You Know You’re From Cambridge Ontario When…

As a Cambridge, Ontario native, Corina's passion for her community shines through photography and promotion of all that is great about this city.

Having been born in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, I feel that I have a very strong insight into what exactly makes up a person from Cambridge. Being born a couple of years after Galt, Preston, Hespeler and Blair were forced to amalgamate, I know we have our quirks. Even within our own neighbourhoods we have certain things that make us unique not only in Canada, but in this region.

In no particular order, here are my answers to “You know you are from Cambridge when…”

  1. You can navigate your way through the Delta with ease.
  2. It isn’t a grocery bag, or a plastic shopping bag, it’s a Zehrs bag and no matter where you are in the world, it will always be a Zehrs bag
  3. You know at least one person (maybe even you) who has driven in the “baja” and lived to tell about it
  4. You can still remember the distinctive musk of roller skates at The Forum
  5. You remember that Galt, Preston and Hespeler all had at least one bowling alley and you secretly wish you could still bowl there one last time.
  6. You went dancing at Styles, Highlands or The Time Club and still remember how amazing they were and wish we had something that great again.
  7. Going to Sportsworld meant more than just shopping.
  8. You don’t even bat an eye when driving under the train bridge on Samuelson Street.
  9. You wish the movie theatre would bring back “Twoonie Tuesday”
  10. It will always be “Hostess” no matter the name on the front lawn and you can tell which chips they are making by the smell in the air on a nice summer night.
  11. You or someone you know is building cars at the Toyota factory as you read this.
  12. You’re still mourning the closure of the 7-11 in Preston.
  13. When travelling through Canada or abroad you tell people you are from West of Toronto, in Ontario you are from Cambridge, but in Cambridge you are from Galt, Preston, Hespeler, or Blair (bonus points if you include the area of Galt, Preston or Hespeler you are from.)
  14. You secretly get annoyed by comments regarding different weather patterns in different areas of town. “It’s always sunny in Galt” or “Always 2 degrees colder on the other side of the 401” Just never sat right with you.
  15. You loathe driving on Hespeler Road or the 401 and do everything to avoid it including driving through parking lots and behind buildings when needed.
  16. You complained about the roundabouts but now that they are here you secretly love driving through them and envision yourself as a race car driver.
  17. You know exactly who John Bell is and realize you haven’t thought about him in years.
  18. You’ve watched the Cambridge Winter Hawks and/or the Hornets bring home a cup.
  19. You know we have two different boys hockey organizations and two different Santa Claus parades but after ‘73 you figure it’s easiest to just let them be.
  20. In high school you hung out in the smoking area even if you didn’t smoke because that was where everyone was (doesn’t matter which school).
  21. You still refer to Cambridge Centre as the John Galt Mall.
  22. As soon as Spring starts you wonder why LA Franks isn’t open yet?
  23. You wish the Sunset Drive-In never left because watching movies in your car behind Ashley Furniture is kind of awkward.
  24. It’s still a shock to the system to not find animals in Riverside Park and instead see a bike park.
  25. You’ve sat at the light at the Delta for what felt like 3 hours waiting for a train to cross Hespeler Road.
  26. You weirdly take pride in the fact you can get the freshest bags of Doritos around.
  27. Everyone has a story about the “Flood of ‘74”.

