Columbia Forest

Columbia Forest

Nestled on Waterloo’s west end is the newly developed neighbourhood of Columbia Forest. This community is located in the highly sought after Laurel Creek area. Immerse yourself in the forest without being removed from all the action Waterloo has to offer.


Columbia Forest is located on the northwest end of Waterloo; the community is situated within a vast pine forest, allowing residents to enjoy the surrounding green space. Living in Columbia Forest doesn’t mean you’re alone in the woods though, the neighbourhood is just a short drive from major shopping centres like Costco Waterloo.


Shopping & Entertainment

Columbia Forest may be tucked away, but it’s by no means out of the way! At the south end of the neighbourhood, you will be able to find the newly constructed Costco Waterloo location. Here residents will find anything their household needs from food to light fixtures; Costco is your one-stop-shop. 

If you’re not a fan of buying in bulk, or just not interested, just a short drive away is the Rummelhardt Plaza, here you’ll find organic health food store Goodness Me. Do you have an itch for home projects? Well, Mark’s Work Wearhouse and Canadian Tire can assist you. You’ll be able to find what you’re looking for, and not have to venture far. 

Dutchie’s Fresh Market is also located in the adjacent Rummelhardt Plaza. Support your local farmers and get some of the best deals on fresh produce in town! 

Take a short trip east down Columbia Street until you hit Fischer-Hallman Road, and you’ll be at Columbia Plaza. Here you can find Sobeys Columbia location.

On the northeast side of the neighbourhood at Laurelwood Drive and Erbsville Road is Laurelwood Commons, a collection of shops that are just a stone’s throw away. Here you can find Food Basics Laurelwood, Shopper Drug Mart and a Dollarama. 

Columbia Forest residents don’t have to worry about having to find something to do in their free time, if you follow Erbsville Road, down Ira Needles, you’ll find The Boardwalk Waterloo. You will find an assortment of shops, including Marshalls, Moore’s and Carter’s & Oshkosh Boutique. 

If you’re more in the mood to take in a movie, then you’re in luck; Landmark Cinemas at the boardwalk has ten screens, an arcade and a wide variety of choices for in theatre snacks! 

Restaurants & Food Services 

When you live in Columbia Woods, you have all sorts of restaurants to try within minutes of your front door—looking to try a twist on a family favourite? Panago Pizza, located at Erb St W. and Ira Needles offers delicious pizza with a twist, their butter chicken and coconut curry fusion pizzas are a great way to try pizza in a new way. 

If you’re looking to set the mood for a night out with friends then head over to Symposium Cafe & Lounge. Enjoy delicious comfort food, a wide selection of local IPAs and a fully stocked bar, living in the suburbs doesn’t mean you can’t have a decent night out on the town! 

Do you have a craving for some delicious South-east Asian cuisine? Then Red Ginger Modern Thai + Viet Cuisine is right for you; Offering a wide assortment of traditional Thai and Vietnamese noodles, soup and curry dishes, Red Ginger is perfect for those looking to spice things up.

HealthCare & Lifestyle

Living in Columbia Woods doesn’t mean you have to rough it; treat yourself to Jolanta’s European Spa, which offers skin care, spa services and rejuvenation services. Why stop at great skin? Renew yourself head to toe with Lotus Nails And Skin Spa and Mosa Beauty Salon, both within a 5-minute drive from anywhere in Columbia Woods. 

Schooling / Child Care

Elementary students living in Columbia Woods can attend Vista Hills Public School located on the south end of Abraham Erb Public School on the north end. For those wishing to join a catholic school, St. Nicholas Catholic School offers grades PK-8. 

One of the best parts about living in Columbia Woods is having Sir John A Mcdonald right in the neighbourhood, making it easier for secondary students to get to and from classes. Students wishing to pursue a Catholic education can attend Resurrection Catholic Secondary School. 


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Columbia Forest is tucked away on the northern side of Waterloo, but thanks to the GRT system, residents aren’t isolated by any means. Within the neighbourhood bus route, 31 gives residents a direct line to the Conestoga Mall Transit Terminal that connects with many other buses and the Light Rail Transit System. To travel to Waterloo’s Boardwalk, route 13 loops through the northern end and Laurelwood or catches either the 202 or the 29 that goes along Erbsville Road. 

Route 31 Columbia

Route 13 Laurelwood

202 iXpress University

Route 29 Keats-University


The highlight of living in Columbia Woods is how much green space there is to explore, the surrounding forest has been preserved, and trails have been added for residents to venture safely. On the northern end of the neighbourhood are smaller wetlands as well; if you’re an animal lover or just looking to get closer to nature Columbia Woods is perfect for you. 

