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A ST. JACOBS BED & BREAKFAST NETWORK
The 150th anniversary of the Village of St. Jacobs was held in June 2002. The village's heritage is very much on display with a number of historic buildings still in use today. To-day, the rural areas around St. Jacobs are populated with many Old Order Mennonite farmers who retain the religion, customs and lifestyle of their 19th century forefathers.
St. Jacobs is surrounded by a patchwork of fields and farms. As you wander on our highways and byways watch for "slow-moving vehicle" signs, because you will be sharing the roads with horse-drawn buggies and wagons. Hand-written signs advertising a variety of things for sale from maple syrup, potatoes, brown eggs to quilts and crafts will be seen at the end of farm lanes. Roadside stands with produce and flowers will be unattended, people trust customers to leave money in the plastic containers provided, to pay for the things they buy.
Located in the village is the the Visitor Centre, originally called "The Meeting Place". The Centre provides information to visitors regarding shopping, local places of interest and general inquiries. It is also known for an accurate depiction of Mennonite beginnings, lifestyle and culture. The original goal of being sensitive to the Old Order Mennonite community and not making them a spectacle is maintained. Information about the Mennonite people is provided by means of a video "Mennonites of Ontario" and a self-guided multi-media journey through the museum. A visit to the Centre is essential to an understanding of this unique group. It's a good place to start.
St. Jacobs welcomes visitors all year round.. Shopping opportunities are unparalleled - the main street and side streets are filled with shops of all kinds. Happy visitors go home with gifts, new pieces of art by local artists, intriguing Waterloo County handicrafts and furniture, food that really, really schmecks, antiques, clothing, toys...the list is endless. The shops of St. Jacobs are famed for their personal service, and for their unique environments and range of unique items. A style of food unique to the area is offered in restaurants both in St. Jacobs and the area. Authentic Waterloo County home-cooked fare, as well as sophisticated cuisine, is offered in the many excellent restaurants.
The St. Jacobs Farmers Market and Flea Market is open Thursday and Saturdays (as well as Tuesday during the Summer). The Markets complement the strong agricultural activity of the area and provide a unique and lively place to shop, indoors and out! At either market you'll find fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheese, baking of every description, crafts galore, plus local "delicacies" like summer sausage, apple fritters and pure maple syrup. Here you'll find home-grown produce brought from local Mennonite farms by horse and buggy. At St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, fair weather brings with it kiddie rides, a giant quality flea market, a small animal farm, and an opportunity to catch a ride on a horsedrawn trolley. Both markets operate year-round and are well worth the visit! (www.stjacobs.com)
Walk, bike, boat, hike or balloon ride...The Conestogo and Grand Rivers wind through the area offering canoeing and fishing opportunities. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy several picturesque trails including the new Trans Canada Trail which follows existing trails such as the Mill Race Trail in St. Jacobs, the Health Valley Trail, and the Kissing Bridge Trailway from Wallenstein to West Montrose. Several 18-hole golf courses, and a mini-golf course offer both a challenging game and family fun in picturesque settings.
Fairs, Festivals and Events...Concerts and community theatre are performed by local and visiting entertainers through the year in St.Jacobs, at both the Church Theatre and the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre. (www.draytonentertainment.com). The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival attracts thousands of visitors each spring for fresh maple syrup, pancakes, and a lively street mall featuring local crafts, quilts, and tasty foods. So popular is maple syrup that the story is told year-round at the Maple Syrup Museum in St. Jacobs! The local fairground in Elmira is home to the popular country fair held annually in August. The annual Waterloo County & Area Quilt Show, is held the third week of May in both St. Jacobs and the surrounding communities. Canada's largest Quilt Festival features accredited events throughout the area. Highlights include the Ontario Juried Quilt Show, and there are exhibits at museums and galleries, teas, fashion shows, school block challenge, authors, workshops, lectures and the Annual Ontario Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction.
Other festivals and events in the area include: the Stratford Festival of Canada with three theatres, is only 30 minutes to the West, in the city of Stratford; the Elora Festival in July; Fergus Scottish Festival in August; Wellesley Apple Butter Festival in September; Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest in October; Elmira Charity Quilt Auction in November; Christkindl Market, Kitchener, in December; Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park in December/January; RIM Park the multi-use recreation complex in Waterloo is host to a wide range of sport events throughout the year; and many more too numerous to mention here.
Enjoy the beauty and serenity of our countryside as you explore local attractions close to St. Jacobs: the "Kissing Bridge" in West Montrose - built in 1881, it's the last remaining covered bridge in Ontario; the towns of Fergus (settled by the Scots), and Elora which is home of the beautiful Elora Gorge Conservation Area. Or, if you just need to relax, consider a drive through the scenic countryside that gives the area its strong rural flavour. Include St. Jacobs and countryside in your Fall Colour Tour!
The city of Waterloo, just 3 km to the south of St. Jacobs, is home to Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College.
Winter activities are enjoyed in the area...skate on the Mill Race in St. Jacobs; enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through the countryside; snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing are all available close by! Then, enjoy a hot apple cider by the crackling fireplace!
These are just some examples of the many attractions in and around St. Jacobs. At the end of the day, you will be happy to linger in St. Jacobs. Excellent accommodations are available at our member bed and breakfasts, both in St. Jacobs and in the nearby countryside. Our BnB hosts go out of their way to make sure that guests receive the quality of service, hospitality, and attention to detail that today's traveller has come to expect. Please contact the BnB host of your choice to make a reservation for your stay in St. Jacobs!
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