Experience Uptown Waterloo
A short walk winding through the neighbourhood will pass academic institutions, art galleries, libraries, and nature trails. Connect in the cafes, chat with the chefs of local cuisine, or catch up with friends at the craft breweries. Stroll through the parks, visit the art galleries and relax in the spas. Take the train for the night out at the theatre, take in a lecture at the Perimeter Institute, or take the day off for a round of golf. The Uptown Waterloo Shops & Bauer marketplace brings unique gifts, fine jewelry, fashion and fine dining to the district.
Living in the uptown
Arts & Culture
Fitness & Wellness
Parks & Trails
WINE & FINE DINING
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Golf & Country Clubs
ST. JACOB'S MARKET
SALONS & SPAS
WINE & FINE DINING
Take a stroll back in time and indulge in the wines & culinary cuisine of the mediterranian within the 150 year old historical Seagram’s building. Cozy up into a warm red brick bistro for chef inspired farm to table delicacies with seasonal fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers.
SALONS & SPAS
Indulge in the luxury of spa services within the neighbourhood just a few walking blocks from the residences. Relax in an urban water spa or take a day at a Relais & Chateaux spa. Relax, rejuvenate and soothe your soul with full service treatments dedicated to your personal care. Reserve private club rooms for mens treatments and let massages, saunas and steam showers take your stress away.
With the Shops of Uptown Waterloo just blocks away, a short walk will also take you to the Bauer Marketplace within Allen, King and Caroline streets. Discover the custom tailored clothing and specially hand selected, unique one of kind styles, custom fitted to you courtesy of Mark Nunes. A little further, and the tailored clothiers will serve you in the magnificently restored train station within the refined space designed by its namesake Paul Puncher.
ARTS & CULTURE
Exchange ideas at the old post office and relax in the reading room, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Grand River. Enjoy an evening of fine dining before taking in a performance at a menonnite style masonry and timber architecture playhouse. Discover beautiful clay pieces and magnificent sculptures made by Canada’s finest artists, and find a gift of art in the unique boutique. Theatrical performances & cultural centres, combine a contrasting contemporary innovation district with a historic market district, creating a compelling abundance of different arts & cultural experiences within the region.
PARKS & TRAILS
Walk the nature paths taking you along the river banks and into the forests. Discover historic trails along the railway lines and take the day to picnic in Victoria park. Wind down the walkways along the golf course on the Grand River or take in the UpTown Loop past the parks, public art and significant architecture of the region. Walk, cycle, run or rollerblade your way through the winding hills, rivers and green spaces.
GOLF & Country Clubs
Enjoy a historic golf course steeped in tradition and nestled away on stunning grounds just blocks from Uptown Waterloo. Wind your way through the forested rolling hills and incredible award winning courses along the local waterways and the Grand River. Step up your game and refine your swing with the guidance of PGA Canada certified instructors. Celebrate with social affairs, dining, and private events from the balconies of centuries old clubhouses within the beautiful grounds of perfectly manicured courses and spectacular gardens.
FITNESS & WELLNESS
Wake yourself up in the morning with spin cycling or wind your way down at the end of the day with meditative hot yoga. Find your hustle and flow with high intensity interval training workouts. Move your body to the music of dance. Strengthen your body, tone your muscles, detox your body and calm your mind. Unwind at the end of the work day and find your friends on the fields, courts, rinks and ball diamonds and get your game on.
The past century of industry in Waterloo Region brings you a legacy steeped in whiskey, brewing and bottling. The local passion and historical roots of this time honoured tradition, brings the craft of a collection of creative brewmasters to the community. Cold pale ales, dark brews, ambers and lagers are specialty crafted with unique timeless recipes and with an endless list of localized flavours.
An industrious region settled by entrepreneurs, the community has always been one inspired and led by academia. A university institute focussed on science and research is complemented by one leading in business. A distinguished college supports mechanics, technical engineering & robotics. Institutes for physics research, global governance, and international affairs fuel developments in technology and innovation.
Take comfort in the bakeries making dozens of fresh daily loaves of bread. Delight in the intricate desserts, creatively designed cakes for all occasions, specialty chocolate and unique gift baskets. The right cuts of meat are around the corner with your favourite butcher, fresh fish in store for you, and the freshest ingredients for your own recipes and cooking sensations.
A community centred on a culture of conversation and collaboration brings together academics, scientists, technologists, software engineers, digital designers & product designers. With robotics, artificial intelligence, quantum mechanics, nanotechnology, and computer science evolving and connecting academics and business in partnerships, insights, ideas and innovations are abound.
Restaurants & Bars
Within the Village of Belmont the Graffitti market will dazzle you with its deep dish pizza delights. With craft brew on tap and flat screens abound with surround it’s the perfect place to catch the big game. Experience the unassuming place for unbelievable Indonesion, Vietnamese and Thai in Bhimas, and tap into the bars at the Bauer Market, Proof and Loloans for a scotch on the rocks and mix of martinis and warm dishes to reign in a long day.
COFFEE HOUSES & Cafes
Espressos, lattes and cappuccinos bring warmth to your day. Connect in the coffee houses to catch up with friends or to prepare for your next meeting. Chat in the cafes with colleagues or drop in on the daily for your signature drink. Meet the baristas of the Uptown Waterloo who make creating your coffee an artful experience rich in aromas, flavours, and sweetness.
Relax in the exquisite downtown hotel in the Innovation District, or stay in the trendy upscale executive lifestyle of the uptown. Explore the Market District and take in the arts with live theatre in the north. Find tranquility in the historic charm of an esteemed Relais & Châteaux country house, or nestle into one of the centuries old bed and breakfast homes, and enjoy privacy and unique culinary experiences.
Business endeavours, personal celebrations and weddings deserve spectacular settings. Experience private, exquisite and elegant banquet rooms with balconies and terraces overlooking natural forests with spectacular views. With rolling hills, naturescapes, and walkways, delight your guests with spectacular views and complimentary service to suit upscale affairs.
The Region of Waterloo is very fortunate to have three local hospitals supporting the community with St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand River Hospital and the related Freeport campus location. Jim Balsillie, founder of Blackberry, and formerly Research In Motion, donated a cancer centre within the Balsillie Family Building. Holistic, homeopathic medicine, and naturopathic doctors also support traditional medical care provided locally.
A Mercantile History
Waterloo County was once densely wooded with old growth oak maple, beech, elm, ash oak and great pines still growing tall. Grist mills, woolen and saw mills, were the early industry until about 1870. Rich agricultural farmlands were tilled by menonite farmers creating a trade of their own, and traditional merchants evolved the early industries of the region still rooted in the factories of old which created tires, footwear, leather, textiles, and furniture. The Waterloo Region is known for its early manufacturing, agriculture, bustling marketplaces, craft breweries, distilleries, whiskeys, and the deep passion for entrepreneurialism embedded within its culture.
St. Jacobs Market District
The market is a famed tradition in Waterloo and the region is still home to the largest population of old order mennonites in Canada. The local roads wind their way from the bustling city into the northern St. Jacob’s Village & Market District. The farmlands are filled with laneways ending at the road with buckets filled with flowers, jars of honey, fresh baked pies and baskets overflowing with fresh produce for sale. Horse and buggy carriages are inconspicuously commonplace, and the village, market and farmlands bring the old ancestral and modern worlds together in the most eclectic and magical way.