Participate with your family in these engaging winter experiences. Enjoy an outdoor projection show and light displays, take a self-guided downtown Cambridge river walk, sign up for an online birdhouse making workshop, learn valuable outdoor sports and activity tips and lots more.

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Cambridge Centre for the Arts Photography Exhibit

Cambridge Centre for the Arts

My Winter City Community Photography Exhibit

child playing in snow

Exhibition on February to March 2020

We have invited Cambridge citizens to submit photographs of themselves outfitted and ready for winter, as well as enjoying outdoor winter activities. A celebration of the diversity of people who make up this great community embracing the Canadian winter!

All submitted photos will be shared through an online photo album (link coming soon to this page). A selection of submitted photos will also be displayed in large format in the windows of the Cambridge Centre for the Arts so they can be viewed from the street. Walk along Wellington Street just down from Dickson Street and take some time to enjoy this exhibition in February and March. 

Build Your Own Bird Nesting House (Online Workshop)

Online Workshop: Build Your Own Open Front Bird Nesting House for Robins, Phoebes, and Finches

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Sign up for this WOW virtual on-line workshop and build your own bird house with the guidance of our skilled 50+ woodworker members. 

Includes a kit with all necessary pre-drilled bird house parts, along with expert instruction to construct your project during the live Zoom workshop with all other registered on-line participants.

Please note to participate in this on-line workshop you must have access to a computer with a camera.

You will be contacted regarding arrangements to pick up your kit which will include a list of required tools you will need.

Prior to the workshop you will be sent a link via email to connect to the workshop with Zoom.

This workshop is $10.00 + HST. You must pre-register as spaces are limited! Only one adult registers per spot. Each adult can be accompanied by one family member to help make the bird house if desired.

Workshop Dates   Time                                                    Activity Code
Wed, Jan 27     1:30 pm  23189
Wed, Feb 25  1:30 pm  23224

Register online 

Virtual Snow Sculpting Club

Matt Morris Virtual Snow Sculpture photoJoin Matt Morris’s Virtual Snow Sculpting Club! This free program has members from across the region, Canada and even as far as the United States.

Matt lives in Waterloo and is an accomplished snow sculptor. His larger than life creations turn heads every winter. Matt’s spinning snow sculpture of Raptor’s basketball star Pascal Siakam received a lot of attention, including from the player himself who enthusiastically responded to a photo he saw of it. Matt has also created sculptures of Mick Jagger, Einstein, Moai heads, animated film characters, a variety of animals, as well as abstract designs and ideas.

In addition to the Club, Matt shares images of his sculptures on-line, as well as tips and techniques on how you can learn to make amazing snow sculptures through tutorials, videos and photographs. Check it out and then get outside and start snow sculpting!

Find out more about Matt by checking out this websiteTwitterInstagram or YouTube page

River Walk Highlights - Downtown Cambridge (Galt)

Explore the Grand River in downtown Cambridge on a sunny winter’s day! In addition to the beauty of this Canadian Heritage River, don’t miss the historic landmarks and other visual highlights along the way. Here is a small sample of what makes walking along the river such a great experience.

Cambridge Sculpture Garden

This oasis in the city between Grand Avenue South and the river features both temporary and permanent sculptures by artists from across Ontario in a garden setting. Even in winter the location is idyllic and the sculptures will capture your imagination.

Craig’s Crossing 

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Linking the East River Walkway at Founders Point with the West River Walkway at Absalom’s Walk and the Cambridge Sculpture Garden, this pedestrian bridge, named after a former Mayor, offers an exceptional view of the River.  Be sure to come back in the evening when the bridge is colourfully lit.

Main Street Bridge and Central Presbyterian Church

7 Queens Square

This municipally and provincially heritage designated bridge, built in 1931, is one of several iconic bowstring arch bridges that span the Grand River. In recent years it has been featured as a prominent element in several movie and television scenes filmed in Cambridge.  Directly next to the bridge and river is the Central Presbyterian Church, built 1880-82, one of many beautiful historic churches in the downtown core.

Morris C. Lutz House, 60, Water Street N

Located near the intersection of Water and Thorne Streets, this small but striking heritage designated house faces a busy downtown with the backdrop of the steadily flowing river. It is one of the earliest surviving large stone dwellings built in the city, dating from 1849-51. Morris Lutz was Galt’s first Mayor, presiding over the inaugural council meeting in the old City hall.

Mill Race Park, 36 Water St N

Created in 1978 from the ruins of the former Turnbull Woolen Mill this park and landmark are a reminder of the rich history that surrounds the river. A unique stone amphitheatre forms part of the site and is a popular location for photography shoots and special events. Located on the corner of Water Street and Parkhill Road.

Winter Illumination 

Winter Illumination was a huge success with thousands of people attending.  Due to its popularity, several featured installations were selected to be extended into 2021. Installations will be located in Preston, Galt and Hespeler. An interactive map is available for this self-guided experience which highlights all the displays so you can plan your own route.  

The community is reminded to keep safety top of mind and adhere to pandemic guidelines on gathering and social distancing.

If you were unable to visit all the displays in 2020, check out the virtual tour video

Winter Illumination Map

Post Office Projection Show - 12 Water Street South - *currently postponed *

Due to the current provincial stay at home order and to support Public Health directives, the digital light show has been postponed until further notice. 

These shows have quickly become a community attraction and run nightly (Thursday to Sunday) Starting at 7pm, they run on the half hour ending at 9pm.  

Point of Interest and Destinations

Galt Area Walking Tour and Points of Interest

In collaboration with Idea Exchange, the city of Cambridge Archives has developed an virtual walking tour of Galt

The City of Cambridge Archives has developed a list of points of interest for your exploration.  

Historic Cambridge Walking Tour

Enjoy this interactive map of historic locations throughout Cambridge. 

Cambridge Film Projects Walking Tour

The City of Cambridge is proud of the filming location maps that have been created. There is also a 

map specifically for Handmaid’s Tale filming locations.  

Neighbourhoods

Neighbourly activities can include: 

  • Build a snowperson for a neighbour
  • Leave a friendly snow message on a car window
  • Shovel a neighbour's driveway

Greenway Chaplin Community Centre welcomes you to visit their programming page for updates at https://greenwaychaplin.com/programs/

Visit the Cambridge Associations webpage for more information about Cambridge’s Neighbourhood Associations.

Outdoor Winter Activities and Sports Tips

Getting Active This Winter

Winston Endall of SAIL Outdoors Cambridge has provided ways to keep active outdoors during the winter. 

Winter Hiking 101

Winter hiking is much like hiking any other time of year only it’s cold, snowy and slippery. With a few additions to your three season kit you can hike year round.

Snowshoeing 101 

When the snow gets too deep it makes walking really challenging. This is where snow shoes come into play. They spread your weight over a larger area reducing how much you sink in the snow.

Cross Country Skiing 101

If you are looking for a way to get fit and cover a lot of ground in the winter, nothing beats cross country skiing. 

The community is reminded to keep safety top of mind and adhere to pandemic guidelines on gathering and physical distancing. More information on COVID-19 protocols can be found here

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