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Waterloo is a forward-thinking university city in the region of Ontario, Canada. Two higher education establishments in the city have led to it being a hub of technology and innovation. It also means that the city has expanded to accommodate the student population, offering cool restaurants and craft breweries. Public artworks and museums add further cultural value to the buzzing, academic city. Rent a car through Orbitz to roam throughout the city, heading to Mennonite farmers’ markets, or to the nearby major cities. Once you have a set of wheels, take time to visit great lakes, marvel at waterfalls, and hop between museums.
Once you’ve picked up your rental car, be sure to explore the other attractions in the Ontario region. We’ve chosen three exhilarating and interesting nearby destinations.
Join the local Mennonite population in the charming village of St. Jacobs, an old-world destination that has seemingly been caught in the past. People ride past in horse-drawn carriages, quilts are made in the traditional manner, and a museum documents the old methods of creating maple syrup. The quaint town is home to the immensely popular St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, which happens throughout the year.
Journey time: Around 15 minutes
Distance: Approximately 7 miles
The modern, magnificent metropolis of Toronto is just a short drive away from Waterloo, and it’s one of the most exciting cities in Canada. Climb the CN Tower for views of the city, before exploring by car to see Toronto’s weird and wonderful architectural sights. The Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario are two of the most striking buildings in the city, each a work of art themselves.
Journey time: Around 1 hour 30 minutes
Distance: Approximately 70 miles
The border between Canada and the US is marked by one of the country’s great natural wonders, the Niagara Falls. On the Canadian side of the border you can walk behind the falls or ride a boat beneath the long crescent section of the cascades known as the Horseshoe Falls. For amazing views of the falls, head up the Skylon Tower to get an aerial vantage point.
Journey time: Around 1 hour 40 minutes
Distance: Approximately 90 miles