An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Posts Tagged ‘university of waterloo

Canada Day 2011 Celebrations at Columbia Lake

This event is the most searched topic on this blog by a very large margin. People are already looking for information on the annual fireworks display at Columbia Lake. The University of Waterloo and the Federation of Students organize the family oriented activities which run from 2PM to 11PM on July 1st. They rely on community sponsors and volunteers to make the day a success.

The UW Canada Day Celebrations website provides all the information you need to know including a list of activities, directions, free parking information and opportunities to volunteer or contribute to the event.

Written by Ruth

June 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

November Soccer and Brubacher House

The weather this week is unusually beautiful and warm for November. This soccer field is next to Columbia Lake and a couple of games were in progress last weekend. Brubacher House is in the background. Built in 1850, it is now curated by the University of Waterloo. This web link provides information about the building and the agricultural history of the land where the university is now located.

Written by Ruth

November 10, 2010 at 12:02 am

Open Text Expansion

Open Text - Frank Tompa Dr Waterloo, ON N2L 0A1

Open Text has started a major expansion project in the University of Waterloo Research and Technology Park.

Written by Ruth

November 8, 2010 at 12:05 am

Grass Lake

Grass Lake, North Dumfries Township

North Dumfries township, south of the city of Cambridge, is on the northern edge of the Carolinian zone and has Carolinian oak-hickory forests, prairie grasslands and valuable wetlands. There are interesting glacial features such as drumlins, moraines, kames and kettle lakes. Grass Lake is seen from Shouldice Road between Beke Road and the Brant Waterloo Road. (map) I walked this stretch on the weekend and in less than half an hour saw Sandhill Cranes, American Kestrels, a Red-tailed Hawk, several Wood Ducks and Pied-billed Grebes, Goldfinches, Red-winged Blackbirds and other common birds. Many other water and grassland birds are found here especially in the summer. If you are interested in birding, natural history and glacial landforms, this is a unique area within Waterloo Region to explore.

Written by Ruth

September 8, 2010 at 12:02 am

Columbia Lake

Columbia Lake

Columbia Lake at the University of Waterloo is a popular place for birding, fishing, sports and trail walking.

Written by Ruth

June 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

University of Waterloo School of Architecture

7 Melville Street South, Cambridge ON

The University of Waterloo School of Architecture opened in October 2004 in the renovated Riverside Silk Mill.  It overlooks the Grand River and is surrounded by historic stone buildings. Students from the program designed the co-operative housing project featured in this earlier post.

Written by Ruth

June 3, 2010 at 12:01 am

Grand House Student Co-op

This unusual house is built on a hill in downtown Cambridge (Galt). I took the picture from the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot near the intersection of Ainslie and Water Streets. The definition below is from the Co-op website and for the most up to date information on the project, you can visit their blog, GRaND HouSing.

The Grand House Student Co-operative
[ ðə ˈgrænd haʊs ˈstudnt koʊˈɒpərətɪv ]

1. A sustainable, straw-bale house in downtown Cambridge, Ontario, purpose-built for students, by students.
2. The first new student housing co-op in Canada since the 1970’s.
3. Home.

Origin: Eng. First recorded use, 2004. Multiple derivation:
1. “My, what a GRAND idea!” Wonderful or very pleasing; magnificent or splendid; noble or admirable in conception or intent.
2. Overlooking / adjacent to the Grand River.

Synonyms: great, large, superb, inclusive.

Written by Ruth

March 4, 2010 at 12:07 am