Explore St. Jacobs

Stroll Walking Tour + Elmira Wagon Tours – two things to do in St. Jacobs that will expand your understanding of local history and the Mennonite community – a wagon tour in the morning & walking tour in the afternoon!  

Top image: A Mennonite woman drives a green tractor pulling a wagon full of people on the Elmira Wagon Rides. Bottom image: a group of women pose in front of a mural in the Village of St. Jacobs on the Historic St. Jacobs Stroll Walking Tour.

In the morning, hop on the country wagon pulled by an antique John Deere tractor for a 60 min ride through beautiful farming landscape of Woolwich Township, which is rich in Mennonite heritage. The guided tour winds through Martin’s Family Fruit Farm & orchard, past a Mennonite school and rural Mennonite farms. The on-board guide shares about the Mennonite culture, their way of life, farming in their culture, and some about Mennonite history. There is lots of opportunity for the passengers to ask questions.

In the afternoon, join the guided walking tour of Historic St. Jacobs. St. Jacobs might look like a town frozen in time, but its history tells another tale. This small village blends the modern and traditional but always stays connected to its roots.

This town has made a big name for itself, and the story is best told through intriguing local tales: the milling company that pioneered new technology in 1875; the early schoolteacher from Sierra Leone, the woman whose love for books built the library; the horse that delivered the mail for decades and a hardware store that became a nation-wide company.

Led by: Elmira Wagon Tour guides are volunteers with The Mennonite Story and have strong Mennonite family and community connections. Stroll Walking Tours is led by Juanita Metzger who grew up in the community. 

Accessibility: The wagon has a low step to enter. The walking tour route follows paved surfaces on main and neighbourhood streets. Accessible for scooters & wheelchairs.

St. Jacobs Wagon + Walking Tour Details

Your ticket includes one (1) wagon tour and one (1) walking tour ticket. If there are 4 people in our group, you need to purchase four (4) tickets. 

The Wagon + Stroll package is offered on THURSDAYS ONLY. 

It’s best to join the 10am or 11:15 am Wagon Tour so that you have time to grab lunch before joining the walking tour in St. Jacobs at 2:30pm. 

Of course, we have the obligatory Liability Waiver and Release form that must be signed by each person in advance of joining the walk.  Why a waiver for a walking tour, you ask? Couldn’t get insurance without it. Stroll pays insurance… you sign the waiver. 

A sense of curiosity, a few questions and a willingness to learn something you didn’t know before.

Of course, dress for the weather; bring a hat, water bottle, umbrella, solid walking shoes (no flip flops!) and anything else you need to be comfortable on the walk. 

We walk rain or shine or snow! 

However, we do heed storm watches and warnings and would never put you in danger. Stroll may cancel and reschedule a walk due to an issued weather advisory. 

We don’t make scheduled bathroom breaks along the walking route. Please attend to personal needs before or after the walking tour. 

Twice a year Stroll hosts a series of public walking tours in the spring and fall. Make sure you are on the Stroll newsletter list so you know when they are available! 

Absolutely! The walking tour guides have chosen routes with the best possible accessibility in order to accommodate as many people as possible. However, construction happens and we do our best to re-route safely.

If you have any questions about the accessibility of a specific walk, please contact us in advance of booking. 

We’ll say it again… Always arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time! If you arrive exactly at departure time, you’re already late! If you arrive really late, your walking tour will likely be shorter than you planned for. 

Public Tours: We start on time so you might miss the introduction. If you’re really late, you might miss the tour if we’ve already moved on. 

We know you’re a curious bunch so we’ve been preparing blog posts with additional resources from many of the walking tours. Happy reading!

The guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and the tour was a fascinating view into local history. I absolutely loved this tour!
James M