|St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada
The quintensential tourst destination. Rich in a living visual heritage, yet cosmopolitan in it's own unique way. That is the reason to visit.
St. Jacobs Information: 1-800-265-3353
St. Jacobs Attractions:
St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and Flea Market
St. Jacobs is a spectacular tourism success story, a small community that has become one of the preeminent visitor attractions in the country. In fact, the St. Jacobs “district” reaches well beyond the boundaries of the village of St. Jacobs, because there is just too much good stuff here to be confined within official municipal boundaries. That’s why some of the key St. Jacobs attractions, such as the Outlet Mall, the Farmers Market and Market Road Antiques, are all located a few short kilometers south of the enticing village.
Shoppers can be excused if their heads spin at the options, for a few moments. Where to start? There are the 30 shops of the busy St. Jacobs Outlet Mall, the authentic and multi-faceted St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market & Flea Market, the multiple dealers in the Market Road Antiques and, of course, the village of St. Jacobs, itself.
The truth is, it doesn’t really matter where you start, as long as you have allowed plenty of time to take in the vast variety of friendly, welcoming stores, shops, and attractions. This is not really a village at all it is a district offering a world of possibilities.
And yet, visitors discover that the small-town atmosphere still pervades the village of St. Jacobs, and the Farmers’ Market are certainly authentically Waterloo County. The more than 100 lovely and varied shops of the village are on all sides as you stroll down the friendly streets. You’ll find tantalizing treasures in stores along the streetfront, or inside the historic mill and even in its silos. There is much for everyone here, from handcrafts to fashions and of course, St. Jacobs is the place to find real, down-home Waterloo Country taste treats, found everywhere in the village and at the Farmers’ Market.
For take-home treats and great snacks, visit Picard’s Peanuts. Shoppers and gift-seekers linger in stores like Angel Treasures, featuring all things angelic. At the new, expanded location of Turtle Dove Native Gifts, a business owned and operated by native Canadians, you’ll find art and handmade First Nations crafts.
While you are downtown, be sure to visit the welcoming and informative Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the village’s heritage, and its long-time connection with the Old Order Mennonites who still come to town by horse and buggy.
Most Village of St. Jacobs shops are open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday, noon to 5:30 pm.
And just across the other road this is a district packed with action and attractions is the very popular St. Jacobs Outlet Mall, featuring great factory outlets such as Oxford Mills Bedding & Towels, the Paderno Factory Outlet, and Toy Building Zone, a great source for LEGO, and wildly popular with the younger crowd.
Also in this area aresuperb place to stay during your multi-day visit to multi-faceted St. Jacobs.
There are other fine reasons to visit St. Jacobs. The village is home to great theatre at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre and The St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, which presents lively and popular plays produced by the award-winning Drayton Festival.
The ancient art of quilting has found new fans in the modern era, and quilt lovers know St. Jacobs is the best place to enjoy shops and shows that include the year-round exhibit at the St. Jacobs Quilt Gallery on the third level of The Mill.
Also at The Mill are several other exhibits which welcome the public: the Model Train Exhibit, featuring various local scenes in miniature including a depiction of farming, barn raising, a Mennonite Meeting House and the Village of St. Jacobs itself; the Home Hardware Exhibit and the History of Commercial Lighting Exhibit; the fine Maple Syrup Museum, showcasing one of the region’s sweetest products; and the Neufeld Gallery, exhibiting the work of popular Waterloo Region artist Woldemar Neufeld (1909-2002).
Across Canada, there are quaint communities, and there are first-level visitor destinations, but it is unusual to find one place that combines all the best of both.
Warm and friendly St. Jacobs has managed just that incredible feat you will discover everything you want in this shopping and entertainment destination, but you’ll never lose the sense that you are enjoying small-town Ontario at its very best. Welcome to big-time enjoyment in a delightful small-town atmosphere.
St. Jacobs Events:
Home Hardware honored the best of the best from more than 1,080 stores this week by presenting 20 stores with the Proud of My Home Award and the top performing store with the Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award at the annual Home Hardware Spring Market.
Saturday April 28
July 18- Aug. 12,
Post Office:N0B 2N0
St. Jacobs Attraction(s) - Mennonites, , Farmers Market, Outlet Malls, Shopping, Live Theatre, River & Trails, Heritage, Accomodations.
Festivals & Celebrations: Maple Syrup Festival, Quilt Festival, Oktoberfest.
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