Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

Proof of vaccination or a valid exemption is now required to enter recreation centres. Find full details on our COVID-19 page.

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (WMRC) is located at 101 Father David Bauer Drive Find entrance and registration procedures below.

  • Parking at WMRC is free
  • Check Grand River Transit for public transit locations, times and fees
  • Call 519-886-1177 for customer service
  • Front desk accepts cash, cheque, debit, credit and FitPass

On this page

  1. WMRC entrance procedure
  2. Book swimming and track times (currently closed)
  3. Registered programs
  4. Cancellations and closures
  5. Rentals
  6. Amenities
  7. Upcoming major events
  8. Construction updates

WMRC entrance procedure

To come inside a recreation centre you need to show proof of vaccination or a valid exemption, fill out a screening form and provide contact info.

1. Proof of vaccination or valid exemption

Starting September 22, you must show proof of vaccination or have a valid exemption to come inside.

Read full vaccine and exemption rules

2. Complete screening and provide contact info

Each person coming inside must complete a health screening form on the same day as your activity. This will include contact info for tracing purposes.

Activity participants

Activity participants must complete a PDF form.

This can be done through:

We will help you complete screening at the door if you don't have a device or forgot to do it.

Spectators, parents/guardians and visiting teams

Spectators, parents/guardians, and members of visiting teams (including their parents/guardians and spectators) must complete a paper form for screening and contact tracing.

We will provide these at the door.

3. Wait outside entrance to be greeted

A staff member will greet you at the marked entrance to confirm proof vaccination/exemption and completion of screening.

At WMRC, users must enter through the doors on the west side of the building (facing Luther Village)

Important info for using the facility once inside

  1. Showers and food concessions are not available at this time.
  2. Dressing rooms are only available for ice users.
  3. Washrooms are available but are not to be used as dressing rooms.
  4. Warm ups are not permitted in any common areas of the facility.
  5. Guardians must remain in the designated activity space and wear masks.
  6. Players are only allowed to remove masks while playing.
  7. Participants must ensure physical distancing is maintained on players benches.
  8. No participant or guardian shall spit or blow their nose freely anywhere in the facility.
  9. If using ice, please leave the playing surface immediately after buzzer sounds.
  10. Ensure all equipment is picked up in advance of the buzzer sounding to enable an immediate exit.
  11. Participants are encouraged to fill water bottles before arriving.
  12. Groups must be adequately equipped with their own first aid supplies.


Book swimming and track times (currently closed)

The indoor pool is currently closed for construction updates. Visit our swimming page for more information.

The indoor track is currently closed. Visit our track page for more information.


Registered programs

Check our Active Waterloo website to register and pay for programs that take place at WMRC, including swim lessons, dance classes, camps and more.


Cancellations and closures

Check our cancellation page to ensure your program is running as scheduled.


Rentals

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.

Visit our rentals page to get started, or take a virtual tour of the facility.


Amenities

Swimplex

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. 

Sun Life 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 a low impact rubber surface that runs in an oval around the arena. Visit our track page for more information.

Upcoming major events

WMRC hosts several events a year that bring visitors to Waterloo. When major events occur, we provide tips to help you plan your trips to our facility.

KW Siskins and WLU Women's and Men's home games (Fall 2021)

All spectators must enter and exit at the West Entrance and complete covid screening on the day of the event. Refer to map below. Further information about the Siskins can be found at kwsiskins.ca. Further information for WLU ticketing can be found at laurierathletics.com

Map showing where to enter WMRC for Siskins games


Construction updates

The WMRC is expanding. Visit our project page for construction updates.