World class dining, unique shops, entertainment – find all that and more in UpTown Waterloo. The urban heart of Waterloo, the uptown area is home to over 450 businesses as well as a busy public square. UpTown Waterloo offers a vibrant lifestyle that includes living, working and enjoying the exceptional services it has to offer.
Approximately 75% of the businesses in UpTown Waterloo are independently owned, and represent over 6,000 employees. As well some of the area’s largest service providers and financial institutions are located within the uptown district.
UpTown Waterloo has a great mix of retail shopping, entertainment and restaurants that are easy to walk to, and accessible by public transit. There is also plenty of free parking available in the uptown core area.
UpTown Waterloo is home to the world renowned Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and The Balsillie School of International Affairs.
Many popular festivals and events happen each year in UpTown Waterloo. Thousands of people take in annual events such as the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival, the Sun Life Financial Waterloo Buskers Carnival and Winterloo. Waterloo Public Square is also a popular gathering space for the community, and home to many events each year including concerts, markets and events put on by local groups and organizations.
Visitors to the area can learn more about UpTown Waterloo by taking The UpTown Loop – a series of three self-guided walking tours. The UpTown LOOP takes you to many points of interest, including parks, public art displays and significant architecture – both historical and contemporary, while at the same time showcasing many establishments along the way.