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Waterloo is a dynamic urban centre located in the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle. With companies such as Blackberry and OpenText located here together with the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics and two of Canada’s leading universities (Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Waterloo), some of the world’s most innovative minds live and work in Waterloo. 

The city’s core, known as Uptown Waterloo, is home to more than 400 restaurants, shops and services. In the summer, patios pop up everywhere, providing a comfortable space to savor incredible food, relax with a drink, and soak up the city’s atmosphere. Whether exploring on foot or by bike, in a car, or while riding the light-rail transit system known as ION, Waterloo is a city that’s easy to navigate as you enjoy all it has to offer. 

Ready to live it up with the locals? Head to Waterloo Public Square – a year-round gathering and event space.  Annual festivals including the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, the immersive festival of light, art and technology known as Lumen, and the Waterloo Busker Carnival bring thousands of people into Uptown Waterloo each year. 

Waterloo Park – often referred to as the Jewel of Waterloo – is a scenic urban oasis in the centre of the city. Enjoy a walk around the lake, meet the animals at Eby Homestead, pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the picnic areas, and let the kids play on the playgrounds and then cool off in the splash pad. Important pieces of Waterloo’s heritage are also preserved in Waterloo Park, including the Abraham Erb Grist Mill and Waterloo’s first schoolhouse. 

With its energy, diversity, and high-tech savvy, Waterloo will inspire you! 

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