When you think of the Waterloo Region in Ontario’s heartland, what comes to mind? Well, it is a university town and a techie heaven, and it loves to celebrate its affection for beer, especially during the area’s annual raucous Oktoberfest celebration. Who knew that this region, just an hour west of Toronto, is also a popular family getaway hotspot, where a variety of attractions and adventures await? Head there for a day or a weekend, and experience a train- load of fun; visit a waterpark or a wonderful museum, do some bowling or devour candied crickets at a butterfly conservatory. Discover thousands of butterflies in a tropical garden! 2500 Kossuth Rd. Cambridge ON www.cambridgebutterfly.com | 519.653.1234 Bingemans Big Splash FAMILY ADVENTURE IN WATERLOO REGION BY JAMIE ROSS Waterloo Central Railway Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Waterloo Region Museum S t . J a c o b s V i l l a g e A s t h e m o d e l r a i l w a y i n v o k e s a h i n t o f n o s t a l g i a , s o d o e s a s t r o l l t h r o u g h t h e c h a r m i n g v i l l a g e o f S t . J a c o b s . I t i s l i k e s t e p p i n g b a c k i n t i m e , s e e m i n g a s t h o u g h n o t h i n g m u c h h a s c h a n g e d s i n c e t h e t o w n ’ s O l d O r d e r M e n n o n i t e s e t t l e r s a r r i v e d h e r e i n t h e e a r l y 1 8 0 0 ’ s i n C o n e s t o g a w a g o n s f r o m P e n n s y l v a n i a . T h e j i n g l e o f h o r s e t a c k a n d t h e c l i p - c l o p o f h o o v e s o n p a v e m e n t c a n s t i l l b e h e a r d . A n o p e n b u g g y c o m e s i n t o v i e w , d r i v e n b y a y o u n g l a d y i n a l o n g - s l e e v e d d r e s s , a p r o n a n d b o n n e t . T h e M e n n o n i t e f a r m e r s p r i d e t h e m s e l v e s i n m a i n t a i n i n g t h e i r u n i q u e t r a d i t i o n s a n d c u l t u r e . T h e “ M e n n o n i t e S t o r y ” a t t h e V i s i t o r C e n t r e p r o v i d e s f a s c i n a t i n g i n s i g h t i n t o t h e i r l i f e . T h e m a n y h e r i t a g e b u i l d i n g s t h a t l i n e t h e m a i n s t r e e t a r e n o w u p s c a l e b o u t i q u e s , c r a f t s h o p s a n d q u i l t g a l l e r i e s . B u t t e r f l i e s F l y F r e e “ T h i n k o f t h e C a m b r i d g e B u t t e r fl y C o n s e r v a t o r y a s a t r o p i c a l e s c a p e , ” s a y s c o n s e r v a t o r y b o a r d c h a i r , D o u g W i l s o n . W i t h s o m e 2 , 0 0 0 f r e e - fl y i n g b u t t e r fl i e s i m p o r t e d f r o m C o s t a R i c a a n d t h e P h i l i p p i n e s , t h e i n v i t i n g e n c l a v e i s i n d e e d a n e s c a p e . W i t h i t s c a s c a d i n g w a t e r f a l l s , 1 5 0 s p e c i e s o f p l a n t s , p l e n t y o f b i r d s , b u g s , t u r t l e s a n d fi s h , t h e c o n s e r v a t o r y i s a n a t u r e l o v e r ’ s d r e a m . D o n ’ t m i s s t h e h o n e y b e e o b s e r v a t i o n h i v e – a n d i f y o u v i s i t d u r i n g M a r c h B r e a k , y o u w i l l h a v e t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o p u t y o u r t a s t e b u d s t o t h e t e s t w i t h s a m p l e s o f i n s e c t r e c i p e s . A l l F u n & G a m e s V i s i t t h e B i g S p l a s h a t B i n g e m a n s , a n d g e t w e t a n d w i l d a t t h e r e g i o n ’ s l a r g e s t w a t e r p a r k . A f t e r w a r d s j o i n a g a m e o f b e a c h v o l l e y b a l l , p l a y m i n i - p u t t , v e n t u r e i n t o t h e 6 0 a c r e p a i n t b a l l a r e a o r h e a d i n d o o r s t o t o s s a f e w b a l l s a t B i n g e m a n s K i n g p i n B o w l o u n g e . K i n g p i n i s a f a m i l y f a v o u r i t e , w i t h 2 8 s t a t e - o f - t h e - a r t l a n e s , h i g h - t e c h c o m p u t e r i z e d s c o r i n g a n d g i a n t p r o j e c t i o n s c r e e n s t h a t a d d t o t h e e n t e r t a i n m e n t , o r e m b a r r a s s m e n t , d e p e n d i n g o n t h e s t a t e o f y o u r g a m e . O h w e l l , g r a b s o m e n i b b l e s a n d b e e r a t t h e o n - s i t e B o s t o n P i z z a a n d j u s t h a v e f u n . A s i d e f r o m t h e u p s c a l e b o w l i n g , B o w l o u n g e a l s o f e a t u r e s a n e x t e n s i v e P l a y d i u m G a m e C e n t r e . D i s c o v e r t h o u s a n d s o f b u t t e r f l i e s i n a t r o p i c a l g a r d e n ! 2 5 0 0 K o s s u t h R d . C a m b r i d g e O N w w w . c a m b r i d g e b u t t e r fl y . c o m | 5 1 9 . 6 5 3 . 1 2 3 4