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Edition 44: March 26, 2004

In the 44th issue of the Bed and Breakfast Traveller, we take you to St. Jacobs, and the Township of Woolwich, located in the Region of Waterloo, only 3 kilometres north of Waterloo.

photo: Kevin Catton

The unique, rural villages of Old Order Mennonite Farm Country, feature the best of picturesque countryside and fine examples of historic buildings, including Ontario's last remaining covered bridge. St. Jacobs oozes with over 100 charming shops, craft studios, antiques, restaurants & inns, historical & cultural attractions. The Visitor Centre - Telling the Mennonite Story, is located in the heart of the village at 1406 King St. N. (519) 664-3518. It is a Mennonite interpretation centre, designed to help visitors understand some unique aspects of Mennonite history, lifestyle and beliefs, through a short video and museum. Admission for the video & museum is by donation and at the Visitor Centre an informative and reasonably priced map for a driving tour of the surrounding Mennonite farm area is available.

photo: Kevin Catton

Visit and photograph Ontario's picturesque, but last covered bridge, spanning the historic, Grand River (a Canadian Heritage Waterway). Take a horse-drawn, trolley tour and see members of our Mennonite or Amish community as they go about their daily routine in horse-drawn buggies and wagons (these people are sensitive about photographs so please be discreet!). Golf at one of the many local courses, canoe the Grand or wade it in search of the feisty brown trout that lurk in the pools of this world class fishery.

2004 Elmira Maple Syrup Festival - April 3, 2004 7.00am to 4.30pm

photo: St. Jacobs Country

-Join us in celebrating 40 fabulous years in a fun filled day complete with wonderful "sappy" treats that delight the taste buds, enjoyable activities for all ages as well as attractive and alluring products just waiting to be purchased. We look forward to seeing you on Elmira, Ontario, Canada.


The Church Theatre (1376 King Street North, St. Jacobs - For Tickets Call: (519) 664-1134)

-Dervish: Sunday April 18, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $24.00
One of the finest traditional groups ever to come out of Ireland.
-I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change: Wednesday September 15 to Sunday October 3, 2004: Tuesday through Saturday: 2:00 PM Friday and Saturday: 8:00 PM
TICKETS: $28.00

Remember that tickets to any of the shows above, along with a gift certificate to one of our wonderful B&Bs, makes a wonderful gift idea for any occasion.

photo:Kevin Catton

Waterloo County & Area Quilt Festival , May 20 - 30:

Over 35 events in 10 communities. Exhibits, workshops, fashion shows, merchant's malls, youth quilt block challenge and much, much, more. Visit of call 1-888-804-7909 for more information.

  • Fashion Show Luncheons & Dinners, For Tickets: (519) 576-0841
  • A Sampling Of Quilts & Tea
  • Quilts For The World
  • Contemporary Quilts
  • Merchant Mall & Quilt Market

The Quilt Gallery is adjacent to the Maple Syrup Museum. Excellence in quilting is showcased in exciting exhibits that change every few months and feature the work of individual artists, groups and guilds.

Walking / Biking Trails:

if you stop at the Visitor Centre in town @ 1406 King St., St. Jacobs, they have a small booklet that you may purchase for approx $4.00 called A Guidebook To Woolwich Trails.

Behind the Studios & Shops building in town, you'll find a foot bridge that will lead you over the mill race to the Mill Race walkway. The mill race was built at the turn of the century to generate electricty for the mill located at the corner of King and Front Streets (it is now shops). Along the 2.5 km walk to the dam you'll see the mill race on your left and the Conestoga River on your right. It's a flat, smooth, hard packed surface for walking or biking.

Another hard packed flat surface trail, runs along the beautiful, Conestoga River. If you continue under the Conestoga Parkway bridge which is approximately 2-3 km into the walk then it gets a little more rough and you will pass through farmers' fields where you will have to open and remember to close gates. This trail will continue to the bridge on the outskirts of Conestogo and on. Both trails have parts that belong to the Canada Trail.

Some of Kitchener-Waterloo area's exciting events:

  • Stars On Ice - April 21 - The Auditorium, Kitchener - Join Kurt Browning, Alexei Yagudin, Jamie Sale, David Pelletier, and many more in a skating production that promises to bring exciting and innovative skating choreography to the ice. Call 1-800-265-6368 for all the details.
  • Garden Brothers Circus- May 15 - 16 - The Aud, Kitchener - An enchanting array of magical maneuvers by jugglers, dancers, and thrill seekers. Order your tickets 1-519-622-0771.
  • Ontario Mennonite Relief Sale - May 28 - 29 - New Hamburg Fairgrounds - Activities include a silent auction, craft sale, pancake breakfast, quilt auction, children's auction, antique tractor auction, and much, much more. For more information call 1-800-313-6226 or visit .
  • Waterloo Busker Carnival - August 25 - 29 - King St., Uptown Waterloo - Unique, long-standing and innovative…….the Waterloo Busker Carnival is a volunteer driven International Street Performers Festival. For more details 1-519-747-8769 or visit .
  • Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival - September 25 - Wellesley - Enjoy the apple butter, apple cider, and pancake breakfast while walking around the village and taking in the sights: markets, a quilt auction, a stage coach, tours, a boat regatta, a horseshoe tournament, ... and did we mention apple butter?? Call 1-519-656-2400 or visit for more information.
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest - Oct. 8 - 16 - For over three decades the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo have hosted North America's Largest Bavarian Festival, and we invite you to join us for the 35th annual celebration! This nine day festival begins on Friday October 8, 2004 with a ceremonial "Tapping of the Keg". Call 1-888-294-HANS or visit
  • A Christmas Fantasy - Nov. 27 to Jan. 2, 2005 - Opening ceremonies on November 27, consist of a magical candlelit parade down Gaukel Street ending at Victoria Park where the park Christmas lights are officially turned on. Christmas lights remain on until January 2. Call 1-800-265-6959 for more details.
  • Christkindl Market - Dec. 1- 5 - Bring friends and family, and discover the true spirit of Gemuetlichkeit in Kitchener-Waterloo! Call 1-519-741-287 for more information.
  • Wonders of Winter - Dec. 4 - Jan. 2005 - We have over 70 displays, both static and animated, with a total of 100,000 lights. The displays range from Santa Claus, nursery rhymes, animals, a unique nativity scene and many other surprises. Call 1-519-725-1086 or visit for all details.

For additional St. Jacobs and area information, please visit their website

BED & BREAKFAST: A warm and friendly welcome awaits you!
Be our guest…comfortable and cozy accommodation is offered for your St. Jacobs experience! Our Association offers a unique blend of BnBs/inns. From restored century village home, country log house and log cabin, farm guest house, to elegant restored inns. Visit the website for more information.

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