Waterloo-Ontario (also referred to as Kitchener-Waterloo or the Tri-City region if you add Cambridge) had a population of a little over 98,000 in 2011. The city with the nickname of "Loo" has an area of 64.10 square kilometres (24.75 square miles). In 1816, the Canadian city was named after the famous Belgium town of Waterloo.
The earliest European immigrants were German Mennonites who built a sawmill. Since then, the city has been at the center of Canadian mobile technology: BlackBerry and Kik Messenger. As part of the Tri-City Canada's Technology Triangle (CTT), which markets the region internationally, Waterloo has many well-known corporations located here: Sun Life Financial, Manulife Financial, Google, Oracle, Intel, Electronic Arts and Agfa. Waterloo also has extensive ties to brewing: Seagrams, Labatts and Brick Brewing.
Kids can enjoy the Waterloo Public Library, five parks and the Grand River for various activities. The Iron Horse Trail and Laurel Trail are popular for bikers. Highway access includes Highways 8, 401 and the Conestoga Parkway. The Grand River Transit association provides public transportation for the Tri-City region.
Popular tourist attractions include the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games, and Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. The Ice Dogs Festival, Jazz Festival, Afro Festival, Waterloo County & Area Quilt Festival, and Tour de Waterloo are popular events for the entire family. Lawn bowling associations in Waterloo-Ontario include Kitchener and Heritage Greens.
The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University offer a solid educational environment. The Grand River Hospital and St. Mary's General Hospital serve the needs of the community. The Waterloo Award is given to the citizen demonstrating the highest level of service to the community.