Cambridge is one of the cities that forms a tightly-integrated metro area, along with Kitchener and Waterloo, within the larger Region of Waterloo in Southwestern Ontario. Cambridge was created in 1973 by the merger of the city of Galt, the towns of Preston and Hespeler, and the village of Blair. The four communities still maintain their individual identities to a certain extent.
Highway 401, Ontario's main east-west highway, runs through Cambridge, and there are five exits in or adjacent to Cambridge:
- Exit 275 (Fountain Street), west of Blair
- Exit 278 (Shantz Hill Road), northwest of Preston
- Exit 282 (Hespeler Road/former Highway 24), south of Hespeler and north of Galt
- Exit 284 (Franklin Street), south of Hespeler
- Exit 286 (Townline Road), southeast of Hespeler
If arriving from the southeast (Hamilton and beyond), take Highway 8, which becomes Dundas Street in Cambridge.
If arriving from the south (Brantford), take Highway 24, which becomes Water Street in Cambridge.
GO Transit provides bus service about once every two hours to Mississauga and Waterloo University. Bus stop is at the Smart Centre behind The Keg restaurant. You must have a pre-purchased ticket, pass, or cash to buy a ticket from the driver (about $15 one way to Mississauga). Buses have bike racks that can accommodate two bicycles any time.
If arriving by bus from Kitchener or Waterloo, take Grand River Transit , the public transit authority in the Region of Waterloo. The iXpress, a limited-stop express bus, travels between Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo, stopping in Cambridge at the Bridgecam Power Centre near Hespeler, the Cambridge Centre on Hespeler Road, and at the Ainslie Street terminal in Galt.
Travelling by car is probably the fastest way around the city.
It is also possible to get to many points of interest by walking. Most hotels are near malls and major shopping centers. There are also several reasonably priced car rental services in the city and in Kitchener nearby. Walking is probably most convenient within one of the three communities; it's a bit of a long walk between Galt and Preston and Hespeler.
Cambridge is an essentially residential city. There are several areas of interest on Hespeler Road.
- Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, 2500 Kossuth Rd., ☎ +1 519-653-1234. Daily 10AM-5PM. Contains a tropical garden containing a large number of butterflies, as well as a large insect collection. Nice gift shop and cafe too. $13 (seniors and teens $11.58, children $6.78).
- Cambridge Arts Theatre, 47 Water St. S. (Galt). Features Theatre Cambridge, which features live theatre in the summer, as well as the Galt Little Theatre, a volunteer troupe.
- The Cambridge to Paris Rail-Trail, Highway 24 (Water St.) (Trailhead located between Concession and Myers Rd.). The 18 kilometre (11 mile) trail follows the Grand River through lush Carolinian Forest with spectacular river overlooks en route. Posts mark each kilometre from Cambridge. The trail is level, finished with fine gravel, and provides an easy path for cyclists and hikers. Food and washrooms are available in Cambridge, Glen Morris and Paris. Benches are provided in some areas
- Cambridge Centre, 355 Hespeler Rd (on Hwy 24 south of Hwy 401 exit 282), ☎ +1 519-624-9415. M–Sa 9:30AM–9PM, Su 11AM–5PM. Largest mall in Cambridge, with over 140 stores. Home of the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame. Large stores include Sears, Sport Chek, Target, and The Bay.
- Cambridge Farmers' Market, 40 Dickson Street (corner of Anslie). Sat 6AM–1PM, Wed 10AM–5PM (mid-June to mid-September). The Cambridge Farmers' Market, which has operated at this location since 1837, features farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from the surrounding countryside, fresh meat, baked goods, and other food. The German heritage of the area is well-represented in the foods to be found here. If you find the farmers' market in nearby St. Jacobs a little too touristy for your tastes, you'll enjoy this one. Named one of the top ten farmers' markets in Canada by Best Health Magazine.
- Grand River Flea Market, 261 Hespeler Rd. (4 km south of Hwy. 401 exit #282), ☎ +1 519-623-0540, e-mail: email@example.com. Sa-Su 10AM–5PM. Southern Ontario's largest indoor flea market has around 30 different vendors. Open year-round.
