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Aerospace Accelerator Program Launched in Region of Waterloo

Living in Waterloo Region offers a remarkable perk: easy access to flights spanning the nation and beyond. Thanks to the proximity of the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), travel has become incredibly convenient for residents of the region.

In fact, the Region of Waterloo International Airport is one of the top 20 busiest airports in Canada, making it a hot spot for cutting-edge advancements in aerospace and aviation.

Aerospace entrepreneurs will now have a place to text, expand, and amplify their startups at the Accelerator Centre. Awarded as one of the world’s top 5 private business accelerators, the Accelerator Centre offers programs to help startups launch their ideas into reality via mentorship, access to funds, strategies to scale, and more.

Applications for the program are now closed, but we’re excited to see the great ideas that take flight from this program.

Accelerator Centre launches inaugural Aerospace Accelerator Program in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo and NAVBLUE
acceleratorcentre.com

Waterloo, ON — Accelerator Centre (AC) is pleased to announce the launch of its groundbreaking Aerospace Accelerator in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo and NAVBLUE. This innovative initiative aims to foster the growth and development of cutting-edge aerospace technologies while contributing to the economic and technological advancement of the region.

The Aerospace Accelerator will run out of the AC’s headquarters in Waterloo and be delivered through a combination of remote and in-person education, mentorship, and networking opportunities. The program will serve as a dynamic hub for startups, entrepreneurs, and established companies in the aerospace sector. The innovative program provides access to potential test facilities, mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to the investment community to accelerate the development of innovative aerospace solutions that align with the Region of Waterloo’s aviation and aerospace priorities.

Waterloo Region’s strong aviation and aerospace ecosystem is built on a reputation for top talent, exceptional research capacity and a legacy of manufacturing and tech innovation. The Region is home to a full-service airport (YKF) and is strategically located next to one of Canada’s largest aerospace clusters. With 100+ companies working in materials testing and development, component and aircraft manufacturing and software and sensor technology, Waterloo Region is a leader in aviation and aerospace.

NAVBLUE is a leading services company, wholly owned by Airbus, dedicated to Flight Operations solutions and services for airlines and aircraft operators, on the ground and onboard. NAVBLUE combines aircraft manufacturer expertise, flight operations know-how and agile development to enhance operational efficiency, optimize resources and increase productivity, for a safe and sustainable aviation. Entrepreneurs participating in the Aerospace Accelerator will benefit from NAVBLUE’s extensive industry expertise and global network of over 600 customers and 500 employees.

Read more.

More about the Accelerator Centre

“The Accelerator Centre is one of several startup incubators in the Waterloo region that can support graduate student entrepreneurs to turn their research into a startup. It provides entrepreneurs and new companies with access to coaching, mentoring, professional management advice, and even services, such as accounting, IP management, high-speed internet access and vital business networks.”
University of Waterloo

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Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day Charity Breakfast & Female Founder of the Month

We were so thrilled to take part in the Greater Kitchener and Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day breakfast which raised money for the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo.

It was a lovely morning spent with strong and resilient women in the business community in Kitchener-Waterloo. We were so proud to have some many women from the Cindy Cody Team in attendance at such an inspiring event.

Members of the Cindy Cody Team at the Greater Kitchener and Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s International Women’s Day breakfast.

More photos from the event

March Female Founder of the Month: Cindy Cody

Not only does the Chamber of Commerce put on great events and uplift the business community; it takes the time to celebrate individuals in Kitchener-Waterloo. In March, Cindy Cody was chosen to be the Female Founder of the Month.

Each month, The Chamber of Commerce announces a Female Founder and shares a video interview.

Cindy was able to share her story with the the Chamber of Commerce and their community. In it she talks about the business, highlights of her entrepreneurial journey, accomplishments, challenges, and much more.

Watch it here!

 

 

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Movie Night Fundraiser for Food4Kids Waterloo Region

In a world where every act of kindness counts, small gestures can make a big impact. On April 21, 2024, we will be hosting a Movie Night in support of Food4Kids Waterloo Region.

Food4Kids Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting childhood hunger in our community. Their mission is simple yet profound: to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry. With many families facing financial hardships, especially amidst the challenges of the past few years, the need for support has never been greater.

“It is estimated that at least 3,000 children in our community do not have access to the nourishment they need to thrive mentally, physically, or socially. School nutrition programs help, but these programs only exist during the weeks that children are attending school.”

