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City of Waterloo


Waterloo is the smallest city of the three cities that make up the Region on Waterloo. In fact, the city is so small that it is often joined with Kitchener to make up Kitchener-Waterloo, which is sometimes referred to as the ‘Twin-Cities’. Waterloo is often rated as one of the top ten cities to live in the country. It is also a fantastic place for a holiday, having several notable attractions, and hosting a plethora of festivals and events. You can eat, drink and shop in Waterloo, as well as enjoy the outdoors or delve into the region’s history. The City of Waterloo is home to two of the highest-ranked universities in the country; University of Waterloo & Laurier University and attracts some of the best and brightest talent from around the world. Think tanks like the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre are helping to translate great ideas into some of the most successful and innovative businesses in the country. Uptown Waterloo is a thriving urban centre with award-winning architecture, unique shops and fantastic restaurants.  

Healthy Lifestyle - The two square kilometre RIM Park is city park with both indoor and outdoor facilities. The park sits on the northeast side of the city, part of which is on the edge of the Grand River. RIM Park is also home to the Manulife Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre, which features four Olympic-sized ice pads, two gymnasiums and an indoor field.  Enjoy the outdoors by walking or jogging along the seven kilometre loop trail, playing beach volleyball or having a picnic. There are also 12 multi-purpose fields, a playground and six ball diamonds.

 Take A Stroll - Waterloo is a historic city and a historic walking tour is a great way to delve into this. There are two neighbourhoods that are great this; the Mary-Allen neighbourhood and Uptown Waterloo. Relive history and ride an active steam train at the Waterloo Central Railway. There are a number of heritage cars in service that have been restored so that visitors can hop on and go for a ride.

Fresh Local Goods - Waterloo is home of the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, an attraction in its own right and this, together with a train ride makes for a great day. It is Canada’s largest year-round market and attracts roughly one million visitors each year. The market is a farmers’ market and flea market rolled into one that was established in 1975. It was originally just a bunch of tents, but today is massive 3,200 square metre building.

Waterloo hosts endless ideas for entertainment, shopping, active lifestyle, urban living and so much more.....

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