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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1460 HIGHLAND Road W Unit# 1A, waterloo, Ontario

1460 Highland Road W Unit# 1a

Waterloo, Ontario


3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom

RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc. Brokerage-3

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130 TOYNBEE Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

130 Toynbee Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

***INGROUND POOL & SAUNA****Oasis a waits in the backyard of 130 Toynbee Crescent! 3 Bedroom, 2 bathroom 1500 Sq Ft home plus finished basement & ample storage. Updates includes: Steel roof, Window, A/C, Hardwood floors and gas fireplace. 3 good size bedrooms, master walk in closet as well. Main floor features hardwood floors, dining room, living room with gas fire place and sliders to amazing yard! Fully finished basement with extra storage. Inground pool with 9ft deep end, new liner installed in the chlorine pool! The luxury, custom built sauna can be enjoyed all year round! Fully fenced private yard. Ample parking for 3 cars! Offer date: October 26, Easy to show! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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278 WESTMEADOW Drive, kitchener, Ontario

278 Westmeadow Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

GREAT home in a GREAT location! Welcome to 278 Westmeadow Drive in Highland West! This FREEHOLD end-unit townhome features just over 1700 sqft of total living space, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a finished basement, pie shaped lot, and parking for 3! Located directly across from a large park and less than a 5 minute drive to the Boardwalk and HWY 7/8 - super close to shopping, restaurants, grocery stores, gym, banks, pharmacy, transit, trails, schools, COSTCO, and more! Enjoy carpet-free living on the main level, a large living room with ample natural light through the California shutters, a chic powder room, and conveniently placed laundry room. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances and so much cupboard/counter space - making dinner prep and entertaining all the more enjoyable. Just off the kitchen dining area, step out to the large yard - it's fully fenced and has a large deck - there's tons of space to entertain and plenty of room for the kids and pets to play. Upstairs, the master bedroom is a great size and features a spacious walk-in closet. There are 2 more good sized bedrooms and a 4-pc bathroom to complete the upper level. The great bonus in this home, is the finished rec room and 3pc bathroom in the basement - there's also access to the wide garage and a nice space for a mud room! Book your showing today! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1332

Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty

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428 BENESFORT Court, kitchener, Ontario

428 Benesfort Court

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome home to this beautiful semi-detached home, located on a family friendly private court with the best neighbours you can get! This bright and spacious home is a great starter for new family or for a first time home buyer. Offering New Driveway, A large deck overlooking the fully fenced backyard,perfect for the kids to play in or hosting family get togethers, 3 bedrooms,1.5 bathrooms and a finished basement, lots of space for everyone. With just a short drive to Monarch Woods Park, nearby schools, restaurants, shopping and other great amenities, you cannot go wrong with the location. Book your showing fast as it's not gonna last. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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298 WESTHEIGHTS Drive, kitchener, Ontario

298 Westheights Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome home to 298 Westheights Drive! This great sized bungalow is situated in a wonderful family neighborhood in Kitchener close to schools, shopping, highways, hospitals, trails and so much more. The curb appeal and pride of ownership is apparent when you see how well maintained the property and home is, complete with concrete driveway, stucco exterior and nice entrance way. Step inside the large foyer and see the abundance of natural light that pours into the open and spacious main floor! Your sight line takes you right to the gorgeous family room with gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings...what a perfect spot! The updated kitchen is perfect for the chef in the family with plenty of counter space, centre island, appliances and a great view into the rest of the living space. There is a large liv/din area and the family room is surrounded by windows and provides access to the deck and awesome gazebo! The view up here of this big pool sized lot and private space is perfect! Completing the main floor is a pair of bedrooms including a large master suite with updated 3pc ensuite bath and lots of closet space. The second bedroom on this level is located across from the main floor 4pc bath. Downstairs, the fully finished walkout basement is impressive, complete with wet bar, 3 bedrooms, workshop, laundry, big recroom space, 2 pc bath and plenty of storage. The walkout is convenient to access that beautiful yard! This home is a gem and will appeal to large families or empty nesters and downsizers! Enjoy your new home for the holidays! Call to book your private tour! (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1582

Royal LePage Wolle Realty

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1430 HIGHLAND Road W Unit# 1B, kitchener, Ontario

1430 Highland Road W Unit# 1b

Kitchener, Ontario

This stunning stacked townhome is only two years old, extremely modern and could be yours! This incredible end unit condo boasts 9 foot ceilings throughout and has an open concept layout with an incredible kitchen and living area that flow nicely together. The upgraded kitchen has stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, a beautiful backsplash and an island with seating for two. There is a full upgraded bathroom, and two spacious bedrooms, each with their own walkout to your very own private patio! There are plenty of windows, allowing in an abundance of natural light. Enjoy the convenience of in-suite laundry. If you dislike brushing snow off your car, you will love that parking is underground! Which is perfect for the upcoming winter months! This home is conveniently located close to the highway, making commuting quick and stress free. It is also moments away from shopping, restaurants, movies, gyms, and so much more! You are less than a 5 minute drive to the Boardwalk, and 10 minutes to the Universities, Google, and so many other great spots! This home is new, modern, has low condo fees, in a great location, and is ready for a new owner! Book your private showing today! (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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197 HIGHVIEW Drive, kitchener, Ontario

