Grand River North

Neighbourhood Guide_Grand River North

Grand River North is a newer neighbourhood bordering Breslau that’s steadily growing.

Located in Kitchener East, the community is built for families who truly enjoy the great outdoors.

You’ll find most of the homes are detached houses built between 1981 – 2001 and almost all are owned (97% to be exact.)  Buying a home in either Grand River North or Grand River South is an excellent choice if you have an active family lifestyle.

Generally, public school children who live in Grand River North start their school journey at Mackenzie King Public School and attend until grade 6. They finish grades 7 & 8 at Stanely Park Public School before going on to high school at Grand River Collegiate Institute.

Catholic school students begin at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School from JK – grade 8. After graduation, they take school bus transportation to St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School to complete their high school education.

A great perk of Grand River North is it has easy access to Highway 7, making it ideal for those commuting to work to Downtown Kitchener or Guelph. There are also plenty of outdoor escapes, like historic Kolb Park and the Grand River Trail.

Learn more about this growing area of Waterloo Region below and find out if buying a home in Grand River North is right for you and your family.


Grand River North has a unique location in Waterloo Region. It sits on the East side of Kitchener bordering Breslau, an area that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. You can escape from the city easily for a day of outdoor activities, head to Guelph for shopping or the drive-in, or grab a flight from the Region of Waterloo International Airport – it’s just minutes away.


Health Care

  • Medical Arts Skin Care Clinic
  • Carol Child MSW RSW Family Marriage & Individual Counselling
  • Champion Dental Hygiene
  • Vitalaire Healthcare 
  • Motion
  • Dr. Kennel Richard
  • Dr. Ryan Anthony
  • Dr. David Mee

Shopping & Services

Restaurants & Food Stores

Victoria Street is a main artery for Kitchener drivers and is lined with shops, restaurants, pubs, and services from dentists to valet car washes. Hungry? Try Korner Kitchen or grab dinner at the Victoria Street Market. The Market offers over 6,000 square feet of local, fresh foods including seafood, a butcher, and even a dry-ageing cooler. 

Just across Victoria Street, you’ll find a hub of events and activities – Bingemans! Year-round they have an arcade, escape rooms, an indoor playground, and a Boston Pizza restaurant with a King Pin bowling alley. In the summer, kids can play in the water park, grab a round of mini-golf, or spend the weekend camping with the family. Bingemans is also popular with locals for their big events: celebrations during Oktoberfest, a light show at Christmas, and a haunted house at Halloween.

Grand River North also has unique specialty shops sprinkled throughout the area, such as Sipologist Rachel Fairman. If you’re a fan of specialty tea and want to learn from professionals, Rachel Fairman offers classes and even parties for you and your guests.

Schooling / Child Care

For the most part, Grand River North students take school bus transportation throughout their education in Waterloo Region.

Public school students will attend Mackenzie King Public School from JK – grade 6 and complete their middle schooling at Stanley Park Public School. Stanley Park also offers students French Immersion and provides access to Band and String programs. For high school, Grand River North and South students all attend Grand River Collegiate Institute.

Catholic school students start at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School. This elementary school provides multiple activities throughout the day to help elevate your child’s learning experience. From there, students complete their high school education at St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School.

  • GRT Routes: 204, 20, and 34

Grand River Transit (GRT) has three different routes that run in the area, mainly along the perimeter. They can connect you to some of the main transit hubs of the region like Fairview Mall and Conestoga Mall. You can also transfer to the ION Light Transit Rail to travel into the heart of the city: Uptown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener.

Most residents in both Grand River North and South travel via personal vehicle, with only 3% of residents actively using the GRT. This is partially because these neighbourhoods and the surrounding area are still growing, and partially because Highway 7 is so close by.

But with the growing population in the area, it’s safe to assume more public transit access will come in future years.

  • Kolb Park
  • Natchen Hill
  • Rosenberg Park
  • Grand River Trail

One of the best features of Grand River North is that it is bordered b the beautiful Grand River itself.  Not only can residents enjoy water activities like kayaking and fishing, but many trails and parks are waiting for you to explore too.

