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Overview of Kitchener & Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kitchener, Ontario has a population of 190 399 (2001) with lots of diverse people living among the city. Recently, in 2004, the city celebrated its 150th Anniversary. The city has several cultural activities to take part in every year. Many times people join its neighbouring city, Waterloo, Ontario. Often being referred to as “the twin city” Waterloo also has many exciting events that take place throughout the year. With many different dining options and shopping areas, great lodging, and recreation, there is something in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario for everyone!

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History of Kitchener & Waterloo, Ontario

In 1853, Kitchener, ON, known then as Berlin was incorporated as a village and new seat of the created County of Waterloo. Three years later, the Grand Trunk Railway was extended into Kitchener. In 1912, the town of Berlin officially became a city. Years later, in 1916, the name of the city was changed to Kitchener after British Field Marshall Lord Kitchener. Waterloo, ON was incorporated as a village in the year of 1857, and then became a town in 1876 and a city in 1948. “The twin city” was a popular destination for German immigrants throughout the years.

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Kitchener & Waterloo's Demographics

Kitchener has a population of 190 339 (2001). 49.2% of the population was male and 50.8% female. Kitchener has always been culturally diverse. In Waterloo, there are many locals with strong German descent. The universities in the area attract many different people, making up for a lot of the different backgrounds. The different races located in the city are (2001 census) 86.6% white, 4.3% South Asian, 3.4% Chinese, 1.6% Black, and other 3.3%.

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Kitchener & Waterloo's Climate

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario has four very dissimilar seasons. Winter temperatures last from mid-December to late March and summers last from June to September.. The average snowfall in December is 41mm and in January, 40mm. The average rainfall per year is 64.5mm.

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Education in Kitchener & Waterloo, Ontario

Kitchener-Waterloo combined has many educational facilities. Each city has elementary and secondary schools, many independent and private schools, Christian schools and a bilingual school. As for post secondary education, there are lots of choices. For college, students can chose the Conestoga College of Technology and Advanced Learning that has a campus in Waterloo, Kitchener, as well as other prominent cities. The college was founded in 1967. Universities in Waterloo are the University of Waterloo that is the ninth largest Canadian university. Also, there is the Wilfrid Laurier University that was founded in the year 1911 and is slightly smaller that University of Waterloo. Whatever school you attend in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, you will be receiving the best education possible.

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Transportation around Kitchener & Waterloo, Ontario

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario has several different options when it comes to transporation around the cities. Each has very clean and organized city streets to get around. Each city's public transportation is provided by Grand River Transit. In each city, there are many bus routes that will take you to where you need to be. In September 2005, an express bus route called the ‘iXpress' was added. That route runs from downtown Cambridge through Kitchener, and then to north Waterloo. Wherever you travel to, you are always connected to these two beautiful cities.

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Tourism and Attractions of Kitchener & Waterloo

In Kitchener, ON, there are several tourist attractions to keep one entertained while in the city, whether you are a resident or visitor. You can visit Bingemans, with family camping and resort, the Christkindl Market that is based upon a 400 year old tradition, the Waterloo Regional Children's Museum located in the heart of Kitchener, and the Walter Bean Grand River Trail. In Waterloo there are also several activities to participate in. There are several museums to see including the Earth Sciences Museum and the Optometry Museum of Visual Science. Galleries to see include the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery and the Joseph Schneider Haus Museum and Gallery. To experience these great attractions come to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Kitchener
  • Waterloo
  • St. Jacobs
  • Heidelburg
  • Josephburg
  • St. Clements
  • Petersburg
  • Wilmont Centre
  • Mannheim
  • Schindelsteddle
  • New Dundee
  • Baden
  • Luxemburg
  • New Hamburg
  • Wellesley
  • Conestogo
  • Winterbourne
  • Maryhill
  • Bloomingdale
  • Breslau
  • Kossuth
  • Freeport
  • Doon
  • Hagey
  • Blair
  • Bridgeport
  • Rummelhardt
  • Erbsville
  • Haysville
  • St. Agatha
  • Elmira
  • West Montrose
  • Zuber Corners
  • Weissenburg
  • St.Clements
  • Wellesley
  • Berlett's Corners
  • New Prussia
  • Phillpsburg
  • Drayton
  • Linwood
  • Waldau
  • Berlets Corner
  • Trussler
  • Williamsburg
  • Bamburg
  • Hawkesville
  • Wallenstein
  • Macton
  • South Plains
  • Roseville
  • Huron Park
  • Country Hills
  • Strasburg
  • Rosendale

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Geography of Kitchener & Waterloo, Ontario

Kitchener-Waterloo is located in the southwestern part of Ontario. Waterloo is the smallest of the three cities in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. Waterloo has the Grand River on the east side of the city which is popular with canoeists and in the west end, the Waterloo Moraine provides people in the region with drinking water. The region has over 500,000 residents living among the metropolitan area.

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Kitchener & Waterloo's Government

Kitchener is represented by a municipal government consisting of six Councilors and a Mayor. The current Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener is John Milloy and the Member of Parliament is Karen Redman. In Waterloo the government consists of five Councilors and a Mayor. The city is responsible for fire protection, libraries, parks and recreation and secondary streets. The entire city of Waterloo, federally and provincially, is contained in the Kitchener-Waterloo electoral district.

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Kitchener & Waterloo's Economy and Industry

Economically, the cities are both doing well. In Kitchener, Budd Canada employs over 1500 workers. The Huron Business Park is also home to many industries from seat manufacturing to furniture components. Waterloo's largest employers are Sun Life Financial/Clarica, University of Waterloo, Manulife Financial, Research in Motion, and the Wilfrid Laurier University. Each city has grown enormously over the part number of years, and hopes to continuing increasing economically.

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Kitchener & Waterloo's Culture and Significant Events

Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario is home to many significant and cultural events that take place throughout the year. In Kitchener, you can take part in Oktoberfest that is an annual nine day festival. It is held in October starting before the Canadian Thanksgiving. Also, the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area is a non-profit organization that holds events downtown. In Waterloo, visitors and residents can check out the Ice Dog Festival held in February, the uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival in July and the Wonder of Winter which is a festival of lights in December.

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Sports in Kitchener & Waterloo, Ontario

Kitchener-Waterloo has many local sports leagues and teams for its residents to participate in. Kitchener's sports teams include the Kitchener Rangers that play in the Ontario Hockey League, the Kitchener Panthers that play in the Intercounty Baseball League, the Kitchener Dutchmen, and the KW Braves Jr. A Lacrosse team that plays in the Ontario Lacrosse Association. Leagues in Kitchener include the Kitchener Fastball League and the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association. Each team gets strong support from the community and hopes for great seasons for many years to come.

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Media of Kitchener & Waterloo

“The twin city” shares the same daily newspaper, the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. The Record traces its history back to 1878, the first publishing date known. The paper has won the Michener Award for praiseworthy public service in journalism four times. It also received the 2001 award for breaking the story on the RIM Park financing disaster. Waterloo also has its own newspaper, The Waterloo Chronicle that is solely focused on the city of Waterloo. The cities have several radio stations and one main television station that is broadcasted from Kitchener and is known as CTV Southwestern Ontario.

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