197 Highview Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome home to 197 Highview Drive Kitchener. This large 2 storey home is located in the family friendly and convenient neighborhood of Forest Heights. Close to highways, schools, trails, shopping, parks and so much more! Step inside the front entrance and notice the beautiful curved hardwood staircase. The good sized foyer opens up to this great split floor plan. There is a 2pc bath to the right, and a main floor mudroom/laundry rm with access to the dbl car garage. The family room with fireplace is open to the updated eatin kitchen. The kitchen is white and modern with quartz counters and a breakfast nook that has sliders to the fully fenced yard. There is a separate din rm and another main floor living room with large windows and plenty of natural light. Up the curved staircase you will find a spacious and light filled hall that accesses 4 good sized bedrooms including a huge master suite with walkin closet and updated 4 pc ensuite bath. There is a nice 4 pc main bath down the hall for the other rooms to share. The fully finished basement is a big awesome hang out space complete with recroom w. pool table included, exercise area/office space and plenty of storage. This home has had many, many updates including roof, most windows, furnace, ac, eaves, and so much more. Come and see this gem for yourself! Call for your private showing. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

Royal LePage Wolle Realty

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575 WESTFOREST Trail Unit# 2, kitchener, Ontario

575 Westforest Trail Unit# 2

Kitchener, Ontario

A rare opportunity! Two-bedroom very spacious bungalow townhouse with high vaulted ceilings, carpet free main floor, finished basement in a great location. Close to shopping, public transit, and tons of amenities, this is a perfect downsizing opportunity. (id:30922)

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1050

Davenport Realty Brokerage

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38 MEADOWLANE Drive, kitchener, Ontario

38 Meadowlane Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

Desirable Forest Heights beauty located on quiet, mature, welcoming street. Enjoy all the perks this home presents. Covered stone walkway entrance invites you to 4 large bedrooms & 3 newly updated bathrooms. Hardwood/laminate flooring throughout carpet free main floor & 2nd floor living. Flowing layout offers relaxing living room w/ large window overlooking streetscape, separate dining room for all your large family dinners & entrance to inviting eat-in kitchen w/ stove, Bosch dishwasher, newer Maytag double door fridge, eat-in dinette nook area, elegant backsplash, double stainless steel sink & HUGE walk-in pantry w/ closet organizers. Cozy rustic family room surrounded w/parquet flooring, wood fireplace & sliders to backyard oasis! Fully fenced, low maintenance, manicured backyard complimented w/ high end Coast Spa Hot Tub- Seats 8 people- offers radio, fountains, jets & lights! Backyard also offers 6 INGROUND HEATED POOL! UV covered canopy/patio area w/ option for tv & speaker installation, gas BBQ hook-up , gas BBQ & charcoal BBQ are there to enjoy.Sellers participate in residential stormwater/rain water barrel credit program. Fully finished Recroom in basement offers more family living space! But wait! Dont forget the media room! Fully soundproof! Who needs a trip to the theatre when you can enjoy movies in the comfort of your own home. Upper level enjoys 4 large bedrooms, master has 3pc ensuite & walk-in closet. Most closets offer custom built organizers. Furnace(2018) Roof(2007-30yr shingles) Winds(2008) Walking distance to schools, trails, bus route & shopping! A pleasure to show. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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1180 COUNTRYSTONE Drive Unit# 5B, kitchener, Ontario

1180 Countrystone Drive Unit# 5b

Kitchener, Ontario

Looking to get your foot in the door to an appreciating asset??? Look no more! This 1 Bed, 1 Bathroom END unit modern condo townhouse is the perfect place to either start building your real estate empire, or to continue to have it grow. Conveniently located near the boardwalk, everything imaginable is at your doorstep. The unit itself leaves nothing to be desired with bright white cabinets, ensuite laundry, stainless steel appliances, floating island, accent wall, subway tile backsplash, plenty of storage space and much much more!!! Parking? Check, Walk-out basement? Check, low condo fee ($158)? Check, Deck for BBQ-ing? Checkand the list goes on. Dont miss out on this opportunity to get into home ownership and start gaining equity today!!! (id:30922)

1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 632

Royal LePage Wolle Realty

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14 HICKORY HOLLOW Crescent, kitchener, Ontario

14 Hickory Hollow Crescent

Kitchener, Ontario

Welcome Home to 14 Hickory Hollow Crescent! Enjoy living on a Quiet Crescent in the Desirable area of Forest Heights. Surrounded by parks and just minutes from the expressway with quick access to the diverse amenities of Ira Needles, shopping, restaurants, and more! As you walk through the front door youll immediately be impressed with the beautiful hardwood floors and large main floor living area. This 1898 sq ft home offers all of the space your family needs. Including a spacious Master with a 3 pc Ensuite and Walk-In Closet, as well as, 3 additional bedrooms with a 4 pc Bath on the second floor. The kitchen features large windows allowing for plenty of natural light and the family room features a wood-burning fireplace. Both areas walk right out to the fully fenced private yard offering a beautiful deck and mature trees. These areas are the perfect place for entertaining friends and family! The basement is fully finished and has plenty of potential with 2 recrooms. Full 2 car Garage & a long Driveway suitable for 4 cars. This property wont last long! Please call today for your private tour. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 1898

Exp Realty

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84 CONNELLY Drive, kitchener, Ontario

84 Connelly Drive

Kitchener, Ontario

This home needs TLC, However... Beautiful curb appeal abounds with this three bed, two bathroom semi-detached in Kitchener's highly desirable Forest Heights neighbourhood. The traditional layout features, three large bedrooms upstairs, main level includes bright kitchen, separate dining area, and spacious living room with sliding door to the oversized deck, here you have lots of room for the growing Family. Finished basement with washroom. Enjoy the 155' massive, private yard while sitting on your deck, no rear neighbours! call for your private showing today. Property is Tenanted, showing schedule applies: call for your private showing time. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1400

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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