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Clair Hill (Clair Creek Meadows) Area
Hello again, and a very warm welcome to the WRX Property Group blog. Today we’ll be diving back into
the ongoing series on Kitchener-Waterloo neighbourhoods. The subject of today’s article can be found
on the west side of Waterloo: Clair Hills. Sometimes affectionately referred to as the Clair Creek
Meadows Area, this is a great part of Waterloo with quite a few perks. Let’s bring some clarity to Clair
Clair Hills is one of the westernmost neighbourhoods in Kitchener-Waterloo. Its boundaries run to the
extreme western limit of the City of Waterloo, where it borders the Township of Wilmot (the community
of St. Agatha is a short drive away. The rough boundaries of Clair Hills are Columbia Street to the north,
Erbsville Road to the east, Erb Street to the south, and Wilmot Line to the west (Yes, both Erb and
Erbsville… they’re big fans of Abraham Erb [founder of Waterloo] in Clair Hill). The residential streets
north of Columbia Street and around the northern branch of Clair Creek are part of Clair Hill, too. Clair
Hill presently has an active Community Association, which is an excellent way to get involved with, and
stay informed about, the Clair Hills community. The Clair Hills Community Association organizes fun
events, distributes a regular newsletter, and ensures resident’s concerns don’t go unaddressed (and
Clair Hill has been developed quite a bit over the last few years; indeed, many houses in this
neighbourhood are less than ten years old. And while houses across the board are modern – and
equipped with modern facilities (granite counter tops are fairly common, for example) – sizes (and
consequently, prices) can vary greatly. There are more than 1500 homes in the neighbourhood, and
prices can range from around $400 000 to $1.5 million and higher. Please contact WRX Property Group if
you’d like to know more.
Is location everything? Well, when it comes to buying a house, it certainly matters quite a bit! So what’s
near Clair Hill? As a new development on the far side of the city, some might worry that there aren’t
shopping options nearby. But worry not – at the southern edge of Clair Hill (at the intersection of Erb
and Erbsville) is a newly-built, extensive shopping area, with big-box stores like Canadian Tire and
Shoppers Drug Mart, banks, food markets, a Starbucks, and more. There’s also a massive Costco
warehouse for people who love free food samples (who doesn’t??) and purchasing things in bulk. And
that’s just what’s in the neighbourhood – if you go a little further north, you’ll find a shopping area
(including a Food Basics) by Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School. If you go south, you’ll reach the
Boardwalk at Ira Needles Boulevard. This massive, new, open-air shopping centre has just about
everything – almost all of the major chains operating in Canada, from a Wal-Mart Supercentre to Bulk
Barn and beyond. Beyond the shopping, the Boardwalk has multiple medical facilities in its sizeable
Medical Centre, a Movati Athletic health and fitness club, a Landmark Cinemas theatre, and more.
Clair Hill has a lot to offer outdoor-enthusiasts, as well. The Waterloo Golf Academy in the west of Clair
Hill has a 9-hole course, a full-length driving range, a family-friendly mini-putt course, and more. Hikers,
walkers, and explorers can delight in a few things: firstly, northern Clair Hill has access to the start (and
end!) point of the Waterloo GeoTime Trail. This 4km trail runs in a loop through western Waterloo, with
18 signs along the path providing a fascinating glimpse into Waterloo’s geological history. The GeoTime
Trail was created in 2007, to celebrate Waterloo’s 150 th birthday (Abraham Erb would be proud).
Arguably, one of Waterloo’s ‘best-kept secrets’ is Clair Forest (or ‘Forested Hills’), a huge forested area that features the rippling waters of Clair Creek, and over 12 kilometers of trails. It’s beautiful, it’s quiet,
and perhaps most importantly to Clair Hill residents, it’s right next door. The Westside Trails, as they’re
called, stretch along Clair Hill and Waterloo’s western border. Amazingly, this is just scratching the
surface of what’s available near and in Clair Hill – there’s even more to explore and discover, from the
Rhineland SWM Pond to outdoor skating rinks. Clair Hill is truly a wonderful area.
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For parents/guardians (and future parents/guardians), it’s important to note what educational facilities
are nearby – and what they offer – when you’re moving or buying a new home. Clair Hill residents have
great access to several schools. Within Clair Hill’s boundaries is Edna Staebler Public School, located at
450 Bernary Drive. Having opened its doors in 2007, it’s one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s newest schools.
Edna Staebler is part of the public school board (WRDSB), and it serves Kindergarten to Grade 8 (with an
option for French Immersion starting at Grade 1). Over 900 students attend Edna Staebler. Students attending the Catholic school board (WCDSB) are zoned for St. Nicholas
Catholic School (also Kindergarten to Grade 8), around 3 kilometers north of Clair Hill in the Laurelwood
neighbourhood. It should be noted that in 2015-16, St. Nicholas tied as the number one elementary
school in Waterloo, according to the Fraser Institute. Catholic high school students are zoned for
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, located south of Clair Hill near the Kitchener/Waterloo border
(a WRX article on Resurrection, and the other WCDSB secondary schools in Kitchener-Waterloo, is
forthcoming). Public high school students are zoned for the nearby Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary
School, at the intersection of Laurelwood and Erbsville. It’s consistently ranked as one of the best
secondary schools in Kitchener-Waterloo; you can read more about it in the WRX article on it here.
For increasingly many students, schooling does not end at secondary school. And Clair Hill is well-
situated to enable post-secondary education for its residents. The University of Waterloo is a short drive
away, off of Columbia Street, and Wilfrid Laurier University is just a little further. A few minutes further
still is the Waterloo Campus of Conestoga College. Clair Hill is close enough to commute to and from the
universities or college (by foot, by car, or by public transit [or other, more creative, means of
transportation]) yet far enough that it feels separate, and residents need not worry about noise or busy
streets. This is great for post-secondary students, and for anyone interested in working for one of the
institutions – they are among the largest employers in Kitchener-Waterloo.
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To Clarify and Conclude
Clair Hill residents never need to travel far. Whether it’s schools, shopping, or outdoor activities, they’ve
got it all – either within the neighbourhood boundaries, or a short drive/walk/bus ride away. As they say
in Clair Hill: ‘life’s a fair thrill at Clair Hill.’ Well, I hope they say that, at least, because it’s true.
Written by Will Kummer