Forest Heights

If you take a trip to Kitchener’s west side, you’ll find Forest Heights; this community is fortunate to be known for its breathtaking scenery and having everything a resident could need right outside your door.

Forest Heights is a densely populated neighbourhood located on the west end of Kitchener with a variety of styles ranging from bungalows to two-storey homes. With plenty of attractive homes situated on tree-lined winding streets and crescents, it’s easy to call this neighbourhood home.

This neighbourhood is a prime location for anyone moving into the area, but particularly families.


Forest Heights is an established neighbourhood located on Kitchener’s westside. Forest Heights is fortunate to have everything residents could need within the community’s borders: 

  • Community Centre
  • Primary Schools
  • Highschool
  • Grocery Stores 
  • Childcare Facilities 
  • Senior Care Facilities

Shopping & Entertainment 

Highland Hills Mall is adjacent to Forest Heights; here, you’ll find a Real Canadian Superstore for all your grocery needs. If you’re looking for some interior design inspiration, a Jysk is also located in this plaza along with a Beer Store location, all within a 3-minute drive from home! 

Located a short trip south at Ottawa and Fischer-Hallman, is the Sunrise Shopping Centre. It’s one of the largest shopping centres in Kitchener-Waterloo and includes large box stores like Walmart and Canadian Tire. With an assortment of cafes, clothing stores, services, and restaurants for residents to try. Whether running errands or going out for dinner with the family, it’s a handy place to have just minutes from home.

  • Ardenes
  • Bluenotes
  • Cleo
  • Fairweather
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Maurices 
  • Nygard 
  • Ricki’s 
  • Trends for Men
  • Walking On a Cloud 
  • Tootsies 
  • First Choice Haircutters 
  • Healthy Planet 
  • Le Nails
  • Shoppers 
  • Trade Secrets 
  • Canadian Tire 
  • The Homedepot
  • Bell
  • Barburrito 
  • iShawarma
  • Kelseys
  • Pho Sunrise 
  • Pita Pit 
  • South St. Burger
  • Starbucks 
  • Mark’s 
  • Old Navy
  • Winners
  • Hallmark 
  • Pet Valu
  • Hakim Optical 

Restaurants & Food Services 

Are you hungry for a little slice of magic? Magic Pizza at the Driftwood Plaza is a locally renowned pizzeria that uses fresh local ingredients to deliver quality tasting pizza right to your door. 

Driftwood Plaza is also home to Fish Hut, a quaint fish and chips diner. Enjoy freshly made fish and chips minutes from your home and an assortment of comfort snacks. 

Suppose you’re more in the mood for something warm and filling check out, Pho Dau Bo, located beside Sunrise Shopping Centre. A favourite, especially on brisk nights, a big bowl of traditional beef soup will hit the spot!


Located on the western end of Forrest Heights at Highland and Ira Needles is Driftwood Martial Arts; this mixed martial arts school offers students the chance to train in Karate, Judo, and other mixed martial arts. If you’re looking to keep fit but want a change from the gym, this is the dojo for you.

Are you looking to practice a lighter form of self-care? Head down to Blue Lemon Studio located at the Driftwood Plaza. Blue Lemon specializes in hairstyling, but also offers nail care appointments, ensuring you’re looking good head to toe.

Residents are lucky to have Driftwood Medical Centre next door; if you’re feeling under the weather or looking to get a family doctor, the medical centre has been operating here for more than 10 years.


Schooling / Child Care

Forest Heights is the ideal community if you’re looking to start a family, with schooling from jk through 12 offered within the neighbourhood’s borders. 

Catholic students can attend either St.Mark Catholic Elementary School or St.Paul Catholic Elementary School and continue their faith-based studies through highschool at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School

Students attending public schools have the option of attending one of 4 elementary schools within the neighbourhood:

  • Meadowdale Public School
  • Westheights Public School
  • John Darling Public School
  • Driftwood Park Public School

And can attend Forest Heights Collegiate Institute that offers classes for grades 9-12.