Food4kidswr.ca

As advocates for change and believers in the power of collective action, we decided to do our part by organizing a Movie Night fundraiser. The concept was simple yet effective: gather friends, family, and neighbours for an evening of cinematic delight while raising funds and collecting food donations for Food4Kids Waterloo Region.

If you would like to join us in our efforts to support Food4Kids Waterloo Region, you can donate directly to Food4Kids, or bring a monetary donation or non-perishable food items to our Movie Night.

Most needed food:

  • Canned soup
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Canned proteins (tuna, chicken)
  • Apple sauce
  • Canned beans
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Bear paws
  • Canned sauce
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned vegetables
  • Kraft Dinner
  • Maple syrup
  • Pancake mix

We’re looking forward to coming together with you to support this wonderful organization and the great people in our community.

Stay tuned for the results!

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6 Local Dishes You Need To Taste in Waterloo Region

Welcome to a culinary journey through the vibrant and diverse flavors of Waterloo Region! This region is a melting pot of cultures, each contributing its unique twist to the local food scene. In this blog, we will explore six must-try dishes that showcase the rich tapestry of flavors that define Waterloo Region’s culinary landscape. From traditional favorites with a modern twist to innovative fusions that push the boundaries of taste, get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the best local dishes this region has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or a casual diner, these culinary delights are sure to leave you craving for more. Join us on a gastronomic adventure as we uncover the hidden gems that make Waterloo Region a food lover’s paradise.

Andrew Coppolino, a local food writer, has lots to share about the delicious dishes that Waterloo Region restaurants have to offer. In his latest article for Explore Waterloo Region, he shares six restaurants that offer great shareable options and the dishes recommended by the chefs. Some of these restaurants even offer a tapas menu which is a great way to sample lots amazing dishes.

6 Local Dishes To Dig Into With Friends & Family

La Lola Authentic Taste of Spain
Tabla de Ibéricos (Iberian charcuterie) or any of the tapas dishes

Red House
Smoked salmon toast, grilled calamari or any of the tapas dishes

The Cambridge Mill
East coast oysters

The Mule
Birria foldies

The Ridge Social Eatery
Flatbread with seasonal toppings

Imperial Market and Eatery
Shared dip trio

Read the full article here.

Ready to dig deeper into the region’s vibrant culinary scene? Read these other articles by Andrew Coppolino

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Kitchener-Waterloo Winter Activity Guide

Welcome to the Winter Wonderland of Kitchener-Waterloo, where the frosty air is filled with excitement and the landscape transforms into a snowy spectacle. As the temperature drops, our region comes alive with a myriad of winter activities that cater to every taste and age group. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking the thrill of snow sports, or a family in search of kid-friendly adventures, Kitchener-Waterloo has something special for you. Join us on a journey through this winter wonderland, where you’ll discover the best in snow sports, festive events, scenic escapes, culinary delights, and much more. Embrace the chilly embrace of winter, and let Kitchener-Waterloo be your guide to making the most of this enchanting season.

Kitchener-Waterloo Winter Activity Guide

Snow Sports Extravaganza: Embrace the Chill with Thrilling Adventures

Skiing and Snowboarding Escapades

Check out the full-filled experiences Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort has to offer. Hit the slopes for some local skiing, snowboarding and tubing, and then head inside for a little après ski!

Snowshoeing  & Cross-Country Skiing Trails

With lots of local trails running throughout the region, snowshoeing is a great way to explore the area. Grand River Conservation has a list of the conservation areas that offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (when conditions allow).

Sledding and Tobogganing Hotspots

Tobogganing is a classic family winter activity. Every family has their favourite hills to slide down. These are the locations that are inspected by the City of Kitchener.

Remember to practice safe sledding!

Frosty Festivities: Winter Wonderland Events for All Ages

Outdoor Ice Skating Spectaculars

Not only are there great outdoor ice rinks in Downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo, but with the help of many generous volunteers, Kitchener-Waterloo has a number of neighbourhood skating rinks you can enjoy as a family. 

Check out Skate Night Date Night every Wednesday in January and February in the Waterloo Public Square!

Winter Festivals

Discover the magic of Winter at Winterloo on February 17. There are so many fun activities for the family!

