Some Summer Gems for Your Picnic Location in the Region

City parks have splash pads for the kids and beautifully planted gardens to roam in. Conservation areas with beaches, like Laurel Creek in Waterloo, provide the beauty of nature close to the city. But what about other locations? Here are five unusual places to have a picnic, each with its hidden charm, that you may not have considered. None of them charges admission. Pioneers Memorial Tower, Kitchener. It’s a historic spot that is easy to miss. It marks the “first sizeable inland settlement in Upper Canada.” The stone tower is on the site that was home of one of the first Mennonite settlers to arrive from Pennsylvania. There are trails, a playground, picnic tables, and a flat grassy area for Frisbee or more. There’s also a roped-off family graveyard that gives a real sense of history. Second is beautiful downtown Galt, with its wide river, stone buildings and picturesque church steeples. The Preston section of the city is often overlooked. At the bottom of Shantz Hill and across King Street East from the flour mill is the entrance to Riverside Park, natural areas, trails, riverfront benches and lawns with trees and flowers, picnic tables and a playground. Further into the park, you’ll be rewarded with a charming boardwalk over a pond and swampy area and a trail also takes you over the Speed River……Ed
Source: Luisa D’Amato / Photo: Marilyn E. Armstrong-Reynolds

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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