"Kitchener-Waterloo" Kitchener by Sasie

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Kitchener is located in Ontario about an hour (100km) West of Toronto. This area is often referred to as the Tri-Cities as the borders of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge kind of meld into one another.
The city itself in a unique geographic position...about an hour away from everything. On the one hand, you've got Toronto and all the entertainment that a major city affords, on the other hand, you can be on a beach on Lake Huron in 60 min. In between there is Stratford with the Shakespeare and the oooh and the aahhh.

The "Golden Triangle" is a major technology and financial area, so you've got firms like RIM, Descartes, Sunlife/Clarica and Manulife right in town. Which is a little bit odd when you see a Mennonite buggy driving down the main street (King Street)... :|

2 major universities, one major college....this is not a town for the newly weds and nearly deads...it's all over the place.

The major attractions are summer things like the St. Jacob's market (year-round, but hopping in the summer) and the Mennonite Quilt Festival in May. But the most interesting has to be the Oktoberfest.

Kitchener Oktoberfest is the second largest in the world. Imagine a beer tent, polka music and goldschlagger with 5000 of your closest friends. And that's just ONE of the venues. It's pretty crazy around here for about a week. A fun time, though.

  • Intro Updated Jun 22, 2004
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