Discovering the Region

Imagine a place where old traditions meet new, where urban meets rural, where nature leads to great adventures, where distinguished events and festivals unite friends and family, a place for you to explore...

Waterloo Region is a mid-sized community with all the amenities of a large urban centre along with the charm and character of a smaller rural community. Located on the western edge of Ontario's greenbelt, our peaceful rural landscape, comprising the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich, is dotted with many distinct towns and historic communities as well as farms offering homemade sausages, maple syrup, apple butter, cheese and Mennonite furniture and quilts. Waterloo Region is a community of communities connected by high-quality transit, cycling and walking trails and the scenic Grand River.  

people walking in Victoria ParkEach of our cities offer its own unique charm and character with boutique shops, farmers' markets,  a variety of restaurants and thriving public squares. They remain an affordable place to live, with a total cost of living substantially lower than international, national, and Ontario averages, while salaries and wages are comparable to Ottawa and Toronto.

Cambridge has a rich cultural history reflected in the picturesque limestone buildings lining the Grand and Speed Rivers. It offers live theatre, museums and Canada's longest continually operating farmers' market. Explore over 365 hectares of parkland or venture down the Grand on the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail or by canoe with a local tour company.

Kitchener is a hub of urban activity. With a history of industry and working together, entrepreneurialism is in its very roots. Small businesses and start-ups make up a large portion of the workforce helping to drive the culture of innovation. Immerse yourself in the many large outdoor festivals and special events downtown throughout the year, learn to ski at Chicopee, or take in a show or sporting event at one of the major venues. 

Waterloo plays host to two of the highest-ranked universities in the country 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.

Check out the 2014 Perspective piece on Waterloo Region for more information about what's happening here.

Arts, Culture and Tourism

Waterloo Region has a thriving arts and culture scene, with plenty to do throughout the year for young and old alike. For more information about tourism in Waterloo Region, please visit Explore Waterloo Region, to find events happening in our community visit Grand Social and be sure to check out Region of Waterloo owned and operated museums.

The Region is also working to create a sense of place across our community and at ION stops. Check out the Public Art Program page to find out more.


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