Black Cherry Park is located in the centre of Columbia Woods on Black Cherry Street, the park has playground equipment and is one of the entrance points to the GeoTime Trail. 

St. Moritz Park on the south end of the community has a beautiful view of the sprawling countryside adjacent to Columbia Woods. This park has two tennis courts, a soccer field, playground equipment and is the southern entrance to the GeoTime Trail. 

The GeoTime Trail winds through the Winterburg Forest north, through Forested Hills up until Monastery Creek, the trail has portions dedicated for bikes and off Terran hiking.

Top Property Listings in Columbia Forest

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233 NEILSON Avenue, waterloo, Ontario

233 Neilson Avenue

Waterloo, Ontario

SUPER STARTER! This home has been lovingly cared for by the current owners for the past 57 years, but it is time for another family to call this their home! Durable brick and plaster construction, this is a home that has stood the test of time and will continue to do so for many years to come. The inviting covered porch and front entrance lead to the main floor, which features include: 8 foot ceilings; spacious living and dining rooms with beautiful hardwood flooring under the carpet; built-in corner china cabinet in dining room; functional kitchen with oak cabinets and operational milk box (perfect for your Amazon package deliveries!); large family room with side entrance and sliding doors to deck & yard; and full 4 pc. main floor bathroom. Upstairs you will find two generous bedrooms with maple hardwood flooring, and a 2 pc. ensuite bathroom! The basement offers a large rec room with knotty pine paneling, newer furnace and water softener, and rough-in for extra bathroom. Outside you will be pleasantly surprised by the private deck, beautiful deep yard and large 16' x 20' detached garage (almost a double!)...perfect for home workshop or car enthusiasts! Additional features include newer gas furnace (3 years) and water softener (1 year), central air conditioning, owned gas water heater (2 years), updated insulation and siding, vinyl clad windows, and 100 amp electrical service with breaker panel. Great Waterloo location on tree-lined Street, steps to schools and close to shopping! Newly paved road with new sidewalks and water mains. This is truly an outstanding home! (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1240

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
225 HARVARD Place Unit# 507, waterloo, Ontario

225 Harvard Place Unit# 507

Waterloo, Ontario

Opportunity knocks with this 2 bedroom 2 bath condominium at Harvard Place in Waterloo. Consider the possibilities to create your personal lifestyle. This unit has over 900 sq ft with a spacious living room and kitchen plus 2 good sized bedrooms. The picture windows and sliders lead to the large balcony perfect for your morning coffee. Underground parking is included plus a number of amenities within the building. The location is ideal being minutes to Uptown Waterloo, the universities and the expressway. One of Waterloo's original condo buildings, it offers peace and quiet. Pet Restriction: 1 dog or 1 cat per unit. (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 930

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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121 UNIVERSITY Avenue E Unit# 61, waterloo, Ontario

121 University Avenue E Unit# 61

Waterloo, Ontario

HIGHLY RENOVATED END UNIT! Welcome to #61-121 University Ave E located minutes away from various Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools and Universities! This spacious townhome features over 2,000 square feet of renovated living space and is the PERFECT entry-level starter home for a young family or investor. The updates feature new flooring in the basement, hallways and stairs (2021), updated kitchen, new crown moulding all-throughout (2021), new roof (2020), freshly painted (2021), and SO much more! This home is currently set up as 4 beds, 3 baths. The private backyard, newly enclosed with a fence. Book your private showing today! One underground parking included! (Potential rental income: $2,500/mo) (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1610.3900

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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119 MOORE Avenue S, waterloo, Ontario

119 Moore Avenue S

Waterloo, Ontario

Wow! Highly sought after Uptown Waterloo location! Over $25,000 in recent updates, including the upstairs bathroom (2019), kitchen countertop (2020), driveway (2020), roof (2013). Enjoy the charm & character of this all brick century home without the hassle of updating a vintage property. Be impressed from the moment you enter the living room while youre greeted by the natural light from the large picture window. The home is bright and airy while still maintaining a warm and inviting feeling. Family dinners will be a breeze in your updated kitchen with wall to wall cabinets and easy to clean undermount double sinks. The entertaining possibilities are endless as you enjoy dinners in the attached dining room and continue the evening in the rear family room addition off the kitchen with sliding doors out to the private backyard and cedar deck with glass pane rails! The upper level features 3 generously sized bedrooms with large windows to let the fresh air in. The fully insulated walk-up attic allows for an extra bedroom or private living space with storage space galore. Need to work from home? Theres space for your home office. No expense was spared in this incredible custom built main bathroom, beautiful tile and glass shower with recessed shower shelf, tile floors and moulded countertop vanity sink. For the nature lovers, this home features a front facing sunroom and two private outdoor decks. Directly across the street from Elizabeth Ziegler Public School, very close to Spur Line Trail, and right around the corner from Mary Allen Park! All of this & youre in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo with close proximity to both Uptown Waterloo & Downtown Kitchener. Pet owners and nature lovers will love the amazing location. The zoning also allows for duplex! Few minutes drive from Waterloo Park, shopping and the 401! This location really has it all! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1768.7000

