Enjoy Summer Serenity and Outdoor Adventure in Waterloo Region
WATERLOO REGION If you haven’t yet, now is the time to start thinking about summer vacations. For families looking to experience the great Canadian outdoors, the Waterloo Region has a bunch of reasons to get outside this year.
“Summer time in Canada is all about getting active, checking out fun outdoor festivals and taking in our great Canadian scenery,” said Minto Schneider, General Manager of Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation. “The Waterloo Region has such a wide selection of things to do for the whole family that it’s easy to spend a few days visiting festivals, outdoor attractions and our iconic markets.”
If you admire planes, love flying or have some little ones who are curious about those things that fly in the sky, then you should definitely circle your calendar for the Waterloo Air Show and the Canadian Aviation Expo on June 1st and 2nd. There is little more exciting than packing a cooler with munchies and snacks and enjoying an air show with your friends or family.
Speaking of air, enjoy the outdoors at the Fresh Ayr Festival this year on June 15th. The festival is a celebration of the diversity within the Village of Ayr, showcasing great local musical and artistic talent and the amazing community.
There is nothing quite like the peacefulness of enjoying the outdoors on one of the Region’s top rated golf courses. This year, the Grey Silo Golf Club is hosting the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on July 10-14. Don’t miss a chance to see the greats up close.
Being outdoors is not just all about peace, serenity and being surrounded by the beauty of nature; it is also about being awed by adventure, excitement and animals! The African Lion Safari offers a non-traditional, fun way to spend the day with your friends and family. Drive through the Game Reserve in a Safari Tour Bus and see a variety of different exotic animals including lions, zebras, giraffes and much more.
If you really want to work up a sweat, feel your heart race and get back with nature, then be sure to visit Chicopee Mountain. Here you can enjoy a rock climbing wall, fitness trails, bike trails, tennis courts, disc golf course and beach volleyball courts. Mountain bikers can test their skill at the Hydrocut, the #1 ranked trail in Canada by SingleTracks.com. This 24km trail is considered the best in the country for a reason.
Another great outdoor activity for the whole family is fly fishing and canoeing on the Grand River, which is one of only 17 Heritage Rivers in Canada. The river winds through the Waterloo Region making it an ideal canoeing trip for either beginners or the more experienced.
Nothing brings us back to nature and the great outdoors like camping. And, if you’re thinking that you’d like to go camping, then the Waterloo Region has that covered too. Pack the car, bring the kids and visit Bingemans Camping Resort. Bingemans not only offers traditional camping experiences, but also “Glamping,” (camping with glamour for the not-so-skilled camper), and also the Bingemans Big Splash waterpark to cool off on those scorching days.
“There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying than spending the summer months with your family and friends,” said Schneider. “That’s why the Waterloo Region is so wonderful; there is something for all family members to enjoy.”