    Helicopter flood of 1974 in Cambridge

    Photo from the Cambridge Fire Hall Museum Collection

  28. Even if you move to another part of town, the part you grew up in is still the best.
  29. You rode the escalator at The Right House.
  30. You know what’s really underneath Wedges & Woods.
  31. You see old pictures of the Preston Springs Hotel and wonder if it will ever regain it’s former glory.
  32. You took a special trip to see the bull on top of PHS (bonus points if you know how it got up there).
  33. You have checked out the sculpture garden or are completely in denial that we have a sculpture garden at all. There is no in between.
  34. You have driven up to Langdon Hall only to turn around and leave again without stepping inside.Langdon Hall, Autumn, Cambridge, Blair
  35. You know at least one useless fact about Cambridge that you are proud of (Mine is that David Letterman talked about Cambridge, Ontario as being the donut and coffee shop world capital as we had the most per capita.)
  36. You want the LRT because Kitchener and Waterloo are getting it, but aren’t sure if you will actually ever use it.
  37. You risked your life by biking along Hespeler Road in a live lane and vowed never to do that again.
  38. You have canoed down the Grand River to Paris at least once.
  39. You remember doing “ball throw” as part of track and field in elementary school. Bonus points if you were actually really good at it.
  40. You participated in the “Skating Races” and can still hear echos of the “Clap” to start the race.
  41. You thought tobogganing in Dickson Park was too easy and wanted more of a challenge.
  42. You went to toboggan at Churchill Park and realized it was too much of a challenge.
  43. You know exactly where “Hill 60” is and wonder why they had to ruin it by building houses.
  44. Your new Toyota Corolla has the freshest new car smell money can buy.
  45. You’ve sat and savoured an ice cream cone in Mill Race Park.
  46. You remember the Sunnyview Dairy Bar and still believe it had the best ice cream in town.
  47. Going to the Fall Fair is guaranteed to have you run into at least 20 people you know (whether you want to or not).
  48. You resent being called the armpit of Waterloo Region.
  49. You go to the river at least once every spring to see if the water will get as high as it was in ‘74 and are thankful that it hasn’t yet.
  50. Two words: “Dickie Dee”.
  51. You get a jolt of pleasure seeing our city on the big and small screen. (Handmaid’s Tale, American Gods, Silent Hill, Murdoch Mysteries, Saint Ralph and Bitten just to name a few).
  52. And finally, you have read through this list and nodded your head more than 10 times.

Think my list is missing something? Leave a message in the comments and let me know your answer to “You know you’re from Cambridge when”.

Update August 16, 2017

Here’s a clip of Corina on 570 News talking about the list.

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  1. July 19, 2017  11:41 pm by Dave Reply

    Sitting on the wall at Dairy Queen in Preston.
    Swimming at the outdoor pools in the summer Hancock, Riverside, Soper Park, Eddie's.
    Dancing at Leisure Lodge with Johnny K.
    Gr. 5 Swimming Lessons at the Y
    Buying cheese at the market from a vendor who had been slicing cheese for decades, but always managed to cut it a bit bigger than you really wanted it.
    Daily Reporter delivered to your home (and not tossed in your driveway or on the front lawn).

    • August 16, 2017  5:50 pm by Corina Harris Reply

      Love all the public outdoor swimming pools in this town!

  2. July 19, 2017  11:55 pm by Trish Reply

    If you've had apple dumplings at the Farmers Market in Galt.

    • July 23, 2017  1:15 pm by Rhonda Reply

      Mmm...the best. Used to treat myself on a Wednesday when I worked at CODA. (another memory: when Luther wood was CODA).

  3. July 19, 2017  11:59 pm by Mike Morrow Reply

    North Cambridge Dirt Rider's track.
    Drag racing down Conestoga Blvd past Walker's Exhaust factory.
    Cheese Factory Rd.
    Parties at the Crown Land.
    Emerald Lake.
    Lulu's !

  4. July 20, 2017  12:30 am by Lesley Reply

    Fishing at Puslinch lake... Shades mills conservation area or the Mill Pond in Beaverdale/ Hespeler

  5. July 20, 2017  12:34 am by Lesley Reply

    Going to Ballingers danceteria and videoteque on a Thursday Ladies night in the 80s to dance and watch the biggest video screen in Canada!!!

  6. July 20, 2017  1:29 am by Brian Duggan Reply

    Devils Caves, walking the bridge to GCI, Queen Square YMCA, Spencer Dalton Pharmacy at Queen Square, Pepi's Pizza, The rocket at Churchill park...I could go on all day!

  7. July 20, 2017  6:03 am by Shirley Reply

    Hot dog at the little stand on Shade street.
    Marching to Dickson Park and singing with the other schools

    Collecting newspapers and taking them to Springs Junk Yard for money

    So many great memories as we grew up

  8. July 20, 2017  6:07 am by Laura G Reply

    The Matador
    Leisure Lodge
    Burger King with a security guard
    (especially needed when the bars closed, RIP Dr D)
    Bluff's Subs ?

