The Steckle Homestead
Kitchener-Waterloo is a centre of technological innovation, and with a joint population of 338,208 (as of the 2016 Census), it’s also among Canada’s largest urban areas. But another striking feature of the greater Waterloo Region is the coexistence of urban and rural, primarily reflected in the contrast between the Tri-Cities (Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge) and the surrounding Townships (Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich, and North Dumfries). Right in the heart of Kitchener, however, is a little slice of farm life – and it’s been there for well over a century, serving the community in a variety of capacities. The Steckle Heritage Homestead stands towards the south of Kitchener, just below the bustling Laurentian and Country Hills neighbourhoods, and just above the most rapidly-growing part of the city (including neighbourhoods like Huron Park and Williamsburg). But while there are many new development projects going on in this region, the south of Kitchener is still home to huge swathes of untapped, natural beauty, as well as some of the Region’s finest parks (including, notably, the Huron Natural Area). The Steckle Heritage Homestead lies somewhat at the intersection between the urban and suburban life to the north and east, and the more rural living to the south and west. And it’s a true Kitchener wonder.