Homer Watson Park, Kitchener Ontario Day 35

  Here is a great place to escape the city without leaving the city.

For more information visit the website at   http://goo.gl/2ixu4

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Picard’s Peanuts Day 33

One of 8 locations, Picard’s Peanuts are grown on their farm near Delhi.  They are Canada’s first peanut processing plant, where they process over a million pounds of peanuts a year. They also have a large range of confectionary and have ice cream too.

Celebrating 30 years, Picard’s Peanuts located at 3011 Sawmill Rd, St. Jacobs, Ontario, N0B 2N0

Phone: 519-664-2400

Visit http://www.picardspeanuts.com/ for online ordering and info

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Seasons Grande Day 30

Seasons Grande is owned by Pete & Vicki Wilhelm who are local residents of Baden.  It was purchased from the Egli brothers whose business thrived in our community for 37 years and reopened under the new name, Seasons Grande on August 2012.  Egli’s meats were supporters of the community; in fact remember as a kid they sponsored my hockey team back when I was 12 years old.  It’s nice to see as you look at all the products in the store, that Pete and Vicki are big supporters of local businesses.   

Seasons Grande is located at 162 Snyders Road E Baden, Ontario.

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Nith River Chop House Day 28

You got to love eating at a place that supports local business.  The Nith River Chop House uses all local meats, veggies, apple butter and even the bread comes from across the road from a neighbouring bakery.    After an entertaining interview with the chef, Matthew Cressey, I was told that they even grow some of their own herbs and he explained how every ingredient used is fresh. In the top 10 restaurants of all of Waterloo Region, they were ranked a very impressive #8 by Squidoo!  One of their specialties that got them there is the incredible schnitzel. 

The atmosphere is awesome as the place is tastefully decorated in a western country theme. 

For more info and to see their daily specials go to www.nithchophouse.com follow them on facebook http://goo.gl/bWK7X or Twitter @NithChopHouse

 Thank you Nathan Wiles for being so accommodating and helpful.  I will be visiting soon!

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Kissing Bridge Day 26

The “Kissing bridge” located in West Montrose, Ontario and spans across the Grand River on a road that between Guelph and Elmira.  It is the only covered bridge left in Ontario

When it was built back in 1881, a local bridge keeper would keep the kerosene lanterns lit nightly and helped with snow shovelling so horse drawn sleighs could pass through.  Today, local residences living near the bridge volunteer their time and maintain the bridge, painting and help keeping it clean.  There are many different stories about how the bridge got its name of “Kissing Bridge”.  I was told that if you kiss under the bridge your love will last forever!

Today the bridge is still closed and being assessed by engineers for safety reasons.  The bridge suffered a broken beam in the structure caused by wear and tear of overweight vehicles crossing.  There is talk of having load sensors and cameras on the bridge to protect it from unauthorized oversized loads

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A Great Cafe! Day 24

MeMe’s Cafe

A cozy spot to stop and have a coffee and fresh muffin.  Great atmosphere with very friendly staff

Visit www.memescafe.com

Hours of operation are:  Mon- Fri 7am-6pm  Sat. 8:30-3pm  Closed Sundays

102 Peel Street New Hamburg Ontario

Dogtopia! Day 18

Nice day for a doggy swim!

Beaver working hard!

Snyder’s Flats Bloomingdale, Ontario

The Snyder’s flats are located off Sawmill Road in Bloomingdale, Ontario Canada.  This used to be a gravel quarry and was converted into a conservation area.

It will take you 10 – 15 minutes to get here from Kitchener or Waterloo.  If you drive down the bumpy gravel road past the Mennonite Church in your right, you will see some parking at the dead end.  There is a 4.5 Km trails looping around taking you back to the start.  It is a well groomed trail that is fit for little ones and strollers and takes about an hour to walk.  Take your dog and he will love you for it! It’s doggy heaven if you have a furry swimmer in the family!

Our dog Tucker thinks this is DOGTOPIA!

Very Peaceful walk that only takes an hour from start to finish

Want to live in a Whisky Distillery? Day 17

Seagram Lofts  Waterloo, Ontario

Seagram lofts are located at 3 & 5 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo Ontario, right in the core of uptown Waterloo.  The lofts used to warehouse whiskey barrels for the well known Seagram Company LTD.

These buildings are a work of art as they managed to create amazing modern lofts all the while preserving the site’s heritage.  With my background in construction engineering and love of architecture, it is projects like this that fascinate me.

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Day 16 Laurel Creek Conservation Area

Laurel Creek Conservation Area is located minutes away from the city at 625 Westmount road RR3 Waterloo, Ontario.  I have driven by this several dozen times in my life and never really thought much of it.  I was surprised at the size of this conservation area so close to the city.  They offer a camping,  picnic shelters for corporate groups or family get togethers, a baseball field and has a beach.

Fall is one of the best times to go camping especially if you’re not a fan of the bugs or like a more private setting with less people around.  It is also easier to book in the fall compared to the summer months and you get to see all the fall colours.   The park closes the Sunday following Thanksgiving weekend and is only open to cross country skiing through the winter months.

For more info   www.grandriver.ca

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Day 15 Waterloo Park, Ontario

Waterloo Park is 111 Acres right smack in the middle of Uptown Waterloo, Ontario.  There is a lot of history woven into this park such as Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill, Waterloo’s first school house and the original farm house.   Bring the entire family as there are lots of animals for the kids to see and Victorian gardens about the park.

Waterloo Park has an amazing “Wonders of Winter” Christmas light display which we will go to in a few months.

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