City of Kitchener is a vibrant, diverse and thriving community located approximately 100 km west of Toronto.
With a thriving economical foot print, affordable cost of living, proximity and accessibility to the greater Toronto area and surrounding regions, 4 daily commuter trains into Toronto’s Union Station, a regional airport offering national and international flights, Kitchener and Waterloo region is a great place to call home. The city offers small town charm and big city amenities.
Formerly known as the Town of Berlin from 1854 until 1912 and then City of Berlin from 1912 until 1916, it changed its name to Kitchener after World War One. Originally settled by German Mennonite farming families, followed by large migration in the 1800’s of Germans directly from Germany. These early immigrants brought with them a strong work ethic, innovation and early adoption of manufacturing which quickly turned the city into a successful and thriving hub.
Largest of the three cities in the Waterloo region, Kitchener borders the cities of Guelph, Cambridge, Waterloo and other smaller satellite towns. Kitchener and its neighbouring communities offer everything from boutique shopping, fine dinning, craft beers and local festivities. The region offers 3000 acres of parks and outdoor recreation adventure, whether you wish to explore many of the hiking and bike trails on the GRAND RIVER TRAIL or take a boat up the GRAND RIVER or explore some of the many conservation areas, there is lots to explore and do.
Beginning in 2004, the City of Kitchener launched several initiatives to re-energize the downtown core. The revitalization has converted some of the existing factories into high-end lofts, condos and trendy office space. The new office core has attracted established multinational corporations like Google and Desire 2 Learn in the core of the city along with many other new tech start-ups. Housed also in the downtown core of Kitchener is Communitech Hub, dedicated to world-leading collaboration and innovation, bringing together key players—from start-ups and global brands, to government agencies, academic institutions, tech incubators and accelerators. University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and Health Science centre opened in spring of 2009, McMaster University opened satellite campus of Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine next to the Waterloo campus in the downtown core. The city and the region are home to many prominent Insurance and Financial institutions, the region has aggressively added medical and technology as part of its economical growth platform. Known as the“Silicon Valley of the North”, Waterloo Region is home to over 500+ tech companies.
Growth and economical initiatives have lead to Kitchener developing a light rail corridor for seamless connectivity between Kitchener and Waterloo and the rapid expansion of the 401 corridors through the region to support growth and ease congestion for those trying to get in or out of the region.
Whether you wish to build a new home in many of the new and upcoming communities or settle roots in an established neighbourhood, Kitchener will not disappoint. Small community lifestyle within a major and upcoming region, housing affordability and flexibility to do more, I look forward to showing you and your loved ones what Kitchener and its many neighbourhoods have to offer.