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What’s there to do in Cambridge & area you ask?


These places are worth the visit!  And even better….They’re FREE!


A Day in the Park

With over 365 hectares of parkland in the city, it’s easy to “play the day away” or just relax in one of the 87 parks located throughout the City of Cambridge.  Enjoy a picnic, a game of baseball or soccer, fishing, walking, hiking, bird watching and much more.  519-740-4681 ext. 4214,


The Grand & Speed Rivers

The Grand is Ontario’s longest river flowing 300 km. throughout Southwestern Ontario.   The Conestogo, the Nith, the Eramosa and the Speed Rivers are tributaries of the Grand. Hundreds of creeks and streams flow into the Grand.
Spend the day canoeing, fishing and hiking the trails or just relaxing in the beautiful parks situated along the river.  519-621-2761,


Cambridge Arts Festival

A free annual event held every summer in Cambridge. We are one of Cambridge's longest running festivals and welcome over 5000 attendees yearly. We are a not for profit event, supported by the City of Cambridge and other community sponsors.


Cambridge Centre for the Arts

The Cambridge Centre for the Arts, located in downtown Cambridge at 60 Dickson St. is a community arts centre providing arts programming through classes, workshops, an art gallery and special events. Admission to the Art Gallery is free. Classes, workshops and events are reasonably priced. 519-740-4681 ext. 4376


Cambridge Farmers’ Market

The Cambridge Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest markets in Canada. It has been serving the people of this area since 1830. It is located at the corner of Ainslie & Dickson Streets and is open year-round on Saturdays from 7am to 1pm and from June to Sept. on Wednesdays from 8am to 1pm. Free live music, concerts & dances, as well as cooking demonstrations and gardening tips are often featured during market hours. 519-740-4681 ext. 4252 


Idea Exchange

We are very fortunate to have four libraries and three art galleries located throughout the city of Cambridge. All provide us with numerous excellent programs for adults and children. Many of the events and activities are free such as the art exhibits, concerts and children’s programs at the libraries. Various classes and workshops are also offered at reasonable prices. 519-621-0460..  


Cambridge Santa Claus Parade

The annual Cambridge Santa Claus Parade is unique because it is held at night, the music and lights create an amazing experience for kids of all ages.  It is one of Ontario’s longest Santa Claus parades. The parade starts at 6pm on Hespeler Rd. at Dunbar and travels north on Hespeler Rd. to Langs Drive.


Cambridge Trails

Hike it, Bike it, Like it!  There are over 50 km. of natural and urban trails throughout the City of Cambridge.  Many are located along the historic Speed and Grand rivers and feature spectacular scenery.  Backpacking, hiking, or an afternoon stroll and bird watching are some popular activities. Pick up a free Cambridge Trails map at the Visitor & Information Centre at 750 Hespeler Rd. or visit  519-740-4681 ext. 4275


Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail

Managed by the Grand River Conservation Authority, this trail follows the old rail bed of the Lake Erie & Northern Railway between Cambridge & Paris. It follows the Grand River through 18 km. of Carolinian Forest with spectacular views en route.  Posts mark each kilometre from Cambridge.  For the more adventurous, the trail links with trails to Brantford & Hamilton. For detailed information and maps, call 519-621-2761 or visit  


Cambridge Sculpture Garden

Come and enjoy the sculptures in the garden at Grand Avenue South and along the river walk in the heart of downtown Galt City Centre. Temporary and permanent sculptures are presented throughout the garden and along the river walk. The garden is always open. Admission to the sculpture garden and event participation is free..


Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame

The Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame displays photo galleries and other memorabilia to celebrate the unique sporting heritage of Cambridge. Located in the Cambridge Centre Mall beside the ice rink and food court, it is free for all to enjoy.

Canada Day Celebrations

Cambridge is host to the nation’s largest Canada Day Parade.  Starting at 1pm, the parade travels down King St. from Bishop St. to Riverside Park. Enjoy the all-day entertainment at the park featuring a variety of children’s activities, topped off with a phenomenal display of fireworks at dusk.  519-740-4681 ext. 4397,


Christmas in Cambridge

Christmas in Cambridge includes many free seasonal events for all to enjoy.  Candyland, Music & Lights in the Village, Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, A Family New Year’s Eve Party & the CPR Holiday Train are all part of the fun.  Please visit the website or drop into our Visitor Centre for a complete list of all that’s happening this Christmas in Cambridge. 519-740-4681 ext. 4277,


Concerts in the Park

Enjoy free live music every summer Sunday at 7pm.  The series runs throughout the summer months and features local musicians and bands performing in the beautiful parks of Cambridge.   Concerts in the Park is brought to you by the City of Cambridge and the Music Performance Fund. 519-740-4681. Visit  for schedule and locations.


