After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s no wonder most of us begin the New Year looking for ways to slow down and relax.
It’s time to start planning for summer! Waterloo Region is a great place to explore, offering first class attractions, internationally acclaimed festivals, and amazing outdoor spaces. To help you with your planning, check out these great ways to #ExploreWR !
When travelling to Waterloo Region, spending time on the beautiful Grand River is a must. Canoeing the Grand gets you out on the water with its canoes, kayaks, river tubes and even paddle boards. Specializing in shuttled trips to various access points along the river, Canoeing the Grand features trips for every age and every ability. Once you’re on the water, take your time and enjoy some fishing, or stop for a picnic along the way: no matter what time you head out, you have the entire day to enjoy on the Grand! Like the song says, “Dip, Dip & Swing Your Paddle”, and enjoy some peace and tranquility on the water, while discovering Waterloo Region from a unique vantage point!
Once you’re back on dry land, check out the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. Featuring 1000’s of butterflies from around the world, tropical plants, waterfalls and other cute little creatures, it’s a great place to explore! During the summer months, get an even closer look at the conservatory inside and out with their Guided Tours. Led by one of the conservatory’s Nature Interpreters, they can give you the inside scoop of the conservatory, walk you through their butterfly and pollinator gardens, and talk about the tropical plants that fill the conservatory. There’s daily drop-in programming for the kids, and new this summer is the Outdoor Butterfly & Bug Hunt Weekend July 20-21, 2019! All of the summer tours and special programming are included in your admission price!
Ready to enjoy some world class entertainment? Take in the TD Kitchener Blues Festival August 8-11th, 2019 in Downtown Kitchener. It offers over 80 international and Canadian artists on 6 stages (including a children’s stage), with after shows happening in area clubs and restaurants. The Blues Festival fundraising concert on Thursday, August 8th features Tom Cochrane and Red Rider with an opening performance by Misty Blues. Other scheduled performers throughout the weekend include Cedric Burnside, Kim Mitchell, Duke Robillard, and Vanessa Collier. The best part? The TD Kitchener Blues Festival is free (with the exception of the Thursday fundraising concert)! Check out the website for a complete performance schedule.
Looking for a truly authentic summer experience? Go camping just footsteps away from a thrilling variety of entertainment options!
At Bingemans Camping Resort, you camp where the fun is! It’s the ultimate urban camping experience where you’re surrounded by nature, but just steps away from a waterpark, two 18 hole mini golf courses, indoor playland, state-of-the-art bowling and more! Bingemans offers campsites for tents, trailers, and RVs; you can also rent one of their rustic log cabins or upcycled container cabins! New for guests this year, Bingemans and Grand River Experiences are now offering canoe, kayak, raft and tubing experiences all right on the picturesque Grand River! With so much to do, you’ll be creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime!
With an itinerary in hand, the rest is up to you. Just pick your dates, and get ready for a whole lot of summer fun as you Explore Waterloo Region!