Home to Ontario’s first Amish settlement, the Township of Wilmot is a patchwork of communities sharing a proud history.
Castle Kilbride in the hamlet of Baden was the remarkable home of flax industrialist James Livingston who constructed the house in 1877. Designated a site of national historic significance in 1994, the house is an architectural wonder. When you cross the threshold, prepare to be awed as you step back in time into a world of artistry and grandeur in this exquisitely restored century home.
In the heart of New Hamburg’s Heritage Conservation District, check out the largest working waterwheel in North America. The 50-foot wheel was built to commemorate the Township’s first industries — mills — which were powered by water wheels. Though clearly proud of its heritage, New Hamburg is also known for another celebration of wheels — Canada’s largest Mopar Fest attracting more than 20,000 people and 2000 cars over the annual two-day festival!
Take a leisurely drive along the 97-km Nith Valley Trail to discover many other hidden gems of Wilmot Township, including five historic steel truss bridges, one dating back to 1910. Stop by the Shrine of the Sorrowful Mother, a Catholic cemetery chapel built in the mid 1860’s. The Chapel houses over 100 relics of saints and breathtaking artwork from Munich, and is still the destination of many pilgrimages.