Living Here

Learn what it is like to live in Waterloo Region!

Waterloo Region, including the cities of Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo and the townships of Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot, and North Dumfries, is on the threshold of incredible opportunity.

Kitchener's downtown has recently been revamped and is home to the brand new The Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine as well as the visually vibrant and unique University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. Businesses such as Google and Desire2Learn are new occupants in the refurbished Lang Tannery building, with more high tech enterprises to come. Modern lifestyle living, like the Kaufmann Lofts downtown, means easy access to schools, shopping, and interesting and culturally diverse neighbourhoods.

We are a region with a sense of freshness and vibrancy. Forward thinking, confident and dynamic -- Waterloo Region is getting noticed, both nationally and internationally. We are an innovative and creative community that combines big city services and amenities with a small town smile that has earned us the undisputed reputation as one of Canada’s friendliest and most liveable cities.

Waterloo Region is home to countless amenities for couples, families and those just starting out in their careers. Whether it be dining in Blair Village at Langdon Hall, just voted as one of the top 10 restaurants in the world, or taking in the local talent and beer at a historic pub in Heidlberg, there is something for everyone.

Centre in the Square, a world class concert hall presenting world class entertainers, is located a few blocks from the main street in Kitchener. From the late Oscar Peterson and Leonard Cohen to Jann Arden and Joan Biaz, these major recording artists love our venue because of the unsurpassed beauty and clarity of the acoustics. You can visit the unique and exquisite Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory just outside Cambridge or you can take a scenic Sunday drive to the Castle Kilbride National Historic Site. Our bustling Saturday Kitchener Market, attracts tourists by the busload and you can stock up fresh, local, organic meats, produce and baked goods. And it wouldn’t be October in Kitchener each year without the Region celebrating its German roots in grand scale during Oktoberfest, the largest Bavarian festival outside of Munich, Germany. As many as 700,000 visitors flock to Waterloo Region during Oktoberfest to enjoy the cultural events, the German cuisine and of course, let’s not forget the beer and the polka!

The outdoors enthusiast can walk, bicycle or rollerblade through over 100 kilometers of well maintained, community trails. You can catch the Iron Horse Trail that runs from Kitchener through to uptown Waterloo and beyond to your picnic site at Laurel Creek Conservation Area.

From the annual Multicultural Festival in Kitchener’s downtown Victoria Park that draws thousands of hungry visitors, to free outdoor concerts, public golf and a water park for the kids, there truly is something for everyone over the summer months. Check out The Aud, Kitchener’s premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the Junior A Kitchener Rangers.

Known as the Technology Triangle, Waterloo Region is home to high end, high tech business such as Research in Motion, COM DEV, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), as well as top insurance companies such as Manulife, Sunlife and Equitable Life of Canada. Lets not forget about one of the largest auto manufacturers Toyota.

It’s all here and Waterloo Region awaits your arrival!