Dumfries Conservation Area & Hilborn Arboretum

Located in the heart of the city right across from the Cambridge Centre Mall at Dunbar & Hespeler Roads (enter from Dunbar Rd.), this 75 hectare site with flourishing parkland, streams and trails is free for everyone to enjoy.


Fire Hall Museum & Education

The Fire Hall Museum & Education Centre is housed in a magnificent 19th century fire hall located at 56 Dickson St. The museum is home to the Cambridge Fire Dept. archives. It features thousands of photographs, a large equipment inventory, a real fire truck, a model train exhibit, a gift shop filled with toys & collector fire engines. Open 9:30am - 12:30pm. 519-621-1144,


FWR Dickson Wilderness Area

This .8km. trail located between Cambridge & Paris is in the shape of a figure 8.  It circles a natural pond and winds its way through meadow and a mature forest.  There are two boardwalks built over a marshy area.  Bring along sunflower seeds and a camera, a favourite attraction of hikers is feeding the chickadees, which will eat right out of your hand. A side trail leads to Bannister Lake.


Galt Horticultural Society

Ferguson Cottage, built in 1837 is located beside the Cambridge Sculpture Garden on Grand Ave.  The gardens are beautifully maintained by the Galt Horticultural Society and are open to the public.


Hespeler Santa Claus Parade

For over 30 years the Hespeler Santa Claus Parade has been a favourite family event during the Christmas season. It starts at noon on the first Saturday in December in the Hespeler Village area of Cambridge. Free for all to enjoy! 519-658-4721


Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts is held annually and showcases visual and performing artists. It is held at Cambridge City Hall and in the Civic Square adjacent to City Hall. Admission to the event is free. Culinary samples from local restaurants are available for purchase. 519-740-4681 ext. 4277

The Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music

The Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music is held annually on the first weekend of August in Downtown Cambridge. The historic architecture and the scenic Grand River is the backdrop for this popular Summer Festival. Traditional forms of folk music and dance are the festival’s theme and are held in the amphitheater at Mill Race Park and on several nearby outdoor stages. Local and internationally renowned performers are selected each year to reflect a most diverse and entertaining mixture of musical cultures. Admission is free. Arts, crafts, and an excellent choice of food and refreshments are available for purchase at the festival site. For more information visit 


McDougall Cottage circa 1858

This granite & limestone labourer’s dwelling is located in downtown Cambridge in the Historic Factory District on the banks of the Grand River at 89 Grand Ave. S. It is open for afternoon visits Wed. to Sun., noon to 5pm and on Thurs. from noon to 8pm.  Admission is by donation except for special events. The Cottage is closed from late December through early March. 519-624-8250  


The Ontario Christian Gleaners

Located at 1550 Morrison Rd. The Ontario Christian Gleaners offers an interesting and informative tour. See how 60 volunteers spend their morning producing 30,000 servings of soup to help feed the poor around the world. See volunteers preparing, processing and drying the produce.  Tour is free, donations are welcome.  Call 519-624-8245 or email: to plan your visit. For more information visit


rare Charitable Research Reserve

Located at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers in the historic village of Blair, rare is in the heartland of the Grand River watershed. The 370-hectare (913 acres) property of natural and agricultural landscapes abuts the City of Cambridge, forming Canada’s largest urban green space. To experience rare, you may access trails for a self-guided walk or sign up for upcoming guided hikes and other events. Fees may apply. 519-650-9336

Sheaves Tower

Sheaves Tower, sometimes known as the Power Tower, was built around 1876, on Bowman Creek to provide power for the flour mill across the road.  It is a Heritage Site and significant because it represents a unique method of the mechanical transfer of power and may be the only existing example of this early technology.  It is located at 91 Old Mill Rd., Cambridge


Summer at Civic Square

Experience all sides of the Square! Fun and free events are scheduled throughout the summer for your family to enjoy such as:  Whimsical Wednesdays in July and Outdoor Family Movie Nights in August.  Also enjoy free music, concerts and dancing during Market Hours. 519-740-4681 ext. 4277


Toyota Plant Tours

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. offers guests a free behind the scenes look at how the Corolla, Lexus RX350 and 450h are built. Knowledgeable tour guides will take you on a motorized tram tour right into the heart of the Cambridge facility. Groups and individuals are welcome. To reserve your tour call 519-653-1111 ext. 2270 or book online at





Grand River & City Scenes

Bridge A mix of shots taken in the heart of Cambridge, Ontario. Located by the Grand River, the city has a wonderful mix of nature and architecture.  More

Speed River Millpond & Dam

Guy SmilingEarly summer views of Jacob's Landing, the Silknit dam, Hespeler millpond and Speed River, bookended with relevant water quotes. More

Riverside Park Winter's Tail

Happy Woman The largest park in Preston (Cambridge) at 102 hectares (256 acres), Riverside is situated beside an 1890 millpond on the Speed River. 


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