Posted: April 3, 2017
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As the entire nation celebrates Canada's 150th, we thought we should also celebrate Waterloo and all it has to offer. 

WPL staff are sharing their list of 150 Things to Do in Waterloo. Whether you make it through a few items on the list or all 150, we hope you have a great time exploring our city in Canada's 150th. Share your pics with us on social media. We'd love to see them. 

Pick up a copy of the 150 Things to Do in Waterloo list at your favourite WPL location or PDF icon click here to download a copy now.

150 Things to Do in Waterloo

Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. All Year Round.

    1. Walk/bike the Iron Horse Trail
    2.  Enjoy a concert with the Grand Philharmonic's Children's Choir as they celebrate Canada's 150th through the songs of Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and Leonard Cohen. (April 22)
    3. Shop til you drop at the Waterloo Potters Workshop Spring/Fall Sale
    4. Participate in a Jane's Walk and explore your city (May 5 to 7)
    5. Shop the KW Weavers and Spinners Guild spring and fall sale
    6. Plant your garden with lots of red and white blooms
    7. Meet members of Waterloo Regional Police Services and Paramedic Services at their open houses (May 13)
    8. Attend the Waterloo Concert Band's free spring concert "The Maple Leaf Forever: a sesquicentennial celebration" (April 30)
    9. Have a leash-free run with your pooch at Bechtel Park or keep Rover on the leash and hike in Bechtel Woods 
    10. Join in the City of Waterloo's Earth Day celebrations at Westmount Sports Park (May 6)
    11. Check out the PowerShift events happening all over Waterloo (April)
    12. Visit the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market then have a picnic enjoying local foods
    13. Buy books for bargain prices and support a great cause with the University Women's Book Sale (April)
    14. Be green! Learn about landfill operations and recycling at the Region's open house (April)
    15. Step back in time. Take a ride on the Waterloo Region Railway and visit the Train Museum.
    16. Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the University of Waterloo with a walk on campus
    17. Take a stroll and discover the public art in Waterloo
    18. Attend STEAM heat (June 10) at the Main Library. Fun for the whole family! Details will be posted at
    19. Celebrate Canada Day with us at UW's Columbia Lake Canada Day party. Programs, activities, and an amazing fireworks display (July 1)
    20. See what's happening at Train Station Tuesdays & Thursdays
    21. Picnic at Laurel Creek 
    22. Take the family and enjoy a picnic this summer at the new harvest table in Waterloo Park. And did you know that Waterloo Park was first acquired by the Village of Waterloo in 1890 and was originally named the West Side Park?
    23. Groove at the 25th Sun Life Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival (July 21 to 23)
    24. Explore the big machines at the Waterloo Service Centre Open House (June 10)
    25. Organize a community yard sale and donate the proceeds to a local charity
    26. Grab a blanket and some popcorn and take part in Movies and Music in the Park with the Princess Cinemas at Waterloo Park (2017 schedule coming soon!)
    27. Sing and dance during the Grand Porch Party (June 11)
    28. Visit the UpTown Farmer’s Market at Waterloo Public Square every Thursday from June to October
    29. Support the businesses of UpTown Waterloo and sample delicious treats during Solstice Sampling (June 17)
    30. Learn about African heritage and culture at AfroFest in Waterloo Park (July)
    31. Enjoy the music of the Waterloo Concert Band during their summer concert season
    32. Cool off with a water balloon fight (red and white balloons would be perfect!)
    33. See the talent of local artisans at the Etsy Market - Waterloo Region
    34. Pack a tea, take along a lawnchair and enjoy watching a game of cricket in Waterloo Park
    35. Sign the kids up for our fantastic Summer Reading Club. Over 2200 children take part in Waterloo each year. And don't forget to check in with us often to win awesome prizes! Information will be posted at
    36. See what the City of Waterloo's Artist in Residence is up to during their residency (July to September)
    37. Be wowed at the 29th Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival (August 24 to 27)
    38. Borrow a book by a First Nations author and celebrate National Aboriginal History Month (June)
    39. Invite your neighbours for a barbecue
    40. Visit the animals at Eby Farmstead in Waterloo Park
    41. Visit a local farm. Pick your own berries. Enjoy time in the beautiful countryside and buy local, buy fresh.
    42. Cool off this summer at the Lion's Lagoon Splash Pad in Waterloo Park
    43. Learn about local heritage. Visit Brubacher House on the shore of Columbia Lake at the U of W. (open May to October)
    44. View the CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener & Area) art installations (June)
