An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

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William Lyon Mackenzie King at KCI

This statue of William Lyon Mackenzie King was unveiled during the 150th anniversary celebrations at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School in 2005. King was a student here from 1887-1891 and went on to be the longest-serving Prime Minister in the Commonwealth as he led the Liberal party in power for 22 years. The school opened in 1855 and after a few moves opened at its current location in 1876.

We plan to stop blogging on An Insider’s Guide to Waterloo Region with this post. There are 492 photo posts of Waterloo Region which reflect its natural beauty and social diversity.

Gasoline prices are now 60% higher than when I started this blog and I no longer drive home from work taking detours to Cambridge, Waterloo or the townships. I plan to focus on more energy efficient endeavours including a new volunteering venture in downtown Kitchener. Perhaps I will write about that some day. Thanks to all who followed and commented on this blog. It will remain public for the time being.

Written by Ruth

September 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Summer Markets

St. Jacob's Farmers Market

Fresh local produce is abundant now at our local farmers markets in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. There are several farm stores in the region as well local farm products for sale at farm lanes. Foodlink Waterloo Region’s website provides up to date information on shopping from farmers in our area.

The Record featured an article a couple of weeks ago about a Kitchener teenager, Claire Matlock, who is following the 100 Mile Diet for 18 months. Her blog is inspiring as she writes about finding and preparing local foods. Do stop and check out Cooking with Claire and make an effort to buy some fresh local food this weekend.

Written by Ruth

August 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

Bagpipe Practice

A lone man practiced his bagpipes at dusk at Waterloo Park. Fortunately he was very good and we sat on a bench and listened to the tunes.

Written by Ruth

August 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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Christmas Dinners

Each December, hospital volunteers and Recreation Therapy staff organize a Christmas dinner for each patient unit at Freeport Health Centre. That means cooking and serving two dinners a week complete with a large turkey, ham and all the fixings. Staff members bring in the side dishes and desserts. Patients and their families enjoy the festive atmosphere which includes live musical entertainment. It is my favourite event at the hospital.

Written by Ruth

December 10, 2010 at 12:09 am

Mango Chutney Restaurant

Since we were driving through Cambridge anyway, we decided to try out the Mango Chutney Restaurant, featured in this week’s Nightlife in The Record. The Indian food did not disappoint at all (**Note – the portions may look small at first, but really, you’re stuffed to your eyeballs by the end of the meal…seriously).

The vegetarian selection was good, and, for the spicy fiends, the Chicken Vindaloo is apparently a dish not to mess with. You’ve all been warned.

Postscript by Ruth… I had Dal Makhani which is described on the menu as “lentils cooked with freshly ground spices sautéed in tomato sauce.” The taste was out of this world. The owner told me it takes 2 days to make this dish and it is the most time intensive item they serve. The service here is excellent!

Written by thebecka

November 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

Lions Arena

Lions Arena- 20 Rittenhouse Road, Kitchener ON

This is one of my favourite places to go skating in the region. Lions Arena offers public skating, figure skating and ice skating lessons, hockey and pick-up hockey. Their schedule is in the current Leisure Magazine.

Written by thebecka

November 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

Nith River Chop House

…One of the sites from Wellesley, the Nith River Chop House, taken at The Apple Butter and Cheese Festival (see previous post).