This neighbourhood of Forest Heights is a bit older and more established than many neighbourhoods in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, which makes it a prime destination for anyone moving into the area – particularly families.
Bordered by Trussler Road, Highland Road West, Fischer-Hallman Road and the Highway 7/8, it is conveniently nestled next to the Conestoga Parkway. The area is largely residential with mostly bungalows and two-storey homes. The streets are full of mature trees.
Parks and Trails
You will also find several wooded areas, trails and nature parks to enjoy. The list of parks in this neighbourhood alone includes Waldau Woods, Forest West, Fischer, Westheights, Trailview, Rolling Meadows, Timberlane, Cedar Crest, Driftwood, Yellow Birch and Lorilee Park. Fischer Park is located in a complex with the public library and pool, and has tennis courts, a soccer field and skatepark.
The trails include Forest Heights Community Trail, Forest Heights Trail Corridor, and Sandrock Greenway. Westheights is in the centre of the neighbourhood and has a forest, pond, and several sports fields. There are pedestrian and cyclist paths going through its centre, serving to connect the other areas together. Forest Heights Community Trail links Driftwood, Forest West and Meadowlane Parks, and takes pedestrians and cyclists all the way to Highland Hills Mall and beyond.
With so many families living in the area, there are a number of catholic and public schools. Public schools include Meadowlane, Westheights, John Darling, and Driftwood for grades kindergarten through sixth grade, with Forest Heights Collegiate Institute High School (this school has some of the highest rated teachers in the region. Its staff is known for being compassionate and dedicated to the betterment of the lives of students). Catholic schools include St. Mark and St. Paul, with Resurrection Catholic Secondary School.
The area has a good selection of grocery stores. Of course, there is the Real Canadian Superstore at the corner of Fischer Hallman and Highland Road, a gigantic supermarket that recently underwent major renovations. The store is beautifully organized and offers a large variety of all stock, including produce, organic food products and international foods, to name a few. This store also has a clothing section that carries the Joe Fresh line, which is affordable yet wonderfully stylish. It’s a popular one-stop shopping experience.
In the same plaza you will find a gym, JYSK store for home furnishing, and Rogers (for cell phone, internet, and other technology needs). In the west end, on Hazelglen Drive, you will find an indian grocery called Onkar Foods and Spices. You can purchase rice, spices, dried goods, sweets and canned goods to name a few. There is a sari shop attached to the food market. Retail includes Positively Unique, a women’s clothing shop. There is also a Salvation Army for thrift shop lovers and those seeking unique pieces at a low price point.
On the other side of Queen’s Boulevard from the Superstore is the Forest Heights Community Library (a division of Kitchener Public Library) and community pool. There is a community centre at 1700 Queen’s Boulevard with many programs for children that allows them to try different activities and hobbies without committing to sports or private lessons. It is a clean facility, well maintained, and has lots of things to play with in the gym. The community centre is run by a group of volunteers known as the Forest Heights Community Assocation, whose goal is to promote wellness and quality of life through social, recreational programs and activities for residents of the Forest Heights neighbourhood.
Lanar Place Seniors Living is a quiet retirement community located on Lanark Crescent.
Restaurants and eateries in this neighbourhood include Lucky Garden Chinese Restaurant, Super Shawarma, KFC, Fish Hut, Magic Pizza, Swiss Chalet and Red Ginger Thai.
This is one of the best neighbourhoods for buying a single detached house. The real estate ratio is 90% ownership to 10% rental. It is a desirable neighbourhood for its affordable housing, community centres and library, numerous schools and green areas. As well, its proximity to the highway makes it a convenient location, plus it is surrounded by shopping centres like Boardwalk Shopping Centre and Sunrise Plaza and restaurants.
This is an established neighbourhood with lots of winding streets and crescents, nice homes, and mature trees. It instantly gives the feeling of home. The properties have wide lots and large backyards with houses in a forest-like setting.
As we mentioned, Forest Heights is close to Fischer Hallman Road and the Conestoga Parkway. This convenient proximity allows residents and visitors easy access to the rest of Kitchener-Waterloo. Ira Needles Boulevard is another major road going through this area, which has seen some major development in the last decade or so. What once used to be flat sprawling land is now a major shopping destination. There are several roundabouts along this road with entrances to the many parking lots surrounding the strip malls and big box stores. This area has everything a family might need, including a movie theatre, art supply store, bedding, home improvement stores, and more.