  9. July 20, 2017  7:13 am by Stephanie Webb Reply

    Walking/biking the trail from Hespeler to riverside park in Preston, Sitting and relaxing in the amphitheater behind GCI, Skipping school and going to Hart to Hart donuts in West Galt. :) I am so missing home!! :) Thank you for this post and all the great memories!! :)

  10. July 20, 2017  7:36 am by Tim Kingsley Reply

    Andy's pizza , George's, Woolco in Galt , walking the train bridge to GCI , parkhill variety , the buck , Nicholson Tavern in Blair , Lulus ...and many more

  11. July 20, 2017  9:02 am by Joan Lovell Burnett Reply

    Remember the Log Cabin on Hespler Rd. and their foot long hotdogs. The drive in theater out on Hespler Rd.

  12. July 20, 2017  9:03 am by Tanya Boyle Breunig Reply

    The escalator was in Woolco. I remember shutting it off once. Lol. Great list!!! We used to toboggan down Churchill Park hills all the time! Thank you!! Oh treasure hunting at the dump on Saturdays. The Mennonites coming to tear down Silknit.

  13. July 20, 2017  9:04 am by Barb simoes Reply

    Hearing the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and thinking "we have an Orchestra?". Bonus that's it's pay-as-you-can. Love the Nutcracker!!

  14. July 20, 2017  9:10 am by Karen Brenner Reply

    Cafe 13 when it was packed , Nick's tavern in Blair, dairy Queen wall in preston, fall fair at Dickson park , Canaveral games when there were many buses , Sam's after roller skating at Dickson arena , otoole s in its hayday

    • July 20, 2017  10:04 am by James Harris Reply

      I knew you'd be all over that one Mike

  15. July 20, 2017  9:32 am by Kay Reply

    The different layouts of the Cambridge Centre over the years; penny candy at J&B Variety; treats from Reid's Candy and Nut Shop; the Christmas tree outside Cambridge Memorial; walking down to Westgate Plaza from Southwood for lunch; when the Shoppers was on the corner of Main and Ainslie; the Royal Hotel in Galt (which is now a Coffee Culture); Fast Eddie's crazy fries; trick or treating on Lansdowne (where all the good stuff was!); Sportsworld and the old Moose Winooskis; the games/jungle gym portion of The Forum

  16. July 20, 2017  10:00 am by Denise Reply

    Feeling like a criminal driving the wrong way when they changed the direction of traffic at the Water St split.

  17. July 20, 2017  10:11 am by Chris L. Reply

    You can remember eating at the log restaurant at the corner of 24 & Bishop, when they were still dirt roads.

    You knew that TV sportscasters Brenda Irving, Randy Steinman and Jeff Hutchison were all from Preston.

    You can name all six of the Cambridge exits off the 401 when driving eastbound from London.

    You knew someone whose street name had to be changed when the three communities amalgamated.

    You can still remember the approximate spot where Leisure Lodge used to be.

  18. July 20, 2017  10:38 am by Olivia Reply

    The fact that the food court in our mall is shaped like a slice of pizza.

  19. July 20, 2017  10:49 am by Maureen Reply

    The Matador, Ponderosa, flip chips at Reid's, Marge's pizza, the walkathon, Can-Amera games

  20. July 20, 2017  10:50 am by Anna Reply

    So, what really is underneath the Wedges and Woods?

    • July 20, 2017  11:30 am by James Harris Reply

      A whole lot of garbage. It used to be the dump. You'll notice they have all those whirligigs along Can-Amera that vent the methane that builds up from decomposition.

  21. July 20, 2017  10:54 am by Spenny KR Reply

    The CanAmera games, leaving to go to Saginaw on the buses from Dickson Park or John Galt Mall.....hanging out at the Greenway Park then heading over to Becker's for a Jungle Juice and 25 cent bag of Hostess chips it the shiny paper bag.....Knob Hill Farms...Cambridge Twin Cinemas in Hespeler where you had to stand for O Canada video on the screen before the movie can go on and on

  22. July 20, 2017  11:12 am by Gail Reply

    Roller skating at Dickson. Fries at the lunch counter at Woolco. Blair road school only to grade 5. Sunset blvd and clearview ending at Blair road school. Soooo many things.

  23. July 20, 2017  11:55 am by July 20/2017 11:55 am by Charles B.Ebbs. Reply

    All the great Bands and musicians that came out of Cambridge, Hespeler,Galt, and Preston, especially the Bands that I was a part of who played all over Cambridge, they all left such fantastic memories. The speed river, and the gang, in Hespeler where I spent most of my young life on; with the gang. Hespeler's old boy reunions; when you could find out just how many of your old friends are still here or gone. The Hespeler Arena. The log Cabin where I spent most of my teenage years; They did have the best foot long Hot Dogs around. I know cause I ate so many of them. All the great people of Hespeler; some real good friends and some not. All I know is I'm so blessed to call and be living in, what my Dear Mom and Dad used to call it, The most Beautiful little town that they have ever seen; Hespeler. My Home Town.

