Things To Do
They provide the canoe, you create the memories
Canoeing the Grand offers canoeing, kayaking, and tubing trips along the scenic Grand River. They provide direct access to the river, and proximity to many more points along nearly 100 km of river trails.
Castle Kilbride is the 1877 mansion of James Livingston, a flax industrialist, politician and entrepreneur. Located in the town of Baden in Wilmot Township (25 minutes from the airport), visitors can tour through the castle and enjoy the many events and exhibits that happen there throughout the year.
Cycling in Waterloo
With trails winding throughout each of our cities and townships, there are many different landscapes for you to explore in Waterloo Region. From a leisurely ride to top mountain bike trails, find trails that are perfect for you!
Surround yourself in nature without leaving the city!
Huron Natural Area is an awe-inspiring 107-hectare destination for nature lovers, bird watchers, families, trail walkers and photographers. Here you will find Strasburg Creek, one of the city’s only cold water streams. Spend your day enjoying scenic hiking trails, boardwalks, lookout areas and a natural playscape for children.
Year round outdoor fun
Laurel Creek Conservation Area is located in Waterloo, and is part of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA). Just minutes away from Waterloo, Kitchener and St. Jacobs, Laurel Creek is a hidden piece of nature in the city. The park is open year round and offers swimming, hiking, windsurfing and sailing. There is a sandy beach and picnic shelters available on site. During the winter months, visitors can enjoy many outdoor programs at Laurel Creek. There are 8 kilometres of groomed and trackset trails for cross-sountry skiing and snow shoeing. Ski and snowshoe equipment can be rented on weekends and Family Day. Trails are also open during the winter months for hiking and walking. Click here, for more information.
Jewel of the city
Often called “the jewel of the city,” Waterloo Park features 45 hectares of prime parkland, with a number of amenities that are enjoyed year-round by the community. The Eby Farmstead is located in the centre of Waterloo Park, and allows visitors to learn more about farm animals while seeing them up close. The Grist Mill is a scenic venue and popular spot for weddings and photos. Built in 1996, it is a replica of the first mill built in the city by Abraham Erb in 1816. The park also includes a skatepark and splashpad, as well as several picnic and event areas.
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Making music since 1945
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony is a professional orchestra with a 75-year legacy that brings together artistry and innovation in shaping the expression and experience of our community’s vitality through live orchestral music
Canada’s original safari adventure
Get CLOSER than you ever imagined… to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals from around the world including majestic lions, graceful giraffe, and a crash of rhino at the African Lion Safari! We’ll drive your family WILD! The park is comprised of over 750 acres, 250 of which provide animals with large areas of bush, grasslands or forest in which they can interact naturally with other animals.
Bringing history to life!
Waterloo Central Railway offers historic passenger train rides between Northfield Drive in Waterloo, the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, Village of St. Jacobs and Town of Elmira. Join Waterloo Central Railway and be part of their fun train experiences! These include, but are not limited to, the long weekend Steam Train excursions, The Great Train Robbery, Rail N Ale, Country Train & Mennonite Wagon Tour, Santa Trains and THE POLAR EXPRESS™.
Take a trip through Mennonite Country the old fashioned way!
Elmira Wagon Rides offers FREE wagon rides from the Waterloo Central Railway train station to the downtown core of Elmira and back. It’s a great opportunity for visitors of the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to take a short trip to explore what Elmira has to offer. Hop on the Waterloo Central Railway train and take in the scenic ride between St. Jacobs and Elmira. The downtown core is about two kilometres from the train station in Elmira.
Some activities may be impacted due to COVID. Please check with each attraction for their availability and hours of operation.