Residents are fortunate to have the Grand River Trail run throughout the neighbourhood, which winds through Kolb Park. This green space is  tucked away behind Victoria Street, offering picnic areas access to longer trails along the river like the Walter Bean Trail.

Another hidden gem of the community is Natchen Hill, located in Grand River South just minutes away. This wooded park provides a little bit of peace and quiet for locals and playtime for families.

The Grand River North community is continuing to develop, while still keeping true to its nature-loving roots. If you’re a growing, active family looking for a new place to call home in Waterloo Region, we recommend looking into Grand River North.

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315 BUSHVIEW Crescent, waterloo, Ontario

315 Bushview Crescent

Waterloo, Ontario

Welcome to 315 Bushview Cres in desirable Lakeshore, offering over 2200 sq ft of living space with numerous upgrades throughout! This lovely 3 bedroom, 3 bath family home in impeccable condition has a great curb appeal and a double garage. The front door opens to a welcoming foyer where you get a view of the carpet free main floor with large bright living and formal dining room which walks out to the fully fenced backyard, perfect for summer entertaining. The main floor is rounded off with a powder room and a conveniently located laundry room. Three carpet free bedrooms and the 4 piece family bath are located on the second floor. The oversized master features a walk in closet and a large picture window which provides an abundance of light. The fully finished basement is a perfect family space, complete with an additional 3 piece bath. This home is located in a fabulous neighbourhood, close to great schools, amenities and with easy access to the expressway, Laurelwood Conservation area and St. Jacob's Market. Don't miss out on this move-in ready beautiful home, call today! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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B -  697 HIGHPOINT Avenue, waterloo, Ontario

B - 697 Highpoint Avenue

Waterloo, Ontario

Incredible opportunity to own this open concept home close to the St. Jacobs Farmer's market, Expressway access, Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Universities, Conestoga Mall, parks, schools & bus routes. Bay windows in the kitchen. Large living room with gas fireplace. Sliding door to the backyard with shed. Three bedrooms on second floor. Main bath with Whirlpool bathtub. Finished basement with large recreation room and two pieces bath.Freshly painted whole house. Lots of updates including bathroom, second floors and stairs(2019), Fridge(2019), Stove(2019), Roof(2017).Great home for first time buyer or investor! (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom

Smart From Home Realty Limited

For sale
681 Columbia Forest Boulevard, waterloo, Ontario

681 Columbia Forest Boulevard

Waterloo, Ontario

Welcome to 681 Columbia Forest Blvd! This fully finished, end unit, 3 bedroom home with walk-out basement, backs onto protected Green Space! This home features an open concept, carpet free main floor, with family room (gas fireplace), kitchen, dinette and powder room. Main floor also has a walk-out to spacious deck, overlooking beautiful views. Second floor offers master bedroom with upgraded vanity in en suite, 2 spacious bedrooms and a 5 pc bath with upgraded double sink vanity. The basement is finished and ready to enjoy. This home is located in a family friendly neighbourhood with parks, trails, top rated schools, library, YMCA, access to major bus routes, both universities, Conestoga College (Waterloo Campus), convenience shopping and The Boardwalk. You don't want to miss this one! Contact your Realtor to book a showing today. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
532 FOREST GATE Crescent, waterloo, Ontario

532 Forest Gate Crescent

Waterloo, Ontario

This stunning 2 storey has had a full makeover by Chicopee Craftsmen in the past year. There is approx 3600 sq ft of finished living space on 3 levels. Top to bottom upgrades including all new ensuite with glass shower, deep soaker tub,double sinks, contemporary white kitchen((Barzotti), pot filler over induction stove, large island, quartz counters and high end appliances (fisher paykel), new flooring throughout main level, new modern gas fireplace on main level, all new lighting and doors, trim work, main floor office, the basement has been finished as well with large recroom including gas fireplace, 3 pc bath and full sauna. The backyard is a relaxing summer retreat with inground pool with built in waterfall feature and views of the forest behind, no houses directly behind.The upstairs has a convenient second floor laundry including sink. The loft has been converted to 4th bedroom, Fully repainted on all 3 levels in neutral decor. This is an exceptional home in a mature Laurelwood neighbourhood with all the features of a brand new modernized home . Great schools, close to Ira Needles Boardwalk and 2 universities. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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407 WHITE BIRCH Avenue, waterloo, Ontario

