Great Greek Food in Hespeler!

Greek Food from Queen's Family Restaurant

Well everyone knows that Queen's Family Restaurant, 368 Queen Street West, Unit #3 Hespeler has fantastic breakfast and is usually quite busy on weekends. Last week some of my family visited the restaurant for our dinner.

The menu is varied and has something for everyone. What we noticed on the menu was the Mediterranean Dinner options. We ordered the Gyro on a Pita, Chicken Souviaki and Hercules Platter Souviaki.

The meal was fantastic. Good size portions, fair prices and the food was so fresh! Do yourself a favour and go for Greek food at the Queen's Family Restaurant in Hespeler. You will not be disappointed.

The Preventable Decline of the Galt Collegiate Amphitheatre

Galt Amphitheatre 2018

School board failed city with negligent care of Galt Collegiate amphitheatre

Cambridge Times - We trust the people in charge of our public institutions to take care of our public buildings and spaces. What happens when one of these institutions mismanages our facilities and the public trust is broken?

The Galt Collegiate Institute (GCI) Amphitheatre was built for the community, in 1977, under the dynamic leadership and vision of Rick McNair, a former GCI drama teacher.

The Waterloo Region District School Board has been the caretaker of this facility. The board has allowed the condition of the amphitheatre to decline to its present poor shape.

The board is guilty of gross negligence in its maintenance and care of the Galt Collegiate amphitheatre. There is no evidence that the board approached the city, grant agencies, a non- profit, or business about applying for grants and developing partnerships to keep the amphitheatre functional, and to help it flourish. The amphitheatre could provide a wonderful venue for many types of performances, and enrich the life of the communities in Cambridge.

The location of the amphitheatre is spectacular – on the banks of the Grand River - centrally located, with plenty of parking. A previous Cambridge Times letter to the editor has forced the board to take action and evaluate the present condition of the amphitheatre by completing a study. It was only through the request of a member of the community and a school board trustee that we found out that the board wants to tear down the amphitheatre.

Requests to get a copy of the taxpayer funded study from the board have been ignored. We expect more from our public officials. The trust has been broken.

Paul Langan

Hespeler Business Recommendations and 34 Hespeler Community and Sports Facebook Pages Update

NOTE: Since the last Hespeler Facebook Community Pages update the Hespeler Walking Group is gone and we have added the 171 Guelph Ave - Forbes Property Preservation Group and Shop, Eat, Play, Live in Hespeler, Ontario Community groups. We have also added some business recommendations during each update to keep it interesting.


Creme Cafe Hespeler -  Love it. Go there for a quiet tea by myself, meet a friend or a serious business meeting. Great atmosphere!

Ernies - In the heart of Hespeler. Tons of craft beers and a decent menu is keeping Ernies popular with the locals.

Hellspeler Pepper Company - Hardcore Hespeler hot sauce maker. How can you not like a business that has a sauce titled, “ Jespeler Jalapeno”!!

Hespeler Brewing Company - So many people have told me this is the best IPA beer they have ever tasted. Popular at Ernies and available at the Liquor Store.

Hub Bicycle Shop - Honest, Friendly, Helpful. The Hub is everything that is good about Hespeler.

Queen's Family Restaurant - Fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sadly it has just been listed for sale. Get in and support this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

Village Eatery - Simply put, the Village Eatery has fantastic food at fair prices. Lots of renovations going on to the building which is unfortunate because I am sure it hurts their business. It is on my “eat there once a week list”.


January 26, 2019 update - by Paul Langan

1. 171 Guelph Ave - Forbes Property Preservation Group - 452 members - Purpose - Fighting the latest subdivision and apartment building being jammed into the area in and around the Forbes Estate on Guelph Avenue. Analysis - Highly Recommended to join.

2. A Safer Hespeler - 523 members - Purpose -This group is about helping make our great village of Hespeler a little safer. Analysis - This group continues to grow.

3. Hespeler Anything & Everything - 928 members - Purpose -You can post about anything and everything Hespeler related... We promise not to take offense or delete your posts. Analysis - This group was started up because the administrator saw so many neighbours banned from the This is My Hespeler FB group. Tons of ads but this is a common problem on a lot of the Hespeler FB groups.

