Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

WMRC is our primary uptown rec facility, with a large swimming complex, arena, indoor track and community spaces.

Check our swimming page for public swim and aquatic fitness times.

The Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (often referred to as WMRC or the Rec Complex) is located at 101 Father David Bauer Drive. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Parking is free. Check the Grand River Transit website for public transit locations, times and fees.

Customer service is available at 519-886-1177. If paying for rec programs, we accept cash, cheque, debit, credit and FitPass.


To check if your program or activity is running as scheduled, check our cancellation page. 

Special events

To celebrate WMRC's 25th anniversary we will be hosting monthly activities in 2019. Schedules will be posted in our calendar and updates will be provided on the City of Waterloo's social media channels.

NEW date! Free ice cream, Fri. May 31, while supplies last from 2-4 p.m.
June 25, live band and refreshments. 9 - 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences.
July 24, 25¢ roller skate, time tbd.
August 25, 25¢ swim, time tbd.


Most spaces in WMRC are available for rent. From small meetings to birthday parties and banquets, the facility offers flexible spaces that can suit many needs.

To get started, visit our rentals page or take a virtual tour of the facility.

Major events

WMRC hosts several events a years that bring in many visitors to Waterloo. When major events occur, we provide helpful tips below to help you plan your trips to our facility accordingly. 

Current events

May 31 – June 2, 2019 - 2019 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Provincial Championships
Come out and cheer on talented provincial level three women’s artistic gymnastics competitors. Tickets are available at the door. All event information can be found at gymnasticsontario.ca

June 9, 2019 - Autism Speaks Canada Walk
Sign up now for the annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada Walk in Waterloo – Wellington. This event expects up to 1000 people. For details visit autismspeaks.ca

June 10, 2019 - Parkinson Society's Signatures – A Taste Test of Waterloo Region’s Best
Parkinson Society fundraising luncheon. For more information or tickets please contact the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario

June 27 - 28, 2018 - St. David Catholic School and Bluevale Collegiate - commencement ceremonies 
St. David Catholic and Bluevale Collegiate are hosting the graduation ceremonies for two local high schools.

City of Waterloo welcomes back Velocity Lacrosse. See their schedule velocitylacrosse.ca



The indoor swimming complex (what we call the ‘swimplex') has swimming pools, a diving tower, springboards, a waterslide and a splash area for children. Male, female and alternate-needs change rooms are available. 

Sunlife Financial Arena 

Waterloo's largest arena has an Olympic-sized ice surface and maximum capacity of 4,400 spectators (3,400 seated). It has eight dressing rooms and two referee rooms with showers, a first aid room and a press box. 

Meeting rooms 

There are three community meeting rooms that can accommodate between 25 to 40 people. 

Indoor track 

The indoor track is on the second floor and free to use from May to October. From November to April it's a mix of free and paid use. The track is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Check our indoor track page for schedules and fees.