RiverBank Lofts Day 31

RiverBank Lofts are located next to the Speed River at 20 Guelph Avenue in Cambridge, Ontario

Pricing ranges from the low 200’s to mid 500’s. 

Completion of Phase 1 which is 85% sold out is estimated to be finished in 18 months and Phase 2 in two years

For more information go to www.riverbanklofts.ca

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A great place to catch the game! The Aud. Day 29

The  Kitchener Auditorium is located at 400 East Avenue Kitchener Ontario.

 Home of the Kitchener Rangers.   

For more info go to www.theaud.ca

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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The Waterlot Day 25

 I remember my first job I got in grade nine working as a dishwasher in the kitchen of the Waterlot.  I also remember that every time you worked a double shift, which I did a lot because I loved working for minimum wage of $4.15, I would receive a meal.  I always looked forward to this dinner and I remember it always being so good!  Times haven’t changed that much as the kitchen is still preparing incredible entrees and they still have an amazing Sunday brunch.  Everything they serve is still carefully prepared in the kitchen and bake shoppe.  Oh, I forgot to mention how much I loved the bake shoppe and how the staff used always used to bake a little extra just for me!  Take it from me, a person who has seen firsthand the care and detail that goes into each dish they serve.  If your looking for casual. fine dining, this is a great establishment to visit

The Waterlot is a great place to have a party as they have several private dining rooms and you can even get married on the banks of the river and have your wedding here.  They also have a B&B if you’re traveling and looking for accommodations.   The Waterlot is located at 17 Huron Street New Hamburg, Ontario.

www.waterlot.com

(519)662-2020

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

Have you ever had “Disco Fries”? Day 22

Ryan Smolkin, a business graduate from Wilfred Laurier University, started the first Smoke’s Poutinerie in Toronto, and now the franchise has over 10 locations in Ontario,  including Waterloo!  The store is open from 11am to 3am on Thursday and 11 am to 4am on Friday and Saturday.  They have over 20 different types of poutine including Nacho Grande, Bacon Cheeseburger and Curry Chicken poutine. 

Here is some interesting facts about poutine  you probably didn’t know….

It is widely accepted that poutine’s origin comes from Quebec and was invented after a trucker asked Fernand LaChance to add cheese curds to his fries in Warwick, Quebec.

Every year there is the Smoke’s Poutine eating Championship.  Contestants will have to beat the 2010-11 champion, Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti who set a record eating 13 pounds of poutine in 10 minutes!

Poutine is Quebec slang for “a mess”

In 1970s New York and New Jersey, poutine was served as a late-night side dish at clubs. They called it “disco fries.”

The largest poutine in the world was made in Saguenay, Que., and weighed 654 kg—about as much as a large horse.

Considered the most expensive poutine in Montreal, the poutine au foie gras is available for $23 at Au Pied de Cochon

Smoke’s Poutinerie on 255 King Street N Waterloo, Ontario.  Follow them on

http://www.facebook.com/poutinerie

https://twitter.com/poutinerie

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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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New Hamburg…. My home Town


I thought a great way to start off WaterlooRegion365 would be highlighting my home town which I love… Newhamburg. Enjoy

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This week begins a new little project.

This week begins a new “little” project.  I’ll be posting new and interesting blogs encompassing Waterloo Region Ont. and surrounding areas. Maybe a festival to attend. Perhaps a restaurant, fun activity or hidden gem that not a lot of people know about.  This will hopefully be a great community resource from the perspective of a lifelong resident who loves his hometown and also a great resource for those looking to relocate to Waterloo Region and surrounding areas.