Kitchener’s Chicopee Ski Club dates back to 1934, when a group of local businessmen organized a ski season with 200 members – and made a 64-cent profit.
Before the arrival of settler Jacob Hespeler in 1845, the town of Hespeler was once known as Bergeytown and then New Hope. Hespeler was incorporated as a town in 1901 and was eventually amalgamated into the City of Cambridge in 1973 alongside Preston, Galt, and Blair.
Hespeler Village, is the only place in the world named Hespeler. One of the oldest settlements in Waterloo Region, the land was deeded to the First Nations by the British Crown in 1784. In 1831, Pennsylvanian Mennonites settled the community, first called Bergeytown, then New Hope. In 1835, Jacob Hespeler, originally from Germany, built a Grist Mill and several other businesses, which, with the arrival of the railway, started this small village on the road to prosperity. The village was renamed Hespeler in his honour.
There have been a few TV shows and movies filmed in Hespeler over the years including a Stephen King mini-series called 11.22.63 with actor James Franco.