407 White Birch Avenue

Waterloo, Ontario

Fantastic family home in desirable Clair Hills. This 1854 sq ft home feature 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths, open floor plan layout with finished basement. A large master bedroom with 4 piece ensuite and walk-in closet. Private backyard that overlooks green space. Close to schools, parks and shopping centre. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom

Smart From Home Realty Limited

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653 Rhine Fall Drive, waterloo, Ontario

653 Rhine Fall Drive

Waterloo, Ontario

Awash in elegant upgrades and tastefully decorated from top to bottom! 653 Rhine Fall Drive is a beautiful home with an abundance of space for your growing family a total of four bedrooms and four bathrooms, all on a green, partially-fenced lot in peaceful Clair Hills. Recent updates include the kitchen, bathroom and flooring throughout the home the main level and upper storey are entirely carpet free. The three upstairs bedrooms include a luxury master retreat with ensuite bath, in addition to a separate main four-piece bath. A bonus bedroom and additional three-piece bath are down below in the finished basement. Sliders from the kitchen lead you out to the backyard and large deck. The attached two-car garage and double-wide driveway provide plenty of room for parking, making this an ideal home for a growing family on the move. Call today to arrange for your own private tour! (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom

Chestnut Park Realty Southwestern Ontario Ltd.

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408 RIDEAU RIVER Street, waterloo, Ontario

408 Rideau River Street

Waterloo, Ontario

Magnificent custom-built executive home offering over 4800 SF of beautifully finished living space, backing protected forest w/ in-ground pool in the desirable & family-oriented neighbourhood of Conservation Meadows! This lovely 4+1/5 bath home is loaded w/ upgrades & features: welcoming entrance w/ main flr office. Gourmet kitchen w/ granite counters, large centre island, backsplash, premium appliances, & eat-in dining rm surrounded by windows & over-sized sliders to enjoy the views of the stunning yard. Sophisticated great room w/ gas fireplace, custom-built ins, crown moulding & floor-to ceiling windows. Completing this level is a large laundry/mud rm w/ plenty of built-in storage, & 2-pce bath. The upper level features a luxurious master suite w/ double door entry, crown moulding, over-sized walk-in closet & 5-pce ensuite w/ tiled glass shower & jacuzzi tub. 3 additional spacious bedrooms, each w/ a walk-in closets & all having access to a full bath. Professionally finished lower level offers w/ rec room w/ gas fireplace, bedroom w/ walk-in closet & 3-pce bath. Enjoy entertaining in the professionally landscaped private backyard oasis complete w/ inground pool, outdoor kitchen, covered gazebo, pool house, & large lounging area w/ composite deck all surrounded by mature trees & lush forest. Aggregate driveway over-sized garage w/ large storage area, irrigation system, & so much more! Close to parks, trails, schools, Universities, shopping, highway access, Farmers Market. (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 5 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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759 Klosters Drive, waterloo, Ontario

759 Klosters Drive

Waterloo, Ontario

Make this your new home! OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 2-4 pm. Built by Wilton Custom Homes Ltd. This home is finished top to bottom with quality throughout and located on a premium, walkout, fully fenced lot. The open concept main floor features hand scraped teak hardwood, gas fireplace in the living room, LED pot lights throughout the main floor, granite counters and walk in pantry in the kitchen, sliders to deck from the dining area plus a powder room. Three spacious bedrooms, plus a laundry room, are located on the upper level. Master Bedroom with four piece ensuite and a walk-in closet. The walk-out basement has been professionally finished, with an "office area", rec room, a large storage closet and a two piece bathroom as well as a cold cellar. California shutters have been installed throughout the home. The rear deck has stairs leading down to a landscaped and fenced backyard with a storage shed. New owned water heater installed in December 2019. Double garage and driveway. (id:30922)