    45. Join the City of Waterloo and WPL for a special Canada 150 picnic in Waterloo Park (August 12). Information will be posted at
    46. Watch or play some baseball at one of the many diamonds in Waterloo
    47. Ride the slide in the Moses Springer or Waterloo Rec Complex pools
    48. Explore a new neighbourhood by bike or by foot
    49. Get outside in June and celebrate Parks and Recreation month 
    50. Take part in the Mary Allen Studio Tour and discover local talent (September 29 to October 1)
    51. Support local university students as they raise money for cystic fibrosis during Shinearama (September)
    52. Experience a Pow Wow at the University of Waterloo (September 30)
    53. Read the 8 books which will be debated (and fought over!) at Waterloo Reads: Battle of the Books (October 17)
    54. Take the family for a nature based scavenger hunt at the Laurel Creek Nature Centre
    55. Enjoy some of Waterloo's natural beauty whilst birdwatching
    56. Spend Thanksgiving Monday enjoying the Oktoberfest parade
    57. Take part in the many activities happening across the city for Culture Days  Info for 2017 coming soon! (September 29 to October 1).
    58. Participate in Doors Open Waterloo Region and experience what is behind closed doors (September 16)
    59. Ye will have a great olde time at the Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo Park (September 16)
    60. Check out SausageFest, a delicious Oktoberfest celebration. Details coming soon. (October)
    61. Read the One Book, One Community selection and attend the author events in September
    62. Borrow a pedometer from WPL, then take a scenic walk along the Grand River on the Walter Bean Trail
    63. Come to Waterloo Reads: Battle of the Books. A good time is guaranteed. (October 17)
    64. Run! Get fit and have fun. Take part in a Run Waterloo race. (note: the Santa Pur-suit in Dec. starts at the John M. Harper Branch-Stork Family Y
    65. Plant a maple tree
    66. Try out skateboarding at the Skatepark. Don't forget your helmet and pads!
    67. Try to explore all of Waterloo's trails this year
    68. Take the bus or bike to your favourite WPL location
    69. Sip some hot chocolate while you check out the magical Wonders of Winter: a festival of lights in Waterloo Park (December)
    70. Check out a Final Friday event in UpTown Waterloo
    71. Come to the After Hours @ The Library fundraiser for fantastic food, prizes, and more. (November 17)
    72. Donate to WPL's food drive for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region (December)
    73. Strap on the skates and enjoy the fresh air while ice skating on the rink at Waterloo Public Square (December)
    74. Be a smart shopper. Research before you buy with Consumer Reports online. Free access for WPL members.
    75. Perform a random act of kindness for a friend, neighbour or total stranger (November)
    76. Bring the family to the Waterloo West Neighbourhood Fest for fun-filled activites. Information will be posted at (November)
    77. Watch a documentary about something Canadian 
    78. Attend a free, holiday concert at WPL with the KW Guitar Orchestra
    79. Whether you write poetry, short stories or are just starting, attend the Wild Writers Festival and hone your skills
    80. Cheer on your Waterloo Siskins on the road to the Cherry Cup 2018 and beyond!
    81. Have a snowman building contest with your neighbours
    82. Let we forget. Attend the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Waterloo Cenotaph
    83. Buy socks when they’re on sale, then donate them to WPL’s Toasty Toes Sock Drive for the Homeless in February. Information will be posted at
    84. Attend the Lions Club of Kitchener's Santa Claus Parade. Don't forget to bring your donation for the "Books for Kids" book drive!
    85. Over 60,000 people have library cards. Do you have your free card? Join Waterloo Public Library today.
    86. Borrow a museum pass from the library and explore the Region of Waterloo museums
    87. Have a date night at the library (or 3! We have 3 locations)
    88. Visit a designated heritage property in Waterloo
    89. Family home movies saved on VHS tapes? Come to the Main Library and convert them to a DVD or digital file
    90. Attend a wonderful music event or concert at Wilfrid Laurier University
    91. Attend a program at WPL. We hold over 1500 free programs each year. Drop-in and pre-registered. For kids, families and adults. There is something for everyone. 
    92. The Princess Cinemas have been operating in UpTown Waterloo for over 30 years. See a Canadian, independent or mainstream film.
    93. Use the microfilm reader at the Main Library to find out what was happening in Waterloo on the day you were born
    94. Cheer on Waterloo Warriors or Laurier Golden Hawk athletes all year long
    95. Browse our non-fiction collection to learn more about Canada's history, geography and people 
    96. Check out one of the amazing free events at the Perimeter Institute
    97. Read a book from our Featured Title or Staff Picks lists
