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Fun Things to do in Waterloo Region – Summer 2018

Both visitors and dwellers of the Waterloo region are known to have a genuine love for this area. Waterloo is known to be among the greatest cities in Canada as it is commonly known as a smart region of smart people. The area provides great features suitable for plenty summertime fun. As the summer approaches, visitors and other people of this great city anxiously await the wonderful opportunities brought by the season. If you are looking for fun things to do this summer, here are some fun activities that you can attend in this great city.

 

Open Streets: Don’t be left out of a special community event in the Waterloo region which is aimed at promoting the livable cities movement.  As per the website, “these community events promote playing and socializing.”  If you’re up for some dancing, singing, playing, and other activies, these events are for you. These events also include activities such as art activities, good food, community groups and business organizations.  For more information and event dates, check them out here

Canoeing The Grand River: For less than $100, you and a friend can get a full and direct contact with nature and at the same time get in some exercise. The only thing you need to do is to arrive at a Canoeing The Grand location, then you will take a ride with a canoe to your drop-off point. Your drop-off point will highly depend on your level of experience. Trips can vary from 90 minutes to 8 hours.

 

Campfire: Get your family out for camping, put on a camping fire, grab blankets and gather around the camping fire with your family to enjoy entertainments and foods. Of course, be sure to check your city’s by-laws and regulations regarding fire pits and open air fires.

For Kitchener – here

For Waterloo – here

For Cambridge – here

 

 

 

 

KW Multicultural Festival: If you’re looking for a fun weekend, filled with acitivities, and fun represented by several cultures across the region, then attend the KW Multicultural festival, June 23-24.  Well attended every year, this event is sure to bring you the food and sounds of tons of cultures. Get more information on their official site – here.

 

TD Kitchener Blues Festival: From August 9 – 12, you can hear sweet bluesy sounds from local and global performers. With the reputation of being among the top Canadian blues festivals, be present and experience the taste of good food and blues music of course.

 

 Explore the trails: Waterloo region is known for its greenery and community trails. The city of Waterloo is known to have over 150 km of trails which can be a wonderful experience to explore during the summer season. Whether hiking or biking, the choice is yours.  If you need a bike, you can always get one from Recycled Cycles.

 

 

 

 

 

Relax with some free yoga in Victoria Park: There are instructors who put on free yoga classes from Queen Street Yoga in Victoria Park weekly during the summer months.

 

Waterloo Park: Experience the Jewel of the city with sports facilities, picnic sites, a farm and a splash pad. There is always something for everyone during the summer period. Get more information – here.

 

THEMUSEUM: Get a closer look and experience unique art at THEMUSEUM with the presence of some creative exhibitions like the walking piano, the virtual graffiti wall, and the magnetic wall. There will as well be some family events running throughout the summer.

 

When it comes to fun activities within Waterloo region, there truly is no shortage.  While it’s always great to leave your home city and explore other towns, there is plenty to do in Kitchener-Waterloo for a fraction of the cost.  Be sure to check out some of these activities in Waterloo region this summer.

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Home Garden Trends 2018 – Waterloo Region

One of the best things about summer is the ability to get outside and take in the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells of nature.  These days, as we gain more knowledge, and seek to understand how our environment affects us as a whole, we are seeing an increasing trend towards gardening.  As there are several noted benefits to gardening. Including, stress relief, happiness, and sense of responsibility among other things. So with studies showing us the intrinsic values associated with gardening, how do the overall benefits of gardening inform horticultural trends?  Well, we’ve researched a few trends expected to make waves this year.

Collaborative Gardening: Surely, you’ve heard of or already participate in shared garden space, like community garden initiatives. If you haven’t already, there are several in the Waterloo region, and you can check out the list here.  With this increasing trend, we are seeing the spirit of collaboration in an environmentally-friendly way. Offering a sort of group therapy and collective rewards for the participants.

Alfresco Living: The “outdoor living” trend is one of the fastest growing trends, with sales of outdoor furniture expected to rise by 3-4% yearly until 2021. Developing a creative outdoor living space is the new normal.  With comfy outdoor furniture, mini kitchens, fire pits, and everything else. The new trend is to create a livable entertainment space in your own yard. One of the benefits of this trend is the ability to hang out outside, but it’s also great for those who may lack the space they need to entertain their guests inside their homes.  Besides, Canadian Winters are so long, it’s refreshing to be able to spend hours outdoors.

Edible Landscaping/Foodscaping: Healthy eating and veganism are on the rise.  With gardening, the opportunity to grow your own food is available to anyone who so chooses.  The growing appreciation for organic foods encourages this trend and so we are seeing a major rise in edible garden trends, with edible plants infused amongst the landscape of other plants.  So what are some edibles that you can easily incorporate into your garden?

Greens: baby greens and gourmet greens are pretty expensive in-store, however, they are easy to grow – according to author Rhonda Fleming.

Herbs: many herbs are perennials which means you only have to plant them once.  This low maintenance option is great for any home garden. Examples are thyme, sage, and dill to name a few.

Peppers: easy to plant and make for great colour addition to your garden for a great aesthetic

 

As we gain more information, we are seeing that perhaps our grandparents were on to something.  Communal living and healthy, plant-based diets are certainly informing the gardening trend for 2018.  Have you incorporated any of these into your garden plans this year? Tell us about it, and snap a photo!