Travel to Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario

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.

Air Travel

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.

Ground Transfers

Travellers routing from Pearson International Airport directly to Waterloo may refer to the following options on ground transportation provided by the airport:

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:

From downtown Toronto to Waterloo:

Via Rail does not serve Waterloo, and offers only infrequent train service to its sister city of Kitchener.

Visitors should be aware that the Wilfred Laurier University campus is in downtown Waterloo, and the University of Waterloo (to the west) in a long walk away.