Culinary Delights: Seasonal Flavors to Savor

Comfort Food and Hot Drinks

With so many amazing local restaurants, cafes and bakeries, there’s no shortage of delicious winter flavours. Check with your favourite spots to find out what’s new on their menu, and visit your go-to cafe to find out what seasonal drinks they’re offering.

Winter-themed Culinary Events

  • January 27- Uptown Waterloo Comfort Foot Crawl
    Support the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and indulge in comfort foods from Uptown Waterloo restaurants.
  • February-March – DTK Travelers Tour
    Each week, restaurants will showcase their unique cultural heritage and traditional dishes.

Nature’s Ice Sculptures: Discovering Frozen Landscapes

Snow & Ice Formations

Local snow sculptor, Matt Morris, literally brings the snow to life on his front lawn. Follow along on Instagram (or go for a stroll) to see his snowy creations, and learn how you can sculpt your own masterpiece. He’ll also be carving a giant snow sculpture during Winterloo.

Winter Hikes with Breathtaking Views

Explore all of the region’s parks and trails in the Winter. You may be familiar with your go-to Summer spots. So head out on a snow adventure and see how beautiful the region is under a snowy blanket.

Family Frolics: Kid-Friendly Winter Adventures

Snowman Building Contests

There’s lots of fun to be had without leaving your property. Get creative and host a snowman building contest.

Winter Wildlife Exploration

Whether you can see them or not, there are lots of critters scurrying around. Head outside and go on a hunt for their snowy pawprints

Cheer on the Rangers

Bundle up and head to the Aud to cheer on the Kitchener Rangers at one of their home games. 

Now get out there and enjoy the Winter in Kitchener-Waterloo!

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What’s the Plan (and Budget) for Waterloo Region in 2024?

Waterloo Region is focused on the future. Its 2023-2027 Strategic Plan is designed to accommodate the region’s growth in the future. Titled Growing with Care, the plan’s focus is “supporting a long-term vision of a compassionate community that cares for all people, stewards the land for future generations and gives everyone the opportunity to live a good life”.

So what is Waterloo Region’s plan for 2024?

Let’s take a closer look at the 4 priority areas of the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan and budget and what is in store for 2024.

  • Homes For All: We will invest in affordable homes and economic opportunity for all that are part of inclusive and environmentally sustainable communities.
  • Climate Aligned Growth: As we grow, we will support a healthy environment where communities can thrive. Through intentional collaboration and creativity, we will support sustainable community growth.
  • Equitable Services and Opportunities: Through collaboration and innovative design, we will provide equitable, accessible services across Waterloo Region that support the social determinants of health, safety and complete communities as we grow.
  • Resilient and Future Ready Organization: The Region of Waterloo is a great place to work, where everyone is valued, feels they belong and where they have the supports and tools they need to do a great job. We will be prepared for the future by providing a safe space for bold ideas and experimentation, based on data and other ways of knowing.
engagewr.ca

Waterloo Region’s 2024 Budget

On December 13, 2023, the Budget Committee meeting and final budget approval took place. Here’s a summary of the approved budget in Waterloo Region.

  • 6.9% tax increase in 2024
    • Households will pay an average of $165 more per year
    • That is equivalent to $13.76 per month
  • $472 million for affordable housing, support for those experiencing homelessness, and investments to drive economic growth and opportunities
  • $316 million for paramedic services, children’s services, seniors’ services, youth programs and the Food Bank of Waterloo Region
  • $815 million for transit growth, safe water and waste management
  • $125 million for modernizing data and technology, employee wellbeing and ensuring long-term financial sustainability
  • $1.5 million in funding for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region (doubled from its previous funding of $744,000)
  • $228 million to go to Waterloo Regional Police Services
    CTV News Kitchener

Interested in learning more about the Region of Waterloo Plan and Budget 2024?

Here are some helpful resources:

● Explore this summary of the 2024 Plan and Budget.

● Visit the Region of Waterloo’s webpage on Budget and Financial Statements.

● Follow 2024 Plan and Budget updates and important links on Engage Waterloo Region.

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2023 Holiday Markets & Events in Waterloo Region

The holiday season is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by attending some of the most exciting events of the year? From festive markets to dazzling light displays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We’re sharing all the details on the best holiday events happening in Waterloo Region (and surrounding area). So grab a cup of hot cocoa, put on your favorite holiday sweater, and get ready to make some unforgettable memories!

