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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 8, 2015
Canadian Excellence

City of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario

Most of our students study in Waterloo, Ontario, a thriving, culturally diverse
city just 100 km west of Toronto. With a population of 325,000 people in the
Kitchener-Waterloo area, Waterloo is a safe, comfortable community offering all the
amenities you could want. Waterloo is at the centre of Canada’s high-tech industry
(Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerry, is among the many tech companies

located here) and is home to three post-secondary institutions.


The Waterloo Region offers a balance between unspoiled, natural beauty and vibrant urban life.  Located at the heart of southwestern Ontario, Waterloo is located near many exciting cities:

  • Toronto: 100 km
  • London, ON:    110 km
  • Niagara Falls, ON:  145 km
  • Buffalo, New York:  175 km
  • Detroit, Michigan:   300 km

Visitors can spend time exploring fascinating historic landmarks or discovering our many wonderful restaurants, farmer’s markets, theatres, factory outlets, galleries, and colourful festivals. Sports enthusiasts have a wealth of activities, from world class golf courses, great fishing, canoeing, to hiking and trail-riding along our beautiful Grand River. 

Waterloo Region is one of the most multicultural communities in Canada. About 20 per cent of the area’s residents were born outside Canada, and about nine per cent identify themselves as members of a visible minority. Reflecting this diversity, there are many restaurants and specialty food shops that cater to the international community in Waterloo, and there are also a number of religious organizations catering to Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and other faiths.

There are many advantages to studying in Waterloo:

  • With 2 universities (WLU and University of Waterloo) and a college (Conestoga College), the City of Waterloo is dedicated to education, and many of the businesses and services are geared toward the student population.
  • With cutting-edge companies like RIM (creator of the Blackberry Smartphone), Open Text, Manulife, Sybase, Perimeter Institute for the Theoretical Physics, and Centre for International Governance Innovation (to name a few) all located just minutes away from campus, it's no wonder Waterloo is known as the 'Tech-Triangle' of Canada.
  • Laurier's campus is surrounded by excitement, from shopping, to restaurants and bars, to cinemas and festivals!  For more information, visit the City of Waterloo's website.