Keller Williams Innovation Realty

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121 UNIVERSITY Avenue E Unit# 65, waterloo, Ontario

121 University Avenue E Unit# 65

Waterloo, Ontario

Looking for that first home or maybe a you have a student attending univertsity? Look no further this centrally located condo can fill those needs! Currently set up with 4 bedrooms (one on the main level) but can easily be changed back to family living space. The generous primary bedroom with 4 piece ensuite and walk in closet with bright windows is sure to please. Step out onto your patio for that bbq and relax or head to the rec room for that jam session. Maintenance free living with bus routes and shopping close by, what more could you ask for. Call your agent today to arrange your private showing of this great property. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1392

Keller Williams Innovation Realty

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580 BEAVER CREEK Road Unit# Lot 83, waterloo, Ontario

580 Beaver Creek Road Unit# Lot 83

Waterloo, Ontario

Welcome to your Cottage or Summer Home Oasis.  This beautiful, spacious and bright home comes with a fully landscaped private yard featuring a HOT TUB and Fire pit!  Large (1027 SF) 2 bedroom, fully updated, one level modular bungalow. This home looks and shows like a modern model home, complete with a Gas Fireplace.  In the last year this home has had new flooring, an updated kitchen with all new appliances plus new paint throughout.  Covered porch, Double wide driveway, a double lot and no rear neighbours! Located in the Seasonal (10 month) Green Acres Park (backing onto Laurel Creek Conservation) in a very sought-after neighbourhood of Waterloo with everything Waterloo has to offer. This may be the best spot inside Green Acres Park, with a view of the mini Golf and a short walk to the pool, hot tubs, pond and community centre.  Green Acres is a very clean, well maintained and managed park offering a ton of activities and amenities! Come for a tour and you are going to fall in love! (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1027800

Home Group Realty Inc.

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580 BEAVER CREEK Road Unit# 2, waterloo, Ontario

580 Beaver Creek Road Unit# 2

Waterloo, Ontario

Welcome to the lovely Green Acre Park in Waterloo your home away from home, adjacent to the Laurel Creek Conservation area, just a short drive to Conestoga mall the expressway, and St. Jacob's Market! Warm & welcoming is what you will feel as soon as you step inside this almost 1,000sq ft 2 bed mobile home. you won't want to leave once you get here. generous sized living, kitchen, and dining area, you won't feel cramped at all entertaining your family & friends here. absolutely fantastic, Park amenities. You won't want to miss the heated pool, 2 private hot tubs, a large rec hall where they hold many organized fun events. The park has a baseball diamond & mini putt, beautiful gardens, and scenic ponds to stroll among, bike rentals, playgrounds, ping pong tables, picnic pavilions, games room, etc. It is the ultimate place to live up to 10 months of the year (park closed January & February), which is perfect for many who like to get away from the worst of winter here! If you are looking for a new place to hang your hat for 6-10 months of the year and like the idea of having lots of available options to do for yourself, the kids, or grandkids when they visit then you really need to see what Green Acre Park has to offer. In this case, Green Acre really is the place to be! Book your Showing Today! (id:30922)

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 952.8400

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
14 NOECKER Street, waterloo, Ontario

14 Noecker Street

Waterloo, Ontario

Charming, well kept home between Uptown Waterloo core and WLU. Placed between a quiet condo and a quiet corner house. Large lot with a re-built garage, widened driveway, thick green grass for your big backyard and deck, a wonderful covered front porch and all new exterior doors. In the past month to 10 years, much has been lovingly upgraded: roof, electrical, furnace, carpets, windows, soffits and fascia, basement bathroom, concrete parging, kitchen with fireclay apronfront farmer's sink and handy pantry, re-finished floors, plumbing, light fixtures, drywall and painting. Great closets here. Still holds a licence for 5 tenants ($33,000+ annually if you choose to rent to a group of students, and the girls all loved living here + not in a busy condo/townhouse), because this home is a real Home. You could change from 5 bedrooms back to 4 or 3 and happily raise your family here with a great daycare down the street one way, senior elementary the other way, WLU a 5-minute walk. Choose to be situated close to everything with a super high walkable score. Unique choices that are WIN-WIN whichever way you go! (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1167

Red And White Realty Inc.

