Information About

Waterloo, Ontario

The City

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 History

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

Local Sportsfields

Schools and Education

There are four publicly funded school boards that operate within Kitchener.

Waterloo Region District School Board

The schools within the board provide instruction designed to develop junior kindergarten to grade 12 students, and equip them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide a solid foundation for living and learning.

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

The schools within the board protect and promote a tradition of education excellence.

Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud

The Roman Catholic separate, French-language school board for the south-central region of Ontario, provides education steeped in French culture and Catholic faith.

Conseil Scolaire de District du Centre-Sud-Ouest

The public, French-language-based school board for the central south-west region of Ontario.

Waterloo has become known as a ‘college town’ since it is home to two of the best post-secondary institutions in the country: University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. It is also fortunate to have a Conestoga College campus.

Public Transit

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.

Local Events

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.

image of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Logo

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!

image of the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival Logo

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.

image of the Waterloo Buskers Festival Logo

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.

These are just a few of the many events that take place throughtout the year in Waterloo. For a full list of all their special events and festivals, please check out their Events Calendar.

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