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Things to do in Waterloo Regional Municipality

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Farmers Market
“Great for sightseeing and purchasing unique hand made articles and fresh farm grown produce and Amish baking”
  • 71 locals recommend
Park
“This beautiful park has been consistently voted as one of the most beautiful in Ontario for years and it is literally located 1 minute from your AirBnb! It is also the oldest park in Kitchener. The Park was named after Queen Victoria ahead of her diamond jubilee on the British throne. The human-made lake is fed by Schneider Creek, surrounds three small islands, and is crossed by multiple bridges. The park also contains the Victoria Park pavilion, the Victoria Park Gallery and Archives, a bandstand, and a historic boathouse, a pub and music venue.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Tennis Court
“Want to explore some nature while you're here? Waterloo park isn't far. A huge park with sports fields, a lake, petting zoo and splash pad and bike and walking trails you can have fun or relax with a book. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Many shows and concerts come to Center in the Square. Check their website for what might be playing while you are in the area! A small venue with lots of great shows coming through. Parking is reasonable, and lots of great food spots to go to before or after.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Museum
“TheMuseum in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada opened to the public in September 2003 following eight years of planning and fundraising. TheMuseum, as it was renamed in 2010, offers a range of permanent interactive exhibits and rotating temporary exhibits designed for all ages to touch and enjoy. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
“Excellent one-of-a-kind Italian market. Amazing selection of cheese, meats, breads, pastas, olive oil, and more. Seriously cannot recommend this place enough. You can get food, coffee, and even gelato here!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Food
“A BUSY farmers market happens every Saturday here. Be prepared to haggle and be ready to get amazing deals on great fresh food. There are also food vendors. Great for people watching, and a really wonderful authentic market experience.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Campground
“Perfect for walking, sitseeing and what locals call 'tubing' down the Grand River. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing selection of Beer & Ciders! Huge tap list, and a wide variety of craft beers from across the world. Won-Ton Nachos are also amazing!”
  • 17 locals recommend
University
“See the world famous University of Waterloo and it's energetic student body + crazy architecture!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Moody combo espresso/whiskey bar. A local favourite, and one of my favourite spots for coffee and conversation.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Guelph Lake has a variety of hiking and mountain bike trails. There are some beaches to swim at as well. In July come here for Hillside Music Festival, it's the best!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Conestoga Mall has over 130 stores and services. Food Court featuring 14 vendors and a Galaxy Cinema.[2] Anchor tenants include Hudson's Bay, Zehrs, Galaxy Cinemas, Winners, Sport Chek, Old Navy and soon to be Shoppers Drug Mart . The mall, built in 1978, was one of the only buildings on this section of King Street. Since it opened, the mall has been expanded several times, and has contributed to the retail success of this area. Several big box retailers have opened on King Street North around the mall,”
  • 14 locals recommend
Music Venue
“My favourite patio in KW, stop in for a pint along the river and take in the sounds of our local bands playing inside.”
  • 20 locals recommend
History Museum
“The largest community museum in Ontario, it is also the entrance to the Doon Heritage Village, a sixty-acre living history village.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Great spot to relax and enjoy nature especially on the not so nice weather days.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Amazing selection of Beer & Ciders! Huge tap list, and a wide variety of craft beers from across the world. Won-Ton Nachos are also amazing!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Music Venue
“My favourite patio in KW, stop in for a pint along the river and take in the sounds of our local bands playing inside.”
  • 20 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“My favorite resturant in town, has been recognized as the #1 spot in kitchener for many years.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“Abe Erb is an uber local themed excellent microbrew pub. The beer and burgers are definitely worth the vist, and the staff and owners and staff support the community hugely! Stop in and say Hi”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Huether Hotel has the Jazz Room with live music on Friday and Saturday nights”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Friendly staff, tasty food, warm atmosphere. Homemade dough and fresh ingredients baked in a wood-fired oven. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“More upscale restaurant closer to Waterloo with great steak and brunch! $$/$$$”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“large shopping mall with numerous stores and restaurants. Also connected to public transit/LRT”
  • 9 locals recommend

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