4. Hespeler Books and Beers - 83 members - They are hoping to organize a monthly book club in Hespeler with beer. Such a great idea. We hope it grows bigger!!!

5. Hespeler Buy & Sell - 290 members - Purpose - They don’t have to tell you. It is about posting your stuff for sale there. Analysis - I wish there was only one FB page in Hespeler everyone would post there stuff on. So many items/services for sale are cross posted on other FB Hespeler pages. What I like about it is it is clear the purpose of the site.

6. Hespeler Community - 2,010 members - Purpose - This is an open group for our community in both Hespeler and Silverheights area to post events, goings on, community issues and concerns, home items for sale, etc. Analysis - Ads, Ads and more Ads. If you are starting to get same theme of many of the Hespeler FB pages you are right.

7. Hespeler Connexions - 21 members - Purpose - We are gathering together to make friends, have a laugh, and share our thoughts on a book we read as well as to support locally owned, operated Hespeler businesses. They meet the last Wednesday of every month usually in Hespeler. Analysis - Has not been updated since May 2018…..

8. Hespeler Heritage Centre - 1,242 like this page - Purpose - The Hespeler Heritage Centre is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of history and community in Hespeler.. Analysis - This is the place to go for people interested in Hespeler’s history. Even better stop in and visit them.

9. Hespeler Heavy Smokers Group - 123 members - Purpose - A place for the enthusiasts of smoked & barbecued flora and fauna. Let's share recipes and tips and post some pics of the those smokey feasts. Analysis - Great idea love it and they have tripled their members since last Hespeler FB update I did.

10. Hespeler Hot Spots - 508 members. Purpose - Community page to share what's going on in Hespeler! Events, Sales, Activities, Grand Openings, and more. Analysis - Ads, Ads and more Ads. A few different ones but similar to all the other pages.

11. Hespeler Mill Pond - 1,129 members - Purpose - All about the community living in homes the are that was once the Forbes Wetland. Analysis - Good solid community page.

12. Hespeler Model Aviators - 52 members - Purpose - RC Airplane and Helicopter club. MAAC and membership required Analysis - Good solid page and related website. If interested folks should check it out.

13. Hespeler Moms - 1,284 members - Purpose - This group is for MOMS in the Hespeler area. So we can share information, ask questions and become friends with our neighborhood! Analysis - Sorry no men allowed so no analysis.

14. Hespeler Moms' Social Club - 458 members - Purpose - (HMSC) is a community group for moms who live in Hespeler and who want to connect with other moms and build friendships within their community. Analysis - Sorry no men allowed so no analysis.

15. Hespeler Optimist - 463 people follow the page - Purpose - To support the younger part of our community by being " Friend of Youth". Analysis - The page is kept current. A great organization that needs some more members!

16. Hespeler Riders - This group is semi dormant but would be neat to have a Hespeler motorcycle riders social club. One year since last update, page is in trouble..

17. Hespeler Rocks - 1,732 members - Purpose - Hespeler neighbours paint rocks and hide them around our community and when someone finds a painted rock they take a picture and post it in this group with the hashtag #HespelerRocks. Analysis - If your into it join this group.

18. Hespeler Tennis Club FB Group - 80 members - No posts in 8 months…..

19. Hespeler Trails Awareness Group (formerly known as Hespeler Trails Safety and Awareness Group) - 191 members - Purpose - Hespeler Trails Safety and Awareness Group developed to bring community members together for the common purpose of walking peacefully and safely through our community trails and parks.

20. Hespeler Village
- 1,042 members - Purpose - No ABOUT section information. Has been around since 2010. Analysis - A larger older group but still mainly ads.I can’t handle anymore Village Well ads……...

21.Hespeler Village Neighbourhood Association - 1015 members - HVNA exists to inspire community spirit in Hespeler village by improving and enhancing the quality of life through affordable, social, educational and recreation programs. They have a website too.

22. Hespeler Village on the River - 4,115 follow the page - Purpose - A page run by the Hespeler Business Improvement Association to promote the many shops, restaurants and services in a friendly village setting.

