Waterloo Travel Guide

  • The Seagram Building
    The Seagram Building
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    A herd of female Elks
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Waterloo Things to Do

  • The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

    Pottery, Chinaware and Glass; Personal items or for the house, decorative and daily use.After a visit two years back, we looked forward to seeing more artists' works on display and were not disappointed. A few examples. displayed in a beautiful building on edge of Silver lake, adjoining Abraham Erb's Grist Mill, diagonally opposite Waterloo Public...

  • Schneider's Bush - Hike or X-Country Ski

    Schneider's Bush is a beautiful piece of private land just outside Waterloo city limits. It's open to the public for walking and x-country skiing. It's a fantastic piece of property that lets you walk through fallow fields and densly wooded areas. It's a 275ha site with lots of hills and meadows. The area is open to the public from dawn to dusk...

  • The Princess movie theatres

    The Princess Cinema and the Princess Twin are both located near King street in Waterloo. They are almost right across the street from one another. They play all sorts of interesting movies, usually the ones that you wouldn't find at the larger cineplexes; documentries, foreign movies and artsy Candain movies. The popcorn and drinks are fairly...

  • Churchill Park - a mini conservation...

    We visited this park couple of summers ago just to have a picnic. This 27 hectare park plays host to a number of events throughout the year, the most significant being the Cambridge Highland Games which is held each July.We enjoyed the small animal viewing area. There were deer pen, pheasant pen, and a waterfowl area. The last one was being used by...

  • A day at African Lion Safari -...

    There are many activities other than drive through. • Kids in the entourage loved Jungle Playground, the Misumu Bay Wet Play Area, and Pet’s Corner’. • All of us visited the show ‘Parrot Paradise’• The ‘Elephant Round-Up’ is another well admired show• We took a cruise on the African Queen • We also boarded the Nature Boy Railroad for a scenic tour...

  • A day at African Lion Safari

    We visit The African Lion Safari near Cambridge every other year. The Safari Park consists of 750 acres and over 1,000 exotic animals and birds. African Lion Safari was founded in 1969 by Colonel G.D. Dailley, to preserve wildlife species that were endangered. The park has succeeded in breeding 30 species on the Endangered Species List and 20...

  • Visiting Wilfrid Laurier University

    This is my university and is located in Waterloo. It also has campuses in Brantford and Kitchener, Ontario. It is named in honour of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the seventh Prime Minister of Canada. The City of Waterloo is home to both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.Laurier offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate...

  • Mennonite and other faiths

    After watching the DVD we started our journey on discovering the Mennonites through an informative exhibit of photos, artifacts, and displays that describe the history, culture and faith of the Mennonites. The exhibits take you on a journey of the Mennonite faith as it was practiced previously and in the today’s world, in this region and around the...

  • Telling The Mennonite Story

    The Visitor Centre educates travelers about the Mennonites. We visited this newly refurbished, little known, but definitely a pleasant surprise of an attraction in April 2009. We are sure that many others have since visited it at our recommendation alone LOL.Finding the Visitor Centre is tricky, although it is located on the most visited street of...


Waterloo Hotels

  • Waterloo Inn

    475 King Street North, Waterloo, N2J 2Z5, Canada

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Waterloo Restaurants

  • Fusion asian ??

    .4 of us decided for a Tasting Snack, not filling but enough for lunch.Quiet with parking during lunch, half of table occupied, service pleasant and reasonable.Repeat visit 50% The Spring Rolls and Wrap were fresh and tasty,Fish Tacos soemwhat blandMiso Ramen, tasty but use of Instant Noodle disappointing. Get the Dry noodles from New City in...

  • Comfy, romantic, candle-lit

    The Symposium Cafe is a finely decorated cafe located on King street, just a two-minute walk from the Princess Twin cimema. Its a chain with a few other locations It is usually fairly dark inside, with small candles/lights on each table and on the walls to aluminate the atomosphere. The menu has a huge variety of pizzas, soups, salads, wraps,...

  • Great bargain food!

    Here you can get a large portion of food for around $5 or $6 CAN (in 2008). Being across the street from one of the unviersities, its a popular place for the students to go. Not excellent service, but good food. Its a very casual dine in place that also does take out with a discount. Great little place to grab a bite! I love the stir fry tofu and...

  • Wonderful Burgers

    The burgers at this chain are fantastic.You have them how you like them, and with what you wantTry them, you will not be dissapointed

  • Korean Barbeque

    There are quite a few of these restaurants in Canada, mainly in the food halls in shopping malls.The food is reasonably priced, good, and tasty. BBQ beef and chicken combo

  • The Italian Deli

    Casa Mia is an Italian deli type restaurant that is meant to cater to the various office buildings and small businesses in the area. The traditional Italian eatery in Waterloo is called Vincenzo's and is a bit of an establishment, so this is supposed to be an upstart new restaurant that will give Vincenzo's a run for its money. Sadly, the Italian...


Waterloo Nightlife

  • Great music!

    Phil's is a nightclub located right across the street from my old university, so it was mostly packed with students and/or young people when I was there. I only remember going once, its pretty big (but more long and narrow than wide and open.. there are about four different small rooms to pass through before you've been through the whole club.) The...

  • Starlight

    Trendy and warm atmosphere. Small club located above street front sotres. Holds about 300 people. Friendly staff, great mixed drinks, great atmosphere. Have different nights, Mod, 80's, Hip Hop, ect. Also get bands in to play. Anything goes.

  • Live Music Hotspot

    Maxwell's Music House is located directly across the street from Wilfrid Laurier University on King Street, just south of University Avenue. Maxwell's hosts live music concerts every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. If you are looking to see great indie artists, Maxwell's is the place for you! Cover charge ranges from $5-$10, and...


