An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Posts Tagged ‘rural

Spring Rain

The rain and warm temperatures today will allow things to green up quickly in the region. It is nice to sit here this evening with the windows open!

Written by Ruth

April 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Posted in This and that, Weather and Seasons

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Hosting a Crowd

We passed this Old Order Mennonite farm near Hawkesville early on Sunday afternoon. There were at least 20 buggies parked in the yard. Perhaps they were there for Christmas dinner or for another significant occasion.

Written by Ruth

December 27, 2010 at 12:23 am

Posted in Mennonites, Woolwich Township

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Anna Mae’s Bakery and Restaurant, Millbank

Millbank is on the border of Waterloo Region and Perth East. You can drive there by following King Street North past St. Jacobs Market, turning left at Lobsinger Line. Drive through Heidelberg and St. Clements until the road ends at Crosshill. Turn right and then quickly left at the next corner and follow William Hastings Line into Millbank. One of the most popular establishments in Millbank is Anna Mae’s Bakery and Restaurant. Anna Mae’s is closed on Sundays and holidays. Here is their website


Written by Ruth

December 7, 2010 at 12:07 am

Posted in Local Business

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Crosshill Old Colony Mennonite Church

Many Old Order Colony Mennonites left western Canada early in the 20th century to settle in Mexico. Today a few thousand of them live in Mexico’s northern states, particularly Chihuahua and Durango. Some have returned to Southern Ontario including Waterloo Region and this congregation meets in the hamlet of Crosshill, Wellesley Township. (map) You can read more about Old Colony Mennonites at the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO) website.

Written by Ruth

December 5, 2010 at 12:04 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

Meeting House Parking Lot

Written by Ruth

October 17, 2010 at 12:01 am


This Old Order Mennonite farm is located near St. Jacobs. The men were putting corn into the silo using gas-powered equipment. This family has a horse and buggy for personal use but a tractor for the farm.

Written by Ruth

October 1, 2010 at 12:05 am