🔔Holiday Parades

  • November 18 | KW Santa Claus Parade | Bring your letters to Santa for Canada Post to deliver, donate to the Food Bank of Waterloo, and help local Firefighters collecting for the Nights of Columbus Toy Drive.
  • November 18 | Cambridge Santa Claus Parade | Starting at 6:00pm, the parade will most onto Hespeler Road from Dunbar Road and will turn off Hespeler Road at Langs Drive.
  • November 25 | Elora Santa Claus Parade | Annual parade of lights.
  • December 2 | Elmira Santa Claus Parade | Downtown Elmira

🎁Festive Markets

🎄Light Displays

🕎The More the Merrier🎵

  • November 18 | Santa Pur-suit | Starts at 9:15, right before the KW Santa Claus Parade
  • November 23-December 31 | Cambridge Winterfest | A month long festival that features many great events the community has come to know and love.
  • November 24, 25, 30 & December 1, 2 | The Sounds of Christmas | A multi-performer musical journey through the many styles of Christmas music in support of Kidsability.
  • December 22 | Stars on Ice: A Special Holiday Performance | Elvis Stojko is hosting a holiday celebration with a guest lists that includes the best and most popular figure skaters in the world.
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Celebrate the Harvest Season In Kitchener-Waterloo

Are you looking to really embrace the season with some festival fall activities? As the leaves turn golden and the air gets crisp, there’s no better time to indulge in some seasonal fun. From pumpkin carving to apple picking, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the harvest season in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Fall Events & Activities You Won’t Want To Miss

To help you make the most of the season, we’ve compiled a guide with seasonal activities in the area, fun projects you can do at home, and key event dates. Whatever your preference, there’s no shortage of ways to make the most of this time of year.

Seasonal Activities in Kitchener-Waterloo

There’s no shortage of things to do in the fall, but here’s a list of some local highlights that will help you make the most of the wonders of Autumn.

  • Hike or bike on one of the many local trails to see nature’s art gallery a.k.a. the lovely fall foliage.
  • Search for the perfect pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch. Here are some options in and around Waterloo Region:
    • Benjamin Tree Farm – This farm features a 15,000-square-foot playground for the kids, plus a market and more. *New for 2023* is the Frightening Forest Tractor Ride!
    • Snyder’s Farm – Pumpkins, campfires, baked goods & beyond. General admission includes: petting zoo, jumping pillow, jump pad, giant peddle cart track, private play ships, tree fort, hayride, haunted houses, corn maze & more!
    • Fall Harvest Farm – A huge selection of pumpkins, gourds & more.
    • Good Family Farm – They grow over 100 varieties of squash, pumpkins and gourds.
  • Apple picking at Downey’s Apple Farm.
  • Enjoy a 2-hour guided Country Tour by antique tractor and wagon through some of the region’s most beautiful farmland
  • If you’re looking for something a little spookier, Bingeman’s Screampark has 6 terrifying haunted attractions.
  • Visit one of the many local farmers markets for some seasonal treats.
  • Visit a Fall Fair! Here’s a great list of Fall Fairs across Ontario, featuring Fairs in Cambridge, Fergus and London.

Autumn Events

Indulge in harvest festivities this year. Here are a few dates you’ll want to add to your fall calendar.

  • Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival | September 30. List of events & activities here.
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade | October 9. See the route here
  • Oktoberfest | September 25-October 11. From concerts to Festhallen celebrations, there’s a whole calendar of events! Opening Ceremony and Keg Tapping Ceremony takes place on October 6.
  • St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade | October 28. A great opportunity to wear costumes and get a free pumpkin. Details here.

Feeling Festive at Home

Embrace the cozy hygge vibes. Fall is an excellent season for creative crafts, cozy gatherings, and warm spiced treats. Here are some fun activities you can do at home!

  • Pumpkin carving
  • A cozy bonfire with friends
  • Get creative and make your own Halloween costumes
  • Hunt for the most beautiful leaves
  • Bake an apple or pumpkin pie
  • Try making your own hot spiced apple cider
  • Make butternut squash soup
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt in the backyard
  • Bob for apples
  • Make candy or caramel apples
  • Cozy up by the fireplace
  • Stage your own family fall photo shoot

Looking for more Fall Fun outside of Kitchener-Waterloo?

