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 Getting There: Take Hwy 401 to the Hwy 8 exit. Get on Hwy 85 North and follow to Regional Road 15 until you reach St. Jacobs

St. Jacobs Information: 1-800-265-3353

St. Jacobs Attractions:

St. Jacobs Outlets
Top brand names like Samsonite, LEGO, Oxford Mill, Corningware Corelle Revere, Jones NY Factory Store, Levi's, Laura, Paderno, Rockport, Saucony, Royal Doulton & more. Shop daily, weeknights to 9 p.m. 519-888-0138

Market Road Antiques
OPEN DAILY 10-6 YEAR ‘ROUND. Over 100 booths! A sensational array of antiques & collectibles 519-746-1999, 845 Weber N Waterloo,

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and Flea Market
Thurs. & Sat. 7 am to 3:30 pm, all year. Tues Jun. 15 to Aug. 31/10, 8am to 3pm,,

St. Jacobs

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.

Both in the village and in the Market district, visitors will find the biggest welcome mat imaginable. The choices available to shoppers are unbelievable, and other entertainment opportunities abound.

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.

In St. Jacobs village, for example, you’ll love the dining delights of Benjamin’s, a great restaurant which features live jazz on Friday nights, and also offers fine accommodation. For authentic Waterloo County Fare, diners love the home-style cuisine and service at the iconic Stone Crock. And nearby on the main street is the neighbourhood grill experience at Jacob’s Grill.

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.

A short drive south of the village brings you to three more must-see attractions. The St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is a festival of sights, sounds, and – of course – fantastic tastes. Five hundred vendors offer variety beyond imagination, from all the foodie delights to the unending bargains of the flea market. Plus, there are horse-drawn tours, a petting zoo, and other attractions... and the superb Market Road Antiques mall right across the road. The Antiques Mall includes 100 dealers, and more collectibles that you could ever dream of.
The Farmers Market is open Thursday and Saturday, 7 am to 3:30 pm, year-round, and Tuesdays from June 12 to August 28, 8 am to 3 pm. Market Road Antiques is open seven days a week.

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:

April 11-19,
“Harvey”, at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 40 Benjamin Rd. E.; an affecting comedy which inspired a beloved motion picture starring James Stewart. Suspend your disbelief and enter the surreal world of the affable Elwood P. Dowd and his companion Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit.

Saturday, April 21 to Tuesday, April 24
Home Hardware Dealers Building Something Great Together at 2012 Spring Market
With spring blooming across Canada, Home Hardware Stores Limited Dealers continue building something great together at Home’s 2012 Spring Market. Taking place from Saturday, April 21 to Tuesday, April 24, this event creates an exciting environment where 10,000 Home Hardware Dealers, Vendors and corporate Staff from across the country come together at the company’s St. Jacobs Distribution Centre to exchange ideas and purchase product for the fall and winter seasons.

Walter J. Hachborn Store of the Year Award

St. JacobsHome 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
Green Living and Tech Fair
Connect with local business owners who specialize in green and healthy living, discover tips for reducing your daily energy use and learn about healthy habits! Buy green products, attend workshops, and drop off old bikes and e-waste! Children’s activities too! Saturday April 28, 11:00am-4:30 pm. Free! Donations Welcome! St. Jacobs Arena, 29 Parkside Dr.

May 22-26,
Quilt & Fibre Festival, Waterloo Region and Beyond; 16 quilting and fibre arts events in seven communities – St. Jacobs, Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, New Hamburg, Shakespeare and Stratford. Info at

May 22-26,
“A Sampling”, one of the St. Jacobs events in the Quilt & Fibre Festival, Waterloo Region and Beyond, at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre.

May 22-26,
“Contemporary Fibre Art,” one of the St. Jacobs events in the Quilt & Fibre Festival, Waterloo Region and Beyond, at Silo Weavers at the Village Silos.

May 22-26,
Exhibits and Classes at the Mill, some of the St. Jacobs events in the Quilt & Fibre Festival, Waterloo Region and Beyond.

May 22-26,
Display and sale of antique quilts at Market Road Antiques, one of the St. Jacobs events in the Quilt & Fibre Festival, Waterloo Region and Beyond.

May 22-25,
“Quilts for the World,” one of the St. Jacobs events in the Quilt & Fibre Festival, Waterloo Region and Beyond, at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church.

May 24-26,
“Merchant Mall”, one of the St. Jacobs events in the Quilt & Fibre Festival, Waterloo Region and Beyond, at Woolwich Township Community Centre.

May 24,
“The Trunk Show”, one of the St. Jacobs events in the Quilt & Fibre Festival, Waterloo Region and Beyond, at St. James Lutheran Church.

June 13-30,
“Bedtime Stories”, at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 40 Benjamin Rd. E. Norm Foster's innovative take on six very funny - and very different - bedroom scenes.

July 18- Aug. 12,
“Big Bands Legends”, at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse – an original Drayton Entertainment production that honours beloved crooners and songbirds. Backed by an all-star orchestra featuring arrangements by Canada’s own Big Band legend Howard Cable, this upbeat production is packed with classics from such icons as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and more.

Additional Information

Post Office:N0B 2N0
Number of Homes:650
Number of Businesses: 108
Industry(s):Tourism, Retail, Home Hardware Distribution Centre and Head Office,
Early Innovations with Electrical Generation and Distribution
Rated 10 out of 10 as "must visit" with 4 solid reasons
Reasons: History, Culture, Shopping, Comfortable Atmosphere

St. Jacobs Attraction(s) - Mennonites, , Farmers Market, Outlet Malls, Shopping, Live Theatre, River & Trails, Heritage, Accomodations.

Festivals & Celebrations: Maple Syrup Festival, Quilt Festival, Oktoberfest.

Getting There:
Take Hwy. 401 to the Hwy. 8 exit.
Get on Hwy 86 north and follow it through
Kitchener and Waterloo to regional road 15
until you reach St. Jacobs
N43° 32.2248', W080° 33.2399'

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