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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409 BENESFORT Court, kitchener, Ontario

409 Benesfort Court

Kitchener, Ontario

QUALITY FAMILY HOME LOCATED IN THE DESIRABLE BEECHWOOD COMMUNITY. Welcome to 409 Benesfort Court. This backsplit home offers ample space ideal for any growing family! Centrally located in West Kitchener with convenient access to schools, parks, shopping centers, highways, and many more local hot spots, this 3+1 bedroom, 2-bath home is carpet free and move-in ready! Set your eyes on the welcoming covered entrance that will keep you out of the elements and one car garage. The main floor offers an open- concept layout. The generous living/dining room features elegant hardwood, and a lovely bay window offering a great view and natural lighting. The bright and roomy eat-in kitchen features a tri-seater waterfall-designed kitchen island, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, a bountiful amount of storage, and a walkout to the side yard. The 2nd floor offers 3 fairly sized bedrooms and a 4-piece bathroom. The spacious primary bedroom comes equipped with his and hers closets. The expansive lower rec room offers ample space for family and friends to gather. Spacious laundry area and tons of finished storage on the lower (basement) level. This home has had numerous renos and major updates over the years, including fresh paint top to bottom, new vinyl plank flooring, new trim and baseboards, a renovated main bath (2018), newer windows, plus newer furnace and A/C. Fenced yard. Convenient attached garage features house entry and a brand-new door (2020). Newer double drive allows easy parking for five cars. Don't miss out on your chance to own this exceptional family home. Book your showing today! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1017

Rego Realty Inc.

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575 WESTFOREST Trail Unit# 3, kitchener, Ontario

575 Westforest Trail Unit# 3

Kitchener, Ontario

Rare opportunity for downsizers in an amazing location! Condo bungalow with private garage and driveway in well run, well designed condo complex. Good neighbours but also lots of privacy. Almost 1800 square feet of finished living space on the main and lower levels. Bright and open layout with extra tall ceilings (about 10 feet tall)on main floor. Large master bedroom (now office) with cheater ensuite, second bedroom/office/guest room, ensuite bath with newer tile shower. Washer and dryer on main floor. Kitchen with handy island, custom lazy Susan, and lots of food prep space. Large windows and lots of natural light. Slider to deck and trees and gardens in backyard. Spacious basement w 4 piece bathroom which is large enough to be it's own apartment. Currently 1/3 of this space is used as a kids play area, 1/3 is for bedroom space, and the remainder is a recroom/TV area. This home is close to the Boardwalk, Shoppers, KPL, Health centres, groceries, and just minutes to the expressway. Walking trails, parks, schools all near by. Higher end Chairlift (sold separately) to allow easy access to lower level. This home offers so much additional storage space. Closing date anytime. Don't miss it. Worth viewing in person - the layout, location and size make it an ideal place to call your own. Call your Realtor today! (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1034

Peak Realty Ltd.

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57 HILLBROOK Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

57 Hillbrook Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

Fantastic opportunity to get into the market! 3 bedroom townhouse condo in beautiful Forest Heights close to schools, shopping, highway access and trails. This upper floor bungalow style townhouse has 3 bedrooms, bathroom, eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances, large living/dining room with crown moulding and freestanding gas fireplace on a thermostat. Main floor hallway gives you access to the backyard. Down in the basement you will find a 2nd bathroom with sink and toilet rough-in and shower already installed, large flex room with storage under the stairs, and a large family room - all basement rooms well lit with potlights! Head out to your fully fenced yard including large shed with loft storage, garbage can storage and even a super cool playhouse providing hours of clubhouse fun! With most exterior maintenance looked after, this affordable townhouse condo is waiting for its new owner! Book your showing today! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1064

Red And White Realty Inc.

For sale
1180 COUNTRYSTONE Drive Unit# 10B, waterloo, Ontario

1180 Countrystone Drive Unit# 10b

Waterloo, Ontario

Great location. This cozy, lower level, one bedroom end unit offers in-suite laundry and comes with all appliances (Refrigerator, Stove Dishwasher, Microwave/Range Hood, Washer & Dryer). Sliding doors from the living space open to a private deck overlooking greenspace, walking trails and a playground. Close proximity to all the amenities of The Boardwalk and both Universities. (id:30922)

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 680

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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31 GLEN LAKE Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

31 Glen Lake Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

**OPEN HOUSE SAT, FEBRUARY 4 FROM 2-4PM** Beautifully updated 4 bedroom detached home with 2,195 square feet of living space. Head through front foyer with a double door closet into the living room with engineered hardwood flooring that runs through most of the main floor, pot lights and a beautiful bay window. The family room has an electric fireplace, crown moulding and access to the covered porch with sliding glass doors. The renovated kitchen has granite countertops, a bay window, stainless steel appliances and extra cabinet space! The breakfast bar makes a great place to read the morning paper or enjoy a cup of coffee! Open to the kitchen is the formal dining room, highlighting a beautiful chandelier. The mud room heads to the sideyard, has ceramic tiles and attached is a 2 piece powder room. Upstairs, you will find the 4 extremely spacious bedrooms with hardwood flooring, large closets and bright windows and a 3 piece main bathroom. The master bedroom shows off a walk in closet and it’s own 3 piece ensuite bathroom. Downstairs, is a partially finished basement with a large rec room, perfect for game night, a home office or even a home gym! Enjoy the sideyard all summer long! Fully fenced, with a covered porch, and of course the 12x24 kidney shaped in-ground swimming pool! This home has a great location with easy access to The Boardwalk, Conestoga Parkway and HWY 401 - this could be your family's perfect home. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2195

Keller Williams Innovation Realty

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