Check out this blog for 10 Fantastic Fall Activities in Ontario

Cindy Cody Team - Fun Fall Activities For Your Family

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New & Improved Parks Projects in Kitchener-Waterloo

There is no shortage of great parks in Kitchener-Waterloo, and if you’re an avid park-goer, you may have noticed some recent updates to some of the parks in the area.

Here’s a look at some of the new and recently updated parks in Kitchener-Waterloo. Plus, continue reading to see how you can learn about the progress of other park projects and how you can get involved.

Waterloo Park

Waterloo Park has gone through quite the makeover. The Silver Lake renovation reconfigured the shoreline, build a boardwalk, and added a beachy area for families to hang out.

The playground in Waterloo Park, Eby Farm Playground, was rebuilt and is now Waterloo’s first accessible playground.

Alexandra Park

An expansion of Alexandra Park (just steps away from Uptown Waterloo) was completed in June 2023. The updated park features a picnic area, plenty of seating, a lawn area, bike racks, lots of greenery, art, and a fun play area constructed from natural materials.

More Innovative Playgrounds in Kitchener-Waterloo

One of the companies bringing inspiring playgrounds to life in the area is Earth Scape Play. Here’s a list of one-of-a-kind playgrounds they have installed over the years. (Click on each name to see photos of the playgrounds).

Westmount Sports Park, earthscapeplay.com

Local Park Updates

If you’re wondering about the progress of a park project near you, check out Engage Waterloo Region. You can see where each project is in its lifecycle, read updates, see design concepts and more. You can also get involved by sharing your ideas and feedback on a variety of issues, including Parks.

Current featured projects you can view:

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Cool Summer Activities in Kitchener-Waterloo & Beyond

Finding cool things to do in the Summer is not a problem when you live in Kitchener-Waterloo. Not only are there always lots of great local events going on (festivals, concepts, markets & more), but there is so much to do just beyond the Region’s borders.

Maybe you’ve heard of these events and activities, or maybe they’re new to you. But either way, there are endless options for you this Summer.

Here are some unique activities in Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond. To help you out, we’ve sorted these awesome activities for:

  • Thrill-seekers
  • Foodies
  • Creatives
  • Everyone!

Keep an eye out for the 📍to see activities that are in or close to Waterloo Region.

Activities for Thrill-Seekers

Activities for Foodies

  • 📍The Stratford Chocolate Trail is a self-guided tour that will introduce you to unique treats.
  • The Oxford Country Cheese Trail is a self-guided route. Follow the trail to check out factory tours with cheesemakers, museums, delicious menus and more.
  • The Apple Pie Trail is a trail that will take you through Southern Georgian Bay. It will help you discover lots of culinary, drinks and outdoor experiences in that region.
  • While we’re on the topic of tours, there’s also the Butter Tart Tour in the Kawarthas.

Activities for Creatives

Activities for Everyone!

Want to learn more about local events and activities? Check out this blog!

14 Local Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow To Stay Up-To-Date on Kitchener-Waterloo Events, News & More
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Activities For Animal Lovers in Kitchener-Waterloo

If you consider yourself an animal lover then you probably like to surround yourself with furry friends and wildlife as much as possible. Lucky for you, there are lots of animal-centric things to do in Kitchener-Waterloo and the surrounding area.

Fun Things For Animal-Lovers To Do in Kitchener-Waterloo

Visit the animals in Waterloo Park

Within Waterloo Park is a mini zoo with miniature ponies, miniature donkeys, alpacas, and more! It’s a great place to go for a walk, play on the new playground, and say hi to some furry animals.

Walk among the butterflies at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory features an indoor tropical garden with thousands of free-flying butterflies. Plus you can spend some time with (and listen to) exotic bird species from around the world.

Socialize with goats at the Perth Farmhouse

Nestled in New Hamburg is the Perth Farmhouse, a small farm with 9 goats. It offers a Goat Social, a 60-minute private experience where you have the opportunity to take the goats out in the pasture to run and play.

Spend some time in a local dog park

If you’re looking to surround yourself with some furry friends, check out a local dog park. You can take your dog for some off-leash exercise and mingle with other dogs and their humans.

