Visiting the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge area
If you are looking for an affordable yet enjoyable stay-cation that will appeal to any member of your family regardless of personal taste or interest, then the Region Of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada is for you.
The Region of Waterloo is home to seemingly endless conservation sites, parks and hiking and bicycling trails. For example, the Bechtel Park Trail in Waterloo is over 3 kilometres long and offers nothing but breath-taking outdoor scenery with plenty of tree-shade when you need a break. Victoria Park is one of many expansive and beautiful parks in Kitchener which also serves as the hosting sites for cultural events and concerts.
For outdoor family fun, there’s the Big Splash, one of many things to do in Bingeman Park, watertubing at Elora George (not for the little children of course), the Waterloo Central Railway, the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and a canoe outing along the Grand River. If you are looking for something indoors, there’s Laser Quest, ibowl.ca Family Fun Centre, Airborne Trampoline, the Playfit Kids Club in Cambridge,and more.
For those who appreciate urban heritage, Waterloo Region has taken great effort to preserve the history of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge in the buildings that stand today and serve as pleasant tourist diversions such as the Galt neighbourhood in Cambridge, the Doon Heritage Crossroads in Cambridge, and the Pioneers Memorial Tower and the historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener.
The region also has a wide variety of culinary delights not found in major cities like Toronto, from the St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market that offer Mennonite fare to the many restaurants, cafes, and pubs that satisfy just what you are looking for in a meal.
Music and the arts are alive and well in vibrant Waterloo Region. For example, there’s the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex or “The Aud” as it is known by, and the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge. The Kitchener BluesFest hosts performances from both big-name performers to local up-and-coming talent. Many local street festivals like Days of KWAwesome prove to be delightful and help round things out nicely. Those who appreciate a quieter pace in the form of a peaceful stroll through an art gallery or museum will not be disappointed with examples like the Homer Watson House & Gallery and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and also the Earth Sciences Museum, the Fire Hall Museum & Education Centre, and the Joseph Schneider Haus.
The Waterloo Region continues to be the home of the largest Bavarian festival outside of Germany, Oktoberfest. This enjoyable celebration offers many events and festivals to take part in during its two week run.
The Waterloo Region also has nightlife activities for those who wish to unwind after a busy day taking in Waterloo Region, such as Night School, The Duke of Wellington, and the Edelweiss Tavern.
Accessing all of these places is easy thanks to the Grand River Transit system which is very affordable. The drivers are courteous and friendly and the service, barring construction or weather issues, runs very efficiently. The backbone of the GRT, the iXpress offers express transit from Conestoga Terminal in Waterloo to Anslie Terminal in Cambridge.
As well as being an excellent tourist area, the Waterloo Region also has many malls and retail strips to choose from in case you want to do a little shopping. The Conestoga Mall has mall-wide Wi-Fi in case you need to access the Internet while shopping.
With all that the Region of Waterloo has to offer as a tourist choice, it’s more than worth a visit.
Marko, one of the owners of Social Visio, lives in Cambridge and has taken the photos on this page.