This quaint, little village is a sweet neighbourhood in our region and has a ton to offer residence, potential buyers, and tourists. It’s loaded with shops, restaurants, schools and a whole lot more. Search all of Waterloo Region HERE
This part of our region has a fantastic strip with all of the unique mom-and-pop shops, restaurants, the brewery, and everything else this small town has to offer. Located just north of Waterloo and south of Elmira, St. Jacobs is part of Woolwich township and has the roots of a rich, Mennonite heritage.
St. Jacobs really is a beautiful village, surrounded by nature. There are farm fields as far as the eye can see, the Health Valley Trail, a huge walking trail that connects St. Jacobs and Conestogo, the Conestogo River, a run off of the Grand, runs right through town, and there are tons of nature trails sprinkled here and there. Take a walk or drive around the area and you’re sure to spot birds and wildlife, and of course horse drawn buggies.
Waterloo region is home to the largest population of Old Order Mennonites in Canada, particularly in the areas around St Jacobs and Elmira. St. Jacobs was settled in large part by the Pennsylvania-Dutch between eighteen thirty and eighteen fifty and has held onto its Mennonite roots ever since. The village is also home to the West Montrose Covered Bridge, or the “Kissing Bridge”, Ontario’s only covered bridge and the oldest of its kind in Canada. The oak and pine bridge was built by a local barn builder, John Bear, in the early eighteen eighties and is still used to travel over the Grand River today.
There’s a ton to do and see when moving to or visiting St. Jacobs. In addition to Canada’s largest, outdoor Farmer’s Market, the scenery, and the kissing bridge, St Jacobs has so much to offer the whole family. There’s Drayton Entertainment’s Country Playhouse Theatre as well as the school house theatre; horse drawn tours; and outlet shopping. Make sure you stop by the St. Jacobs and Aberfoyle Model Railway. This model railway depicts Southern Ontario in the late nineteen fifties; all of their models are hand built and represent both major Canadian railways, the Canadian National and the Canadian Pacific. If you’re looking for some physical activity, Max’s Sports Dome is located just across the street from the Farmer’s Market. They have indoor and outdoor driving ranges and mini-golf, as well as year round batting cages. If you’re headed down the strip, you should definitely poke your head into Block Three, the local brewery. This place is awesome! It’s dog friendly so you’ll always find our little four legged friends poking around, they have a ton of house made brews on tap, there are games set-up everywhere, and they just expanded to open a new restaurant! The strip also has a few more restaurants, cool shops, a bakery, a toy store, and this little tea shop, Tea, Earth, and Sky, that I always like to stop by to keep my tea collection stocked!
When searching for homes, my clients always have a list of questions and concerns but knowing what their options are for their kid’s educations is always top of the list. With St. Jacobs being as quaint as it is, it only needs one elementary school to service the area. Running from JK to grade eight, St. Jacobs Public School can be found right in the middle of town and is just a short walk for most students. When preparing for high school, students will need to take the bus, or hitch a ride to Elmira, the next town north, to attend Elmira District Secondary School. Fun fact that I just learned, Elmira’s high school has the highest math and literacy scores in the region!
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