Summer hotspots in the region near you

With exams coming up, it’s important to take some time out for yourself; basking in the sun and enjoying fun hobbies as much as possible, especially before you’re stuck in a cubicle with your nose in a book all day. UWaterloo students tend to stay in the campus bubble during this busy time, but remember that this city holds some amazing spots nearby for the leisure time that you need and deserve!

It’s easy to feel guilty for treating yourself to new and exciting adventures during the school year, but it’s also easy to lose yourself in the stress and chaos of everyday student life. Whether it’s a walk in the park, a day at the beach, or a few minutes in virtual reality, allow yourself to de-stress by enjoying some of Waterloo’s hottest summer spots.

Here are four places that are bound to have you de-stressing during this time of the term!

Waterloo Park

Waterloo Park.

Waterloo Park is known as the ‘jewel of the city,’ and it’s only a stone’s throw away from the University of Waterloo. With 11 acres of prime parkland, there are a ton of activities for you and your friends to participate in while enjoying the great outdoors. You can enjoy views of the lake, bask under the sun in the beautiful gazebos, play a sport in the large fields, or get up-close and personal with the llamas at the petting zoo. Waterloo Park also hosts regular movie nights throughout the summer, where you can bust out your picnic blanket and watch a movie under the stars.

West Montrose Covered Bridge (Kissing Bridge)

Kissing Bridge at sunset.

Take someone you love to the West Montrose Covered Bridge, also known as the ‘Kissing Bridge.’ After all, it’s Ontario’s last covered bridge and a Waterloo landmark! Enjoy some ice cream while taking a scenic drive over the Grand River. If you’re into photography or architecture, this is the perfect spot for you.

Elora Gorge Conservation Area

Elora Gorge.

They call this area Elora ‘Gorge-ous,’ and for good reason. It’s an estimated 30-40 minute drive from Waterloo, but the destination is definitely worth the drive. It’s been dubbed of the most beautiful natural areas in the entire Grand River Valley. If you’re interested in getting out to the great outdoors, you should definitely try kayaking, hiking, or even picnicking at Elora Gorge.

Ctrl V - Virtual Reality Arcade

Ctrl V Arcade.Take a trip to Canada’s first virtual reality arcade, where you can escape the reality of exams for an hour or two! At Ctrl V, you are able to put on a headstrap and completely immerse yourself in a new world. It’s the perfect spot for game-lovers and for those looking to try something new!

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