New Dundee, Ontario

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New Dundee
Unincorporated community
Coordinates: 43°21′4″N 80°32′12″W / 43.35111°N 80.53667°W / 43.35111; -80.53667
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Regional municipality Waterloo
Township Wilmot
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area N0B 2E0
Area code(s) 519 and 226
NTS Map 040P07

New Dundee is a small community of 1,119 people at the time of the 2016 Census, in the Township of Wilmot, Ontario, Canada, south-west of Kitchener.[1]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Locations surrounding New Dundee
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


This settlement not far from Berlin (Kitchener) on the Alder Creek, owes its existence to the Millar brothers, Frederick, William, John and David from Dundee Scotland in the mid 1840s. They started business here while still living in Berlin. (The exact dates are not known.) John Millar, dammed the creek and built a sawmill. Later Frederick bought most of John's properties and built a large grist mill which would continue operating until 1980. In the 1850s, he arranged for the completion of a village plan but the area did not attract many settlers because it was some miles from the main roads and the railway.[2]

Later, Lutherans from Germany settled here as did some Mennonites from Waterloo Township.[3] The Post Office was opened in 1852. By 1870, there were two churches, two hotels, a school, the sawmill and the flour mill, and factories that produced shingles, rakes and flax, as well as two stores and two hotels. The population was 250.[4][5] The current New Dundee Public School was built in 1928, with additions in 2008 and 2013. [6]

It is home to the Dundee Country Club golf course that opened in 1970. Many small businesses are located within the community on Alder Lake and some historic buildings are still standing. New Dundee Creamery, founded in 1908, was for many years the town's largest employer, with up to 100 employees at its peak.

William J. Wintemberg, called by some the "Father of Canadian Archaeology", and an expert on Iroquioan prehistory, was born in the village.[7]


New Dundee is situated along the Grand River watershed. The local stream is called Alder Creek. Alder Creek flows into the Nith River a few kilometres downstream. The original settlers built the town because of its creek.

Locations surrounding New Dundee[edit]


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  4. ^ County of Waterloo Gazetteer and General Business Directory, For 1864 (PDF). Mitchell & Co. 1864. p. 161. 
  5. ^ County of Waterloo Gazetteer and General Business Directory, For 1864 (PDF). Mitchell & Co. 1864. p. 161. 
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External links[edit]

  • New Dundee at Geographical Names of Canada

Coordinates: 43°21′04″N 80°32′12″W / 43.35111°N 80.53667°W / 43.35111; -80.53667