St. Jacobs and Elmira
St. Jacobs and Elmira are two neighbouring rural communities in the Township of Woolwich that are home to the largest population of Mennonites in Canada. Often seen driving horse-drawn buggies, the Mennonites of St. Jacobs and Elmira trace their origins back to German and Dutch-speaking Pennsylvania Mennonites who immigrated to the area in 1806.
Where are St. Jacobs and Elmira?
St. Jacobs and Elmira are located within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo in the Township of Woolwich, just north of the larger cities of Waterloo and Kitchener. They are approximately one hour’s drive north of Hamilton and one and a half hours from either London or Toronto, along the 401 West or East. Local transit to the St. Jacobs Market District is provided by Grand River Transit.
Things to do in St. Jacobs and Elmira
Enjoy an outdoor patio
Visit Canada’s largest farmers’ market
Cross a historic bridge
Learn Mennonite history
Attend live theatre
Play a round of golf
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Last updated: October 4, 2023