Region of Waterloo

Waterloo Region is a mid-sized community located in the heart of southwestern Ontario's greenbelt. We have all the amenities of a large urban centre while still maintaining the charm and character of a smaller rural community.

Each of our three cities offers its own unique attractions.   

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 more than 365 hectares of parkland or venture along the Grand by canoe or on the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail.

Kitchener, the Region's largest city, is a hub of urban activity. With a history of industry and working together, entrepreneurship 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 downtownthroughout the year, learn to ski at Chicopee, or take in a show or sporting event at one of several major venues. 

Waterloo is home 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 PhysicsCentre 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.

Our peaceful rural landscape, comprising the townships of North DumfriesWellesleyWilmot 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.

With a population of more than 530,000 people, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest growing areas in Ontario. But it remains a community of communities, connected by high-quality transitcycling and walking trails and the scenic Grand River.