Support the Humane Society

When you spend time at the Human Society of Kitchener-Waterloo & Stratford Perth, you’ll be in the company of other animal lovers. You can volunteer for a number of positions to support the organization and the animals, or you can attend one of the many events or programs offered (birthday parties, centre tours, paint night, paws in the park). Of course, you can also adopt an animal so you’ll always have a furry friend nearby.

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15 Local Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow To Stay Up-To-Date on Kitchener-Waterloo Events, News & More

Social media is a great way to stay connected with your community and to hear about local events. There are lots of account with dedicated creators sharing content unique to Kitchener-Waterloo. Whether you’re interested in local events, local businesses, great deals, fun activities, amazing people, and so much more, you’ll be able to find it! Here are some local Instagram accounts that are a great follow for anyone living in the KW area.

@curatedkw

“Waterloo Region’s top resource for food, deals & fun stuff”
31.1K followers

Curated KW posts local events (a rundown of weekly/ weekend events), updates about restaurant menus and places you should try, fun local activities and more.

@kwfamous

“All things KW”
1171K followers

This accounts coins itself as a place to learn about events and community shenanigans… plus they have their own merch honouring local establishments.

@kwkiddos

“Spotlighting events, deals, and activities for you and your kiddos around the KW area”
2,623 followers

This is a great resource if you find yourself constantly looking for family activity ideas. It highlights weekend events, parks & trails, camps and more.

@thingstodosinkw

“Things to do in Kitchener-Waterloo. Arts & Culture | Festivals | Events | Food | Nature”
7,477 followers

It’s right there in the title – find things to do in KW.

@kwkrising

“A bit of #KitchenerWaterloo (and world news) in your pocket”
2,623 followers

On this account’s feed, you’ll find curated local news headlines.

@explorewaterlooregion

“Official tourism organization for Waterloo Region”
20.4K followers

Local buzz, events, things to do in the Region… what more could you want? Learn about local news, businesses, people, and see some amazing photos of Waterloo Region.

@dtkitchener

“Highlighting the people, places and good stuff in #DowntownKitchener. This is our community: #DTKlove”
27.6K followers

This account shares all about the epicenter of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in Kitchener. Learn about events in downtown Kitchener, see highlighted downtown businesses, and discover unique features of the downtown core.

@uptownwaterloo

“Come on up! 🛍 Diverse shopping 🍽 Critically-acclaimed dining 💅 Top-notch services 🎭 Spectacular arts & culture and so much more!”
22.1K followers

This is the Uptown Waterloo BIA’s account, showcasing the fantastic festival programming in the Waterloo Public Square, plus highlighting the businesses and views in Uptown Waterloo.

@create_waterloo

“The City of Waterloo’s official Arts & Culture feed. Find out about public events, calls for artists & more!”
9,173 followers

This is a great account to follow if you’re interested in art, events, or are an artist.

@regionofwaterloo

“The official account of the Region Municipality of Waterloo. News, services and more from your Regional government”
10.2K followers

Hear it from the source! This official account shares news and programming you may be interested in as a resident of Waterloo Region.

Other official government & city accounts you can follow include:

Looking for more local accounts to follow? Here are some ideas to help you find accounts to follow.

  • Look up your favourite local events
  • Discover what your favourite organizations are posting about
  • Follow your favourite local businesses (Plus it’s a free way to support them. They’ll really appreciate it)
  • Follow local hashtags
  • Check out your Explore page

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2023 Spring Events in Kitchener-Waterloo

After a snowy Winter, it’s so refreshing to get outside to enjoy all that our community has to offer. There’s lots going on in Kitchener-Waterloo this Spring. Here are a few things you can add to your Spring to do list!

Click on the 🔗 to get more details about each event

Things to do in April in Kitchener-Waterloo

  • March 31- April 1 | The 2023 KW Wine & Food Show 🔗
  • April 1 | Elmira Maple Syrup Festival 🔗
  • April 8 | Easter Programming @ Kitchener Farmers’ Market 🔗
  • April 8 | Steckle Heritage Farm Easter Egg Hunt 🔗
  • April 11 | Harlem Globetrotters @ The Aud 🔗
  • April 15 | Kitchener Farmers’ Market 🔗
  • April 22 | Earth Day @ Kitchener Farmers’ Market 🔗
  • April 27-28 | Breithaupt Book Sale 🔗
  • April 27-29 | Zonta Film Festival 🔗
  • April 29 | Raffi in Concert at Centre in the square 🔗
  • April 29 | Kitchener Farmers’ Market 🔗
  • April 29 | Etsy Waterloo Region Spring Market 🔗