  24. July 20, 2017  11:56 am by Lori Hilborn Reply

    watching a movie at the theater in down town Galt and saturday morning Reid's for flip chips....This is when it was great to walk around down town Galt....Ali Baba and T N Sun. Tu Lane Dominion grocery store at the galt mall along with small stores. And of course the famous hangout O'Tooles.... We have lost so much over the years. Wish we could thrive like this again....

  25. July 20, 2017  12:58 pm by Pat Reply

    Dee &Lee and the Roulettes, Tops Restaurant, Dianna Restaurant, lasky's Furs, Bueler's Meats, Despond's Fish Store, witter's Book Store...and you know where the cupola in at the top of Main Street came from, and you know exactly where the Crescent is.

  26. July 20, 2017  1:47 pm by Debbie Reply

    you know who officer shuttleworth is; taking the elevator to the toy floor at Walkers;

    • July 20, 2017  9:33 pm by Margaret Ronald Reply

      The elevator in Walkers - now you are talking most people now don't even know where Walker's was! Cafe 13 in downtown Galt for those who don't remember or know.

  27. July 20, 2017  4:24 pm by Pamela Kent Reply

    Rollerskating at Dickson, and dancing at the disc. The Holey bridge. The purple pool hall, Pepi's pizza hoagies, sneaking into the Sunset drive in. There was so much to do as a teenager in the '70's!

  28. July 20, 2017  5:31 pm by Joanne Kitzman Reply

    Eating fish and chips or breakfast at barnacle Bills, the Lion's head entrance at Leo the Lion's, The Capitol theatre, the old pool halls (Purple Pool Hall, the one across from the bus station, Landry's Video, the originals Mother's Pizza.

  29. July 20, 2017  6:34 pm by Sherry Grischow Reply

    Carl's Tavern, corner of Hespeler Rd. and Eagle. Nicholson’s Tavern, Blair Rd. Friday night roller skating at the old Hespeler Arena. Savette, Miracle Mart, and K Mart and already mentioned by others.....Sunset Drive-In.

  30. July 20, 2017  9:38 pm by Andrea Jowett Reply

    The Right House'; grassy fields instead of the Walmart & etcetera stores dotting a few asphalt acres!

  31. July 20, 2017  10:04 pm by Mary Jo Lyons Reply

    Love reading all these and remembering. How about Gamble's restaurant, the wading pool at Riverside Park, playing 'chestnuts' in grade school, the Frost Stop ( between Cambridge and Kitchener) Eat and Putt, the Big Dipper?

  32. July 20, 2017  10:15 pm by Diane Oliver Reply

    Wow everyone has nailed coverage of Cambridge! Scott's soft ice cream, Hwy 8 and Main and the clubs! Never bored!

  33. July 20, 2017  11:05 pm by Debbie Reply

    bowling at Dickson Bowl when it was on Dickson St; big pool and little pool at the YMCA - preferred the little pool

  34. July 20, 2017  11:09 pm by Debbie Reply

    flashing red/amber light in the centre of the intersection of the back Hespeler Rd & what's now Pinebush Rd

  35. July 20, 2017  11:10 pm by Natalie Reply

    No mention at all of the Rocket in Churchill Park. Come on now.

  36. July 20, 2017  11:30 pm by Mary Jo Lyons Reply

    Just thought of the drive up A&W on Hespler Rd. Didn't see that mentioned.

  37. July 20, 2017  11:52 pm by Helen Reply

    All such good memories but you can tell what decade some of us are from. My best memories are the original Mother's pizza, Red Lobster and McDonalds when BHespeler Road was bare (I was really young). The Forum for rollerskating and Styles for dances. The Time club and Kelsey's. I The right House and Woolco. Pizza Delight by Southwood. Sunset Drive Inn (saw Star Wars).

  38. July 20, 2017  11:56 pm by Kareena Schoonbeek Reply

    Love it that Dickie Dee made the list.
    Thank you !
    We were one of the last 12 distribution venue's out of 3000 across Canada.
    Miss those days.

