An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track


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Pioneer Tower

Pioneer Tower



Waterloo Region is about one hour west of  Toronto Ontario Canada. It includes the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge as well as Wilmot, Wellesley, North Dumfries and Woolwich townships. I have lived here since 1970, attended school, raised a family, and continue to work in the city of Kitchener. My husband’s family arrived here around 1800 and were among the earliest Mennonite families to travel from Pennyslvania and settle along the banks of the Grand River near Doon, Ontario. We enjoy the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the area and will share information about our favourite places here as well as attractions within a one to two hour drive from the region.


Becka (occasional contributor)

So far, Becka has lived within the Region ever since she has existed. For fun, she likes to go on road trips, travel, watch movies, read, and spend time with family and friends. Becka is an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer, and has her own webcomic site “The Becka Comics” at One of her webcomics, “Cadaverific!” has recently been made into a comic book, and more issues will follow.


Written by Ruth

June 27, 2009 at 7:45 pm

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  1. Hi Becka,

    I just stumbled upon your blog today! I just moved to Waterloo in August and I didn’t realize there were so many activities going on around here! Where do you get your info on what’s happening? I checked the city of Waterloo website and that’s not really happenin’ 😦 Thanks for the tips! Great blog!

    Maybe I’ll see you out at some of the events someday?



    February 24, 2010 at 12:43 am

    • Hi Pylin! Apologies for replying so late.

      Sometimes we get our info from the newspaper The Record, particularly the “Nightlife” section that comes every Thursday. Or sometimes it’s an ad on T.V. that appears when we watch the local news. Sometimes it’s word of mouth.

      I’m glad you like our blog, and I hope to see you at an event someday too! 🙂


      February 25, 2010 at 11:52 am

  2. Hi.

    You have fantastic blog. I found there so many interesting articles with nice photos. It was all-around blog which offers to everybody something to explore.

    I wish that You continue Your blogging. I’ll be back.



    September 12, 2010 at 4:00 am

  3. I saw a photo of the Grand River with the bridge and fiddlers green. May 17 2010 and would like to purchase a negative to blow up for my home. Please contact me and let me know thank you Kim

    kim Monteiro

    February 25, 2011 at 8:55 am

  4. Thank you for posting your photo of the Doon Mills ruins. As a descendant of Adam Ferrie, Sr (father of Adam Ferrie, Jr., who built the Mill) and having not yet had the pleasure of visiting family heritage places in Ontario, I very much enjoyed the opportunity of seeing the photo of the mill ruins on your website. I am interested in obtaining an image of this place to share with my family. Thank you.

    Louise Williams

    January 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  5. Canada Cordage did not close, we moved to Deseronto, Ontario.
    Canada Cordage is the leading rope manufacturer in Canada and the US, with manufacturing plants in Deseronto, ON, Dartmouth, NS and Winslow, Maine.

    Bob Lucey

    November 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  6. Thanks so much for the Doon Mills photo – I am looking for a painting of what it looked like in it’s prime as well as a high res image of the ruins. I recently found out that my ancestor Peter Lamont from Puslinch helped build the Mill and would like to archive this in images. Thanks so much for any advice or leads!


    December 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

  7. Hello

    i would like to request the right to place the winter picture of the waterwheel in my documentary film which features Alberta cowboy poet, Doris Daley. The film is now nearing completion.The reference is made by the subject of the film who once lived in New Hamburg and worked with the 10,000 villages store. Thank you for your prompt reply. I am a small independent film maker living in Alberta.

    Denise Calderwood

    Chinook Fire Productions

    Denise Calderwood

    November 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    • You may use the picture from the web site. It is not large and I do not know if I kept the original size.


      November 11, 2013 at 8:39 am

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