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Forest Heights residents benefit from being between 2 community hubs making travel via transit as comfortable as can be. Residents looking to travel to the Boardwalk or Downtown Kitchener can hop on either routes 1 or 20. Route 2 connects Kitchener’s west and east sides travelling from the Driftwood area to Stanley Park Mall. Catch the 201 to ride to the University and Conestoga Mall areas or hop on the 204 and ride to Bridgeport. Finally, residents are lucky enough to be along the 77 route, a specialty route that goes out to Wilmont and New Hamburg


Forest Heights got its name from its natural surroundings as it’s home to various green spaces and forests. Traverse the Forest Heights Community Trail that bisects the neighbourhood’s interior to see why this community earned the name Forest Heights.

Westheights Park can be seen as the ‘central park’ of the community as its smack in the neighbourhood’s middle. This park offers residents forest trails, fields, and a massive pond to enjoy nature’s sights and sounds.

Located beside Driftwood Park Public School is Driftwood Park; here, residents can find soccer fields, a baseball diamond and a playground structure for their children to use. 

Finally, the newly renovated Fischer Park offers residents a baseball diamond, community pool and a skateboarding park open all year round. ed for bikes and off Terran hiking.

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161 CEDAR CREST Street, kitchener, Ontario

161 Cedar Crest Street

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome to 161 Cedar Crest St. in Desirable Forest Heights neighborhood. This cozy three bedroom backsplit is situated on a fully fenced, mature lot with a gorgeous inground swimming pool. This house provides plenty of privacy and an awesome space for those summer barbecues. The kitchen is bright and airy and newly updated with an added bonus of a gas stove. Just need some of your personal touches to make this the perfect home for those first time buyers. Located minutes from the boardwalk, fantastic schools, walking trails and great restaurants and don't forget Costco. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1080

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.
RE/MAX Twin City Grand Living Realty

For sale Open House
63 THORNCLIFFE Street, kitchener, Ontario

63 Thorncliffe Street

Kitchener, Ontario

Spacious backsplit with inlaw potential in sought-after Forest Heights neighourhood. Tucked away on a quiet, family-friendly street this home offers 3 bedrooms on the upper level plus a bonus den on the lower level. Two full 4 piece bathrooms and a huge recreation room with a wet bar and patio door leading to the fully fenced backyard make this home the perfect set up for a blended family or an income helper. Public transit stops right at the end of the street. Shopping, schools, community centre, biking/hiking trails and forest area are all close by! Recent Updates: Furnace and A/C approx. 3 years ago. Bring your decorating ideas and update this home! Flexible possession date. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1032

Royal LePage Wolle Realty

For sale
59 SUMMERHILL Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

59 Summerhill Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome to 59 Summerhill Crescent! This beautifully maintained all brick bungalow has over 1165 sq/ft above grade and sits on a large lot in a family oriented neighbourhood. The main floor has 3 bedrooms and a large bathroom. It features hardwood and tile floors throughout, large windows with California shutters, an updated kitchen with a separate dining room and a garage with extra storage space. The basement is unfinished and awaits your personal touches. It features a separate entrance, high ceilings and a rough-in for a bathroom, the perfect set-up for in-law suite or duplex conversion. Located close to all the amenities, parks, schools and the expressway. This home is perfect for first time buyers, downsizers or investors, book your showing today! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1166

Cloud Realty Inc.

For sale Open House
11 TRADEWINDS Place, kitchener, Ontario

11 Tradewinds Place

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome to 11 Tradewinds Pl located on a beautiful family-friendly court. This great family home has been updated with modern finishes and boasts over 2,200 sqft of finished living space. The main floor has a functional open concept layout with a large bright living room and the kitchen features stainless steel appliances, bright white cabinetry, gleaming tiled backsplash, and oversized ceramic tiles with a door that leads you out to the back deck. The lower level features a very spacious rec room with large windows and a 3 pc bathroom. The basement features a laundry room, ample storage and a cold room. The top-level features 3 spacious bedrooms including the primary bedroom with his and her closets and a shared 4 pc bathroom. The backyard is fully fenced with a newer large deck (great for entertaining family and friends), a hammock post, and surrounded by mature trees for privacy. Parking for 3 vehicles in the double wide driveway plus a 3rd vehicle in the single car garage. Minutes from schools, parks, trails, shopping and amenities, public transit, and highway access. Book your private viewing today! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1240

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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31 DRIFTWOOD Place, kitchener, Ontario

