New Hamburg, Ontario

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New Hamburg
Unincorporated community
Peel Street in New Hamburg.
Peel Street in New Hamburg.
Coordinates: 43°22′44″N 80°42′39″W / 43.37889°N 80.71083°W / 43.37889; -80.71083
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional municipality Waterloo
Township Wilmot
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area N3A
Area code(s) 519 and 226
NTS Map 040P07

New Hamburg is a community of approximately 7,930 (2011 stats) in Wilmot Township. Founded in 1854 it is a rural township of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario. It is bordered by Baden to the east and Perth County to the west, and is within easy driving distance of the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Stratford.

The Nith River winds through town and flows through the downtown core, which is home to a 50-foot waterwheel built in 1990 and billed as the largest operating waterwheel in North America.

The weekly newspaper serving the community is the New Hamburg Independent.

New Hamburg's major active/green spaces are Scott Park (Soccer Fields, Tennis & Basketball Courts, Playground, River Access), Kirkpatrick Park (Gazebo, Swan Pavilion), Norm S. Hill Park aka. The Grandstands (Lit Softball Diamonds, Scrub Diamond, Playground, Public Washrooms, Race Track, Mini Mountain Bike Trail) and the Arboretum, all located within the town limits.

Primary schools within the town include Forest Glen Public School, Grandview Public School, and Holy Family Catholic School. There are no high schools in New Hamburg; students attend Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School near Baden.

The Region of Waterloo Library operates a branch at 145 Huron Street, in a designated heritage building, a Carnegie library built in 1912.

Key community groups in New Hamburg include the New Hamburg Board of Trade, the Optimist Club, Lions Club and Lioness Club, and the New Hamburg Community Players (TCP). The downtown has been designated a Heritage Conservation District.[1]


Located on the Nith River just over 20 kilometers from Berlin (now Kitchener) this settlement - established in 1830 by William Scott and called New Hamburgtown - is in an area with rich soil, that was subsequently settled primarily by Germans, both Mennonites and others direct from Germany. The settlement was laid out in 1832.[2][3] A historical plaque honours Josiah Cushman, an Amish Mennonite from Germany, who built a grist mill in the village in about 1834.[4] Later, the village was called Cassel but by 1840, it had been changed to New Hamburg.[5]

In 1851 the New Hamburg post-office was established by mill owner William Scott. The population was 500 at the time and there was a pottery, a carriage works and a foundry. The Grand Trunk Railroad reached the area in 1856 and helped the village become successful in milling and farm machinery manufacturing. In 1869 the population was 1,400 and the settlement had a railway station.[6]

New Hamburg was incorporated as a Village in 1857, with a population of about 1100 and then as a Town in 1966. inhabitants, in 1857 and as a Town in 1966.[7] The river was an excellent source of power for two wool factories and two flour mills in 1864. There was also a successful foundry that manufactured agricultural implements. Several large companies made carriages, buggies and wagons. By that time there were three churches and a school with 100 students.[8]

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Annual events[edit]

  • The Ontario Mennonite Relief Sale is held at the arena and fairgrounds each year on the last Saturday of May.
  • New Hamburg Live! runs for about a week in early June. It promotes local art and artists.
  • The Canada Day Duck Race takes place on the Nith River.
  • The 3rd weekend in August, New Hamburg hosts "Canada's Largest All Mopar Car Show" - Moparfest.
  • Run by the Wilmot Family Resource Center, the Poor Boy's Luncheon raises money towards the Centre's various Social Services.
  • The New Hamburg Fall Fair is a non-profit held by the Wilmot Agricultural Society. It runs annually in September.
  • The Wilmot Terry Fox Run (3.5km and 8.5km)starts in New Hamburg's William Scott Park. It is held annually on the second Sunday following Labour Day.

Notable people[edit]

Notable businesses[edit]

  • Murray's Clothing & Footwear, establed in 1952, is the oldest clothing shop in New Hamburg. The store is easily recognized by its iconic blue and white stripped awning.
  • Puddicombe House Restaurant, Inn and Spa and Salon sits in a historic 1868 century home in downtown New Hamburg. It was the residence of Senator Samuel Merner
  • Ontario Drive and Gear, manufacturers of the Argo amphibious all-terrain vehicle is located here. In addition, the plant also supplies gears and transmissions to several world-class companies such as Volvo, Tigercat, and Raymond Industrial.
  • New Hamburg is home to the Oak Grove Cheese company, founded in 1879, one of the few remaining North American producers of Limburger cheese.
  • Ten Thousand Villages' distribution warehouse for all of Canada is also located in New Hamburg.
  • BW Feed and Seed is located in the local Mill. It was around this mill, and the connecting dam/waterwheel, that New Hamburg was built.


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Coordinates: 43°22′44″N 80°42′39″W / 43.37889°N 80.71083°W / 43.37889; -80.71083