- Green Spot Antiques - TwoJJs Miniatures, 49 Cedar St (between Grand & St. Andrews), ☎ +1 519-623-4050. Fri 10-7, Sat&Sun 10-5. A great source for antiques, salvage chic, and architectural artifacts, they also restore antiques in their large workshop. All in the antique 1800's Cedar Hill Dairy building. Skype:greenspotantiques for video or chat service. Open by appointments anytime (call ahead)
- Southworks Outlet Mall, 64 Grand Avenue South, ☎ +1 519-740-0380. M-W 9:30AM-6PM, Th-F 9:30AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Outlet mall housed in an 1800s metalworking factory.
- Cambridge Nostalgia & Co., 64 Grand Avenue South (in the Southworks Factory building on the south side of the main building), ☎ +1 519-740-6367, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specializes in products with the Retro look from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
- Southworks Antiques, 64 Grand Avenue South, ☎ +1 519-740-0110. Canada's largest antique mall (30,000 square feet).
- Blackshop Restaurant & Wine Bar, 595 Hespeler Road, ☎ +1 519-621-4180. Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-Midnight, Sun 11am-9pm. Casual European fine dining. Prime Rib Sundays starting at 5pm.
- Eagle Restaurant, 1390 Eagle St N, ☎ +1 519-650-0013. Quality food is prepared using fresh ingredients, and the menu choice is extensive.
- Fifty's Deli & Family Restaurant, 426 Hespeler Road, ☎ +1 519 622-0707. Mon-Fri 6am-9pm, Sat-Sun 7am-9pm. People love going to Fifty’s. It’s the only restaurant in the city where you can almost guarantee there will be a line-up. People feel comfortable there, and it’s a Cambridge classic in so many ways. As it is with all restaurants, the food is the thing that keeps you coming back. At Fifty’s, when the plate is in front of you, there are no real surprises except the automatic reaction “they’re only charging that much for this?”. Seating for about 200. Reservations accepted M-Th. Licensed
- Red Basil, 61 Main St, ☎ +1 519-622-0888. Vietnamese cuisine is at last attracting a broad audience it deserves.
- The Cambridge Mill, 130 Water Street North, ☎ +1 519-624-1828. Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun brunch 9:30am to 2:30pm, Sun dinner 5pm-9pm. The Cambridge Mill serves earth to table cuisine sourcing impeccable local, seasonal ingredients from near-by farms and food artisans. This results in seasonally changing menus of fresh, local ingredients
There are a large number of chain hotels near the 401/Hespeler Road interchange. More unique places to sleep in Cambridge can also be found, however.
- Best Western Plus Cambridge, 730 Hespeler Rd., ☎ +1 519-623-4600.
- Hilton Homewood Suites, 800 Jamieson Pkwy, ☎ +1 519-651-2888.
- Holiday Inn Cambridge, 200 Holiday Inn Dr., ☎ +1 519-658-4601, toll-free: +1 877-660-8550. Check-in: 3pm, check-out: 12pm.
- Langdon Hall, 1 Langdon Dr. (in Blair), ☎ +1 519-740-2100, toll-free: +1 800-268-1898, fax: +1 519-740-8161, e-mail: email@example.com. A luxurious country inn in an old estate toward the northwest side of Cambridge. Surprisingly luxurious, considering it's neither in the middle of nowhere (you can hear the 401) nor in a big city. Excellent food, though quite expensive. From $300/night.
- Travelodge Cambridge, 605 Hespeler Road, ☎ +1 519-622-1180, toll-free: +1 800-578-7878.
- rare Charitable Research Reserve , a 913-acre natural area in North Dumfries Township, abutting Cambridge.
- African Lion Safari, near Rockton
- Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail. This 19-kilometre trail follows a former railway between Cambridge and Paris. The scenery is beautiful as the trail runs near the Grand River for much of its length. Makes for a nice bicycle ride.
|Routes through Cambridge|
|London ← Kitchener ←||W E||→ Guelph → Toronto|
|Goderich ← Kitchener ←||W E||→ becomes → Hamilton|