Cambridge is made up of three smaller areas- Galt, Preston and Hespler. Each has its own personality, but all share a history and charm found only in small towns. Cambridge is part of Waterloo Region, and just a short jaunt down the 401 (or on some nice country roads). Here’s our top reasons why we love Cambridge:
The natural landscape – The Grand River flows right through Cambrdige and provides some of the loveliest landscapes. Home to rare charitable reserve other trails maintained by the Grand River Conservation Authority, you can easily be immersed in nature all year around. There are many restaurants, businesses and homes along the river with stunning views.
The architecture – The University of Waterloo built their School of architecture here for a good reason! The school is housed in the former Riverside Silk Mill along the banks of the Grand River and Cambridge is home to many designated heritage buildings and sites. Cambridge has a history of being an industry area, with a focus on textiles. In fact, Hespeler was developed primarily with this in mind. During the Depression of the 1930’s, one of the largest mills, Dominion Woollens and Worsteds, made sure that at least one member of each family living in Hespeler was employed at the mill. During the Second World War, with much of its workforce on military duty, Dominion Woollens recruited young women from across Canada. Many of these women continued to work and live in the community long after the war ended and today some of the original mills are still standing, as are many of the workers homes.
The arts scene – The City of Cambridge has recently had an arts explosion. The public library system rebranded itself as Idea Exchange and does so much cool stuff. From pop up taco stands to seed libraries and so much more, the Idea Exchange always has something cool going on and in every part of Cambridge. Cambridge also has many galleries, live theatre, music venues and tons of creative people from all walks of life.
Small town charm, big city ideas – Cambridge prides itself on having a small town charm where neighbors know each other and community is a strong value. However, we know Cambridge has some big plans ahead. The City is part of the Region’s Light Rapid Transit plan, is building a community multiplex and has plans for new architectural features and public art throughout the downtown cores. Not to mention all of the big city amenities nearby such as 3 large universities, Conestoga College, proximity to the 401 and
The homes – many of the homes have a historic feel, built by Scottish masons that originally came to the area more than 100 years ago. Some homes are even closer to 200 years old. There are converted homes that have a rich story to tell and many ready for the right person to put their decorative touches on. Take a self-guided walking tour and enjoy the visual and historical splendors.
Langdon Hall – Tucked away in the woods just outside of the city is the internationally acclaimed Langdon Hall. This was the historical estate and summer home to a wealthy American family and only became the hotel in 1987. Langdon Hall is open for visitors to stroll the gardens, dine in the fine restaurant and enjoy the luxurious spa. There are also many special events, such as garden tours, archery lessons and cooking demonstrations.
There really is nowhere else like Cambridge and it is worth exploring if you are considering a move in Waterloo Region.