31 Driftwood Place

Kitchener, Ontario

Nestled on a child safe cul-de-sac in the heart of desirable Forest Heights, this beautifully maintained family home awaits. Featuring 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, this home is truly move in ready. The main floor features a beautifully updated kitchen, formal dining area, main floor powder room and a walkout from the living room to the large, fully fenced yard. Three large bedrooms and 4 pc bathroom complete the second floor. The finished basement has tons of storage, but if you need more - the 21' deep garage can easily accommodate some additional shelving. An excellent school area that is within walking distance of parks. Amenities and the expressway are just mere minutes away. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1406

Royal LePage Grand Valley Realty

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357 DRIFTWOOD Drive, kitchener, Ontario

357 Driftwood Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome to 357 Driftwood Dr located in the popular neighbourhood of Forest Heights. This beautiful and well cared for raised bungalow is move-in ready and great for a new family! Offering over 1,600 sqft of finished living space, this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has so much to offer. The main level is carpet-free featuring a large bright living room. The kitchen/dining room has bright white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a large island with breakfast bar and French doors leading you to the back deck. The main level shares a 4 pc bathroom and 3 spacious bedrooms. The basement is fully finished with a laundry room, storage room, 3 pc bathroom, a den and a cozy bright family room with a gas fireplace and large windows. The pool-size backyard is fully fenced with a storage shed and a large wooden deck with gazebo which is a great place to entertain your family and friends and enjoy a nice BBQ in the summer months. Located close to schools, shopping, parks, trails and minutes to Hwy 7/8. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this great family home! Book your private viewing today. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1032

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
161 ROYAL ORCHARD Drive, kitchener, Ontario

161 Royal Orchard Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome to 161 Royal Orchard Drive with a double car garage located in desirable family-friendly FOREST HEIGHTS! This family home features a floor plan that offers over 2,800 sqrft of living space and is situated on a premium lot with an amazing private backyard that backs onto green space! The warm welcome starts as soon as you walk in. The main level leads to a family-size family room with a fireplace, built-in, and walkout to a multi-level entertaining size deck. A separate side entrance conveniently lands in the mudroom. The next level up opens to a big living room with beautiful hardwood floors and a bay window looking out over the front yard. The living room is open to the dining room... it is clear to see that this place is set up for entertaining and holding family events. The smart working kitchen holds lots of natural light and has direct access to a raised back deck which is really convenient for BBQing. The upper level features a spacious primary bedroom with a Mexican-infused ensuite bath, additional spacious bedrooms and an additional 4-piece bath. A growing family needs lots of space and the lower levels offer just that with multiple rec rooms, laundry room, large utility room, storage space and even a space for wine!. The advantage of this kind of extra space is that you can decide what you need it for - play room, at-home gym, games room, at-home office, hobby room - you decide. Many updates completed so no need to worry about the windows, roof, furnace & air. The multi-level deck, patio, gardens and private atmosphere are surrounded by nature making for a wonderful & peaceful setting that backs on to the Forest Heights Community Walk Trails. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION within walking distance to Driftwood Park & Driftwood Public School, 2 minutes from the expressway and just a short drive to the Ira Needles Boardwalk Shopping Centre with so many shops & eateries. This is a place you will want to call home - WELCOME HOME! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1837

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
99 BROKEN OAK Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

99 Broken Oak Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome Home to 99 Broken Oak Crescent! This legal DUPLEX is the perfect home for those looking for a mortgage helper, in-law suite or investment property. Set your own rents with vacant possession! The upstairs unit offers a large open concept main floor with a large bay window allowing for an abundance of natural light. The kitchen includes all stainless steel appliances, an island peninsula and plenty of cabinet space. The upstairs unit is complete with a 4 piece bathroom, in-suite laundry and 3 bedrooms with the primary bedroom featuring a private balcony looking over the fully fenced in backyard. The downstairs 2 bedroom unit is fully equipped with all stainless steel appliances, a 4 piece bathroom and enough space for a dining and living room. The basement is complete with separate in-suite laundry and large egress windows creating a bright and welcoming space. This is the investment property of your dreams!! Not only are both units completely move-in ready, the home also sits beside a fully paved walking and biking bath with a park and basketball court. Located in Forest Heights, this desirable neighbourhood is walking distance to schools, all amenities and just a quick drive to the highway. The driveway is fully paved and has enough parking for 3 cars. This opportunity won’t last long! Book your private tour today. (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1050