3 Bedroom 4 Bathroom

Royal LePage Wolle Realty

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731 Sundew Drive, waterloo, Ontario

731 Sundew Drive

Waterloo, Ontario

Spectacular 5 bedroom, 5 Bath 3500 sqft executive home located in the well sought after Vista Hills in Waterloo. Welcome to 731 Sundew Dr.! As you enter through the front double doors, you will be amazed with the 9 ft high ceilings throughout and beautiful coffered ceiling, hardwood and ceramic flooring. There is a formal living room and dining room that is great for entertaining. The upgraded kitchen is complete with granite countertops, dark cabinetry and matching backsplash with high-end stainless steel appliances. Kitchen with walk-in pantry, Servery, lots of cabintes,4 seated island. There is a large upgraded island with a breakfast bar and dinette the offers sliders to the backyard. The family room is bright with lots of natural lighting. California shutters and potlights throughout. The second floor features an oversized master bedroom with a walk-in closet and luxury 5 pc ensuite. There are four additional spacious bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom (two Jack and Jill), and walk-in closet (except one). There is also a convenient upstairs laundry room. with an option of 3 total master bedrooms out of 5. Boxed ceiling with pot lights right on top of the stairs gives an elegant high-end look. The basement is unfinished and ready for your own creations. It offers upgrades large windows, a cold room and rough-in for bathroom. Huge wide deck in a fenced yard. Located close to Vista Hill school and SJM High school, shopping, universities and all other amenities. (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 5 Bathroom

RE/MAX Twin City Sharma Realty

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390 BEECHDROPS Drive, waterloo, Ontario

390 Beechdrops Drive

Waterloo, Ontario

Single detached home in Vista Hills with a fully finished basement. $100,000 in upgrades. 4+1 Bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a double car garage. Open concept carpet - free main floor with bright 9ft ceiling and beautiful hardwood and ceramic flooring. Kitchen with pantry, quartz countertops, white-shaker cabinets, and high-end stainless steel appliances. High quality broadloom in the finished basement and second floor. Master suite complete with walk-in closet and full luxury ensuite including a tiled glass shower, quartz countertop, and jet tub. Finished basement with large windows, recreation room, the 5th bedroom and 3pc bathroom. Close to Vista Hills Public School, parks and trails, shopping and amenities. No rental equipment, owned Hot Water Heater and Water Softener. Move-in ready. Flexible closing. Great property in a desirable community. (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 1975 sqft

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

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156 Mountain Holly Court, waterloo, Ontario

156 Mountain Holly Court

Waterloo, Ontario

"The Livingston" is a truly impressive home featuring 5 bedrooms, yes that's right 5 bedrooms, a large gourmet Kitchen with island, granite counter tops overlooking great room. Separate Dining Room, main floor mud room and bedroom level laundry. 5 piece ensuite with soaker tub and separate shower. This flexible plan can be built as a 4 bedroom or a 3 bedroom with upper level family room making this the perfect plan for any family. QUIET COURT LOCATION ACROSS FROM VISTA HILLS PUBLIC SCHOOL WITH GREEN SPACE LOTS AVAILABLE. (id:30922)

5 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2890 sqft

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.

For sale
150 Mountain Holly Court, waterloo, Ontario

150 Mountain Holly Court

Waterloo, Ontario

MODEL HOME TO VIEW AT 151 MOUNTAIN HOLLY COURT. The Roxborough This classic layout with over 2750 sqft will keep the whole family smiling. Soaring 17ft high ceiling in the foyer. Gourmet Kitchen with Island and granite counter tops overlooks large great room. 4 spacious bedrooms, master suite features coffered ceiling, walk in closet and 5-piece ensuite with granite counter top, soaker tub and separate glass shower. Main floor mudroom with bedroom level laundry. COURT LOCATION ACROSS FROM VISTA HILLS PUBLIC SCHOOL WITH GREENSPACE LOTS AVAILABLE. This home is to be built. (id:30922)

4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2754 sqft

RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc.