Awesome Waterloo Region

The Region of Waterloo is a vibrant and healthy place to live and work. We are Canada’s 10th largest and Ontario’s 4th largest urban area (522,000 people) and we are world-renowned for our educational and research institutes, as well as our cultural festivals and unique heritage that blends rural countryside with dynamic urban centres. We are an engaging and engaged population. With our heritage rooted in farming, we continue to plant, grow, nourish and cultivate ideas worth spreading.

Something for Everyone? That and More!


Arts & Culture

Libraries, Galleries, Music

  • The Grand Philharmonic Choir
  • The Registry Theatre
  • Theatre on the Edge
  • Waterloo Community Arts Centre
  • Brubacher House
  • Cambridge Galleries
  • Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
  • Castle Kilbride
  • Doon Heritage Crossroads
  • Elam Martin Farmstead
  • Homer Watson House & Gallery
  • Joseph Schneider Haus Museum
  • Kitchener Industrial Artifacts
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
  • Woodside: Mackenzie King Estate
  • Steckle Farmstead
  • The Museum


  • Cambridge Fall Fair (September)
  • Cambridge Riverfest (June)
  • Christkindl Market (December)
  • Cruising on King Street (July)
  • Doors Open Waterloo Region
  • Drayton Festival
  • Elmira Maple Syrup Festival (March)
  • Fresh Ayr Festival
  • Grand River Baroque Festival
  • KidSpark (August)
  • Kitchener Blues Festival
  • Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music (August)
  • Multicultural Festival (July)
  • Nearby Stratford Festival
  • Oktoberfest (October)
  • Open Ears Festival (Summer)
  • Perimeter Institute Culture Club
  • Royal Medieval Faire
  • Santa Claus Parade – Cambridge (November)
  • Santa Claus Parade – Kitchener/Waterloo (November)
  • The Cambridge Highland Games (July)
  • The Cambridge Tour de Grand (June)
  • Tri-Pride Festival
  • Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival (July)
  • Waterloo Busker Carnival (August)
  • Waterloo Community Arts Festival
  • Waterloo Country Quilt Festival (May)
  • Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival
  • Wonders of Winter (December)
  • Word on the Street (September)



University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo frequently ranked number one for overall reputation among all universities in Canada, has the world’s largest mathematics faculty, a top computer science program, and Canada’s co-operative education, and engineering programs. The University has been a leader in generating successful technologies, accounting for approximately 20% of the technology spin-offs of all universities in Canada.

  • Artificial Intelligence Research Group
  • Canadian Centre of Arts & Technology
  • Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research
  • Master of Quantitative Finance Program
  • Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies
  • Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology
  • Centre for Computational Mathematics in Industry and Commerce
  • Centre for Contact Lens Research
  • Centre for Cultural Management
  • Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing
  • Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology
  • Computer Graphics Lab
  • Control Systems Group
  • Geri Green Energy Research Institute
  • Heritage Resources Centre
  • Institute for Computer Research
  • Institute for Innovation Research
  • Institute of Insurance and Pension Research
  • Institute for Polymer Research
  • Institute for Quantitative Finance & Insurance
  • Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Institute for Risk Research
  • Mid-Size City Research Centre
  • Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Research Group
  • Schlegel UW Research Institute for Aging
  • Silicon Devices and Integrated Circuits Group
  • Social Innovation Generation
  • Survey Research Centre
  • Symbolic Computation Group
  • Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR)
  • Waterloo Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • Waterloo Centre for German Studies
  • Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education
  • Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation
  • Waterloo Institute for Groundwater Research
  • Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research

Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University rated number one among largely undergraduate schools in Ontario, has one of Canada’s larger business schools with an emphasis on accounting, entrepreneurship and logistics.

Conestoga College

Conestoga College Institute for Technology and Advanced Learning is consistently ranked number one among Ontario Colleges. Recognizing its excellence, the Ontario Government recently accorded Conestoga degree granting status.

  • Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII)
  • The Woodworking Centre of Ontario

Other Research Institutes

  • Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
  • Grand River Regional Cancer Centre
  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI)
  • The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)
  • Tri-Hospital Research Ethics Board



  • More than 265 parks with more than 3,000 acres of parkland, including  RIM Park in Waterloo
  • Downhill skiing at Chicopee Ski Club
  • Conservation areas —Chilligo, Conestogo Lake, Dumfries, Laurel Creek, Shade’s Mills
  • 22 Arenas, including the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, home of the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League
  • 19 Public Pools
  • 22 Golf Courses




Tourism & Municipal