Hespeler Village, part of the City of Cambridge, is the only place in the world named 'Hespeler' and one of the oldest settlements in Waterloo Region.
It’s summer! In Waterloo Region, that means it’s time to head outdoors to take advantage of the wonderful spaces and amenities we have right here in the region.
At Shade’s Mills Park in Cambridge, part of the Grand River Conservation Authority, families can enjoy nature and any number of outdoor activities without going far from home. Wondering what Shade’s Mills has planned? Here’s a quick look at some of their new, and most popular events. For a full schedule of what’s available at Shade’s Mills (and it is full!), check out their Event Calendar.
Get your Downward Dog on Wednesday evenings at Shade’s Mills! These popular Yoga classes are held near the Trail Shelter Wednesdays at 7 p.m. until September 5, 2018. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, everyone age 10 and up is welcome to join in. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat, water and insect repellent. In the case of rain, call the park to make sure class is on. (519-621-3697).
The reservoir at Shade’s Mills is an ideal place to get on the water. Rent canoes at the gatehouse, or bring your own. New for 2018 – Shade’s Mills now has kayaks and paddleboards for rent! Rentals are available during regular gatehouse hours every day throughout the summer (rentals are available on weekends only after Labour Day and until mid-October).
Great fishing is just minutes away at Shade’s Mills! Northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch and black crappie are plentiful in the reservoir so cast a line and see what you reel in!
New this year is the 1st annual Kids Fishing Derby at Shade’s Mills on Saturday, July 7th. With prizes to be won, a free raffle and a hot dog roast, this is sure to be a fun day! If this gets you ‘hooked’ on fishing, keep in mind that Shade’s Mills offers ice fishing in the winter too.
Come watch movies outdoors, under the stars, starting at dusk every Friday night until August 31st, at the brand new Toyota Amphitheatre at Shade’s Mills. Movies start shortly before sunset, and are all family friendly. Come early and enjoy a campfire before the movie! Don’t forget to bring along a lawn chair or blanket to sit on; snacks will be available for purchase.
There’s a long sandy beach on the reservoir at Shade’s Mills, which makes for a perfect place to cool off on a warm, summer’s day. Swim, picnic, or just enjoy the sunshine! New this year and located right at the beach are 3 professional beach volleyball courts, equipped with Olympic-quality sand, that are available for public use.
Shade’s Mills also features 12 kilometres of trails for both hikers and cyclists that wind through a mature hardwood forest along Mill Creek. Check out the park brochure for a map of all of the trails!
Shade’s Mills continues to work to improve its offerings to the community. One of its new additions is the Shade’s Mills Natural Playground, located right beside the new Toyota Amphitheatre.
The natural playground provides both active and creative play opportunities for park visitors, and learning opportunities for students visiting the nature centre. Natural playgrounds use materials that fit into the landscape, such as boulders and logs. Children enjoy creative play in nature, and over time find new ways to enjoy the playground as they grow.
For more ways to enjoy Shade’s Mills Park, visit their website – and enjoy the summer!!