Things to do in May in Kitchener-Waterloo

  • May 3 | Neighbourhood Campfires in Waterloo 🔗
  • May 6 | Kitchener Farmers’ Market 🔗
  • May 6 | Wonderfully Made Spring Market 🔗
  • May 6 | Scrapfest 🔗
  • May 7 | Stars on Ice @ The Aud 🔗
  • May 10 | Art Market in Waterloo Public Square 🔗
  • May 13 | Mother’s Day Garden Party 🔗
  • May 13 | Girls Can Fly @ Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre 🔗
  • May 13 | KW Gem and Mineral Show 🔗
  • May 26 | Art Market in Waterloo Public Square 🔗
  • May 27 | Retreat into Art & Nature: An Expressive Art Experience 🔗

Things to do in June in Kitchener-Waterloo

  • June 6 | PAW Patrol live! “Heroes Unite”@ The Aud🔗
  • June 10 | Open Streets in Uptown Waterloo🔗
  • June 15 | Movies in the Park in Waterloo Park 🔗
  • June 16 | Cambridge Celebration of the Arts 🔗
  • June 21 | National Indigenous Peoples Day @ Waterloo Public Square 🔗
  • June 29 | Movies in the Park in Waterloo Park 🔗
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How To Stay Busy During March Break in Kitchener-Waterloo

With March Break coming up, there’s no better time to start planning some activities to keep your family busy. There are many fun March Break camps in KW, plus lots of fun day activities you can find. Or, if you’d prefer to stay at home, we’ve got you covered as well.

March Break Camps in Kitchener-Waterloo

Click a camp on this list to learn more.

Activities in the Region

Over the years, we’ve compiled many lists of family activities in Waterloo Region. If you’re looking for some ideas to keep the family busy during March break, check out these blogs for some inspiration!

Cindy Cody Team - 2023 Family Activities in Kitchener-Waterloo

Activities at Home

If your family would prefer to stay at home, there are lots of new activities you can try. Check out these resources!

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2023 Family Activities in Kitchener-Waterloo

There’s nothing like spending quality family time together. We absolutely love finding fun activities to do with our families, and we’re sure you do too! Getting out of the house and spending time in the community is a great way to take advantage of all the events and activities KW has to offer. We all have our favourites, but sometimes it’s exciting to switch it up and try something new. Here are family activities in Kitchener-Waterloo that you can try out this year.

  1. →Try an Adventure or Escape Room
    Put your family to the test and see if you can work together to escape. Try Adventure Rooms, KW Escape or Escapeworx.
  2. →Visit a new park
    There’s no shortage of amazing parks in the region. Take a look at a list of parks, start visiting them and check them off the list. See how many you can visit this year!
  3. →Explore a local museum
    Plan a visit to THE MUSEUM, The Waterloo Region Museum, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and more.
  4. →Find a new treat at a local business
    It’s easy to get into a routine and consistently visit your favourite local business (which is amazing!). Try making the effort to visit some new businesses or shops you’ve never been in.
  5. →Mini Putt
    Get out on the (mini) green at Bingemans, Max’s Golf Center, Wedges ‘N Woods Golf Academy, or iBowl.
  6. →Stay cool at a splash pad
    When the summer heat hits, visit the splash pads in Kitchener (see the list here) and Waterloo (see the list here)
  7. →Shop at a market
    Get your grocery list and visit the St. Jacob’s farmers market or Kitchener Farmers Market. You’ll be able to find great food, treats, gifts and more
  8. →Hit the slopes
    Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, you can do it all at Chicopee! Or find a local hill and bring your own toboggan!
  9. →Go see the butterflies
    Visit the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory and discover 1000s of free-flying butterflies.
  10. →See a live show
    Plan a special family outing to see a live performance at the Saint Jacob’s Playhouse (or any of the Drayton Entertainment theatres), or Center in the Square. Go listen to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, or find live music at pubs and local events across the region.
  11. →Cheer on the Kitchener Rangers
    Get some seats at the Aud and cheer on the local team!
  12. →Find a Local Event to attend
    Take a look at this Explore Waterloo Region calendar to find all sorts of upcoming events.

