Station Arts Centre

The Station Arts centre is located in two very picturesque railway stations, now next to one another (one was moved from several blocks away in 1994).

There are two art galleries: The Bridges St. Gallery features the work of the Bridge Street Artists. The Changing Exhibit Gallery features rotating exhibits that change once a month or so. There is also a gift shop with various unique items to be found.

As well, there is a Farmers Market that is held at this location on Saturdays from May to November.

The Station Arts Centre is also home to various clubs and organizations.

The Station Arts Centre is open Monday–Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (on Saturdays from October to April, the centre closes at 2:00 pm). Admission is free and there is parking on site.

The Clay and Glass

[The Clay and Glass]The Clay and Glass, formerly known as the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, opened in 1993.  The gallery contains award-winning exhibits of contemporary clay, glass, and enamel artwork; the collection emphasises Canadian artists.  Its exhibits change quarterly.  There is also a cute gift shop where you can find a unique gift.

Currently, admission is free (note that the gallery has had financial struggles of late, so if you want to take advantage of the free admission, you may not want to delay). Open Tuesday–Friday 11:00 am–6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm–5:00 pm.  Free parking is available across the railway tracks at the Station lot, and in the Waterloo Towne Square lot (kitty-corner from the gallery).

The collection is not large (giving yourself an hour to view it should suffice) so it should leave you lots of time to check out other attractions right next door, including the Waterloo Central Railway, Waterloo Park, the Perimeter Institute, and Uptown Waterloo.

High Park

High Park is High Parkperhaps one of the most beautiful parks in Canada. It was originally the estate of John George Howard, who was Toronto’s first city architect.

The house that Howard built in 1837, Colborne Lodge, is now a museum and is open year-round. Found at the south end of the park, it contains much of the original furniture and also exhibits many of Howard’s watercolours.

Grenadier Pond

Grenadier Pond, High Park.

In the south-west corner of High Park is Grenadier Pond, which is named after British soldiers who went onto the pond’s thin ice and fell in during the Sack of York during the War of 1812. The pond is well-stocked with fish. East of Grenadier Pond and north of Colborne Lodge is the High Park Zoo, which contains deer, emu, bison, peacocks, sheep, and other animals.

The park hosts a lot of special events in the summer, including professionally staged Shakespearean productions with admission by donation.

High Park also contains many of the amenities found in many city parks and many that aren’t. There is ample space for picnicing, two children’s playgrounds, an off-leash area for dogs, a restaurant (The Grenadier), a pool, sports fields, gardens, trails and more. Definitely worth exploring.

High Park is easily accessible by car (from Lake Shore Boulevard West, Bloor Street West, or Keele Street), subway (High Park station), streetcar (501 or 506) or various bus routes.