Archive for the ‘Day Trips’ Category
Guelph Lake is about twenty to thirty minutes from any spot in Kitchener-Waterloo and is a good all-season destination for outdoor enthusiasts. I was there today and it was sunny but cold. Several people were ice fishing on the lake but none were using huts. Let’s hope they caught some fish for their effort. (map)
Guelph Lake is a man-made reservoir along the Speed River. The dam was built to control flooding within the Grand River watershed. The conservation area is maintained by the Grand River Conservation Authority.
McCrae House in Guelph is just a 20 minute drive from Kitchener. I visited it for the first time this week and was impressed by the well restored house, the indoor displays and the lovely grounds. This is the birthplace of John McCrae, a physician and soldier who wrote the famous poem In Flanders Fields. Millions of poppies are worn by people in our nation to commemorate Remembrance Day today as we honour the sacrifices of our soldiers in past and present conflicts.
…One of the sites from Wellesley, the Nith River Chop House, taken at The Apple Butter and Cheese Festival (see previous post).
Goderich is a 90-120 minute drive from Waterloo Region depending on where you live. It is a beautifully situated town built on a bluff above Lake Huron. The historic Huron Road ends in Goderich. Highway 8 goes along the general direction of the road as you travel eastward from the lake until it reaches Cambridge. At this point Highway 24 follows the old route into Guelph. In Waterloo Region, remnants of the old highway run between Punkeydoodles Corners and Homer Watson Blvd. (map)
“The Huron Road was part of one of the largest land development strategies in Upper Canada and became a vital communication link. In 1826 nearly one million acres of land called the Huron Tract was purchased by the Canada Company which hoped to attract thousands of settlers to Upper Canada’s western territory. In 1827, under the leadership of John Galt, Dr. William Dunlop and Col. Anthony Van Egmond, a massive road clearing operation began from Guelph through the future counties of Waterloo, Perth and Huron to Goderich, the deepest harbour on the Canadian side of Lake Huron.” (information from a sign at Homer Watson Park in Kitchener at the corner of Huron Road and Mill Park Drive)
Waterloo Region is a good starting place for many interesting day trips. Lake Ontario is about 45 minutes away at LaSalle Park in Burlington. The Grand River empties into Lake Erie at Dunnville which is a two hour drive from Kitchener. Lake Huron is a favourite destination with a number of beautiful beaches just 90 to 120 minutes away from the region. The Pinery Provincial Park has several beaches as well as nature trails, camping and other activities. There is an entry fee to the park but other beaches, such as the beautiful one at Southampton, are free of charge.