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Here are some more great resources to check out for family activities in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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The Best Desserts To Pick Up From Kitchener-Waterloo Businesses

If you have a sweet tooth, then chance are you know some great local spot to stop by for a delicious treat (or two). From cool, creamy cones, to doughnuts and beyond, there are lots of local Kitchener-Waterloo businesses baking up goodies.

We’re sure you have your go-to places when you get a craving for something sweet, and we do as well! We put our heads together to make a list of our favourite desserts in town.

Not really craving something sweet? That’s okay. These businesses are great to keep in mind when you want to drop off a gift to friends, family or neighbours. Think holidays, housewarming, birthdays, or just because!

Sweet Caroline’s Ice Cream & Treats

Website: sweetcarolinesicecreamandtreats.com

Location: 2057 Unit 1 Victoria St, N. Breslau

If you’re craving some ice cream and cinnamon buns, the only place I go is Sweet Caroline’s! With over 50 flavours of ice cream, fresh baked cinnamon buns, and a million other treats, there’s something for everyone!

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Sweet & Savoury Pie Company

Website: justlovepie.ca

 Locations:
263 Northfield Dr. East, Waterloo
94 King Street South, Waterloo

Whenever I’m in charge of dessert (or have a craving for something sweet), I always grab butter tarts from Sweet & Savoury Pie Co. They have the BEST pie crust.”

Debbie Stefan

Gluten Free By Suzie

Website: glutenfreebysuzie.ca

 Location: 5 The Boardwalk #235, Kitchener

It’s a small place in The Boardwalk plaza and they have fantastic desserts that are ready, plus cookies and breads. But you can also order special pies and cakes, breads, etc. They do have specials for Thanksgiving including gluten free stuffing that you can order to pick up. Everything I have gotten from there was fantastic and guests are always pleased!

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Seven Shores

Website: sevenshores.ca

Location: 10 Regina St N, Waterloo

I would recommend Seven Shores in Waterloo. It’s a cooperatively owned Bakery Cafe with local breakfast, lunch, a patio and wifi!

Renee Martin

 
 
 
 
 
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There’s definitely no shortage of delicious desserts to serve your family. Here are some other local businesses to check out for your next craving.

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Experience Downtown Kitchener’s Art Walk

Downtown Kitchener is bursting with creativity! You can see it as you walk around the vibrant downtown core. Through a collaboration between the Downtown Kitchener Business Improvement Association (DTK BIA) and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) the Downtown Kitchener Art Walk was born.

In March 2020, everything changed with the rise of COVID-19. In the midst of uncertain times, the Downtown Kitchener BIA wanted to give the community something beautiful and long-lasting, that would reignite a passion for the Downtown we all love. – A Field Guide to DTK’s Art Walk

Local artists have brought their craft to the walls of local businesses and throughout the downtown core, resulting in over 90 outdoor oversized installments of local art for everyone to enjoy.

Many of the pieces in the art walk have been a part of the downtown fabric for years – some as far back as the early 1900s. The recent launch aims to reintroduce these pieces to the public. You may be surprised at how many you’ve passed by on your daily route. The Downtown Kitchener Art Walk gives the opportunity to get to know the artist and the story behind each sculpture, statue, and mural. – Explorewaterloo.ca

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Ways To Enjoy Downtown Kitchener’s Art Walk

You may think you know the city, but this is a way to experience Downtown Kitchener from a new perspective! There are lots of ways to work an Art Walk into your life. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Take a solo tour
  • Make a date of it
  • Explore art with the family
  • Coffee and art with friends
  • Office team outing

“But how do I know where to walk?” you may be asking yourself.

  • A Field Guide To DTK’s Art WalkThe free Field Guide document is the perfect way to take yourself on a self-guided tour of the Art Walk. It showcases all the art installations and murals and will give you the history and intent of each piece.
  • A Stroll Walking Tour. Stroll offers private guided walking tours by local guides who know the neighbourhood.

Both of these options are a great way to discover new areas and art in the downtown core (even if you think you’ve already been everywhere).

Downtown Kitchener Art Walk Map

A Field Guide To DTK’s Art Walk

The DTK Art Walk Field Guide will give you an overview map of all the installations included on the Art Walk. It also includes an in-depth visual guide as you make your way through the city. For each art piece, you’ll find an image of the completed piece, the name of the artist, the location, type of medium, the year it was created as well as an informative description including information about the artist, process, intent and more.

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