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There are three large parks in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region. Waterloo Park, located just south of the University has amenities such as picnic areas with washroom facilities, a mini zoo, children’s playgrounds, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, ponds, rivers and many trails. Similarly, Victoria Park in Kitchener has picnic areas, children's playgrounds as well as a mini-waterpark, ponds, rivers and many trails. Both parks are free of charge and open for all public to enjoy. In order accommodate large groups, or to make use of the park’s man-made picnic areas, bookings must be made through the municipalities’ parks and recreations offices.

Laurel Creek Conservation Area is another great place to experience the outdoors. There is a small entrance fee of approximately $5 per person. The park offers activities such as hiking, picnicking, canoeing (rental charge), cycling, sailing, fishing, swimming, camping overnight (there are fees for the camping site), as well as a beach area and many trails.


Access to the local Library is free for those who reside in that municipality. There are three library branches in Waterloo, one in Uptown and the others at McCormic (500 Parkside) and 500 Fischer-Hallman respectively. For those residing outside the City of Waterloo and in Kitchener, Cambridge, Region of Waterloo, Brant County or Hamilton Region, you can still have access to the Waterloo library as long as you have already obtained a card from your local library. Note, you must provide a piece of ID with your full name as well as your local address when registering for the library card.

With the library card, you will have access to all the books, audiobooks, journals and newspapers that the library offers. As well as educational and entertainment CDs and DVDs. You may also book a computer and use the internet, free of charge. The library is also a great place to find resources for various other affairs, including immigration and settlement into the area. Many agencies and non-profit associations, and often the government, use the library for workshops and seminars.



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