Information AboutWaterloo, Ontario
The City of Waterloo sits north west of its sister city, Kitchener, and along with the City of Cambridge they make up the Tri City Area in the Waterloo Region. Waterloo’s city centre is located near the intersection of King and Erb streets, which boasts the newly renovated Waterloo Town Square. Waterloo has prospered with the relationship between the Tech Sector, and the University of Waterloo whose Tech Graduates have excelled.
The first wave of immigrants to the area comprised of Mennonites from Pennsylvania. The Mennonites divided the land into smaller lots; two lots initially owned by Abraham Erb became the central core of Waterloo. In 1816 the new township was named after Waterloo, Belgium, the site of the Battle of Waterloo (1815).
Parks & Recreation
The City of Waterloo offers a wide variety of parks, trails and conservation areas, which are an excellent way for everyone in your family to get active and enjoy the charming city. The City-run facilities and recreation programs are enjoyable for all ages. The City of Waterloo offers plenty of arts and culture opportunities within the community.
Hectares of Parkland
KMs of Community Trails
Schools and Education
There are four publicly funded school boards that operate within Kitchener.
Grand River Transit (GRT) is the public transport operator within the Region of Waterloo. It provides convenient, daily bus services in the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.
The GRT also operates MobilityPLUS, which provides specialized transit for persons with disabilities using minibuses equipped with wheelchair lifts.
Waterloor’s special events and festivals offer fun, new experiences for you to try, as well as a variety of learning opportunities.
Below is just a taste of some of the wonderful events available.
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a community based Bavarian Festival that is committed to significantly contributing to the social, economic and cultural vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo.
There are many ways to take in the Oktoberfest Experience during the festival! With 17 Festhallen and over 40 Family and Cultural Events, there is something for everyone!
The mission of the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is to enhance the broad cultural experience in Waterloo through the delivery of extraordinary and accessible jazz music. The festival takes place in the Waterloo City Centre parking lot and welcomes 30,000 spectators each year! The festival is a licensed venue where guests can sample local food and drink while listening to world-class musicians.
Families in the Region of Waterloo are treated to street performances by buskers from Canada and around the world. Started in 1989, the carnival is now considered to be one of the premier busker carnivals. Nearly 80 thousand people attend the 4-day event held during the 3rd week in August.