City of Waterloo is the smallest of the three cities in the Region of Waterloo.
Fondly Known as “Twin Cities” when referencing its neighbour Kitchener or “Tri-Cities” when including the City of Cambridge, the region has recently realized unprecedented growth economically and in recent migration. An established, thriving and diverse community set approximately 100 km west of Toronto, Waterloo offers small town charm with big city amenities.
Waterloo is known for its strong knowledge and service-based economy with significant insurance and high-tech sectors and two world renowned universities. The city’s largest employers are Sun Life Financial, theUniversity of Waterloo, Manulife Financial, BlackBerry, Sandvine and Wilfrid Laurier University. The city is also home to three well-known think tanks – the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Waterloo traces its roots back to the early 1800’s. In 1816 the new township was named after Waterloo, Belgium, the site of the Battle of Waterloo (1815), which had ended the Napoleonic Wars in Europe. After that war, the new township became a popular destination for German immigrants. By the 1840s, German settlers had overtaken the Mennonites as the dominant segment of the population. Many Germans settled in the small hamlet to the southeast of Waterloo. In their honour, the village was named Berlin in 1833 (renamed to Kitchener in 1916).
Waterloo shares a regional airport that offers national and international flights, a transit hub that offers 4 daily commuter GO trains into union station Toronto, a rapidly expanding local and regional highway corridor to support its growth and accessibility and soon to be launched local light rail transit (LRT) line which will make travel within “KW” extremely convenient and less dependable on cars.
Within the city, you can explore local shopping, dinning, festivities and many of the local community activities and sports events. Surrounding this closely-knit region are other smaller “satellite” towns with unique charm and festivities. You can explore the many hiking and biking trails on the GRAND RIVER TRAILS or peddle up THE GRAND RIVER for some fishing, kayaking or canoeing or explore some of the conservation and camping grounds.
The region has been a major draw for many new technology start-ups. Low cost of living, proximity and accessibility to the greater Toronto area and other surrounding regions, lifestyle, community and access to local talent pool is making the area very desirable amongst people looking to establish and grow their business and family life. The region continues to evolve and grow, offering a great work-life balance within an established community. Whether you are looking for a new home in an upcoming new community or want to settle in an established community, I would love the opportunity to help you and your loved ones find a place to call home. I look forward to hearing from you.