Three Bustling Cities,

Four Thriving Townships,

and a wellspring of history, culture, industry and innovation.

About Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe and Neutral People. We acknowledge the enduring presence of the Indigenous people with whom we share this land today, their achievements and their contributions to our community. 

Located in the heart of Southwest Ontario, Waterloo Region provides the perfect balance between new and old, rural and urban, nature and technology, classical and contemporary, tranquility and adventure.


Select a City/Township...
  • City of

    • Amalgamation of City of Galt, townships of Hespeler & Preston & Hamlet of Blair.
    • Whistle Bear Golf Club, was home to the Manulife LPGA Classic in 2015.
    • Has most historical preservation of architecture throughout entire region.
  • City of

    • Home to Oktoberfest, the largest Bavarian festival outside of Munich, Germany.
    • Centre In the Square showcases the best local and international performing arts.
    • Home of Communitech; clubhouse innovation for digital media and entrepreneurs.
  • City of

    • Uptown Waterloo - a vibrant core area and bustling public square
    • Named Top Intelligent Community in 2007
    • Home to over 1000 technology companies
    • Home to some of Canada¹s top post-secondary institutions
  • Township of
    North Dumfries

    • Historic Victoria Park is home of the Fresh Ayr Festival
    • The township of North Dumfries owns and maintains 11 parks
    • Guided walking tours through the quaint villages & significant buildings
  • Township of

    • The original name of Wellesley was Schimdtville until 1851
    • Canada's 13th Prime Minister, John George Diefenbacker, lived and worked in Wellesley
    • The Junior Hockey team is called the "AppleJacks"
  • Township of

    • Baden is home to Castle Kilbride, a National Historic Site of Canada.
    • New Hamburg hosts the annual MOPARfest, the largest in Canada.
    • Wilmot's motto: "Building a Sure Foundation".
  • Township of

    • Canada¹s largest year-round farmers market is in St. Jacobs
    • West Montrose "Kissing Bridge" is the last remaining covered bridge in Ontario
    • Home to the Region of Waterloo International Airport.
    • Guinness Book of World Records Largest Maple Syrup Festival in Elmira

Did You Know?

  • Kitchener was the first municipality in Canada to introduce the blue box recycling system (BBRS) in 1983.
  • Waterloo was named the Top Intelligent Community in 2007.
  • Kitchener is the largest city in Grand River watershed.

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About Us

Founded in 2007, Explore Waterloo Region is the recognized Destination Marketing Organization for the Region of Waterloo. We are a nonprofit marketing and image development organization with extensive knowledge on the development of destination profiling, awareness building programs and strategic partnerships.

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