The region's history and culture has been strongly influenced by the original European settlers of Mennonite families who migrated from Pennsylvania in the early 1800s. You can experience the Mennonite culture that still exists today by visiting St. Jacobs and going on a horse-drawn trolley tour of a Mennonite farm. Also, check out one of the galleries or antique shops in the village.
Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario and features many exhibits your family is sure to enjoy. It includes Doon Heritage Village, a 60-acre historic village set in 1914. Knowledgeable guides dressed in authentic clothing take you on a tour of historic buildings and also show you some cute farm animals and beautiful gardens.
The Museum in Kitchener offers exciting interactive exhibits, such as Construction Alley, the Magnetic Wall, and many more. It also features temporary world class exhibitions, such as the recent AVATAR exhibit.
For history buffs, the cities in the region have information and maps for self-guided walking tours so you can explore beautiful heritage neighbourhoods and see interesting industrial artifacts.
Art lovers will enjoy the unique collections in local galleries, such as the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
The region also has many well-known farmers markets, including the St. Jacobs Farmers Market, Cambridge Farmers Market, Kitchener Market, and Elmira Farmer's Market. The markets offer seasonal, delicious freshly picked fruits and vegetables, honey and maple syrup, baked goods, meat, cheese, and more!
For an authentic rural experience, you can also visit one of the nearby farms where you can pick your own strawberries and raspberries.
The popular St. Jacobs Farmers' Market attracts thousands of visitors each summer to the more than 500 vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meat, cheese, baked goods, and more. Youll also find delicious ready-to-eat regional specialties and international foods. Its the perfect way to spend a summer day.
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