- City Guide - Waterloo
Waterloo is a city in Southern Ontario, Canada, and has a population of just over 98,000. Due to its close proximity to Kitchener both cities are commonly referred to as Kitchener-Waterloo even though they have separate city governments. There have been several attempts to join the cities, but to date none have been successful.
Waterloo was built on land that was part of 675,000 acres that was assigned in 1784 to the Iroquois alliance - that made up the League of Six Nations. Almost immediately the native groups began to sell some of the land and between 1796 and 1798 over 93,000 acres were sold to Richard Beasley, with the Six Nations Indians continuing to hold the mortgage on the land.
Waterloo has a strong knowledge and service-based economy, along with significant insurance, high-tech sectors, and two universities. The city's largest employers are Sun Life Financial, the University of Waterloo, Manulife Financial, Research In Motion (RIM), Sandvine and Wilfrid Laurier University. There are also several other large companies that operate out of Waterloo including; Sybase, Intel, Google, Dalsa, Descartes Systems Group, Maplesoft, and many more.
Waterloo is a leading-edge community that fosters innovation and creativity while preserving its heritage. It is not coincidence that it is recognized as one of the country’s best places to live, work and visit. Waterloo offers the best of both worlds; a community with all the services of a big city, surrounded by green farmland and small town charm.
Visit the renowned Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery or take a stroll through UpTown Waterloo and experience private galleries, theatres, fine dining and nightlife. Every year thousands of residents and visitors enjoy festivals like Uptown Country Music Festival, UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival, Buskers Carnival and the Royal Medieval Faire. The annual celebration of Oktoberfest, and Canada’s only Thanksgiving Day Parade – that starts in Waterloo. If you love supporting local farming, then The Waterloo Farmers’ Market is a must see. It offers a distinctly Waterloo County experience with its amazing selection of meat, cheese, produce and local Mennonite handicrafts.
Whatever your interest, Waterloo is waiting with amazing experiences for people of all ages!