Columbia Forest

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 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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242 BENESFORT Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

242 Benesfort Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

Wonderful 3+1 bed, 2 bath semi-detached Raised Bungalow, with a finished walk-up basement on a quiet crescent in Highland West area. This house has a great layout on the main floor as you walk up from the foyer to the bright family room a large window to bring in plenty of natural light. The kitchen offers tons of cabinet space, Stainless steel appliances; including a brand new stove and dishwasher, and a lovely breakfast bar with granite countertops to match the glass tiled backsplash. The dinette has sliders to the deck in the backyard. Beyond you will find three spacious bedrooms and a full 4pc bath. The main floor is completely carpet-free and California shutters throughout. Continue down only a few steps to the walk-up basement that offers oversized, bright windows allowing for an abundance of light so that you don't feel like you're in a basement. It comes complete with one bedroom with hardwood flooring, a 3pc bath, a large recreation room with a gas fireplace. There is also a finished laundry area with a new washer and a separate private entrance - making this a perfect in-law suite! The backyard has an elevated deck with a screen on the one side for added privacy and stairs leading to the yard. Fully fenced with a shed and a lovely garden for those with a green thumb looking to get their hands dirty! The driveway fits three cars and was redone in fall of 2020. A/C is 6 years old. This house is centrally located to all amenities like parks, schools, shopping, groceries. This house has a perfect walk-score! Great proximity to the expressway. Perfect for first time home buyers! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
222 BANKSIDE Drive, kitchener, Ontario

222 Bankside Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome to the wonderful community of Beechwood forest! This fabulous home is steps to shopping, banking, public transportation & mins to the expressway. Finished from top to bottom backing onto greenspace with 3 beds & 3 baths, hardwood on the main and 2nd level. The bright main floor features a powder room, living room with a beautiful fireplace, dining room, and eat-in kitchen. The kitchen has beautiful White Oak Cabinetry with stainless steel appliances. Walkout to your picturesque backyard through the sliding doors on the main floor where you will find your very own oasis with soaring trees that create the most amazing backdrop. Upstairs is a beautiful primary bedroom, Two additional bedrooms, and 4 piece bathroom. The fully finished lower level offers a generous-sized rec room, 3 piece bath, and laundry room. This home won't last long! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1279.7600

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
77 IRON GATE Street, kitchener, Ontario

77 Iron Gate Street

Kitchener, Ontario

Close to everything, LOCATION! 3 bed, 3 bath semi-detached with walkout basement in a sought after family oriented area. Walking Distance to The Boardwalk, this property offers 1573 sq feet, open concept design main floor with access to the deck from the living area. Main floor consists of a generous living area (laminated floor), functional kitchen (ceramic), dinette (ceramic) and powder room (ceramic). Upper floor has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths (master bedroom with walk in closet and 3 pc ensuite bath). Nothing to do but move in! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1537

Schmidt & Company Inc.

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1460 HIGHLAND Road W Unit# 8G, kitchener, Ontario

1460 Highland Road W Unit# 8g

Kitchener, Ontario

This is what you've been waiting for! Bright and very spacious townhouse with carpet free main floor, large Kitchen and Island with extended breakfast bar, backsplash, brand new stainless steel refrigerator and brand new stainless steel stove, 2ND floor laundry, 4pc large main Bathroom. You will not find space like this in other stacked towns. Within close proximity to the Boardwalk, Universities, Restaraunts & shopping. All appliances included. One open parking spot. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom

Royal LePage Wolle Realty

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37 NORTHFOREST Trail, kitchener, Ontario

37 Northforest Trail

Kitchener, Ontario

In the charming neighbourhood of Beechwood Forest, you will find this cozy inviting four-bedroom home. As you enter into the foyer, enjoy a traditionally laid-out main level with all hardwood and slate floors. There is a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen and a family room to cozy up by the fireplace. The windows are covered with shutters to provide you great protection while giving you a classic look. Walk out from the kitchen to a private oasis of a deck with decorative lattice walls and installed lighting features. Enjoy the well-maintained landscapes where you will find something blooming from Spring to Fall. Go upstairs to four spacious bedrooms with ample storage, including a large Primary room with a walk-in closet and a nicely updated 3pc ensuite bathroom. In the lower level, you will love the large finished rec room, which includes plenty of built-in storage space to keep yourself organized. Don't forget to take a walk outside down to the end of the cul-de-sac to paths that lead to trails linking to the Monarch Woods. You will find this to be a central location with the amenities you need and want! This lovely home with plenty of space on this private, beautiful street, will make anyone happy!. Come and see! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1937

Homelife Power Realty Inc.

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1300 COUNTRYSTONE Drive, kitchener, Ontario

1300 Countrystone Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Attention Buyers-Popular 3 bedroom Tamarack model built by East Forest Homes is available. This home features an extra family room on the upper floor! Perfect for growing families or investors. The open concept main floor has an abundance of natural light. Kitchen features plenty of storage and cooking space and overlooks both dining room and spacious living area. The Master bedroom is tucked at the back of the house and features a walk-in closet. 1.5 Garage has plenty of storage room. Conveniently located near Boardwalk Shopping Centre, Costco, top-rated public and catholic schools, public transit center, easy access to expressway, medical center, cinema, parks and walking trails. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1660

Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty

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81 WESTMEADOW Drive, kitchener, Ontario

