Waterloo Region, and more specifically Kitchener Waterloo is a great place to enjoy summer. There are a ton of things going on !
What do you enjoy doing in Kitchener Waterloo in the summer? Leave your tips in the comments, and I’ll incorporate them into the ‘master list’
From the Waterloo Cord
In search of a great time at a music festival? The Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival takes place from July 12th until 15th with headliners like Ivana Santilli and Sophie Milman. If you’re not into jazz, check out the Kichener Blues, Brews, and Barbeque Festival from August 9th to 12th with groups like Eric Burdon and the Animals and the Jeff Healey Blues Band.
Waterloo Park has a petting zoo, fields to play all sorts of sports on and it is perfect to shape up and go running, take a stroll or just sit in the sun on one of the swings. Go out and have a cheap lunch by packing one up and enjoying the picnic facilities.
Arts and crafts
Summer is a great time to do all those crafty things that came to mind, but were pushed back due to a lack of time. To get some craft ideas, head over to Michael’s, a bead store like the Bead Bazaar on King Street or a pottery shop like Lucy’s Mud House. If you feel like seeing or buying some art, check out Stitch’n’Kitsch’s summer fling sale and show on June 9th, located at the corner of King and William streets.
Biking can be a great workout and a great way to see more of Waterloo Region. The Iron Horse Bike trail is just one example of the routes you can bike along, found on the Waterloo Cycling Club website. It’s a five kilometer paved trail that stretches from one end of Kitchener through Waterloo.
The Endurrun is held in Waterloo from August 12th until 19th and is what they call the Tour de France of running. It starts and finishes at RIM Park and goes all around the Kitchener-Waterloo region. It takes a great runner to run 160 kilometers in eight days.
Canoeing the Grand
A way to see more of the Waterloo Region’s surroundings is by canoeing the Grand River where you can rent canoes or kayaks for up to 10 hours. It will be a great workout and it will definitely be more fun that hitting up the gym.
Grab a few friends and find out who’s the fastest person on wheels at Erbsville Kartway, located in the northwest corner of Waterloo. It’s a combination of action and fun while having a great time with a few friends.
St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market
One of the area’s tourist attractions can also be attractive for locals. St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market is a place to shop, visit the outlet mall and find some amazing foods that seem to be impossible to find anywhere else. You can also go for a horse-drawn trolley ride for a tour of a Mennonite farm.
Spending the weekend at a campground can be very relaxing without breaking the bank. Waterloo offers some campgrounds like Laurel Creek, which is located at Northfield and Westmount, a 10-minute drive from Laurier. It offers swimming, windsurfing, hiking, and bird watching at 130 campsites.
Venture into Kitchener and hit up Bingeman’s, which offers the area’s biggest water park, beach volleyball, and campgrounds. Play a round on the golf course at Glen Ridge Golf, also located at the park.
Catch a Kitchener Panthers Intercounty ball game at the Kitchener Auditorium, located just 10 minutes from downtown Kitchener. Their schedule can be found at http://panthersbaseball.com/schedule.htm.
I would add to the list:
Take in a Toastmasters meeting! Toastmasters is a group dedicated to improving communication through public speaking. My club, the Black Walnut Toastmasters, meet every Wednesday at 7:30 AM. For my nocturnal friends, there are clubs that meet at lunch and dinner hours as well.
No list of summer hotspots is complete with Morty’s. Located just north of University and King in Waterloo, Morty’s has the best wings, great food, and an awesome patio. For those so inclined, you can enjoy a fine cigar with your beer.
Bechtel Dog Park
An oasis in the city for dog lovers, Bechtel park offers 5 fenced acres for dogs to roam free. Located one block south of Bridge and University, off of Bridge, the park is at the end of the long winding road, behind the sports complex. You might also want to check out the KW Humane Society’s dog park.
What do you enjoy doing in the summer in Waterloo Region ?
Benjamin Bach is a Sales Representative with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo. Benjamin and Sarah love walking their dog Vincent all around Kitchener Waterloo, and are at the St Jacobs Farmer’s Market every weekend for Montreal Bagels. Benjamin wakes up each morning excited to fulfil his mission of building wealth for great lives through comprehensive Real Estate investment planning, and helping people achieve success.
If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate Investment portfolio, have any questions about buying or selling an income or investment property in the Waterloo Region, or are looking for a tip on what to do around town, please email Benjamin (benjamin(AT)benjaminbach.com) or call him at 519 570 4447.