Kitchener-Waterloo Nearby Communities and Attractions: Cambridge ON
Cambridge has about 85,000 residents enjoying 1,100 acres of parks and trails, as well as internationally recognized recreational, arts and cultural facilities. Cambridge lies southeast of the Grand River and just north of the 401, with good highway connections along #7 and #8, as well as a major airport east of the community.
Cambridge HistoryThe Grand and Speed Rivers, which wind through Cambridge were key resources for the First Nations and early settlers in the area. The community has for areas, each was a separate municipality before 1973: Blair, Galt, Hespeller, and Preston. Preston was once known as "Cambridge Mills", is located in the northwest area of Cambridge and is the oldest settled area in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, as a centre of manufacturing and known for its mineral baths. Hespeller was long the centre for woollen and textile mills, and their workers. Galt lies in the south of Cambridge, and has majestic Victorian homes (many built of stone), and lighted streetscapes lines with tall maple trees. Blair was home to the area's earliest Mennonite settlements in 1800, and is still well-forested.
Cambridge Attractions* indicates attractions between Cambridge and Hamilton/Brantford.
African Lion Safari & Game Farm Ltd. *
1386 Cooper Rd., RR #1
Cambridge ON N1R 5S2
519-623-2620 1-800-461-9453 Fax 519-623-9542
Since 1969, visitors can drive-through this wildlife park with 1,000 birds and animals roaming in large Game Reserves. The Safari has been successfuly breeding 30 endangered species and 20 threatened species. .Enjoy animal shows, nature tours, Elephant Swim and Misumu Bay Wet Play. Admission.
Bell Homestead National Historic Site*
94 Tutela Heights Road
519-756-6220 Fax 519-759-5975
Explore the 1870's home where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Afterwards visit Canada's first telephone business office.
Cambridge Fire Museum and Education Centre
56 Dickson Street, the Old Galt Fire Hall.
Preserves history with itscollection of artifacts related to the Fire Services. Provides heritage and safety programs with a focus on Fire Prevention and interpretation of the history of Cambridge and Regional Fire Departments and the Fire Service in general, for citizens and tourists. Open Wednesday(s) and Saturday(s) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. June, July and August. Special tours can be pre-arranged.
Cambridge Sculpture Garden
Grand Ave South
On the Grand River, this landscaped outdoor gallery displays both temporary & permanent sculptures, with free children's sculpture programs over the summer.
Flag Raiders Inc.
1500 Kossuth Rd.
Cambridge ON N3H 3M8
519-653-3322 Fax 519-653-4668
Description Outdoor paintball game. 60 acres, multiple fields/scenarios. Great for corporate team building, stags, birthdays and team parties. Group organizers play free.
Grand River, The
Grand River Conservation Authority
400 Clyde Road, PO Box 729
Cambridge, Ontario N1R 5W6
519-621-2761 1-866-900-4722 Fax: 519-621-4844
In February 1994, the Grand River was designated as a Canadian Heritage River. The Grand River Valley is now regarded as a prized and priceless asset, world renowned for its natural beauty. Known as "the place" to fish in southern Ontario, an ever growing number of visitors enjoy camping, hiking, and cycling along the extensive network of trails and in local conservation areas and parks along the watershed. Also a growing number of painters and photographers are being drawn here to enjoy and capture the beauty of the river valley. GRVA hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding holidays
89 Grand Avenue South, Cambridge (on the banks of the Grand River)
The McDougall Cottage is a 1858 limestone labourer's dwelling, with spectacular hand-painted friezes and trompe l'oeil ceilings. The McDougalls, born of a Highland clan, first built it from local limestone, and dressed its street-side with carefully-matched blocks of handsome granite. In 1901, newly James & Margaret Baird began renovations, adding exotic landscapes and trompe l'oeil ceilings that James's brother Jack painted in the young couple's dining room and study. Open Wednesday, Friday Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m., Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m
Orchard Home Farm *
235 Howell Rd.
St. George ON N0E 1N0
519-448-1111 1-888-274-2563 Fax 519-448-4993
Pick apples right from the trees, from late August to early November. Open 9:00 am. to 7:00 pm, 7 days a week (no pets, for health and safety reasons)
Walter Bean Grand River Trail
Grand River Conservation Authority
400 Clyde Road, P.O. Box 729
Cambridge, ON, N1R 5W6
519-621-2761 fax 519-621-4844
The Walter Bean Grand River Trail is a trail network with access points along the Grand River, ultimately connecting Woolwich, Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. The trail includes a broad range of environments, from river shorelines, river flats, wooded slopes, open slopes, and spectacular lookouts. The trail runs along the west bank from City of Waterloo boundary (County Squire Rd) through Kiwanis Park continuing south to King Street East , where it crosses to the east bank, and south to the Pioneer Tower, and eventually connect south into Cambridge and to the Trans-Canada Trail system.
Westfield Heritage Village
Regional Rd. #552
519-621-8851 1-800-883-0104 Fax 519-621-6897
Any Sunday, step back into the 18th and 19th century. Westfield's 33 historical buildings and vast conservation area bring Canada's heritage to life! Special events year round.
White Rock Ostrich Farm*
13085 4th Line
Rockwood, Ontario N0B 2K0
Hay wagon tours, concession stand, picnic area, school/seniors tours, gift shop, meat sales, Screamfest in October.
Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory
2500 Kossuth Rd.
Cambridge ON N3H 4R7
519-653-1234 Fax 519-650-2582
Description Stroll among hundreds of free-flying butterflies in a tropical garden. Discover a honeybee observation hive, an incredible insect collection. The Paradise Cafe is open *daily from 10:00am - 3:00pm (Monday-Wednesday from October 16 - March 1) and a Gift Store which sell butterfly and bug collectables.
Yee Haw Adventure Farm*
1 mile from African Lion Safari, R.R. #1
On Morrison Rd, Concession 8) between Highway 8 and Highway 6, south of the 401.
Cambridge ON N1R 5S2
A family farm since 1830, on the edge of the Beverly Swamp, and converted to family adventure farm in 2002, where you can pick your own pumpkins, pig races, haunted hay rides, boo barn, petting corral, straw castles, Halloween corn maze.