|June 01, 2023 - September 17, 2023||2 weeks|
We are quite flexible on the dates we can exchange. If a stay of over two weeks is important to you, we can probably make it work. One way to do this could be to stay with us for a day or two before we fly to your home, and/or remain a day or two after we return. Three weeks seems to me to be the maximum. I hope we can work something out!
Comfortable family home in SW Ontario
Our home is a comfortable, child-friendly two-story, with a private back yard, gazebo, barbecue and play equipment for children. Inside, deep leather couches in a large family room make for comfortable chats or watching Cable TV or Netflix. The kitchen has a well-vented large gas stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and an antique workbench island. Those who like to cook will be pleased. The four large bedrooms and 4 bathrooms will easily accommodate a larger family, as will our 6-seater Toyota van.
Summer days in Waterloo are hot, so you'll appreciate the central air-conditioning and swimming at our nearby private community pool. Our favourite time to swim is late afternoon when the sun's heat is still strong, and the neighbourhood kids have gone home for dinner. Enjoy quiet evenings on our veranda or in the screened gazebo. We have tennis racquets for your use at our neighbourhood courts beside the pool. And, of course, Wi-fi.
We know you will look after our home as carefully as we will care for yours.
Waterloo is a centre for technology and innovation situated in rich farm country. You'll find an abundance of entertainment, recreation, athletic and social activities. Our neighbourhood has many safe walking trails. Laurel Conservation Area is a few hundred metres away, where you can swim, rent canoes for short trips around the shallow lake, or hike the forest. You may enjoy the Jazz Festival in Uptown Waterloo, Movies under the Stars in Waterloo Park and the12 Bar Blues Festival in Kitchener. Local theatre is very good. St ratford, 45 minutes away, is home to world-class theatre. Kitchener's Centre in the Square has outstanding acoustics for concerts both classical and modern, an exceptional K-W Symphony Orchestra, and frequent shows by popular entertainers. Late August brings a fun Busker Festival to Waterloo. And don't forget the back roads of South-Ontario's rich and scenic farmland. Drives are easy, and worth the time to leisurely explore. If you should wish to spend more than two weeks on your visit, consider coming as our guests for a few days before we leave, and/or staying on for a few days after we return. We've done this before, and it has been a delight to get to know our exchange partners better, as well as provide suggestions for their holiday - and ours, and afterwards share experiences. We would be pleased to help you prepare a holiday plan centred around your interests.
Waterloo has many excellent restaurants and friendly pubs for nights when you don't want to cook. Let us give you some tips on our favourites. August is also the perfect month to enjoy fresh produce from local farms, so you might like to stay home for dinner. We especially value Herrle's Farm Market and the St. Jacobs market in Old Order Amish country, both only 10 minutes away.
You may drive our 7-seat Toyota Sienna (with automatic transmission) for comfortable trips to Toronto, Niagara Falls, Wasaga Beach (the world's longest freshwater sandy beach), Stratford Festival, Elora Gorge, Oshweken Six Nations Reserve, the Cheltenham Badlands, or Canada's Wonderland. We are an hour from Rockwood Conservation Area, with its ancient geology, fossil-filled limestone bedrock, and placid waters for you to explore by canoe.
You will find a highchair for your baby, lots of toys for young children, as well as an outdoor climber and swing-set, covered sandbox and safe space to play.
Shari and our daughter Sarah operate Dreampower, their home-based business, year-round, so Sarah may occasionally need brief access to our basement. She will ensure she does not disrupt you, and will of course be an excellent resource for you in the event you could use advice or assistance of any kind.
We have loved all our home exchanges, and our international guests. aWe hope you'll come to Waterloo.
Larry & Shari
- 2 Adults
- 0 Children
- 9 Exchanges made
- Retired Teacher
- Business Owner
- House Type: House
- Environment: In the suburbs
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 4
- Sleeping Capacity: 7
- Living Area: 240 m2
In my house
- Pets - Not allowed
- Small children - Allowed
- Home exchange
- Free internet access
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Baby equipment
- Toys and games
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- Terrace or deck
- No smoking
- Car necessary
- Use/Exchange of car
Our Destination Wish List
- Open for all offers
- Retired Teacher
- Business Owner
- No children will be traveling with us.
- We do not have pets.
About Our Family
Since 1988 Shari has run Dreampower, her home-based business, making dress-up clothes for children. Larry is a retired teacher who now manages (loosely speaking) the house and cooking. We have 5 grown children, and 7 grandchildren, who range from 17 years down to 5. Our oldest son Colin is in Costa Rica. Sarah and Kate are in Waterloo. Amy is in Barrie, and Ben is in Victoria, BC.
Our lives are pretty simple. We are looking for a comfortable home to return to after a day of travelling. A car to exchange to help keep costs low would be nice, too.
We don't need to see big tourist attractions. We enjoy immersing ourselves in the local culture and learning to live in your space.
This member has completed 9 home exchanges. Those referenced below may contain feedback/impression from its exchange partners: