Waterloo is the twin city of Kitchener.

Waterloo has a population of 104,986 (2016 estimate), making it the smallest of the three cities in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The city was named after Waterloo, Belgium, where the Napoleonic Wars ended in the Battle of Waterloo.

City of Waterloo
Region of Waterloo

Waterloo History

Britain gave the 2,730 km2 of land that made up Waterloo to the League of Six Nations in gratitude for their alliance during the American Revolution. Almost immediately, the Six Nations sold the land to Richard Beasley through a Crown Grant. The first wave of immigrants to Waterloo were mostly Pennsylvania Mennonites, who sought out a place to freely practice their religion. In 1816, the township was named Waterloo, and it was incorporated as a city in 1948.

Waterloo Region History
Waterloo Historical Society

Waterloo Weather

Waterloo’s climate is cold and temperate, with a significant amount of rainfall year-round. Annual rainfall typically reaches 926 mm, and the average annual temperature is 6.6 °C. The low temperature in January averages -6.9 °C, and the high temperature in July averages 19.6 °C.

Climate in Waterloo
Weather Forecast for Waterloo

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Cost of living in Waterloo

The cost of living in Waterloo is significantly more affordable than a larger city like Toronto. Waterloo residents, for instance, pay 36% less for rent, 37% less for groceries, and 27% less on overall consumer goods than residents of Toronto.

Cost of Living Comparison: Waterloo vs. Toronto
Kitchener-Waterloo Cost of Living

Real Estate

The median home price in Waterloo is $418,000, compared to $699,000 in Toronto. Waterloo residents only pay about $2,116 per month on average for a three-bedroom apartment in the city’s centre, while a comparable apartment in Toronto would cost around $3,464 per month.

Waterloo Real Estate Market
Homes for Sale in Waterloo

Locate Key Resources

Hospitals

The Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, about 1.2 km from Waterloo’s center, is the largest hospital nearby. Grand River has 574 beds and 15 clinical programs including emergency care, cancer care, childbirth, children’s health, and more.

Grand River Hospital
Hospitals in Waterloo Region

Transportation

Grand River Transit provides bus transportation along more than 50 routes throughout Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Elmira, St. Jacobs, and New Hamburg. The Region of Waterloo International Airport provides nonstop flights to four destinations, including Toronto Island and the Dominican Republic.

Grand River Transit
Region of Waterloo International Airport

Schools

The children of Waterloo are served by the Waterloo Region District School Board, which serves more than 64,000 students in over 121 schools. Conestoga College’s Waterloo campus offers a range of programs like hospitality and culinary arts training and skilled trades and apprenticeship. Wilfrid Laurier University prides itself on getting students involved in the community with 3,000 volunteer opportunities hosted by the students’ union. University of Waterloo is in the heart of Waterloo Region and is known for being the most innovative university in Canada.

Waterloo Region District School Board
Conestoga College
Wilfrid Laurier University
University of Waterloo

Enjoy The City

Hotels

Waterloo’s lodging options include affordable and familiar brand name hotels as well as comfortable, locally-owned lodges and bed and breakfasts. The Inn of Waterloo’s perks include free wi-fi, a hot breakfast, a heated indoor saltwater pool, and a business center.

Inn of Waterloo & Conference Center
Best Hotels in Waterloo

Restaurants

In Waterloo, you can experience cuisine from every continent within only a few kilometers. The Poke Box serves delicious poke bowls with your choice of toppings. Snap a few pictures of your beautifully arranged bowl, if you can resist digging in right away.

The Poke Box
Best Restaurants in Waterloo

Things To Do

Waterloo’s interesting history as a refuge for Pennsylvania Mennonites to safely practice their religion makes it a great place for museum hopping and guided tours. With St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours, you can sit back and take in the view while traveling to all the important historic sites and scenic views in Waterloo.

St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours
Things to Do in the Waterloo Region

Your Waterloo Movers:

AMJ Campbell Van Lines

305 Industrial Road
Unit 102

Cambridge, ON

(519) 896-3366

Scannell Moving & Storage

863 Main St., E.
Milton, ON

(905) 878-2823