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The Village of St. Jacobs is a beloved destination steeped in history and set in a charming location along the Conestoga River,
and only 3 km north of St. Jacobs Farmers' Market.
It's a community known for originality, one-of-a-kind shops,
and as a place that blends a pastoral setting with remarkable shopping experiences and fun things to do.
Experience the magic of visiting St. Jacobs; getting to know the shopkeepers and enjoying the charm of the town.
Village Map (2018)
The Village of St Jacobs beckons with quiet charm, yet stores are brimming with irresistible clothing, décor, jewelry, original crafts showcasing contemporary style, gourmet foods, coffee, and craft beer. Merchants are friendly; they're business owners and crafters. Most shops are open all year. Whether you are coming from the Kitchener-Waterloo area, nearby Toronto, or from farther afield, be sure to visit.
Rail culture knows no limits in St Jacobs. St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway, an expansive O-scale model railway complete with mesmerizing night scene, will magically transport you to the 1950s. Check hours of operation for show dates.
A train panorama in the Mill's basement depicting a bygone era is also noteworthy.
Finally, Waterloo Central Railway operates recreational passenger and event trains between the farmers' market, St. Jacobs and Township of Woolwich. Climb aboard and enjoy the ride.
Note: Please adhere to provincial travel and physical distancing guidelines, and read about trail closures in Woolwich Township due to Covid-19
Throughout the township, over 80 kilometers of trails await you to walk, cycle or ski in the
beautiful river valleys of the Grand and Conestoga Rivers.
In St. Jacobs, meander alongside the mill race on a 2 km link of the Trans Canada Trail located behind the Mill or gather at the trailhead at the east end of the Municiple Parking lot. While there, be on the look out for a surprising and unusual marble sculpture which celebrates the art of quilting in the area.
Nature-lovers can discover 20 favourite birding trails in the Grand River watershed while cycling enthusiasts can explore local suggestions for on-road cycling routes in Woolwich Township.
With a history of more than 20 years, Drayton Entertainment continues to deliver an outstanding playbill year round. St Jacobs is proud to be home to two of their six venues throughout the province, with one location in the St. Jacobs Market District (pictured) and another in the village of St. Jacobs.
This is the village where food really 'schmecks'!
Find traditional homemade breads, pies, and places to eat; stock up on local maple syrup, and find regionally sourced meats and cheeses. Follow the aroma of fresh roast coffee or savour the latest on tap at a local craft brewery.
St. Jacobs embodies a rich cultural history that includes the early Mennonite settlers and a fascinating array of entrepeneurs and innovators.
Learn More about The Mennonite Story
To see a sampling of individual stores in St. Jacobs Click Here