The city of Kitchener and the city of Waterloo are also known as the Tri-Cities which also encompasses the city of Cambridge. All three areas are located in Southern Ontario and are part of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The entire area is often referred to by locals as the Waterloo Region and has a population of over five hundred thousand. Much of the area is easily accessible to the highway 401 and Via Rail services, and the region also has its own airport, The Region of Waterloo International Airport.
Within a short day drive to the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Waterloo is popular amongst those who want to live close to all the amenities a big city like Toronto has to offer, without the daily traffic, hefty real estate prices and city hustle and bustle. The region is home to the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College. College and University bound students have excellent post-secondary education choices offered to them and the region is also gaining popularity as a high-tech area.
For the adventuresome crowd there are ample hiking and biking trails waiting to be discovered, even the Iron Horse Trail which will guide you along part of the Trans Canada Trail. Fishing, kayaking, camping and more is all available for every outdoor enthusiast. Families can spend the day gazing at the beautiful scenery in the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory or head out to the African Lion Safari. Plenty of great dining options for foodies and even some micro-breweries to visit.
St. Jacobs, the largest outdoor market in Canada, is very popular and brings in tourists from all over to sample delicious homemade treats and purchase local arts and crafts. Oktoberfest is a popular festival celebrated every October and is widely accepted as Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival.
It doesn’t matter if you are a young professional couple making your mark in your chosen careers or a retired couple looking for a great community to spend your Golden years in; Kitchener-Waterloo has something to offer everyone. Parents will find the region to be an excellent choice for raising a family and University Graduates will discover it is a great area to seek out job prospects. Contact a local real estate agent, visit the area, spend the day here – one you visit here, you will want to live here!