  39. July 20, 2017  11:56 pm by Blair Reply

    What's under wedges an woods??

    • July 21, 2017  12:05 am by Glenn King Reply

      use to be the city dump at one time.

  40. July 21, 2017  12:02 am by Glenn King Reply

    Harvey's hamburgers on Water street, Wesselings Audio, The Bi-Way where Giant Tiger is on Main street, Algonquin Hotel, Dominion grocery store in the Main street mall, Zip Zip 4 (local 80's band) Franklin Boulevard was called "the back Hespeler Rd., The girls school that use to be just off Hespeler Rd.

  41. July 21, 2017  12:03 am by Jacquie Barry Reply

    How about roller skating at the end of Duke Street and Bishop Street in Preston when the arena burnt down.

  42. July 21, 2017  12:59 am by kathy Reply

    Hanging out downtown galt on saturdays, TigerBrand, Records On Wheels, buying cotton candy @ John Galt Mall, Capital Theater where movies were $1, pool halls, milkshakes and fries @ Woolco sitting on their red stools! Diana's fries and gravy. Tim hortons @ the delta on lunch breaks from school, sneaking into drive-in, getting in to bars underage, so much to do back then. The list could go on and on

  43. July 21, 2017  5:13 am by Ashley Kuras-Schoonbeek Reply

    Until 2001, there was a huge 200 year old oak tree growing in the middle of the road on Flora st off of Main st, I still miss it whenever I pass through town

  44. July 21, 2017  6:12 am by Christine Orton Reply

    What?!?! No mention of Marge's Pizza!?!?!?

  45. July 21, 2017  7:16 am by Christine Reply

    Ballingers, celebrating anniversaries and birthdays at Tien sun, Snow days at the old Benny's before they build all the houses and changed the entrance; Saturday public ice skating at Dickson arena.

  46. July 21, 2017  7:27 am by Cheryl Reply

    The anchor at Soper Park, swimming at Soper park unsupervised! Long John.Silver's fish n chips on hespeler rd. The man made ice rink at Greenway Park. Oh! The home for the priest's..
    Surrounded by a rock wall just outside of soper.park.

  47. July 21, 2017  7:30 am by Cheryl Reply

    The man on the bike, who dressed as a lady

  48. July 21, 2017  9:49 am by Erich Nolan Bertussi (ENBertussi) Reply

    you know that without any doubt what so ever, that Reids Chocolate makes the best chocolate in Ontario under the traditional chocolate shop category.

    • August 16, 2017  5:49 pm by Corina Harris Reply

      I cannot dispute that. I'm torn if I love their "turtles" or their strawberry cremes better...

  49. July 21, 2017  9:58 am by Gail Reply

    Playing catch in Soper park, cruising Main St in Galt on Saturday nights, Adlers ( loved that store) and Goetz pharmacy on Queen St. in Hespeler, Wilke's variety and IGA in Hespeler before the colonnade, old TD bank where the farmers market is held now.

  50. July 21, 2017  10:20 am by Mary Reply

    Remembering the red barn restaurant on Hespler Hwy

  51. July 21, 2017  10:24 am by Leanne Reply

    These are all great! Loved reading them! Brought back lots of memories.

    How about the Scout House Band in Preston and Kralinator Filters?

  52. July 21, 2017  10:30 am by jeff train Reply

    Cheese factory trails behind monsignor Doyle

  53. July 21, 2017  10:45 am by Shawn Reply

    A&W on hespler Rd was a drive up and they came out to your car. And the old tiger brand outlet on the corner of water and main St

  54. July 21, 2017  12:24 pm by LUANN Reply

    In school trying to come up with the name when Galt, Preston, Hesperia became one

  55. July 21, 2017  12:29 pm by Daisy Reply

    Collecting wire from the bell and making bracelets lol

    • August 16, 2017  5:39 pm by Corina Harris Reply

      I can happily admit to doing this a lot in the 80s. Using recycled materials before it was cool!

  56. July 21, 2017  3:13 pm by Sherry vardy Reply

    Biway stores, bargin Harold, the fire at tops restaurant, Elias big boy restaurant, only 1 tiger brand location on water street having everything including the store in its location on the 2nd floor. Henry and Suzy at BoBos restaurant in the overland hotel! Grant and Blackwell furniture having more than 1 location and truck load sales of the same furniture sets everyone had!!!

