Notice: Tours Cancelled

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is committed to protecting the health and safety of our team, partners and the community.

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and after much review and consideration, the RIA has decided to cancel all tours in the best interest of all involved.

Tours of the RIA Living Classroom remain an important educational opportunity, which is why this decision was not made lightly. The decision was based on a thorough risk assessment, based on Public Health Agency of Canada’s risk assessment tool, the increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and most importantly, the duty we have to ensure the safety and protection of our team, partners and the community.

The RIA would like to apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause to you.

More than that, we would like to thank you for your understanding and your patience. This was a tough decision – but the right one and we are grateful for your ongoing commitment to the RIA and our mission to enhance life for older adults everywhere.

Thank you,
Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director, the RIA


Come Visit Us in Waterloo

Is your long-term care home interested in building your own Living Classroom?

We offer guided tours of the Living Classroom at the Village at University Gates in Waterloo. Visiting in person is a great way to understand what’s required within the physical environment and to start envisioning how the Living Classroom might look within your own long-term care home.

Please contact us and we’d be happy to arrange a tour.

Want a sneak peek? Conestoga College offers a brief virtual tour of the Living Classroom at University Gates in Waterloo.

Our Location

The Living Classroom at University Gates is located at 250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario (see below for driving directions).

Driving Directions

Directions to the Research Institute for Aging and the Village at University Gates, 250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario.

From Highway 401

Take exit 278 onto Highway 7/8 to Kitchener.

Continue on Highway 7/8, past the Guelph exit, where it becomes Highway 85 to Waterloo.
Continue on 85 until University Avenue – take the second exit.

Continue west on University Avenue, crossing Marsland Drive, Weber, King Street, until you reach Phillip Street – turn RIGHT onto Phillip and at the next set of lights, turn LEFT onto Columbia Street.

Continue on Columbia, past Westmount, to Fischer Hallman Road.

Turn RIGHT onto Fischer Hallman.

At the next set of lights, turn RIGHT onto Laurelwood Drive, then immediately LEFT into the University Gates driveway. Follow the driveway to the parking lot.

The RIA offices are at the first entrance. The Village at University Gates is at the second entrance.

Please note that not all GPS units show the correct address for the building – many incorrectly indicate turning left from Fischer Hallman onto Laurelwood Drive. Google Maps shows the correct location.