Living in Waterloo
Home to many start-ups and large tech companies, including Shopify, Waterloo is quickly becoming a hotspot for innovation. This comes as no surprise though, considering the city is also home to two of the top universities in the country, the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University. And although its residents may be very much distant when it comes to forward-thinking, Waterloo is just a short distance from its tri-city counterparts, Kitchener and Cambridge and within convenient proximity to other major cities like Toronto.
And of course, what’s work without a play, right? Fear not. Much like its innovative and exciting tech scene, Waterloo is also home to electrifying shopping, dining and drinking experiences. Everything from boutique shops to breweries and one-of-a-kind restaurants call Waterloo home. And if you happen to prefer the calmness of nature over the hustle and bustle of downtown, you’ll also be happy to know Waterloo is home to over 150km of public trails— perfect for hiking, biking, walking and running.
Each year, Waterloo plays host to many different special events. From food events to art festivals, there’s something for all ages. To get a better idea of how many special events call Waterloo home, check out the city of Waterloo’s events calendar here.
Buying a Home Here
Much like it’s tri-cities neighbour, Kitchener, Waterloo’s real estate market is about as significant as the city itself. You’ll find everything from modern high-rise apartments and condos to century-old detached homes and townhouses. You’ll even find secluded farmhouses with endless acreage on the outskirts of the city and in surrounding areas. And to top it all off, the cost of homes in this emerging city tend to be significantly less than that of homes of rivalling big cities.