An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for the ‘Villages and Hamlets’ Category

Cut-off to West Montrose

River Edge Drive, West Montrose Ontario

Line 86 is the main road on the right side of the picture. This section of it is also known as the Guelph-Elmira highway. It you are heading north-west from Guelph to Elmira, turn left at Katherine Street and then make a quick right turn to River Edge Drive. This takes you into the hamlet of West Montrose. (map)

(and yes, this is the same buggy that I took a picture of entering the covered bridge in yesterday’s post)

Written by Ruth

April 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm

West Montrose Covered Bridge

I posted a picture of this bridge almost exactly one year ago today. Here it is from the other side.

The photo below is edited to look the way I think the bridge should look. All those wires are distracting.

Written by Ruth

April 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Maryhill Inn

Maryhill Inn

I drove back to Kitchener through Maryhill again after visiting Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Maryhill is within the boundary of Waterloo Region but is very close to the Wellington County line. The Maryhill Inn was built in 1850 and was renovated by the current owners who bought it in 2000. It operates as a bed and breakfast and has a number of well appointed rooms. The Maryhill Inn website offers more information on its history as well as picture tours of the interior and booking information.

Written by Ruth

February 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Farm near Bamberg

Wellesley Township in Waterloo Region


Written by Ruth

January 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm

St. Boniface Church, Maryhill

St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church in Maryhill ON

Maryhill is half way between Kitchener and Guelph and is near the boundary of Waterloo Region. I drove through there last week just as the snow was starting from the east and the weather was dull and cold. I will have to return there on a nice day for better pictures as it is a very interesting town. (map)

Here is some information from Wikipedia

…Its main feature is the gothic St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church built in the late 1870s, which is visible from miles around. At its side is a cemetery with dozens of old stones, an iron gate, and a stone wall. Across the street is St. Boniface Catholic School and an original homestead, both from the same era. A newspaper writer from Kitchener once wrote that if residents in Ontario can’t afford to go to Europe, they should go to Maryhill.

Written by Ruth

January 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

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

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