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Waterloo Retirement Homes

A list of retirement homes in Waterloo Ontario. *An asterisk on the right of each name denotes that this residence matches your search criteria from information provided from a previous year and/or little further information is available. Facilities listed without an asterisk, have provided detailed up-to-date information for 2019 .

605 Laurelwood Drive Waterloo ON N2V 2W7
BEECHWOOD MANOR  (Retirement Homes)  *
305 Erb Street West Waterloo ON N2L 1W4
530 Columbia Street West Waterloo ON N2T 0B1
LUTHER VILLAGE ON THE PARK  (Retirement Homes)  *
139 Father David Bauer Drive Waterloo ON N2L 6L1
TERRACE ON THE SQUARE  (Retirement Homes)  *
100 Caroline Street South Waterloo ON N2L 1X5
THE WESTHILL  (Retirement Homes)  *
25 West Hill Drive Waterloo ON N2T 0B6
WATERLOO HEIGHTS  (Retirement Homes)  *
170 Erb Street West Waterloo ON N2L 1V4


About Waterloo
Waterloo is a city located in Southern Ontario, Canada, and is the smallest of three cities within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. It is located next to the city of Kitchener, and is often dubbed “Kitchener-Waterloo,” or "the Tri-City" including the city of Cambridge, despite the fact that all three each have their own separate city governments. As of the 2011 census, Waterloo’s population sits at 98,780, and measures 64.02 squared kilometres in land area.

Brief History

Waterloo’s beginnings started off with a parcel of 675,000 acres of land which was assigned to the Iroquois alliance that consisted of the League of Six Nations in 1784. It was a gift from the British to compensate for wartime alliance throughout the American Revolution. The native peoples began almost immediately selling some of the land - from 1796 to 1798, 93,000 acres were sold to Richard Beasley, while the Six Nations Indians continued to retain the mortgage on the lands.


The first set of immigrants to the land that is now Waterloo consisted of Mennonites from Pennsylvania who purchased the title to land parcels from Beasley in 1804. The next year, a group of Mennonites pooled their money together to buy all unsold land from Beasley and discharge the loan that was being held by the Six Nations Indians. The land was then divided into smaller lots.

The new town was named after Waterloo in Belgium, in 1816, which was the site of the Battle of Waterloo of 1815. Following the war, German immigrants set their sights on the new township, who eventually took over the Mennonites as the dominant demographic by the 1840s. In 1957, Waterloo was incorporated as a village, and eventually became the Town of Waterloo in 1876, then in 1948, it became the City of Waterloo.

Historical Landmarks

The University of Waterloo is a large educational facility, with its main campus located on 1,000 acres of land in "Uptown" Waterloo next to Waterloo Park. It is most famous for its cooperative education programs, which give students the opportunity to integrate their education with work experience. More than 19,000 co-op students and 5,200 employees are educated and employed at the university.

The Erb-Kumpf House is among the oldest homes in Waterloo, with the original part of the structure built in 1812 by Abraham Erb, the founder of the city. Erb came from Pennsylvania in 1806, and settled in the German Company Tract. This land now encompasses the business district of Waterloo. Erb established a sawmill on Beaver Creek in 1808, and a grist mill in 1816. Throughout the 19th century, many additions were built, and the house was passed along to many Waterloo families.

The Huether Hotel in Waterloo has plenty of Canadian national historic significance. It was originally a commercial hotel to the first brewery in Waterloo, and served as a hotel and storage area for a sister brewery. During the prohibition era, it served as a source of alcohol and eventually became a cafe, pub, restaurant. To this day, the Huether Hotel remains an architectural landmark and popular gathering spot in uptown Waterloo.

Tourist Attractions

Waterloo is home to various popular tourist attractions, including the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, a 4,132-seat multi-purpose arena that is home to various local sporting teams, including the Waterloo Siskins hockey team, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks hockey team, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks Lacrosse team. It also houses the Swimplex, a 30m pool that became Waterloo’s first municipally-owned indoor pool.

RIM Park is a 500-acre city park facility that houses various facilities, and features the Manulife Financial Sportsplex, the Healthy Living Centre, the Grey Silo Golf Course, and the heritage Mennonite Martin farm.

Conestoga Mall is the premier shopping mall in Waterloo, and features more than 130 stores and services, a vast food court, and a Galaxy Cinema.

Things to Do in the City
The City Museum of Waterloo is popular among residents and tourists for its ever-changing exhibitions and easy access to Waterloo’s premier shopping center. The museum explores the history of Waterloo and has plenty of stories to share. Visitors can discover historical art, objects, and artifacts that depict what Waterloo was like from its founding times in 1806 to today.

Oktoberfest is always an extremely popular event in Kitchener-Waterloo which celebrates the German Canadian heritage with ethnic beer and foods, as well as with performances, live music, and various other events. The 9-day festival is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world, and happens every October to host visitors from all over the country and across the globe.

Market Road Antiques is another popular spot in the city of Waterloo, and houses more than 100 dealers in a space of 20,000 square feet. All sort of items can be found here, including furniture, glassware, jewelry, vintage items, and more.

Like Kitchener the city of Waterloo has much to offer retirees. The wonderful Stratford Festival is relatively close and the town of St. Jacobs is only a few kilometers away,  offering the huge and amazing St. Jacobs Market.


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