23. Shop, Eat, Play, Live in Hespeler, Ontario. ( 536 likes ) We LOVE Hespeler how about you? We invite you to share and engage in conversation about what you "LOVE" about Hespeler.
This page is to share Community and local events, Shopping deals, Sports, Places to Dine and more! Anyone in the community can post about events and activities going on. Even have a Twitter page.

24. The Good, The Bad, The True Hespeler Community - 1,218 members - Purpose - This is an open forum to respectively discuss anything Hespeler!! Good or bad,. I like it!

25. The Real Hespeler - 335 members - Purpose - This group started in June 2017 and is all about our favourite town Hespeler. We chat about what is going on in town and our area but with a twist. You don’t always have to be politically correct. Analysis - Only 2 posts since September 2018 we are worried about the future of this page.

26. This is My Hespeler - 5,561 members - Purpose - This group is dedicated posting photos & positive stories of all things Hespeler. Show us how amazing this town is! Analysis - Popular page but administrators will ban you for saying anything negative about Hespeler. Would recommend others pages for more honest talk on our community.

27. This is Our Hespeler - 1,715 members - Purpose - This Group is for anyone to post anything about their local businesses. ALL home based, mompreneurs, downtown, or any other small business located in ALL of Hespeler is free to share any updates and goings on. Analysis - This group has grown the most since our last August update. I like the page but wish it had a few more discussions.

28. Victoria Park Ice Rink - Fisher Mills Rd. Hespeler - 408 members - Purpose - Victoria Park Ice Rink is open to the community, is FREE and anyone can come out. Whether you are just learning to skate or you want to get a bunch of friends out for a hockey game! Analysis - They might have the longest name but their single focus makes for a good group.


29. Hespeler Junior C Shamrocks - The return of Junior C hockey in Hespeler.

30. Hespeler Minor Hockey Association - 102 members - Purpose - The Hespeler Minor Hockey Association provides minor hockey for the Hespeler community in Cambridge. Analysis - Play hockey in Hespeler. A great organization. The page is not that great, but their website is.

31. Hespeler Minor Softball Association - 352 members - Purpose - The mission of HMSA is to promote and encourage good citizenship among the players of the Association. We strive to establish and promote an active interest in softball for ages 3 through to 18 regardless of ability . Analysis - Page is kept up to date and the baseball season is a short one and reasonable price.

32. Hespeler Skating Club - 92 members - This local skating club like the minor softball and hockey have been in the community for decades. Support them and you support Hespeler.

33. Hespeler Tennis - 398 members - Conveniently located in Forbes Park.

34. Scorpions Volleyball Cub - 2,099 members - Started in Hespeler in 2010, still in Hespeler, programs for boy and girls ages 7-18.

Turbotrains, Jettrains and Beyond: High Speed Rail in Canada

Turbotrains, Jettrains and Beyond: High Speed Rail in Canada

Urban Forum Ottawa, will have host a presentation by High Speed Rail Canada founder Paul Langan on January 17th, 2019. Media Release (01/07/2019) -  High Speed Rail Canada, as part of their mandate to educate the Canadian public,give public presentations about high speed rail as it relates to Canada.

Urban Forum Ottawa is hosting the event. They host lecture series on topics that would be of interest to professionals in their organization and the public.

Here are the details of the event.

PRESENTATION: Turbotrains, Jettrains and Beyond: High Speed Rail in Canada
DATE: Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00pm
LOCATION: Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall, Heritage Building, Second Floor,  110 Laurier Ave. West
COST: Free

Paul Langan founder of High Speed Rail Canada states, “ I am excited to come to Ottawa to give an entertaining presentation and have a lively discussion with participants about high speed rail in Canada. I am grateful to Urban Forum Ottawa for hosting this event.”

Media Contact - Paul Langan, High Speed Rail Canada founder at 226-505-7605 or by using contact page on website at


In 1997, the Ottawa chapters of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA), the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) joined forces to present Urban Forum, a lecture series for their members as well as elected officials, students and the public at large in the Ottawa area. Four times per year, internationally known speakers and local experts address topics that reflect the challenges faced by the associations’ combined membership.


