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Lakeshore North Area in Waterloo

Hello, and welcome to the WRX Property Group website. It’s time, again, for a look into one of the many fine neighbourhoods of Kitchener-Waterloo. Today’s neighbourhood is Lakeshore North, which is located in the centre of the northernmost part of Waterloo, bordering Laurelwood to the west, Lakeshore to the south, and the Township of Woolwich to the north. Lakeshore North’s boundaries are made up approximately by Benjamin Road in the north; Weber Street North in the east; Northfield Drive West in the south; and Westmount Road North in the west. It is one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s few parallelogram-shaped neighbourhoods, so if symmetry is your thing, Lakeshore North might be the place for you (of course, it has a lot more going for it than its straight lines, so read on and see!).

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Activities

Lakeshore North’s location affords it quite a few advantages. Being so far north means it’s simple to get to the charming rural attractions and farmland just beyond Waterloo’s city limits. The most prominent of these is St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and Flea Market. If you were to ask a Kitchener-Waterluvian to name the top tourist attractions in the region, it’s likely St. Jacobs would show up on quite a few lists. Touted as the largest year-round farmers’ market in Canada, this local treasure is a fun place for the whole family, with horse-drawn tours; plenty of great local food; and so much more. St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market runs on Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, throughout the year (it’s open on Tuesdays during the summer, too). There are also many natural areas nearby, such as the lovely Heath Valley Trail that runs alongside the meandering Conestogo River.

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Within Lakeshore North’s boundaries, there are quite a few trails and parks to enjoy. The tree-lined path that runs east to west along the northern half of the neighbourhood is particularly enjoyable. With the neighbourhood’s two major parks (Lakeshore Optimist Park and Pinebrook Park) residents also have access to playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, painted soccer fields, and a baseball diamond. The nearest branch of the Waterloo Public Library – the McCormick Branch – is just a few minutes to the south. The library, and the Albert McCormick Community Centre with which it shares a building, offers a wide variety of social and learning events throughout the year. The neighbourhood of Lakeshore North is served by the Lakeshore North Neighbourhood Association, which provides the community with a variety of programs. Finally, Lakeshore North is right beside the enormous, incredible Laurel Creek Conservation Area: here, residents can enjoy everything from the popular beach along the deep blue waters of Laurel Creek Reservoir; kilometers upon kilometers of trails; the educational opportunities provided by the Laurel Creek Nature Centre; and more.


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Transportation

In terms of transportation, Lakeshore North residents have quite a few advantages. Firstly, the neighbourhood’s eastern and western borders (Weber Street and Westmount Road) happen to be two of the most important arterial streets in all of Kitchener-Waterloo. These streets provide access to many of the twin cities’ most famous attractions, including the University of Waterloo (UW) and downtown Kitchener. But perhaps even better for Lakeshore North residents is what lies just east of Weber Street: the Conestoga Parkway. Lakeshore North is quite close to the Northfield Drive on- and off-ramps to Highway 85; from here, residents can quickly and easily get to other parts of Waterloo, and they can follow the Conestoga Parkway to its Highway 7 and 8 branches, which lead to many areas of Kitchener, Cambridge, and beyond. Though Lakeshore North is in the far north of Waterloo, the Conestoga Parkway means it doesn’t take very long to reach even the southernmost parts of the Region. Finally, let’s talk for a moment about Lakeshore North’s public transit. The GRT runs four bus routes around Lakeshore North (including the iXpress 200). But most excitingly, Lakeshore North will have access to its very own LRT stop. The Northfield station will operate on Northfield Drive, just east of Weber, once the ION Rapid Transit system is up and running. Residents will be able to hop on the ION and quickly get as far south as Fairview Park Mall, with important stops along the way (including both Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener).

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Shopping

There are plenty of shopping opportunities available for Lakeshore North residents. The primary local shopping option is in the neighbourhood’s southeast corner. Numerous shops and restaurants run along Weber Street North, including both a Shoppers Drug Mart and a Rexall Pharma Plus (depending on whether you prefer Optimum Points or Air Miles); a Tim Hortons; a large Sobeys location (all the groceries you could need); and more. Further north along Weber is another shopping area that includes not only the aforementioned St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, but also a Walmart Supercentre, a Dollarama, several restaurants (including the Crazy Canuck), and more. If this isn’t enough, Lakeshore North is also a short drive away from Conestoga Mall – the largest mall in Waterloo, which includes numerous shops, restaurants, and a movie theatre. Even more shops and restaurants can be found in Conestoga Mall’s general vicinity.


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Education

There is one school located within Lakeshore North’s boundaries: Northlake Woods Public School. Zoning for students in the public board (WRDSB) is approximately as follows: students living south of the southern part of Northlake Drive and west of Skylark Road will attend N. A. MacEachern Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6 and MacGregor Public School for Grades 7 and 8; students living east of Skylark Road and south of Lakeshore Optimist Park will attend Cedarbrae Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6 and MacGregor for Grades 7 and 8. Remaining Lakeshore North public students (essentially, those living north of the southern part of Northlake Drive [and Golden Eagle Road in the eastern half of the neighbourhood]) will attend Northlake Woods for Kindergarten to Grade 8. It might help to look at the zoning map here. N. A. MacEachern and MacGregor both offer French Immersion. All WRDSB students in Lakeshore North are zoned for Waterloo Collegiate Institute for secondary school; you can read all about it in the ‘Houses for Sale by High School’ section of the WRX website. Students in the Catholic board (WCDSB) will attend Sir Edgar Bauer Catholic Elementary School for Kindergarten to Grade 8. Sir Edgar Bauer is located just south of Northfield Drive; it has around 350 students, and it is the only WCDSB school in Waterloo with French Immersion. For high school, WCDSB students will attend St. David Catholic Secondary School, a few kilometers southeast of Lakeshore North. In terms of postsecondary, Lakeshore North is quite close to UW, and fairly close to Wilfrid Laurier University, as well.

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Conclusion

Lakeshore North has a bit of everything. It’s a comfortable, established, suburban neighbourhood, with nearby shopping, access to some of the best natural features of Kitchener-Waterloo, great transportation options (including the Conestoga Parkway), and a good school within its boundaries (and universities nearby). It’s a popular neighbourhood for a reason! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us – we’ll help however we can.

Written by Will Kummer

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