Waterloo Transportation

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    by Arial_27 Updated Jan 13, 2006

    The Grand River transit buses are a great way to get around Waterloo. If you are spending some time here, you can get day bus passes for $5.00. If you're going to live here, you can either buy a monthly pass or a yearly pass, with a redused rate if you're a senior, or a student.
    There are at least 15 different bus lines in the city, with stops all over so you'll have to visit the website to find the schedule and maps for each line. I would aim to be at your stop at least 5-10 minutes early, because the bus drivers here have a tendency to come early (although they're not supposed to.)

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Waterloo Shopping

  • Fritters where there's always a line-up

    Line up begins outside a side door of the Peddlar's Marketthen you see the apples being peeled and sliced, look up is what's fpr sale, then you seen the frying Apple Frittersthe Line-up indicates it's popularityIt is delicious !

  • St Jacobs Market

    Was trolling by and the graphics caught my eye, on entering, i was surprised by the variety, diverse range of products, each section called for more attention.They obviously do well as all look new and sparkling.try recipe: Brandied apple cake with walnuts and citrus cream sauce Vegetarian and gluten free prepared meals,Balsami vinegars - multi...

  • Buying fresh garden produce

    We visited St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and Flea Market most recently on a cold day in early November 2009.Waterloo region has a vibrant agricultural heritage and freshly grown produce are brought to these markets, which bring visitors and shoppers from as far as Hamilton and Toronto and beyond. This market is open all year around except on Christmas...


Waterloo Local Customs

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    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Jan 1, 2010

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    The Mennonites are a group of Anabaptist (opposed to infant baptism) denominations named after and influenced by the teachings and tradition of Menno Simons (1496-1561). Mennonites are committed to nonviolence, nonresistance, and pacifism.

    As of 1998, there were about 20 distinct groups of Mennonites active in Southern Ontario. As a result of their dress and modes of transportation (horse and buggy, bicycle), the Old Order Mennonites of Waterloo Region are probably the most distinctive. The majority of Mennonites in southern Ontario, however, cannot be easily distinguished from the rest of society.”
    For a historical background of Mennonites, please visit the following website:

    Picture through courtesy of International Journal In front of Mennonite symbols
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Waterloo Warnings and Dangers

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    by nighthawk Written Nov 28, 2002

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    On our way to Saint Jacob we saw this broken down barn. Had to photograph it because I am puzzled why people let this happen.
    Anywayz, I had taken three photographs and a little bit further along the road I decided I had to take just one more picture. So Simone pulled over again and I ran back and took the photograph.
    The minute I got back in the car a huge black pickup truck passed very closely by and parked in front of us so we couldn t pull up.
    Some guy jumped and walked over to my side ..... eeeeeeeeeks!
    I locked the door and let the window come down some. He wanted to know what I d been doing.....I looked at Simone, she stared back and I mumbled to the guy: Eeerrrr, just a roadsign, I photographed just a roadsign.
    He was pushy and kept asking but probably because of our Dutch yapping and our beautiful innocent eyes he decided we had done no harm .. phew!
    You can imagine that we were at guard each time we saw a black pickup truck after this lol!

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Waterloo Sports & Outdoors

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    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated May 30, 2010

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    The pictures are from the Laurier's Homecoming Game against Western Ontario Mustangs. It was a nippy day that got aggravated by an almost tornado. The fans took shelters during the half-time and then returned to see a close finish.

    There are no professional teams in the region. Kitchener Rangers are the only Ontario Junior Hockey League Team and has a devoted following.

    Other than the above, it is all about inter and intra University games. Wilfrid Laurier is represented in Canadian Inter-university Sport by the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. And I am an avid University sports lover.

    In 2007 the women's lacrosse team achieved a dynasty status by winning their fifth OUA Ontario University Athletics gold medal in a row. In February 2008, the women's hockey team claimed its fifth gold medal in as many years and seventh since 1998. The women's hockey team won its first CIS national championship in 2005. Both teams have since won sixth consecutive championships in their respective sports, furthering their dynasties.

    The football games are marked by intense rivalry between Laurier and Waterloo University and between Laurier and Western Ontario Mustangs. On November 13, 2004, the Golden Hawks football team won the Yates Cup against the McMaster Marauders at University Stadium. It was the sixth Yates Cup victory for Laurier in its history. The game also ended McMaster's four-year Ontario championship winning streak. The men's football team scored a second successive Yates Cup victory in November, 2005, followed by a victory in the Uteck Bowl against Acadia. The Hawks then defeated the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 24-23 to win the 2005 Vanier Cup, their first since 1991.

    In 2008 both the men's and women's curling teams won the inaugural CIS Championships and will represent Canada in China at the World University Games.

    Equipment: This is Canada from September to November. Therefore, dress for chilly conditions, take umbrellas for adverse weather conditions, camera, blow horns, etc.

    Homecoming against Western Ontario Univ. The diehard Wilfrid Laurier fans The supporters in disarray With a diehard fan
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Waterloo Favorites

  • The Critters

    In Waterloo when I was there, I witnessed Chipmunks and squirrelsThere a 3 types of squirrels, red, grey and black, and the chipmunks are adoreable.There was a chipmunk making a home for itself under the front porch where I was staying and the squirrels were everywhere, gathering more food for the winter. (It was Fall over there.)

  • Students everywhere!

    Waterloo is home to 3 different institutions of post-secondary education; Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College. Its generally a nice university town, and you will see a lot of students around as we probably make up half of the population. (I wouldn't be suprised!)

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