Family friendly things to do in Cambridge ON
Cambridge, ON is a speedily growing city situated at the Speed’s and Grand River’s meeting point in the prestigious Southern Ontario. It consists of three towns namely Galt, Hespeler, and Preston. As of 2006, the city’s population was on the verge of reaching a total tally of 130,000 inhabitants.
Cambridge happens to be one of the few cities outside the so-called Greater Toronto Area through which Highway 401 passes right through as opposed to running along its edges. Despite being a magnificent piece of infrastructure, there are better reasons to visit or live in Town of Cambridge other than 401 Highway. Below are some family friendly things and places to visit the picturesque Cambridge city:
Wings of Paradise
This is one of the city’s most beloved attractions. Established less than two decades ago, Wings of Paradise boasts of being home to one of the hugest butterfly conservatories within the Ontario province. This facility which lies on a whopping 117-acre land encompasses a large enclosed tropical garden which houses tens of hundreds of butterflies and at least 75 different types of tropical plants, streams, tropical finches, waterfalls, and Chinese painted quails.
The facility has a ‘Wings of Paradise Fund’ that is used to support non-profit causes mainly in the society mainly by establishing smaller butterfly gardens in daycare centers, seniors’ homes and such. They also pay for free visitations and transportation of seniors and people confined within chronic care facilities.
The Mill Race
The Mill Race is a European style folk music festival. The European styling means that the day’s events are held on numerous stages within the town’s core. The Festival has been part of the local culture for over 15 years.
Traditional styles of folk dance and music are on display during this 3-day event. Special emphasis is placed on the various cultures that are present in Cambridge. The festival is full of great food and performances that will excite the whole family. There are also handy workshops that can teach you the basics of unique instruments like harps and bagpipes! World-renowned folk artists can be found performing each year in Cambridge.
The Cambridge Farmers’ Market
Farmer’s markets are all the rage these days. Even small towns are beginning to set up fresh markets. With people being interested in eating organic and locally, farmer’s markets will continue to grow. Cambridge’s has already had time enough to grow and mature.
This Farmers’ market has been in operation since 1830! That officially makes it Canada’s third oldest farmers’ market. Best Health magazine recently labeled it one of the ten best farmers markets in the country. It is no wonder – the Cambridge market puts out an impressive spread of organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses, and arts and crafts. Eating locally is becoming a trend – and the Cambridge market is once again ahead of the pack. It is the perfect place to go for a fulfilled family shopping and dining spree. All the vendors in the market are locals who come from within 100-kilometer radius.
Cambridge has a rich history and culture and it is a great place to visit. It is interesting to see how three, once separate, towns have grown into one spectacular city.