Discovering the Region

Waterloo Region is made up of three bustling cities, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, plus four scenic, predominantly rural townships. The region includes two universities and a highly successful community college.

In total, it offers what we consider to be the best of both worlds in an area 100 kilometres west of Toronto, easily accessible by air, rail, car and bus.

The region has historic landmarks, a broad selection of excellent restaurants, thriving farmers' markets, art galleries, museums, antique shops, factory outlets and walking trails along the Grand, which is a designated Canadian Heritage River.

The entertainment scene offers a wealth of live theatre, concerts by local and visiting artists, and performances by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

You'll develop a fuller appreciation of our history through carefully restored exhibits at our museums. The museums include the newly-opened Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village, the 1816 pioneer home called Joseph Schneider Haus and a Scottish settler's charming limestone home called McDougall Cottage.

Woodside National Historic Site, the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's 10th prime minister, is also located here.

Special annual events include the Mennonite Relief Sale and quilt auction, the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival, North America's largest Oktoberfest, the German-inspired Christkindl Market and red-hot summer jazz and blues festivals.

To plan your time, check event listings at Explore Waterloo Region.

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