Perm & Temp: 114,700
City Area: 64 km sq
Metro Area: 827 km sq
The City of Waterloo is the smallest of the three cities in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo in Southwestern Ontario. The 2006 census put Waterloo’s permanent population at 97,000 residents, but due to Waterloo’s two major universities, the overall population including temporary residents and student swells to over 114,000 during the school semesters.
The larger metro area including Kitchener and Cambridge has a population of over 451,000. Waterloo borders the larger city of Kitchener to the south, and the sister cities are colloquially referred to as “Kitchener-Waterloo”; though each city has its own local municipal government, many services are shared and managed jointly by the regional governing body including police, medical and transit services.
Waterloo’s city centre is located near the intersections of Erb and King streets, the centrepiece of which is the Waterloo Town Square shopping centre that in recent years has gone through a massive renovation and restoration. Uniquely, Waterloo’s city centre is referred to by residents as “Uptown”, distinguishing itself from Kitchener’s “Downtown”.
The city of Waterloo is known throughout Ontario for being a hub of education and innovation, and is the home of major post secondary institutions including the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University. The technology and science sectors have thrived and flourished, and major organizations such as Research in Motion, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Oracle, Google, the Institute for Quantum Computing, and Intel have offices or research and development centres within the city.
Waterloo has over 1,700 hectars of parkland and 150 kilometres of multi-use trails throughout the city and along the Grand River. Iron Horse Trail runs 5.5 kilometres, from Waterloo Park in Uptown Waterloo to Victoria Park in Downtown Kitchener, and is one of the most popular trail systems used by both Kitchener and Waterloo residents.
Near the Eastbridge neighbourhood is RIM Park, a 500-acre indoor and outdoor sporting facility including arenas, soccer fields, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, and an eighteen hole golf course. In addition to being the prime sporting facility in the city, RIM Park has rental facilities for company banquets and conferences, and regularly hosts events such as job fairs, art shows, and seminars.
Waterloo Park can be found in Uptown, and its 111 acre mix of natural environment and historic buildings make it a great place to explore, learn, and enjoy and active lifestyle in the heart of the city. Historic landmarks in Waterloo Park include a replica of Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill, Eby Farm, Waterloo first school house, and the award winning Victoria Gardens. This central park is also the location for many of the festivals and special events held annually in Waterloo, including the Christmas light spectacular Wonders of Winter.
Residents choose Waterloo for the small city lifestyle that allows them to lead an urban lifestyle without the hustle and bustle of the big-city. Waterloo is a comparably small yet extremely active community with internationally recognized recreational, cultural and arts facilities. Newly developed communities in west Waterloo are being built in and around the natural environments, and residents are encouraged to help protect the rolling hills, wetlands and forest areas they enjoy living with. The Waterloo Real Estate market provides both suburban single family home and urban multi-family options, making the city one of the best places in Ontario to live, work and play.
Get better acquainted with the city of Waterloo: visit the city’s website, read about Waterloo’s history, and learn more about the government, services, transportation, and local special events.
The city of Waterloo has two public school boards and a wide range of post secondary options that are well known throughout Canada.
Waterloo has some fantastic recreational facilities and great city parks to keep you and your family living an active lifestyle.
There are lots of interesting things to see and do in Waterloo. Here are some popular attractions for residents and visitors.
Events & Festivals
Residents and visitors enjoy festivals and special events throughout the year in the city of Waterloo: here are our favourites.