Waterloo was originally settled in the early 1800’s by Mennonite farmers and German immigrants. Ebytown was renamed Waterloo in honour of the British victory over France. In 1829 Jacob C. Snider built a distillery and in 1870 Joseph E. Seagram bought a partnership in the business, eventually taking control of the operation and creating Seagrams Distilleries.
Although the city has one of the largest populations of Mennonites in Canada Waterloo is also renowned for its industry and in particular its technology. Waterloo is home to two university campuses – The University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University.
Waterloo is a twin city of Kitchener and celebrates Oktoberfest with that community.
Waterloo also offers great outdoor activities from golf at the prestigious Grey Silos course, rated one of the top 25 courses in Ontario to RIM Park, a 500 acre recreational facility in the city’s northeast corner. The park has 18 sports fields, a golf course, hiking and biking trails, parklands and an outdoor sculpture.
Whatever your reason for visiting Waterloo you will find it a safe, friendly, innovative city, with unique shops, an abundance of bookstores and art galleries and great dining, not to mention plenty of free parking. You will find Waterloo a comfortable yet cosmopolitan city.