a black pickup truck after this lol!
The pictures are from the Laurier's Homecoming Game against Western Ontario Mustangs. It was a nippy day that got aggravated by an almost tornado. The fans took shelters during the half-time and then returned to see a close finish.
There are no professional teams in the region. Kitchener Rangers are the only Ontario Junior Hockey League Team and has a devoted following.
Other than the above, it is all about inter and intra University games. Wilfrid Laurier is represented in Canadian Inter-university Sport by the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. And I am an avid University sports lover.
In 2007 the women's lacrosse team achieved a dynasty status by winning their fifth OUA Ontario University Athletics gold medal in a row. In February 2008, the women's hockey team claimed its fifth gold medal in as many years and seventh since 1998. The women's hockey team won its first CIS national championship in 2005. Both teams have since won sixth consecutive championships in their respective sports, furthering their dynasties.
The football games are marked by intense rivalry between Laurier and Waterloo University and between Laurier and Western Ontario Mustangs. On November 13, 2004, the Golden Hawks football team won the Yates Cup against the McMaster Marauders at University Stadium. It was the sixth Yates Cup victory for Laurier in its history. The game also ended McMaster's four-year Ontario championship winning streak. The men's football team scored a second successive Yates Cup victory in November, 2005, followed by a victory in the Uteck Bowl against Acadia. The Hawks then defeated the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 24-23 to win the 2005 Vanier Cup, their first since 1991.
In 2008 both the men's and women's curling teams won the inaugural CIS Championships and will represent Canada in China at the World University Games.
Equipment: This is Canada from September to November. Therefore, dress for chilly conditions, take umbrellas for adverse weather conditions, camera, blow horns, etc.
In Waterloo when I was there, I witnessed Chipmunks and squirrelsThere a 3 types of squirrels, red, grey and black, and the chipmunks are adoreable.There was a chipmunk making a home for itself under the front porch where I was staying and the squirrels were everywhere, gathering more food for the winter. (It was Fall over there.)more
Waterloo is home to 3 different institutions of post-secondary education; Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College. Its generally a nice university town, and you will see a lot of students around as we probably make up half of the population. (I wouldn't be suprised!)more