  57. July 21, 2017  7:50 pm by Teri Reply

    Henning's Restaurant

    • August 16, 2017  5:37 pm by Corina Harris Reply

      Excellent addition. My faves were the footlong hotdog and banana milkshakes.

  58. July 21, 2017  8:19 pm by Colene Evans-Allen Reply

    Five words - Bush Party at The Kent!

  59. July 21, 2017  8:26 pm by Lesley Marie Collins Reply

    Went to the "Castle" also known as GCI & VS and is a proud Ghost.....and yes the place is actually haunted with spirits!

  60. July 21, 2017  8:45 pm by Spenny25 Reply

    Valdi's, Consumers Distributing, Buns Master, House of Hot Dogs

    • August 16, 2017  5:37 pm by Corina Harris Reply

      Oh Bunsmaster, how I wish you would come back to Cambridge. Consumers Distributing is a good option too. How do I not know where the "House of Hot Dogs" was?

  61. July 21, 2017  9:21 pm by Eric Reply

    West side, being able to walk to tait street school from 4th ave never having to leave the forest, fishing at the foot bridge, Barton's and Branson's, Chaz's billiards, Tracy's video, 24A, Mr.Subs, King's, pop shoppe store, full block participation hide and seek. Griffith sports and buying guns without locks and cases lol. The lunch counter at Logels garage. Et cetera ....a grand town and time to grow up in.

  62. July 21, 2017  10:58 pm by Jeff Miller Reply

    Saturday night at the Galt ARENA watching the Galt Hornets win the Allen Cup

  63. July 21, 2017  11:54 pm by Deb schultz Reply

    Hill 60

  64. July 22, 2017  6:48 am by Laurie Kirk Reply

    A&W drive in restaurant, Long John Silver, Consumers Distributing, Carl's restaurant, The Petting Zoo at Riverside Park...I am liking all the comments. So many good memories.

  65. July 22, 2017  9:35 am by char rose Reply

    you remember hill top fish and chips

  66. July 22, 2017  9:49 am by Terry Reply

    Do you remember Leisure Lodge and the Matador lodge and Gandies Varity store and the Tea Room and the Paris Shop and Sid Sommers and I could go on... lol

  67. July 22, 2017  11:35 am by Mary McMurran Reply

    Not only Nick's Tavern but Nick's on a Thurs night. If you didn't go early you had to stand. Sitting on the wall across from Harvey's on Water Street. When the Iroquois hotel burned down. Smitty's Pancake House was busy that day. Penny candy in a brown bag. Grand River Shopping Centre. Hornet's games with the squish piles at each end of the Shade Street arena. Loft's Variety. Burger Chef. Andy's pizza. Albion Hotel where food Basics is now on the corner of Parkhill and Water. The Centennial fountain being built. The lunch counter at FW Woolworth's on Main Street. Leckie's shoes. The shoe repair man behind the bus terminal. NIck was there last but before there is was Sam.

  68. July 22, 2017  11:41 am by Shelley Reply

    Being let out of school at GCI on the day of the flood, too late to cross bridge to get home. No choice but the train bridge - scary stuff. Parties behind the school. Stopping at DQ in the middle of cross country run during gym

  69. July 22, 2017  3:51 pm by Mary McMurran Reply

    Watching a ball game, sitting in the bleachers at Dixon Park, the Centennial Sing in 1967 when Blair Road school only went to grade three. I was in grade three at Blair Road School at the time and every school was to be included in the sing. The football game between GCI and Glenview under the lights at Dixon Park.

  70. July 22, 2017  5:18 pm by Harv Reply

    The pad at the end of Duke St roller skating , the Bear @Riverside Park. Al's fish and Chips wrapped in newspapers. Lou's Variety,Paul Goddard .

  71. July 22, 2017  6:13 pm by Jocelyn Stokes Reply

    The best Chinese Food ever - the Tien Sun on Hespeler Road..

  72. July 22, 2017  6:34 pm by Elaine R Anderson Reply

    How about the train crash on the bridge near GCI? The Scout House band? Sat AM Odeon @ the Palace theatre.

  73. July 23, 2017  10:05 am by Joanne Reply

    Roller skating at Galt arena gardens. Circus held there as well.

