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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482 BANKSIDE Drive, kitchener, Ontario

482 Bankside Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome to 482 Bankside dr of Kitchener.This 3+1 bedroom,1 full and 2 half bathroom FREEHOLD townhouse home is bright, and move-in ready! Nested in a great location, with lot of green-space,at the same time close to the Boardwalk ,expressway, shopping, schools and public transit. On the main floor you will find a bright living room, kitchen/dinette with sliders to beautiful deck. Upstairs, you can see three good size bedrooms. Walk out basement is facing lot with abundant of greenspace ideal for summer relaxation. You will find in basement one rec room and one bed room. Upgrades: Appliances new (Stove,Fridge,Dish Washer,Washer,Dryer) 2020, New laminate flooring 2019, New kitchen cabinet & granite countertop with back splash 2019, AC 2019, Deck painted 2020,New stone Patio 2020,Fenced backyard 2020,New shed with base.2020, Roof changed in 2008, Furnace 2008, New custom made blinds(bedrooms) 2019, Room darkener in main bedroom 2019, Thermostat (Nest)2019, Carbon monoxide and fire detector.2018. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

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80 TIMBERLANE Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

80 Timberlane Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS OR INVESTORS here is your chance. This 3 bedroom Semi-Detached home is ideal for the growing family. Located in the family friendly and very desirable Forest Heights area of Kitchener. No rear neighbours here, property backs onto parks, walking trails and John Darling Public School is a short hike across the field. Send your kids to school with no need to walk along any roads and they can be home for lunch in minutes. Shopping, expressway and additional schools are all close by. The inside of the home is sure to please. Main level has dark laminate flooring throughout. Large windows make the main level bright and inviting. The kitchen features on open eating area and patio doors to a large rear deck. A private backyard will make those summers days a treat, giving space for bbq's and family fun. The second level also has dark laminate flooring throughout (except bathroom) with three good sized bedrooms, the main bedroom features direct access to the bathroom and long views of the park, surrounding areas & evening sunsets. Book your personal viewing of this home before it is gone. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 1125

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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20 OLD PARK Lane, kitchener, Ontario

20 Old Park Lane

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome Home to 20 Old Park Lane, a wonderful family home that is perfect for your whole family! Stuck at home this summer due to travel restrictions? No problem weve got you covered with this backyard oasis. Large deck (2018), heated salt-water pool, and hottub, perfect for your own staycation. Your family will enjoy hours hanging out, swimming, BBQing and having so much fun. Double car driveway, double car garage, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Havent checked off all your boxes yet, lets go inside. Beautiful open entrance gives you a glimpse to all your space in this home with ceramic and hardwood flooring throughout. 2 living spaces, gas fireplace, main floor laundry, powder room, and an open renovated kitchen! This large space boasts granite counters, a breakfast bar, tons of cabinetry, a large area for your dining room table and windows galore to take on the views of your beautiful backyard. Upstairs is equally as impressive with 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms. Your Master ensuite has large windows and plenty of space for that king size bed and a sitting area. A walk in closet and a renovated ensuite completes this spacious room. The lower level is fully finished with another gas fireplace, a separate office area, wet bar, and a 3-pce bathroom. The Forest Heights area has long been a sought after location for people to raise their children, with parks and walking paths right outside their door. Minutes to highway access, shopping, bus routes, a short walk to schools. Dont miss your chance to own this fabulous home! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom

Peak Realty Ltd.

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50 ROLLING MEADOWS Drive, kitchener, Ontario

50 Rolling Meadows Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

This beautiful 3 bedroom home is located in desirable Forest Heights and has been converted from a 4 bedroom home to make large 3 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms have ensuites . This home has gone through many upgrades over the years including the kitchen and bathrooms. Upgraded counter tops(granite) and hardwood floors are a few to mention.Bathrooms updated 5 years ago. The rear yard boasts a 16x 32 kidney shaped pool(2000)with a water feature,gas heated with a new liner plus hot tub and a 8 foot fence.12x32 foot deck also a 10x12 shed .Concrete double driveway ,The front and side yards have sprinklers for watering the yard.Gorgeous accent wall in the living room, sky light over center hall plan, corner gas fireplace in the Rec room, new water softener, central vac. & attachments. Garage door opener ,Security system, Window coverings, Broil King bbq gas line attached to the house.Furnace 2019 (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1800

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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1430 HIGHLAND Road W Unit# C20, kitchener, Ontario

1430 Highland Road W Unit# C20

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome Home! This unit has been upgraded with modern finishes and is carpet free. A unit like this does not come up every day, don't miss out! Upgrades include : laminate flooring throughout, kitchen island and owned water softener. Unit includes a private rooftop patio perfect for summer entertaining. Super low condo fees at $175 per month! (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1417

Royal LePage Grand Valley Realty

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82 RIPLEY Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

82 Ripley Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

You can move right in to this spacious, tastefully decorated, 3+1 bedroom, 3 bath, 4 level backsplit that has been very well maintained. Situated on a large pie-shaped lot on a quiet crescent in the popular Forest Heights neighbourhood, features include sliders from the kitchen to a 14' x 25' deck (gazebo and natural gas BBQ included), newer stainless steel kitchen appliances included, entry door from the double garage to a foyer with a skylight, and decorative ceilings in the LR/DR. The family room includes a one year old gas fireplace, engineered hardwood flooring, and sliders to a second deck and rear yard (wall-mounted Sony TV included). There is a 4th bedroom and 3 pc bath off the family room. Lowest level bright rec room with adjacent laundry area, washer/dryer included. Both the 4 pc main bath and 3 pc ensuite bath have been updated. Upper hallway includes a skylight. Updated windows, with the front window replaced in 2020. New furnace in Sept 2017. Roof 2015. Central vac is roughed-in. Flexible possession. Expect to be impressed! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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118 BLACKWELL Drive, kitchener, Ontario

118 Blackwell Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

This beautifully updated home is located in the popular neighbourhood of Forest Heights close to great schools, shopping and expressway access. It features many great updates such as the gourmet eat in kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gas stove, undermount lighting, dark hardwood throughout the main level. There is an amazing 5 pc bath with marble counters and access to master bedroom. The basement offers added living space with the large bright recroom and convenient 3 pc bath. Deck and Fence done in 2015, roof 2014, furnace 2011, and bathroom and other updates in 2012/1013 Quick possession is possible. Dont miss this well appointed home! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
142 FORESTWOOD Drive, kitchener, Ontario

142 Forestwood Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

In Real Estate, when you hear 'Location, location, location', this is what we're talking about! Ready NOW is this spacious family home in a desirable neighbourhood. You'll find this ticks all of the boxes on your checklist: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 full), huge yard ('pool-sized' lot), mature trees and gardens, fully fenced, and a deck to name a few. Enjoy all of what Waterloo Region has to offer, all while only a 30-minute drive to the GTA! At nearly 2,000 sq. ft., you'll be hard-pressed to find better value. Additional features include: master bedroom ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet; hardwood flooring throughout; refreshed kitchen; separate dining room; fireplace; walkout sliders to the yard; two sheds; central A/C; covered porch; tree-top views from the second level, and much, much more. It's cute/clean and in close proximity to schools, biking routes, expressway entrance, parks, trails, public transit, and more. The only thing left to do now is move in and enjoy! ** Reach out to your Realtor and book a viewing today! ** Welcome Home. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1942

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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