This home is
A family home: convenient, comfy, and designed for the whole family
What your guests will love about your home
The best of Southwestern Ontario is all around us. Let us help you discover it.
What your guests will love about your neighborhood
Walk the many trails. Swim or play tennis at the rec centre up the street.
The safety of our streets, the quiet, and the friendly welcomes you'll receive.
Convenience! Only 10 minutes from downtown and 5 minutes from countryside.
Our 4th opportunity to exchange will be in 2017. We hope you will think of us as you plan next summer.
Waterloo, population about 100,000, is the home of two fine universities, and a centre of technical excellence. It is safe yet dynamic. Our central location in South-West Ontario permits easy day trips to Toronto, Niagara Falls, Wasaga Beach, the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Elora Gorge, the St. Jacobs Farmers Market or Canada's Wonderland. But there is lots to do much nearer to home. We are five minutes from Laurel Lake, and an hour from Rockwood Conservation Area, with its ancient geology, fossil-filled limestone bedrock, and placid waters for you to explore in rental canoes. You may use either our 7-seat 2011 Toyota Sienna (great for larger families) or 4-seat 2009 BMW 335 coupe.
In August you'll enjoy many free local events: the Jazz Festival in Uptown Waterloo, Movies under the Stars in Waterloo Park and 12 Bar Blues Festival in Kitchener are always favourites. Local theatre is inexpensive and fun, and Kitchener's Centre in the Square has outstanding acoustics for concerts both classical, with our exceptional Symphony Orchestra, and modern, with well-known artists performing frequently.
Waterloo has many excellent restaurants and friendly pubs for those nights when you don't want to cook. Although, since August is a perfect month to enjoy fruit and vegetables from our local farms, you might very well prefer to stay home. We like to go to Herrle's Farm Market, or the St. Jacobs market, in Old Order Amish country, both 10 min away for the freshest local produce.
Entering our centre-hall style home, the dining room and open area are to the right and the living room is to the left. Our kitchen faces the back porch. Its antique workbench makes a functional food prep area. Upstairs we have three spacious bedrooms. The principal bedroom has a king-size bed (200cm by 200cm) and ensuite bath with a large Jacuzzi-style tub. A queen-sized bed (150cm L by 200cm W) is in the second bedroom and a double bed (140cm L by 180cm W) in the third bedroom.
On hot August days, you'll appreciate both central air-conditioning and swimming at the private community pool just up the street. Evenings may find you enjoying the broad front veranda, or barbecuing out back or relaxing in the screened gazebo. Wi-fi is available for email or surfing the internet. There are two televisions, both with cable TV service, Netflix and digital recorders.
Our retired friends, Mary, a teacher, and Dana, a chemical engineer, will travel with us. You may choose to spend some time in their beautifully restored century-old home in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA while we travel.
We can supply a fold-up crib and highchair for your baby, and are well-equipped with toys for young children, as well as an outdoor climber, swingset, a covered sandbox, and lots of safe space to play.
Is K-W new to you? If so, you might like to check out these websites.
(K-W refers to the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, of which Waterloo is slightly the smaller.)
Why K-W is a great place to visit. http://canadaalive.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/kitchener-waterloo/
Historic tourist train to St. Jacobs, in the heart of Old Order Mennonite Country http://waterloocentralrailway.com/
Busker carnival http://www.waterloo-buskers.com/schedulehttp://www.waterloo-buskers.com/schedule
Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens. 1h http://www.rbg.ca/
Aberfoyle Flea Market 1h http://aberfoyleantiquemarket.com/
African Lion Safari 1h http://www.lionsafari.com/
Our wonderful Clay and Glass Gallery 10 min http://www.theclayandglass.ca/
Canoeing (or tubing or kayaking) on the Grand River 20 min http://www.canoeingthegrand.com/
Waterloo Region Museum / Doon Heritage Village http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/doon-heritage-village.aspx
Adventure Rooms Canada 20 min http://adventurerooms.ca/
Grand River Rocks (Indoor Rock climbing) 20 min http://grandriverrocks.com/
Laser Quest http://www.laserquest.com/public/locations/ON-Kitchener.cfm20 min
Canada's Wonderland Theme Park 1.5h https://www.canadaswonderland.com/
Wasaga Beach 2.5 h http://www.canadacool.com/COOLFACTS/ONTARIO/WasagaBeach.html
Baseball: TheToronto Blue Jays http://mlb.com/ticketing/singlegame.jsp?c_id=tor&y=2014&mlbkw=ma-s-bYfMCsDS
A little gambling? http://www.casinorama.com/
Niagara Falls 2h http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/
Niagara WIne Tours (astonishingly high quality) www.tourniagarawineries.com/
Metro Toronto Zoo 2h http://www.torontozoo.com/
Stratford 30min Home of the famous Shakespearean Festivel Theatre http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/
St. Jacobs, a pleasant little town in Amish country. 10min http://www.stjacobs.com/farmers-market
Lovely Elora, and its Gorge. 1h http://www.grandriver.ca/index/document.cfm?Sec=27&Sub1=124&sub2=0
Rockwood Conservation Area https://www.flickr.com/photos/grandriverconservation/sets/72157625113668463
The splendid McMichael Collection of Canadian art. 2h shttps://www.mcmichael.com/
Incredible Toronto, with dozens of attractions 1.5h http://www.seetorontonow.com/events/2014-08/
We would, of course, respect your home and possessions, just as we do our own, and would be pleased to help you prepare a plan centred around your interests for making the most of your visit to Canada. We hope you'll come!
Larry & Shari