This heritage railway through the southern Ontario countryside is a trip worth taking. The Heritage Hopper at Waterloo Central Railway is not your average train ride — it lets you choose your own adventure!

Rich in history, these trains have been operating since the 1880s.

This authentic heritage train ride takes you through Woolwich Township and Waterloo Regions’ famous Mennonite farm country.

“Sit back and relax as you travel through the picturesque countryside,” the description says.

The complete ride is about 1 hour and 45 minutes long, but with the Heritage Hopper day pass, you can hop on and off the train at your leisure and explore the sights along the way.

You’ll have complete flexibility and freedom to plan your day as you wish and use the train schedule to visit all the attractions along the line.

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For example, you can venture through the famous Farmers Market in St. Jacobs and then board the train around mid-morning.

You can hop off at St. Jacobs for a stroll through the village and lunch, and then catch the next train to Elmira.

And if you want to upgrade your experience, you can opt for first-class lounge seating instead of standard coach seating.

The first-class coach features “soft, upholstered chairs in spacious surroundings for a full view of the countryside,” the description says.

And for $40 per ticket, this is probably the cheapest first-class seat you’ll ever sit in.

Beautiful scenery, local attractions, and rich history. That’s how you explore Ontario the right way!

Heritage Hopper at Waterloo Central Railway

Where: 330 Farmers Market Road, Waterloo & 50 Isabella Street, St. Jacobs