Formed in 1973, Cambridge is actually the consolidation of the four communities of Galt, Preston, Hespeler, and Blair, each with their own rich heritage and histories that now give Cambridge its distinct character. 

Cambridge is known for its historic limestone buildings dating back to the mid-1800s. Numerous critically acclaimed shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and The Queen’s Gambit have been shot in Cambridge’s most popular landmarks.

This charming city offers visitors local shopping boutiques, cultural events, inviting outdoor spaces and several great restaurants.

Map of Cambridge

Where is Cambridge?

Cambridge is located within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, in Southern Ontario. It sits at the convergence of two Canadian Heritage Rivers, Speed River and Grand River.

Cambridge is approximately a two-hour drive west of Toronto, along Highway 401. Highway 24 passes directly through the city and can be used by those travelling from north to south and vice versa.

Cambridge is easily accessible via GO Transit as well.

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Things to do in Cambridge

Explore local trails

Cambridge has more than 50 kilometres of natural and urban trails. Notable ones to explore include the Devil’s Creek Trail, the Portuguese Swamp Trail and Bob McMullen Linear Trail.

Go butterfly watching

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a 2,322-square-metre facility that is home to exotic birds, tropical plants, animals, several water features and over 2,000 free-flying butterflies.

Experience arts and culture

The Cambridge Centre for the Arts (CCA) offers artistic programs and workshops, a gallery and gift shop and regularly hosts live events.

Embark on a safari

African Lion Safari is home to over 100 animals including lions, cheetahs and more. Animals roam free in their natural habitat while visitors stay in their cars for viewing.

Explore the farmers’ market

The Cambridge Farmers' Market is one of the oldest in Canada and is open every Saturday. You can purchase fresh meats, baked goods, cheeses and a host of other great local produce.

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Last updated: June 5, 2024

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