The Township of Wellesley is alive with the tastes and sounds of its Pennsylvanian-Dutch roots.
Take a tour of the lush landscape and leave plenty of time to stop in the small towns to visit with the friendly locals, many of whom still speak Deitsch (an old German dialect). Drive by local farms and discover the artistry of exquisite hand-made Mennonite quilts and furniture. Immerse yourself in the regional flavours of home-made sausage, shoo-fly pies, and cooked cheese — many of which are sold right from a farm gate or home.
Explore the tiny village of Heidelberg, the first area to be settled in Wellesley Township. It boasts one of the oldest structures in southern Ontario, the Olde Heidelberg House (c. 1840s), now operating as the Heidelberg Restaurant Tavern and Motel. Stop in for a frosty mug of Bavarian-style lager in one of the first licensed brew pubs in Waterloo Region, or for a hearty Pennsylvanian-Dutch-inspired meal in the restaurant. In the heart of Mennonite Country, you’ll feel transported back in time as horse-drawn buggies still roll by this former stagecoach stop.
Nothing says fall quite like the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival. Join thousands of visitors from all over who take part in the annual celebration of Wellesley’s famous exports. Try your hand at horse-shoe pitching, jump aboard a coach ride, tour local farms and make sure to bite into other traditional German fare, including schnitzel on a bun and mouth-watering Mennonite apple fritters. And of course take home a jar of Wellesley’s famous apple butter and a jug of tart apple cider!
For a real taste of old-world charm, the Township of Wellesley is a local marvel.