Waterloo Region is the best of all worlds. It includes the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo as well as the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. Located just one hour west of Toronto, it offers a unique blend of modern, energetic urban centres and scenic, rural landscapes and is easily accessible by road, rail and air.
Waterloo Region is rich in history and culture. Much of it comes directly from its original European settlers of Mennonite families who migrated from Pennsylvania in the early 1800s. More recently, the area's rich cultural diversity has been shaped by immigration from all parts of the world. Waterloo Region is a desirable destination for newcomers due primarily to our prosperous, diverse economic activity, the presence of highly respected learning institutions and leading edge high-tech industries.
More information can be found at: Waterloo Information where there are links to activities and a tourist information guide that you can download.
The major international airports for the region is Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), with Toronto City Airport (YTZ) serving North American cities. The local airport at Waterloo/Kitchener (YKF) is served by Westjet and Bearskin Airlines.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is in the northwest corner of Metropolitan Toronto, with Waterloo a 70 minute drive west. Travellers planning to visit downtown Toronto should appreciate that the city centre is 30 minutes southeast of the airport.
Travellers routing from Pearson International Airport directly to Waterloo may refer to the following options on ground transportation provided by the airport:
- car rentals;
- out-of-town van services;
- taxis and limousines (with an out-of-town limousine tariff to Waterloo of $150CAD), pre-booking not required;
- pre-arranged taxis / limousines (for the few days when major conventions overstress the system).
Public transportation from Pearson International Airport to Wilfred Laurier University requires interjurisdictional coordination. (GO Transit is a provincial agency).
- The transit connection from Mississauga to Waterloo is at the Square One Bus Terminal, which is in Mississauga, a city in the Region of Peel (west of Toronto).
From Pearson Terminal 1 (outside, post 2908), the Mississauga Transit Bus 7 South to the Square One Bus Terminal runs daily from 5:50 a.m. to 12:26 a.m. at an exact cash fare of $3CAD.
- Pearson Terminal 1 serves Star Alliance carriers. Pearson Terminal 3 serves OneWorld carriers. (Pearson Terminal 2 is being demolished, and will eventually be a wing of Terminal 1).
- The LINK Train or transfer bus from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 should be more convenient than walking.
- Warning: Don't be confused. GO bus service from Pearson Airport to Square One has been devolved to Mississauga Transit.
- After you depart Bus 7, buy a GO Ticket for the bus to Waterloo from the agent in the Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal.
- Adjacent to the city terminal, across the street, is the Square One Bus Terminal. The bus departs weekdays from 6:40 a.m. to 7:40 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 9:10 a.m. to 11:10 p.m., for $12.55CAD.
- The GO bus will stop at Wilfred Laurier University at 75 University Avenue West. The Bricker Residence is a short walk south across the campus.
Travellers routing from Pearson International Airport via downtown Toronto to Waterloo have additional options.
From Pearson airport to downtown Toronto the choices include:
- air limousines (who always accept credit cards at about $55CAD plus tip) and air taxis (who mostly accept credit cards at about $50 plus tip);
- an airport express bus to downtown hotels (at $19.95CAD one-way, credit cards accepted);
- the Toronto Transit Commission, with an Airport Rocket bus from Pearson terminals to Kipling Station at an exact fare of $3CAD cash, to any subway or bus stop within Metropolitan Toronto.
From downtown Toronto to Waterloo:
- the downtown Toronto bus station to Waterloo, Greyhound Bus fares run from $11.70CAD for students to fully refundable $32.30CAD,
GO Transit runs commuter services via train and bus.
- At commuting hour peaks, the train from Toronto Union Train station to the Milton GO Station for $8.25CAD connects with Milton GO bus to the Wilfred Laurier University stop for $8.95CAD.
- In other hours, GO buses run from the Toronto Union Bus terminal to the Milton GO Station for $8.25CAD , connecting to the same bus to the Wilfred Laurier University stop.
Via Rail does not serve Waterloo, and offers only infrequent train service to its sister city of Kitchener.