Hi everyone, it’s Ekin!

I know it is hard to believe when you look outside, but spring term is around the corner! Hopefully it will start getting warmer soon but if this is your first summer in Waterloo, be prepared for very warm days. I know it is hard to imagine now, but it can get more than 40 degrees in summer here!

Spring term is pretty nice in Waterloo. There are many outdoor events where you can enjoy the nice weather. My personal favorite is Canoeing the Grand! If you haven’t done any canoeing or kayaking before, you don’t need to worry. Depending on how long you want to canoe or kayak, you can pick the distance and rent a canoe for two. The canoe renting area is easily accessible by GRT buses so there Ifis no cost to get there. Next up on my to-do list for the spring term is Tubing in Elora!

Another recommendation is the St. Jacobs’ Farmers Market and the Kitchener Market. They also usually have live music on Saturdays! If you are looking for a relaxing Saturday with live music and delicious breakfast, it is a great place to go.

There are also summer festivals happening in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. I highly recommend attending the Summer Light Festival in Kitchener. There will be live music and free events to join in. In previous years, outdoor movie night events happened at UW campus and in Waterloo Park area, where you only need to bring your mat and enjoy the free movie outside. These events generally happen in July and August, so keep an eye out on campus and the CLV Facebook page.

Spring term is great for outdoor sport activities such as hiking, biking, running, and walking. Especially if you are into biking, Waterloo is a great city for bikers with bike lanes and trails. For example, the trail around Columbia Lake is a great place to start. If you're up for an adventure, head to Toronto when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. I really enjoyed going to High Park and walking under the cherry trees last year.

Ekin under cherry blossom trees

High Park, Toronto, Ontario

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