Living in Kitchener

Kitchener, Ontario
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The 113 year old city of Kitchener makes up one-third of Ontario’s Tri-Cities, lies 100 km (62 miles) west of Toronto and is Canada’s tenth largest metropolitan area. If you’re considering moving, we’ve got you covered on living in Kitchener.

Location, Location, Location

The most important thing to consider when choosing to move to a new city is what neighborhood and community best fits your needs. Kitchener is home to some notable communities:

Victoria Park
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  • Huron Park and Brigadoon: A modern community that consists of a unique combination of urban, forest and farmland. Brigadoon Woods and Strasburg Creek intertwine their way throughout this neighborhood, providing a stunning backdrop to many homes.
  • Downtown Kitchener: The heart of Kitchener is home to some of the oldest and most stately buildings and homes; some pre-date World War II. The highlight of this neighborhood is Victoria Park, which boasts a sprawling lake and features such as an iron bridge, cannons and a historical clock tower. Victoria Park plays host to many of Kitchener’s annual festivities, including Christmas Fantasy.
  • Uptown Waterloo: Waterloo (another third of the Tri-Cities area; Cambridge completes the trifecta) is a community rich in, both, modern and traditional architecture. It’s an extremely pedestrian-friendly community and boasts over 100 acres of trails.

If your move is temporary or if you’re still searching for your perfect fit, you can store some of your belongings until you’ve found your home!

Public Transit

Kitchener’s Grand River Transit provides several options for its residents. iExpress transports riders via four different bus routes. ION is the Tri-Cities’ rapid light rail service. The MobilityPLUS Service was created to serve residents with certain eligible physical disabilities.

Education

Kitchener (Tri-Cities) is home to several universities, including Conestoga College, University of Waterloo, and McMaster University (Waterloo campus).

Are you a Kitchener resident? What advice would you offer those considering a move to Kitchener? Let us know in the comments!