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Heritage Hopper

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First Class Seat Ages 2+
First Class Lap Child (Under 2) Must sit on Adult's lap
Adult (Ages 12+) Coach Car
Child (Ages 2 to 11) Coach Car
Child (Under 2 years) Free on adult's lap
Seniors (Ages 65+) Coach Car
Families of 4 2 Adults and 2 Children
Caboose Rental

Hop-On/Hop-Off Service

Join us and travel back in time for an authentic heritage train ride through Woolwich Township and Waterloo Regions’ famous Mennonite farm country on our historic rail line that has been in service since the 1880s.

Sit back and relax as you travel through the picturesque countryside and beautiful farming landscape, we are so proud of. Choose your preferred accommodation, either standard coach seating or first-class lounge seating.

Whether you’re a returning guest or visiting us for the first time, we look forward to you riding with us at the Waterloo Central Railway, dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of Canadian heritage railway equipment.

Our regular train rides, departing from either our Northfield Drive or Farmers Market stations, are a round trip journey, approximately 1 hour and 45-minutes in length, returning on the same track. With our Heritage Hopper day pass, you can use our entire daily train schedule to plan your day along our line! For example, you may wish to board our 10:10 train at the Farmers Market station, detrain at St. Jacobs for a stroll through the village and lunch, then catch the next northbound train to Elmira before returning to the market. You can board at Northfield Drive, detrain at the Market, then catch the next train to St. Jacobs for a late lunch before returning to Northfield Drive. Your day pass gives you total flexibility and freedom to tailor your day along the communities served by the Waterloo Central Railway.

Join us for our first-ever Trivia Tuesday!

This Tuesday, June 18, it’s Trivia Tuesday on the Heritage Hopper! Get ready to test your knowledge about Waterloo Central Railway for your chance to win a variety of fun prizes, all while enjoying a scenic train ride! Book your ticket and join in on the fun!

What to Explore at Our Four Train Stations:

Waterloo Station
90 Northfield Drive W, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 5A6

Our ION Connection! Hop off the ION and hop on our heritage train to continue north to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, Village of St. Jacobs, and Town of Elmira.
No parking available

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market Station
330 Farmers Market Road, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 4G8

Visit the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to explore hundreds of vendors selling a variety of items from food to art, collectibles, and more. You may also visit Market Road Antiques and the St. Jacobs Outlets for more deals and unique finds.
Parking available behind Value Village

St. Jacobs Village Station
West end of Spring Street, St. Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0

Hop off the Heritage Hopper and take a short stroll down Spring Street to the picturesque Village of St. Jacobs. Explore unique shops, art centres, and galleries that showcase the talent of local artisans. The village is also home to a brewery, several restaurants, cafes, and bakeries, each with its own unique atmosphere and delicious offerings.
Street parking available only

Elmira Station
155 Howard Avenue, Elmira, Ontario N3B 2E2

Hop off the train and hop on the FREE Elmira Community Bus that will take you to downtown Elmira, where you can enjoy vibrant local culture, unique shops, and delicious local cuisine! Discover Elmira’s markets at the Bandstand Market (Thursdays from 11AM to 5PM) and Elmira Farmers’ Market (Saturdays from 8:00AM to 1:30PM).
The Elmira Community Bus meets the Heritage Hopper at all three station times (11AM, 1PM & 3PM) and provides a free round trip between the train station and Downtown Elmira. See the bus route map and timetable here. Please note the bus meets the train on Howard Ave.
Limited street parking available