Exploring the Region

There is so much to see in do in Waterloo Region! Our community has all the amenities of a large urban centre, with the charm and character of a smaller rural community. From forests and trails, to festivals and museums, there's something for everyone.

Looking for something fun to do? Check out Explore Waterloo Region to find information on entertainment, restaurants, shopping, events and more.


Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)is a full-service, customer friendly facility that supports commercial, corporate and general aviation. The airport is centrally located in southwestern Ontario (Canada), only 10 minutes from Hwy. 401 and within a 20 minute drive from the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.  


The Region of Waterloo Archives is a research centre for Waterloo Region. The Archives preserves and provides access to the archival resources of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, the former County of Waterloo, the Township of Waterloo, the Township of Woolwich, the Town of Elmira, the Waterloo Regional Police Service, and related organizations and individuals dating back to the 1850s.

Researchers are welcome to visit the Region of Waterloo Archives to use the archival resources and reference material. Visit the Archives' website or search the Region of Waterloo Archives' online database for more information. 

Arts and culture

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 art and culture in Waterloo Region, visit Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Forests and trails

The Region of Waterloo owns and maintains 16 Regional Forests and other woodland properties, most of which are open to the public. These properties are scattered across Waterloo Region and are great for walking, biking and nature appreciation.

Some well-known trails in Waterloo Region include the Kissing Bridge Trailway, the Iron Horse Trail and the Walter Bean Trail. A network of trails connecting the Waterloo Landfill Woodland and Petersburg Regional Forest provides excellent mountain biking opportunities. Get more details on parks and trails


The Region of Waterloo operates township library branches. Each of the three cities within the region operates their own public library system.

The Region of Waterloo Library is committed to developing broad-based collections and ensuring access to information and services to meet the needs of residents in Woolwich, North Dumfries, Wilmot and Wellesley townships.

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As centres of discovery, the Region of Waterloo museums are essential to understanding our place in the world - past, present and future. Museums inspire feelings of pride and possibility in our community and foster a sense of identity and belonging among citizens. Region of Waterloo museums include:

Public art

The Region of Waterloo Public Art Program enhances the cultural profile of our community. Public art displayed by the Region includes paintings, sketches, drawings, photographs, sculptures, carvings, metalwork, murals, crests, quilts, tapestries and special architectural and landscaping features. Learn more about the Region's Public Art program.


Waterloo Region's communities are connected by a high quality transit system comprised of buses and trains. Grand River Transit operates conventional and express buses. The ION light rail transit system will connect the three major urban centres of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo through light rail transit and bus rapid transit.









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