Kitchener, Ontario: More Than the Home of Roadtrek

 Kitchener, Ontario: More Than the Home of Roadtrek

IMG_3002I have been in Kitchener, Ontario since Sunday evening. I am not in my Roadtrek. I am at the Raddison. Elsie is adapting as well as can be expected. I have been patiently waiting for my traveling house to be finished. Not one to sit still for very long I have taken the opportunity to explore this area.

This area is often referred to as the Kitchener Waterloo area. These are towns that are right next to each other. Kitchener is the larger of the two towns.

I admit that I have not spent much time in either one of these towns. I have been drawn to the areas around the towns. This is beautiful farm country. Right now it is strawberry season. Yum.

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There is a large Mennonite community that lives in this area. It is not unusual as you drive into the country side to see horse and carriages riding along the shoulders of the road.

St Jacob's Market
St Jacob’s Market

St. Jacobs a community near Kitchener is known for its Farmers Market. It is open Tuesdays and Saturdays at the moment. Tuesday I took a ride out there. You could spend all day at this market. There are outdoor vendors and indoor vendors and several buildings. The main market building is new as the old one recently burned.

Outside you find  a lot of fresh produce and stalls that sell anything from clothes to CDs to jewelry and well, you name it. Inside there are two floors. Downstairs are fresh produce, meat, cheeses, goodies of all sorts. Upstairs are more clothing, quilts and gift type items. I spent a good half-day there. The fried apple fritters with cinnamon and sugar on top were amazing. Yummy.

The Kissing Bridge
The Kissing Bridge

If you take time to visit the visitor’s center at the market they have all types of information on the area including four self-guided driving tours. I took one that took me to the Kissing Bridge near the village of West Montrose. It is the only covered bridge left in Ontario. It was very beautiful. I found a hiking path near there and did a couple miles of walking.

On one side of the bridge is a variety store, Lost Acre Variety. They have all types of bulk items for the local farming communities. They also sell quilts and goodies. I left with some dinner rolls that are delicious.

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It is worth spending a little time discovering downtown Kitchener and Waterloo. Each town has a wonderful coffee house named the Coffee Culture. I got a lovely salad in the one I spent time in. The inside is delightful. I was in the Kitchener venue – the old Walpole Hotel, which is under renovation at this time.

Be aware if you come here in the next couple of months they are installing a light rail line and many roads in the downtown areas are closed for construction.

There are several walking and hiking trails. If you have an all-terrain type of bike you could ride many of these. Unfortunately, they are not real set up for road bikers like myself. I left the bike in the hotel room and walked.

Ending here I will add my often seen list. What to do while waiting in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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  • Take a tour of the Roadtrek Factory. It is well worth the time.
  • Visit the Kitchener Market. One of the oldest in the region. It is open every day but the big day is Saturday.
  • Visit St. Jacobs Market.
  • Take a drive. The countryside is beautiful.
  • Toronto is only 100 km away so if you are a big city person you can be  there in approximately an hour.
  • There are several historic sites and museums and galleries. I did not get a chance to see them as it has been so nice out I would rather be outside.
  • There are at least two golf courses in the region.
  • Visit the Kissing Bridge.
  • There are many trails to hike a bike in the area.
  • Check out festivals and events. If you are here in the fall Oktoberfest is big, really big.
  • Have a cup of coffee.

I have enjoyed my visit here. I am getting on the road tomorrow morning. And even though I have enjoyed time here I am ready to get moving again. There are just so many places to see.

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