    98. Catch a performance of the DaCapo Chamber Choir
    99. Visit the City of Waterloo Museum at Conestoga Mall
    100. Visit our UpTown neighbours at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (It’s FREE!) 
    101. Check out the WPL Book Clubs! Attend once in a while or all of the meetings. Everyone is welcome. 
    102. Check out a play at the KW Little Theatre 
    103. Let us create a personalized reading recommendation list just for you
    104. Learn a few words of another language with Mango Languages at
    105. Go see the Button Factory Arts' 150 project (information coming soon!)
    106. Read your favourite local or international newspaper online with PressReader. Newspapers are available in a variety of languages.
    107. Take in a performance at the Multicultural Theatre Space (MT Space) Inc. 
    108. What were your ancestors doing 150 years ago? Find out with Free access in the library for WPL members.  
    109. Learn a new skill for fun or to enhance your resume with Over 6000 online, instructor-led courses to choose from. Access is free for WPL members.
    110. Go on a historical walking tour, in real life or from the comfort of home
    111. Borrow an ebook or an e-audio book, for adults or for kids, from Download Library at WPL.  
    112. Tour the Robert Langen Art Gallery at WLU
    113. Visit the Ellis Little Local History Room at the Main Library and learn more about the history of Waterloo
    114. Join a Meetup group in Waterloo to try new things and meet new people (psst...WPL has a Meetup group too!)
    115. Ask our staff for recommendations for a great Canadian read
    116. Buy a gift for someone special by supporting local artisans or take a course and make that special gift yourself at Button Factory Arts
    117. Try reading a digital book with a child. Check out Tumble Books at
    118. Be a treasure hunter. Do a geocache!
    119. Check out one of the many Little Libraries in neighbourhoods across the city
    120. Play the alphabet game with the signs in your neighbourhood as you go for a walk with your child/children
    121. Make this the year to improve your tech skills. Make your free Tech Connect appointment at WPL
    122. It's in you to give. Help others. Donate blood.
    123. Try Novelist on WPL's Digital Library to find out what book you should be reading next 
    124. Experience a performance by Inter Arts Matrix
    125. Bring the family to WPL's Explore! Play! Learn! program at RIM Park every Thursday morning
    126. Volunteer in our awesome community
    127. Get your groove on with Grand River New Horizons Music
    128. Visit the many wonderful, family-owned local shops and restaurants
    129. Get creative and make something cool at one of WPL's Open Family Maker Space programs
    130. Learn about dinosaurs, fossils and more at the Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo. Take one of their self-guided walking tours too.
    131. Go to the Albert McCormick Community Centre to visit the McCormick Branch and go ice skating with the family too
    132. Go mountainbiking on the hydrocut trail
    133. Join the Waterloo Horticultural Society and improve your garden, take part in community events and show
    134. Spend some quiet time studying, reading or even writing your memoir at WPL (we have bookable study rooms at the Harper Branch, too!)
    135. Attend an event or fascinating talk at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) 
    136. Download eBooks and digital magazines, or borrow books on a 6-week vacation loan before you head to the cottage or away on holiday
    137. Visit an Ontario Early Years Centre for awesome programs for the little ones in your family
    138. Pick a topic to learn about with family and friends, then explore it together
    139. Find somewhere nice to watch the stars or visit The Gustav Bakos Observatory at the University of Waterloo
    140. Register your kids for free programs at WPL, from crafts to coding to robotics.
    141. WPL is celebrating its 141st birthday in 2017! Have a piece of birthday cake today (it's okay, we won't tell).
    142. Enjoy the music of the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra at Knox Church
    143. Meet the men and women of Waterloo Fire Rescue. Tour a local fire station. Please call the station you would like to tour to make arrangements. 
    144. Brush up on your tech knowledge by attending one of our free Tech Talk sessions
    145. Take part in the family community reading program, Let's Read
    146. Tired of Netflix? Movies too expensive? Borrow from us and plan that binge or family film night.
    147. Help a senior in your neighbourhood. Offer to shovel their driveway or rake their leaves.
    148. Take an eAudiobook along on your next road trip
    149. Support our future athletes by attending a Waterloo minor sports game/event or volunteering
    150. Have Tim Horton’s coffee with a neighbour, add maple syrup to everything, be polite, be kind, embrace the diversity of this great nation and celebrate everything it means to be Canadian. Happy 150th Canada, eh?