Living in Forest Creek, Doon

Aberdeen Homes is proud and excited to introduce its newest subdivision, Forest Creek within
the established Doon neighbourhood in South Kitchener. Situated on the natural woodlands of
Tilts Bush and surrounded by woods, creeks and ponds, Forest Creek provides the tranquillity
and feel of small town living alongside easy access to all the amenities and excitement of the
greater Kitchener area.

Doon
Doon began life as a small village established by Mennonites from Germany and later expanded
by Scottish families. These cultural influences are still seen today in several heritage buildings in
the area and in the ruins of one of the many mills that helped to establish the manufacturing
industry in the area.

Waterloo Region
From this small beginning, Doon is now a suburb of Kitchener, which in turn is part of the
Waterloo Region, consisting of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. The Waterloo Region has a
lot going for it, situated about 100 kilometers from Toronto and with a population of around
560,000 people. It’s close to six Canada-US border crossings. Kitchener itself is the fourth-
largest population centre in Ontario, with a population of around 233,222 for the City of
Kitchener (according to the 2016 census).

Getting around
Doon is about a 17-minute drive from downtown Kitchener and 90 minutes away from Toronto.
The Expressway, Homer Watson Boulevard and the 401 are all just minutes away and easy to
access. Construction on the new Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph is currently
underway. Those who prefer to take the train will be interested to know that the federal
government has approved $752 million for infrastructure upgrades to the GO transit line. Within
the Waterloo Region, the ION LRT service is scheduled to start in spring 2018 between
Kitchener and Waterloo; the Cambridge route will be added in Stage 2.

Industry
The Waterloo Region, of which Kitchener is the primary city, has several claims to fame with
regards to industry. It’s one of the most intense manufacturing communities in the country, with
companies including Toyota; it also houses the headquarters of some of Canada’s largest
financial and insurance companies, such as the Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada.
But it’s as Silicon Valley North that the Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo Corridor (TKWC) is
most famous. In this 114-kilometre stretch, there is a growing cluster of around 15,000 high-tech
companies employing over 250,000 technology workers. At half the size of Silicon Valley in
California, and adding 22,500 new jobs in 2017, the TKWC became the fastest-growing tech
market in North America in 2017.

Living in Forest Creek, Doon

Education – K-12

Forest Creek is well situated for whatever school you’re looking for, regardless of the age of
your child or the type of school you need. Public schools are close by from kindergarden to high
school grades; the Catholic School Board also has schools that cover this age range. French
Immersion schools and Montessori schools are also within easy driving distance.

https://www.wrdsb.ca/ Waterloo Region public schools
https://www.wrdsb.ca/french/#.WmeBVzdG1GM French immersion within the public school
system
https://www.wcdsb.ca/ Waterloo Region Catholic schools
https://www.cscmonavenir.ca/ Roman Catholic French immersion
https://csviamonde.ca/ Public French immersion
https://www.kitchener.ca/en/in-your- neighbourhood/private-schools.aspx private schools in
Kitchener

Education – Secondary
Living in Forest Creek gives you access to world-class further education. Just down the road is
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. This is one of the fastest-
growing polytechnic colleges in Ontario with 10,000 full-time and 30,000 part-time students.
The University of Waterloo is one of the country’s top universities and has its new health
sciences campus in downtown Kitchener. Wilfrid Laurier University houses its Faculty of Social
Work in Kitchener with professional programs at the Masters and Doctorate levels.

Shopping
You won’t have to drive far to stock up on basics from your home in Forest Creek – a few
minutes down the Homer Watson Boulevard is a brand new grocery store. Just 10 minutes’
drive away is Fairview Park mall offering 120 stores. This premier mall is anchored by The Bay
and Walmart and has fashion, beauty, footwear and electronics stores and much more. Don’t
miss the shops of downtown Kitchener or the Kitchener Saturday farmers market held year-
round.

The Outdoors
The Forest Creek development is situated by Tilts Basin, providing the great outdoors at your
doorstep. Beyond this are the 1,600 hectares of parkland in Kitchener and the hiking trails and
natural areas of the Waterloo Region. The Doon Valley golf course sits right next to the Grand
River. This course is well known as an affordable place for 9- or 18-holes of the game or
perhaps a game of Pitch ’n’ Putt with the kids.

History and Culture
Aside from the many practicalities of life that living in Forest Creek provides, there’s a strong
cultural aspect here. Doon remembers and celebrates its history, and much of this is found at
the Doon Heritage Crossroads. Over 40,000 visitors a year visit the Doon Heritage Village to
see and hear what life was like in the area in 1914. This is a 24-hectare living museum, so you’ll
interact with people dressed in period costume and working as if they lived in that time. Along
with this is the Waterloo Region Museum that covers 12,000 years in the region.
Doon was the lifetime home of Homer Watson, a famous Canadian landscape artist who died in
1936. Roads in the region are named after him and his house is now a museum and an art
gallery. If you want to become involved in preserving the culture and history of your new area,
there are several heritage groups you can join.

Big town living in a small town setting
Forest Creek in South Doon is for you if you want big city amenities in a small town setting. The
cost of living and the taxes are lower than in the city, with a high quality of life. You’ll have green
spaces, great neighbourhoods (and neighbours), plus a sense of the history of the area. Contact
us if you want to put down roots in this amazing place.

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