An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for the ‘Conestoga River’ Category

January Thaw

The January thaw and rainfall created swollen creeks and rivers in Waterloo Region.

Three Bridges Road just outside the village of St. Jacobs was closed due to rising water on the Conestoga River.

The buggy bridge was under water and drivers who came this far in spite of the signs had no choice but to make a U-turn and take another route to Hawkesville Road.

Written by Ruth

January 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Grand River at Conestogo

This is near the confluence of the Conestoga and Grand Rivers. A Juvenile Bald Eagle was sitting in a tree on the opposite bank of the river. (map to Sawmill Rd. and Golf Course Rd.)

Written by Ruth

December 29, 2010 at 12:19 am

Hawkesville Road

A horse and buggy passes River Song Catering and Banquet Facilities at 632 Hawkesville Road a short distance outside of St. Jacobs.  The outdoor smoking area below overlooks the Conestoga River.

Written by Ruth

October 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

Autumn Trails

…one of my favourite things to do on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

This is the Mill Race Trail between the village of St. Jacobs and the dam along the Three Bridges Road. It is part of the Trans Canada Trail.

Written by Ruth

October 16, 2010 at 12:04 am

Gone Fishing

The owners of this horse, buggy, and tackle box were fishing along the banks of the Conestoga River.

Written by Ruth

October 8, 2010 at 12:05 am

Trans Canada Trail at St. Jacobs

St Jacobs Mill Race- The trail runs between this canal and the Conestoga River

The St. Jacobs portion of the Trans Canada Trail follows an 1860’s vintage mill race that was constructed by the Conestoga River to serve the power needs of a gristmill in the Village of St. Jacobs. (source) The mill race canal starts at the dam which is just upstream of the buggy bridge on the Three Bridges Road. It is about 3 km from the dam to the village of St. Jacobs. I keep finding new “favourite” trails in Waterloo Region and this one is near the top of my list.

Conestoga River- The Mill Race starts at this dam

Map– You can park along Three Bridges Road or by the river in St. Jacobs to access the trail.

Written by Ruth

August 14, 2010 at 12:00 am