81 Westmeadow Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

This fabulous 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, located in a family friendly neighbourhood, is a great place to call home. The foyer offers plenty of closet space, convenient interior garage door access and a 2pc bath. Beyond, enjoy gathering with family in the open concept main floor that features a bright eat-in kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. The large living room has a gorgeous corner gas fireplace and doors to the backyard. Upstairs offers 3 decent sized bedrooms, with a walk-in closet and vaulted ceilings in the Master, and the 4-piece main bath. The basement level is fully finished with a huge recreation room and bonus full 4-piece Bathroom. The backyard is fully fenced with a stamped concrete patio and storage shed. Brand new Furnace and AC. Perfectly positioned within close distance to all amenities including the Boardwalk Shopping District, Highland Hills Mall and Sunrise Centre. With excellent schools and a variety of trails and parks, dont miss out on this great family neighbourhood! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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85 BANKSIDE Drive Unit# G39, kitchener, Ontario

85 Bankside Drive Unit# G39

Kitchener, Ontario

This stunning executive townhome has everything you want as a buyer. End unit, walk-out basement and backing onto greenspace! Not to mention extremely low monthly fees. As soon as you enter the home you'll notice the rich, dark hardwood floors that flow into the modern kitchen boasting white cabinetry. The main floor living room is over looked by natural light (California shutters) and connects by a double door into the outside upper deck, perfect for BBQ'ing and entertaining in complete privacy. As you move upstairs you'll find an oversized master bedroom large enough for a king bed and additional furniture and a walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom finish off the second floor. The basement has been tastefully finished and offers a walk-out to the back patio. Single car garage plus driveway parking, beautiful maintenance-free landscaping and quiet private rear yard. Excellent location close to Super Centre for shopping, expressway/401 access, schools and all amenities. Ideally situated within the complex and shows AAA+, don't miss the chance to make it your own! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1360

Exp Realty

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229 SUNNY MEADOW Court, kitchener, Ontario

229 Sunny Meadow Court

Kitchener, Ontario

Built in 2008, over 3300 sq ft of living space updated top to bottom in 2021 including a newly finished basement, gorgeous light fixtures including living room chandelier, Italian floor tiles and living room wall tiles, bathrooms quartz countertops, stylish dining area accent wall, hardwood staircases, new floors and baseboards, new high quality kitchen range hood and backsplash, new window blinds and new paint throughout... there is simply not enough room to list all the updates. This spacious 4 beds and 4 baths beautiful home with smart layout situated in a family friendly court really shows pride of ownership. There are many fantastic features including a spacious living room with soaring 12 feet ceilings, and a beautiful fireplace which can be changed into 12 different colors. The breakfast area has sliders open to a large deck in the pie shaped 80 feet wide backyard. The inviting master bedroom features a 5pc en-suite with 11.5 feet high ceiling, jacuzzi bathtub and double linen closets, and the oversized walk-in closet with windows and floor vent can be conveniently used as a baby room. The office has sliders open to a large balcony which is perfect for working from home days where you can get some fresh air, without running downstairs. The huge lower family room can easily host a pool table or a ping pong table. Garage has overhead storage spaces, oversized double driveway. Close to schools, The Boardwalk Shopping Centre which contains so many Big Box Stores. A short drive to both Universities and Highway 7/8 with quick access to 401. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 2395

Solid State Realty Inc.

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1791 GLASGOW Street, kitchener, Ontario

1791 Glasgow Street

Kitchener, Ontario

Your opportunity begins here. 1791 Glasgow Street in Kitchener is tucked away just behind The Boardwalk and is situated on approximate 1-acre parcel with flexible zoning. This well-maintained property includes a 2-storey home, a detached oversized 2 car garage and a 3,650 sq. ft. heated shop with double overhead loading doors (13 ft).  The 4 bedroom residence measures over 2,075 sq. ft. and has in-law suite potential with a second kitchen in the basement, along with a 3pc bath, gas fireplace and good-sized bedroom. Carpet free main floor and upper floor, main floor office with separate entrance and main floor laundry. Extensive landscaping for the house including a fully fenced yard, wood deck, BBQ gas hookup and metal gazebo.  Steel roof with transferrable 50 yr total warranty, newer furnace and tankless water heater. The gas-heated detached garage with newer roof features space to park and space to play with epoxy floors & hardwood floors the perfect man cave. The fully paved drive way provides access to the inferred heated shop with 15 ft ceiling heights, 2-pc washroom, air compressor and an office with separate entrance. Pride of ownership is evident. Whether you are looking for a place to live, work, or play this property has you covered. Parking for 30+ and drive-through capabilities. Cant beat the location! Take a tour today and see what this property can offer you. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2076

Citimax Realty Ltd.

For sale
931 GLASGOW Street Unit# 22B, kitchener, Ontario

931 Glasgow Street Unit# 22b

Kitchener, Ontario

NOT HOLDING OFFERS! Great opportunity to get into the condo market in Kitchener-Waterloo! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is centrally located close to ALL amenities: grocery stores, pharmacies, coffee shops, etc. A short drive up to The Boardwalk on Ira Needles in one direction, and the University of Waterloo in the other! With low condo fees, this spacious home is perfect for first-time home-buyers, young families, professionals, and retirees! With an open concept layout, high ceilings, ample storage, and main floor laundry, this home is sure to please! Good-sized bedrooms upstairs and a full 4-piece bathroom. A private patio just outside your front door is perfect for relaxing outdoors in the nicer weather which is coming soon! Close to the expressway, all shopping and schools; it doesnt get much better than this! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom

Red And White Realty Inc.

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