Why we love New Dundee…
New Dundee is a small community south-west of Kitchener built on Alder Creek, part of the Grand River watershed.
It’s original settles, the Millar brothers, saw the potential of the creek and started the town with their sawmill business back in 1830. Soon after a large grist mill was built, which stayed in operation until 1980. After the grist mill came the village plan in 1850 and soon enough Lutherans from Germany and Mennonites from Waterloo began to build their homes in the community.
The Post Office was the next thing to open in 1852 and as the years went on the town added two churches, two stores, two hotels, a school, a new sawmill, a flour mill and factories producing flax, shingles and rakes. By 1870 the population was 250.
Ezra H. Thamer continued the town’s growth in 1904 when he opened the New Dundee Rural Telephone Company, and started the New Dundee Co-Operative Creamery Ltd, which stayed open until 1998.
Today, children are still getting their education at the public school that was built in 1928.
Visitors and locals love The Dundee Country Club, which opened in 1970. It boasts scenic views and challenging golf, with many large trees and scattered ponds on a total area of 6357 yards.
On a drive through New Dundee on you’ll see quaint small businesses and some historic buildings still standing to this day. Stop at Optimist Park to enjoy the view of Alder Lake and, if you’re looking to see a historic building, eat delicious food and do some boutique shopping, the New Dundee Emporium is your one stop shop! Built in 1887 to honour Queen Victoria, the building is an excellent example of architecture in the Victorian mercantile style.
Fun fact: Canada’s “Father of Archaeology” and Iroquoian prehistory expert, William J. Wintemberg was born in New Dundee!