Visiting local attractions will give expats insight into the culture, history and people of the Tri-City area. Many of its attractions are child friendly, which is a bonus for those relocating with kids, and a number of activities can be enjoyed regardless of the weather.

Here is a list of some of the main attractions in the Waterloo area.

Recommended attractions in Waterloo

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Stroll among thousands of free-flying butterflies in a lush garden that features tropical plants, waterfalls, streams and exotic birds.

Cambridge Farmers’ Market

In operation since the 1830s, the Cambridge Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest markets in Canada. Still in the same location as all those years ago, visitors will find vendors selling fresh food, baked goods, cheese, farm-fresh eggs and home-made crafts, with the highlight being the organic fruit and vegetables.

Churchill Park

Churchill Park has a small animal viewing area with a deer pen, pheasants and waterfowl, a picnic area and nature trails. It also hosts events throughout the year, the biggest of which is the annual Cambridge Scottish Festival, held every July.

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum

This is the largest community museum in Ontario and its permanent exhibits tell the story of the Waterloo region's history. It also hosts occasional travelling exhibits from around the world.

Laurel Creek Conservation Area

The Laurel Creek Conservation Area is a well-preserved green space at the northwestern edge of Waterloo. It’s a great spot for bird-watching and there are several hiking trails through the woods.

Waterloo Park

A beautiful green space that is popular with families looking to be outdoors, Waterloo Park features picnic areas, sports facilities and an interpretive walk around Silver Lake. The highlight for kids is the Waterloo Park West Splash Pad, where summer crowds cool off thanks to its fountains, waterfalls and water cannons.