The City of Waterloo is located in the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle, in the Region of Waterloo. The quality of life is enhanced by arts, culture and heritage scenes, recreation opportunities, parks and trails, facilities, programs, services and more. Waterloo is a great place to live, work, learn and play.
It’s ready made for outside living
There are more than 3,000 acres of parks and six conservation areas. Explore this beautiful location by hiking a new trail each week, taking a scenic walking tour, or taking the kids for a picnic in the park! With amenities such as leash free dog areas, skate-parks and the world’s best maintained waterway: The Grand River, Waterloo makes it easy for those with a love of the great outdoors to have a good time!
The Grand River: Waterloo Ontario
The area offers urban and country living
“Our neighbourhoods are a reflection of who we are. We walk on our neighbourhood streets, we shovel our snow and we plant our gardens. This is where we live, and this is where things happen at a grassroots level.”
Waterloo residents take pride in where they live and there are many programs in place to care for the suburban nighbourhoods – old and new, ensuring they are well maintained and a beautiful place to be. The area sports three urban core locations: Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Get the best of both worlds with the activity and bustle of city life, and rural country settings only minutes from town.
World-class education and Activities
The area is home to three top universities – University of Waterloo, University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University – and one of Ontario’s premier colleges – Conestoga College. With fifty-thousand students attending annually there are opportunities in abundance to meet people and make new friends. Take part in a group or club and find those that share your interests! Or try something completely new! Waterloo offers activities ranging from Cycling to Embroidery and everything in between. With an easy to use online directory on the city’s website, you’ll have no trouble joining in!
Cultural festivals and creative spaces
The region is home to more than 60 arts, culture and heritage festivals and galleries.
Check out the Festival of Lights in the winter months: with over 100, 000 decorative lights, fireworks on opening night, and horse-drawn trolley rides through the park.
Explore The Royal Medieval Faire on September 16th An interactive day consisting of vendors, hands on displays, food and beverages, games, celtic music, magic, swordplay, authentic costumes and decoration, plus much more.
During the months of July and August catch a movie in the park! Check out what movies are playing and arrange a date for your host family to join you! Spread a blanket or pull up a lawn chair and enjoy a film projected onto a giant inflatable screen – entry by monetary or non-perishable food donation to the foodbank.
Watch with baited breath in May – September as each month different artists battle head to head, showcasing their talent in a masterful duel and compete in categories such as fort building, synthesizing, and obstacle course running.
The Medieval Faire 2016
There’s a lot to explore in the Waterloo Region, from vibrant neighbourhoods to quaint villages and lively urban centres. It is a place that strives to combine the excitement of new experiences with the peaceful beauty of nature and home. Waterloo has that small town feel with an impressive collection of amenities usually found in large urban cities. It’s a fantastic location to learn about and experience Canada – you don’t want to miss it!