In 2008, Mr. Langan started High Speed Rail Canada to educate Canadians on high speed rail in Canada. It is acknowledged that High Speed Rail Canada is the single national resource on high speed rail information in Canada. Their website, youtube channel and social media are used extensively by the public to increase their knowledge on previous and present Canadian high speed rail studies.

Remembering Willie P. Bennett

I walked into a London Ontario folk club in the early 1970s and Willie P Bennett was playing. I always liked him from that day forward. I followed him in Fred Eaglesmith's band for years.

As I go through my cassettes from back then I have found live recordings of Willie solo. Here is a link to a couple of those songs. Enjoy the magic of Willie P. Bennett.

Reviewing former station stops on the VIA Rail Canada $4 billion abandoned rail corridor plan

Rail History Buffs Will Like VIA Rail Canada Plan

VIA Rail Canada is so desperate to get their trains off CN owned rail lines that they have spun this idea of using an abandoned CPR, former Ontario Quebec railway line.

In previous posts we have examined communities along the line that once had service or are getting service in the proposed VIA Rail Canada plan before parliament. We examined the communities of Pontypool, Sulfide, Ungava, Kaldar, Sharbot Lake and Tweed. They are all along the abandoned route which is now part of the Canada trail system.

We all know about the VIA Rail High Frequency Rail Plan ( A phrase they made up)  The plan is better known now as the VIA Rail Sharbot Express Train due to the fact VIA Rail has stated they are stopping in Sharbot Lake and will be travelling at speeds from 50 years ago, to pick up and drop off the happy campers. (bringing tents on the train will cost more!)

More updates on the proposed Sharbot Lake, Tweed Ontario stops in a future post.

We will just deal with their original plan to have their trains start in Toronto and run through Peterborough, Sharbot Lake, Tweed, Ottawa to Montreal, Quebec City . The VIA Rail Canada website,states that the trip times will be 25% faster than the timetable now.  That is a simply ridiculous to think, that the new route from Toronto  through the outback of Ontario and through Ottawa to Montreal, will be 25% faster than the  existing Toronto to Montreal service now.

Is VIA RAIL Canada using a 1892 rail map of the line to justify their business case?

The business case for this line has never been released by VIA Rail. Why? We think because the average person could assess it and see the critical flaws in it.

We at High Speed Rail Canada love history and this rail line has a lot of history. Over a 125 years ago the then Ontario & Quebec (O&Q) railway line was busy.  Here is a LINK to a map of the line in 1892 when there actually was a lot of economic vibrant  towns along the line. Maybe VIA Rail does not realize things have changed in the last century. .

Here is a few more historical updates about communities along the line for VIA Rail to adjust their dubious business plan for returning passenger rail service to it.

Ardendale Station back in the day!

Arden (Ardendale) (population 968)

 Now known for its proximity to provincial parks, camping, beautiful scenery and artisan community, Arden is not like it was in its heyday when the O&Q rail line went through it. The blacksmith shop, sawmill, grist mill, planning mill, sash and door factory are all gone. The railway station was dismantled in 1967 the same year the last train went through Arden.

On a positive note, the Legion is open and it is just up the road where the former rail line, now Canada trail, is.

Mountain Grove Ontario - former rail line and abandoned church and Mountain Grove Rowers Club

Mountain Grove (Olden) -  (population 906) 

 There are a number of residences, a library, and a monument to our war dead. However the industries of potash and lumber are long gone and there is little growth in the community.

If your in the area,  near where the former station/rail line was , on private property is an abandoned church and seemingly abandoned Mountain Grover Rowers Clubhouse!

Hungerford, Ontario building right next to former rail line, now trail.

Hungerford - (population - <10

Hungerford is just 4km away from Sulfide Ontario . We talked about the community of Sulfide in a previous posting. Hungerford was once home to woodworking, carving, and a coffin making factory. It also benefited from the early rush of people to the gold mine in Sulfide. This was before they mined sulfide there. The gold mine went bankrupt and eventually Hungerford faded into the past..

The correct term to describe Hungerford today is a dispersed rural community.

Hope you enjoy our continuing rail history that relates to VIA Rail’s $4 billion boondoggle plan