Experience Something Old, Something New in the Village of St. Jacobs
The Village of St. Jacobs is steeped in history and is set in a charming location along the Conestoga River. It’s a destination known for its Old Order Mennonite population (who are often seen on local roads in their traditional horse and buggies), while its retailers offer a contemporary, urban flare throughout the village’s dozens of independent, one-of-a-kind shops. Enjoy a remarkable shopping experience while taking in St. Jacobs’ relaxed, rural setting.
Enjoy Unique Retailers and Crafts in St. Jacobs
La Creme, St. Jacobs
The shops in St. Jacobs feature a variety of unique items: irresistible clothing, décor, jewelry, original crafts, gourmet foods, coffee, and craft beer. Enjoy a meal or grab a snack at one of the village’s restaurants or cafes.
St. Jacobs also features dozens of artisans who work in the villages historic buildings, including the Country Mill, Village Silos, Mill Shed, and the Old Factory. Watch as artisans create pottery, quilts, jewellery, glass vases, woven wall hangings, tiffany lamps and more. Train enthusiasts will enjoy the Model Train Panorama located in the lower level of The Mill, as well as North America’s finest 0-scale layout at the St. Jacobs & Aberfolye Model Railway. Or, take a heritage railway ride between the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and the Village of St. Jacobs aboard the Waterloo Central Railway.
St. Jacobs & Aberfolye Model Railway
While in St. Jacobs, take in world-class theatre with performances by Drayton Entertainment at two locations: St. Jacobs Country Playhouse in the Market District, and St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre in the heart of the village. Delve into the history of the village by taking the St. Jacobs Walking Tour offered by Stroll Walking tours.
St. Jacobs’ Mennonite Population
For anyone wanting to find out more about the village’s Old Order Mennonite population, visit in The Mennonite Story, a multimedia interpretive centre that shares the Mennonite history and culture. The centre is located in the heart of St. Jacobs.
Things to Do in St. Jacobs
Annual festivals in the village include St. Jacobs Sparkles, which kicks off the holiday shopping season, and the Quilt & Fibre Art Festival, which celebrates Waterloo Region’s quilting and fibre heritage.
The Mill Race Trail is located in St. Jacobs and offers many scenic views of the Conestoga River, and of the millrace constructed in the 1860s that used to power the village of St. Jacobs’ gristmill. The trail is 2.5 km and can be used year-round.