  74. July 23, 2017  12:14 pm by Christine Reply

    Big wooden boat at Dickson school, Wayne Gretzky playing ball at Water Works Park, Kings Burgers and the best gravy ever. Sunny's Gas Station,Band Shelter at Victoria park and the rumours of crazy people living in the woods there. Knotty Pine restaurant,

  75. July 23, 2017  12:18 pm by Daniel Kesselring Reply

    The real test of whether you can swim or not was making it to the high diving board at Barber's Beach.

  76. July 23, 2017  4:37 pm by Jill Brewer Reply

    George's , Marge's Pizza, Al's Fish & Chips, Carl's Restaurnat

  77. July 23, 2017  6:20 pm by N, Blair Reply

    Warm Flip Chips downtown galt.

  78. July 23, 2017  6:41 pm by Cathy V Reply

    The Knotty Pine had the best desserts, hot chocolate and cinnamon toast. Who didn't toss a coin into the wishing pool down in the gift shop?
    Cambridge also had the longest running gay bar in the entire region. Thanks Annie.
    I had my birthday party at the Pioneer Barbecue back in the early sixties and played out back in the in ground trampoline pits. That was long before it was moved off of 'highway eight'. Holy cow, I'm old!

  79. July 23, 2017  8:02 pm by Patricia Reply

    Al's Fish and Chips, wrapped in newspaper - on concession street, Preston. Fortes fruit and vegetables - corner of King and Lowther - so many new and exotic tastes to enjoy!

  80. July 25, 2017  11:18 am by Dawn Reply

    I miss 7-eleven,biway,pepis pizza, bingo tent at riverside,during the carnival, petty zoo at riverside, buns master bakery,someone bring back 7-eleven, it is really missed. And most of all the suns drive in on a hot summer night. wow how time goes by.I also miss biking to Hespeler from Preston on my bmx, would not dare try that now.Swimming in the falls behind American Standard.

  81. July 25, 2017  8:22 pm by Marilyn G. Reply

    How about Dots Fish & Chips on, Grand Ave., the Ponderosa, Hespeler Rd/24, and across from the Buck, a booth to get your cleats put on you leather shoes or have a new soles put on your shoes ........ Man these were great to read. There was a comment about Saturday nights and cruising Main St. Many a challenge to run the 1/4 mile out Rubber Road..........Anyone here know where that is? I was a flag girl :)

    • August 16, 2017  5:29 pm by Corina Harris Reply

      I can't believe I forgot to mention The Buck. Should have had it read "Two more words: The Buck".

  82. July 28, 2017  3:29 pm by Michelle V Reply

    The three big fountains in the corner of hespeler Rd and eagle. And when there was that big grocery store (forget the name now), where the Home Depot is. We used to gather the carts and bring them back to get the nickels out of them!

    • October 11, 2017  2:58 pm by Dave Reply

      The store was Knob Hill Farms. It would be good to get the water flowing again so visitors don't think we idolize three giant bottle openers.

  83. August 11, 2017  9:15 am by lmiller Reply

    Log Cabin on Hespeler Road

  84. August 18, 2017  8:26 am by deweysmamasquirrel Reply

    You might be from Cambridge (and be over a certain age) if:
    -- you went everywhere by bike
    -- you remember not only Walkers but the Stripe Store and People's in downtown Galt
    -- you had shoes from the Savage Shoes outlet
    -- if you had a bunch of stuff, your mother would say "put it in an Allen-Bradley box"
    -- you saw your first Disney movies in Kitchener, and bought back to school clothes at Simpson-Sears
    -- you sat on the floor upstairs at the old YMCA to watch Pippi Longstocking
    -- you remember Constable Vinandy or Mr. Lethbridge the music teacher coming to your classroom
    -- you knew somebody who had been on Romper Room
    -- you had to explain why you were born at South Waterloo Memorial Hospital
    -- you ever phoned in to a CFTJ radio contest
    -- you bought candy at the Hilltop Variety or the Shopette at the corner of Lincoln and Pollock

  85. August 24, 2017  3:46 pm by JJ Reply

    John Bell - I know the name, it stirred something from childhood, but I don't for the life of me know who he was. Can anyone elaborate?

    Great list though, very Cambridge.

  86. October 7, 2017  4:13 pm by Curt Martin Reply

    Leo Lions store and the day the Iroquois hotel burnt down. I also think the rent a freezer space on Grand Ave. should be here. One last thing was the big air raid siren at Central Public School in Galt.

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