The City of Kitchener is situated in the heart of Southwestern Ontario close to major highways that easily connect to London and the Greater Toronto Area (Approx 1.25 hour drive to Toronto).
With a population of close to 250,000 and adjacent to Cambridge in the south and Waterloo in the north, Kitchener’s dynamic economy is rich in industrial heritage, but is seeing emerging economic sectors in technology, education, arts and culture. The City is located in Waterloo Region, which has been dubbed the “Technology Triangle” and encompasses a multitude of high tech businesses and organizations as well as several globally renowned post-secondary educational institutions.
Kitchener was originally called Berlin, and many of Kitchener’s early newcomers were of German extraction. Each fall, Kitchener celebrates its historic roots during Oktoberfest, the largest Bavarian festival outside of Munich, Germany. Kitchener hosts many other events including the Kitchener Blues Festival, the KW Multicultural Festival and Word on the Street. Residents and visitors also enjoy shopping at the Kitchener Farmer’s Market, exploring permanent and feature exhibits at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener and learning about the area’s heritage at the Waterloo Region Museum. The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex (The Aud) consists of three arenas and hosts national and international sports competitions, concerts and trade shows. It is also home to the Kitchener Rangers, the City’s Junior A hockey team.
Kitchener offers over 100 kilometres of community trails that are suitable for walking, jogging and bicycling. In winter, families can enjoy skating at arenas or on the outdoor rink at City Hall, as well as local skiing and tubing. Two picturesque 18-hole golf courses offer 3 seasons of playing to golf enthusiasts.
With an expanding population of almost 100,000, Waterloo has evolved from a farming community to a technology powerhouse. Located north of Kitchener, approximately 100 kilometres from both Toronto and London, boasting a plethora of high tech organizations as well as renowned post-secondary educational institutions, the City houses a knowledge community that is internationally recognized. Strengthening Waterloo’s reputation as a top intelligence community is the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo Research and Technology Park.
The City hosts a diverse range of festivals including the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival and Waterloo Busker Carnival.
UpTown Waterloo, the urban heart of the City, offers critically acclaimed dining and exceptional boutiques and specialty stores within comfortable walking distance. These surround Waterloo Public Square, a popular gathering place and outdoor rink in winter.
In Waterloo Park, residents and visitors can stop by the Eby Farmstead Animal Display and observe a variety of animals. The 11 acres of prime parkland also encompasses large picnic areas, a scenic lake complete with boardwalk, play structures, Victorian gardens, sports fields and other amenities. The popular park offers events all year round, such as watching movies under the stars at Music & Movies in the Park and sipping hot chocolate while touring elaborate light displays at the Wonders of Winter Festival. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy Waterloo’s 150km trail system with paved sections to accommodate motorized chairs, strollers, bicycles or rollerblades, which connects neighbourhoods and over 1,600 hectares of green space.
The City of Cambridge is located approximately 80 kilometres West of Toronto and is one of the few cities outside of Toronto to have Highway 401 running through it, as opposed to on its edges. Nestled along the Grand River, it covers a land area of 112.82 square kilometres.
Cambridge was created in 1973 when the City of Galt, along with the towns of Hespeler and Preston, and parts of the Townships of Waterloo and North Dumfries, amalgamated under a new name.
Today, Cambridge is a thriving, cosmopolitan city with a rapidly growing population of approximately 126,750. Located in Waterloo Region, the “Technology Triangle”, Cambridge has a diverse economic base with leading industries in advanced manufacturing, automotive, high technology, pharmaceutical, business/ financial services and hospitality/retail. The area contains a robust labour force and excellent pool of skilled workers.
The City’s unique history has resulted in three downtown centres featuring quaint retail shopping and beautiful architecture, and complemented by approximately 365 hectares of parkland, 96 parks, over 140 sports fields and more than 50 kilometres of urban and natural trails. The Cambridge Farmers’ Market, the third oldest of its kind in the country, has been in continuous operation on its original site since 1830.
Cambridge’s rich arts community is evident in the many libraries and galleries as well as the Cambridge Centre for the Arts, a municipally operated community arts centre offering an exciting selection of arts programs for adults and children, taught by highly qualified and enthusiastic arts educators.
Local festivals include Cambridge Riverfest, the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, the Cambridge Highland Games, and Christmas in Cambridge.
Located within the Region of Waterloo is the bustling rural community of Woolwich Township. Offering a thriving business community with strong ties to its roots in country life, Woolwich Township has witnessed a rapid expansion in its population over the past decade.
Founded upon the arrival of the first permanent European settlers to the region in the late 1700’s, and originally known as ‘Upper Woolwich’, the area did not become an established township until it was amalgamated with the Township of Pilkington. William Wallace, one of the first settlers in the region, sold his stake in Woolwich Township to Benjamin Eby and Henry Brubacher on May 1, 1807. Benjamin and Henry were quick to recognize the enormous potential of the land in terms of both agricultural productivity and its position relative to some of the busiest trading routes in Southern Ontario.
Today, with its expanding population which is now surpassing 22,500, the area offers a wide range of residential, commercial and recreational applications. The Township of Woolwich features many locations and events which foster an active lifestyle within the community, such as the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market (Canada’s largest year-round farmer’s market), and the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. Boasting close to 30 parks, soccer pitches and baseball diamonds, there is no shortage of opportunity to participate in a healthy, active lifestyle.
Woolwich Township also encompasses eleven community trails, which run for a combined length of over 80 kilometres. These trails are available for a variety of activities, such as walking, cycling, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling on a seasonal basis.
Featuring its many enjoyable seasonal events, such as the St. Agatha Strawberry Fest and New Hamburg Fall Fair, the Township of Wilmot has rightfully earned its place as a popular family community within Waterloo Region.
The Township of Wilmot is home to a growing population of close to 20,000. While the majority of Wilmot’s population resides in the towns of New Hamburg and Baden, the Township also covers large rural areas and smaller villages and crossroads such as Petersburg, St. Agatha, and Haysville. Popular tourist attractions include the Heritage Waterwheel and Park in New Hamburg, and Castle Kilbride, Baden’s renowned National Historic Site. These combine to bring in many visitors to the area throughout the year.
With its approximately 193 acres of parkland, the Township of Wilmot offers a variety of year-round and seasonal recreational opportunities for both community members and visitors.
Originally known as part of a vast clergy reserve called ‘The Queen’s Bush’, Wellesley Township is located within the far north-western reaches of Waterloo Region. Bypassed by major railway systems, Wellesley Township has remained a primarily rural area for many years, with working farms covering the majority of the area.
A small population of under 7000 has nevertheless maintained this quaint community as a hub of agricultural activity. A popular regional attraction, the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival, is currently in its 25th year, and draws thousands of tourists every year for a fun-filled day of pony rides, auctions and antique displays.