"Urban & Rural Waterloo Region - by Ifrah" Top 5 Page for this destination Waterloo by Faiza-Ifrah

Waterloo Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 84 photos

Observing Cultural Heritage

The County of Waterloo, affectionately known as the hi-tech region, is a unique blend of urban and rural. It is located just one hour west of Toronto and 45 minutes west of Mississauga. The County comprises the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, as well as the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. The city of Waterloo itself has been declared as one of the top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2007. One member of our family of four, that is, Ifrah is now a resident of this region. She lives in Waterloo, next door to her University.

We have enjoyed the Region’s modern, youthful, and energetic urban centers, as well as its scenic rural landscapes.

For tourism, we have visited African Lion Safari, the village and other attractions of St. Jacobs, Cambridge’s Churchill Park. We have shopped in its rural markets selling fresh produce. Ifrah is a regular visitor at grounds and rinks where her University Teams i.e. Golden Hawks play against their inter-university opponents.

The picture shows the Auditorium that shows an introductory DVD on Old Order Mennonites at St. Jacob's Visitor Centre

Observing nature

African Lion Safari is probably one of the most visited of Southern Ontario's outdoor attractions. Other than this, there are many conservation parks and even opportunities for canoeing and kayaking on Grand River that flows through the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener. Needless to mention, this pedalling trip is on our list for 2010.

Visit regional museums and galleries

In our opinion, Waterloo region has more museums and galleries per capita and per square km than any other destination of similar size. Some of these are:

Waterloo Region Museum
Cambridge Sculpture Garden
Telling The Mennonite Story - Visitor Centre
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
The Maple Syrup Museum
St. Jacobs Quilt Gallery
Electricity Exhibit
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
Home Hardware Exhibit
Model Train Exhibit

We will be visiting most of them in late winters and early spring 2010.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Mennonites country, many cultural museums, pedaling in Grand River
  • Cons:More freezing and snowy than Toronto in winters
  • In a nutshell:Capital of cultural museums and galleries
  • Last visit to Waterloo: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 2, 2010
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    What an interesting page! I would like to visit and learn about the Mennonites, also the Safari Park looked well done, good page!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Great to see elephants.. well researched and well written page of Waterloo.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Ifrah, very nice wonderfully written pages --- and congrats on being at Waterloo (maybe you will work with UN later). This is the first time i heard of the Mennonites...and your tips have good continuity from one frame to another - good job!

  • Jan 5, 2010 at 5:37 AM

    An African Lion Safari, a flea market, sports, culture (Mennonites), and a mini conservation park -- what more could one possibly ask for? Such a well-balanced page.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Ifrah: I am convinced that you have mastered the art of tip building better than us. Soon you will be travelling alone, why not a new I.d in your own name, new pages, new places? God bless you. Your Univ. looks great!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    really nice page faiza.

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