Living in The Junction
Last summer we decided to buy a sweet, little, red brick bungalow right in the middle of the Junction. Although the trains are frequent, they are not the only distinct characteristic the Junction has to offer. Each street is lined with mature trees and homes that express their own flare, no “cookie cutters” in sight. My personal favourite distinction, however, would have to be the brewpubs.
Why The Junction?
Our little neighbourhood is always busy and bustling. Even in the middle of winter, everyone is out with their sleds or playing in the snow. When the snow melts, the streets are filled with people walking about, children playing and chalk drawings galore. Everyone is quick to smile and say hello. It’s hard not to feel welcomed.
It seems every home is different from another. Little brick bungalows, some painted, some original. Large two-storey homes with wrap-around porches and perfectly manicured lawns. Lawns with freely growing gardens, wild with purpose and buzzing with bees. No matter the home, each offers its own unique touch, adding to our quirky little neighbourhood.
Not one, but two! Fixed Gear Brewing Co. has been our go-to spot since moving to the Junction. They have a fabulous collection of craft beers and even kombucha on tap (I highly recommend the Alley Cat Milkshake IPA or Breakaway IPA). The warehouse-style brewery has garage doors that open in the warmer months and welcome its many patrons. Although industrial, the string lights, funky fixtures and eclectic decor create a cozy atmosphere. You are allowed and encouraged to bring your leashed pups along with you for a cold one. The staff is awesome, lovely to be around and they’ll never forget your dog’s name. Euchre, bingo, trivia, and yoga are just some of the many theme nights hosted by Fixed Gear. They are often accompanied by local food trucks and restaurants that set up shop in the brewery. They live to entertain and they have created the perfect space to do so.
Along with Fixed Gear, Abe Erb has recently opened its doors to the public as well. They offer a wide range of craft beers and delicious food options. We go to enjoy the late-night bites and delicious pizzas, made in their impressive pizza oven. We usually decide on the warm Pretzels and “NY/NY” pizza, but everything is so good. Check out their menu here! Abe Erb shares its space with Settlement Coffee, a cute little café, and the perfect spot to grab a sweet treat or decadent latte.
Not downtown, but the next best thing. Growing up downtown Guelph, I had trouble picturing myself living anywhere else. The transition has been much easier than expected. We can walk downtown in 10 minutes and it’s nice to have the separation. The 401 is a quick drive away, we have amenities on either side and everything we need is easily accessible. We have several nearby parks and trails as well. Sunny Acres was my childhood park, we grew up skating in the winter and playing during the summer. To be so close again is comforting, it also made me break out the skates after an eight-year hiatus. Howitt Park is our hidden gem. It has a community garden, baseball fields, paved walking trails and a killer tobogganing hill. It’s the perfect place to walk our dog, Ned, and soak up the sun with an afternoon picnic.
Yes, the trains! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, they become background noise pretty fast. We sleep through the trains at night, even with the horns sounding in the distance. Occasionally we get stuck behind the crossing trains, but it’s a great time to take a moment and reflect (thinking positively here). All in all, it’s a small price to pay for the amazing neighbourhood.