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13 DEVITT Avenue N, waterloo, Ontario

13 Devitt Avenue N

Waterloo, Ontario

Attention: Renovators, Custom Home Builders, Developers and Investors! Opportunities abound to take this property in several directions. Renovators: utilize the existing home's shell and your skill sets to modernize this home to build sweat equity. Custom home builders/developers: the value is in the land being a 60 feet x 154 feet lot with RMU-20 zoning that it is allowed for buildings, apartments and stacked townhouse and more. This property could make for a great urban infill site. Investors: re-install the lower level kitchen and enclose wall for the 2nd bedroom as well as rental license the property to activate the property's income generating capabilities. This property is a legal duplex. Updated three piece bath in the lower level. Tremendous location for the buyer that embraces and values an urban lifestyle. Walk score of 88 means most errands can be accomplished on foot. Ten minute walk to Uptown Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. This home needs work - can you unlock its potential? Set up a showing and let's find out! ***Again! The value is in the land being a 60' x 150' lot with RMU-20 zoning (Residential Mixed-Use-20). Permitted uses can be: **MULTI-UNIT RESIDENTIAL BUILDING (including APARTMENT BUILDING); **MIXED USE BUILDING with DWELLING UNITS above the FIRST STOREY; **TOWNHOUSE BUILDING; **FREEHOLD TOWNHOUSE BUILDING; **STACKED TOWNHOUSE BUILDING; **SPIRITUAL USE. (id:30922)

6 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

Homelife Power Realty Inc

For sale
117 FRANCISCUS Street, waterloo, Ontario

117 Franciscus Street

Waterloo, Ontario

Like the idea of downsizing but don't want to lose out on living space? This is your opportunity to buy a super cute 2 bedroom, 1250 square foot bungalow in Martin Grove Village - a year round all ages Parkbridge Landlease Community conveniently located just minutes from the highway and St Jacob's Market. You won't believe how much room this home has! When you open the door you are greeted by a spacious entrance with customized storage area for coats and shoes, that leads right into the grand living room with cathedral style ceiling and pot lights. The living room is open to the dining room and kitchen. No shortage of storage options. Master bedroom has large walk-in closet and the dedicated laundry room provides ample storage space. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer are included. Just move in and enjoy! Freshly painted throughout. Roof 2020. Monthly land lease fees of $563.75 includes property taxes. (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1250

Royal LePage Crown Realty Services

For sale
6 WILLOW STREET Street Unit# 2007, waterloo, Ontario

6 Willow Street Street Unit# 2007

Waterloo, Ontario

Immaculate! Newer Fridge & Stove 2017 - new kitchen luxury vinyl/tile; newer bathroom Feb 2020. Shows triple A! Walkout to private balcony. Prime Uptown Waterloo 'Waterpark Place' condos with panoramic views. Very spacious floor plan with in-suite laundry and entertainment size diningroom. Exceptional amenities at Waterpark include large indoor pool, sauna, fitness centre, games room plus party room, meeting room and guest suite. Manicured and beautifully maintained grounds feature gazebo - community bbq's - a pond and waterfall and fountain. Impressive gardens. Prime, prime location with walking distance to Uptown Waterloo restaurants and shops plus easy access to hi-way, hiking trails and transit handy. Unit includes one exclusive underground garage parking spot as well as one exclusive locker space. (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

For sale
49 UNION Street E, waterloo, Ontario

49 Union Street E

Waterloo, Ontario

Currently a WATERLOO DUPLEX or renovate this back to the Character home it once was! Great opportunity to get a mortgage helper! Owner occupied upper one bedrm unit plus a main floor 2 bedrm rental unit with walkout to a beautiful mature lot with lots of trees and garden shed. This property has charm and character and is close to all amenities and walking distance to k-w hospital, high tech hub, downtown kitchener, uptown waterloo. Lots of beautiful original woodwork and staircase, Newer front door and side door, covered front porch, gas heating, 100 amp service, parking for 5 to 6 cars! Laundry in basement! Tons of possibilities for this home so just add your tastes! Flexible close date! Photos of owners upper unit only, main floor is tenanted! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1200

RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

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