Flux Realty

For sale
197 STOKE Drive, kitchener, Ontario

197 Stoke Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Fabulous EXECUTIVE/FAMILY home located in a superb BEECHWOOD FOREST neighbourhood, just steps from Monarch Woods. Great street curb appeal with covered front porch, 2 car garage, interlocking walkways and a large driveway. Updated with modern finishes 2,250sq.ft., 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, carpet-free, boasts big windows and plenty of natural light. Open concept main floor features spacious Foyer, Formal Living room open to Dining room and a beautiful Kitchen with built-in stainless steel appliances (including induction cooktop), island and quartz countertops. Patio doors from both the living room and kitchen leads to a large deck & fully fenced, landscaped rear yard. Main floor Family room with gas fireplace finished with modern stone, 2 pc Powder room and convenient Laundry/Mud room with direct access to the outside. The second floor offers 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large Loft/Office area that could be enclosed as a 4th bedroom if needed. Primary bedroom includes 4 pc ensuite and a walk-in closet. Fully renovated 4 pc main bathrooms. Updates include: new kitchen & appliances (2017), hardwood on mail level, stairs, front door, potlights through-out, crown moldings, fireplace stone, all in (2017), second floor hardwood (2016), main bathroom (2020), garage door (2013), water softener (2013), roof (2006), furnace (2006), central air (2021). True family home in a neighbourhood to live and raise a family. Minutes to Boardwalk shopping & restaurants, both universities, excellent schools, parks, walking & biking trails and public transit. Great highway access, near Waterloo boundary. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2247

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
26 NORTHFOREST Trail, kitchener, Ontario

26 Northforest Trail

Kitchener, Ontario

You never regret having more. Great family home with nearly 3000sq.ft. of living space on a wide overlength lot. It's close (but not too close) to highway access, and has convenient access to west side shopping, including Costco. This terrific four bedroom family home possesses a large primary bedroom with en suite (2022), a good sized kitchen with quartz(2022) and stainless refrigerator, and an adjoining living room with an ultra fashionable white fireplace. It checks even more of the boxes with a main floor laundry and two car garage. The fully finished basement(2022) has a spacious family room, three piece bathroom, and two additional rooms. A beautiful home in a beautiful neighbourhood. Roof (2021) (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 1974

Keller Williams Home Group Realty Inc.
Keller Williams Home Group Realty

For sale
247 LEMON GRASS Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

247 Lemon Grass Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome to 247 Lemon Grass Crescent! This home is Minutes away from The Boardwalk, walking trails, parks and elementary schools. Gorgeous 5 bedroom each with a walk in closet, the master bedroom even has he and she closets! 4 bathroom home with over 3225 Sq. Ft of finish space A beautiful modern Kitchen with granite countertops, The bright kitchen offers a large island space for a big breakfast or for entertaining and a walk out to the huge deck and good sized lot. Upstairs you will find four generously sized bedrooms and two full bathrooms. You will find a three piece bath complimenting a fully finished rec room in the basement for you to enjoy. You can also find a very large gym, perfect for at home workouts. You will also find a 3 car driveway made of concert, there is also concrete surrounding the home. The beautiful backyard has a shed. 15 minute drive to University of Waterloo and Laurier university, 5 minute walk to bus terminal, walking distance to high school, bussing is available to all elementary and high schools. This home is in a fantastic location within walking distance to The Boardwalk (shopping, restaurants, banks, you name it, it's there) and Westvale School. A Must See!! (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 2295

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
185 WINDING Way, kitchener, Ontario

185 Winding Way

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome to 185 Winding Way ! This stunning Four Bed, Three Bath home has everything you could wish for. The beautifully updated main floor features a bright and airy open concept with gourmet kitchen. Stunning stone countertops and backsplash complement the high end appliances including a double built in oven, gas cooktop and lots of storage space, truly a chefs dream kitchen. The second floor features 4 large bedrooms including a master with ensuite and walk-in closet. The large bright basement adds additional living space with a large rec room and rough in for a fourth bath. As if that was not already enough, now step out to the back yard and spend some time at the pool or entertaining on the patio. Located on a quiet street in sought after Forest Heights close to shopping schools and easy access to hi-way, this home is truly an entertainers dream home. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2010

RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

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