Living in Waterloo
The twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo represent a thriving, clean, safe and comfortable community with plenty of cultural diversity. The metropolitan area has a population of about 350, 000, which is big enough to provide most of the services expected of a large city - restaurants, a symphony, live theatre, interesting shops, art galleries, parks and an efficient mass transit system - but small enough that walking and biking are still viable transportation options.
Recreation: The cities have an extensive variety of recreational activities, including walking and hiking trails, ski hills, golf courses, skating rinks, pools, basketball facilities, soccer fields and cricket patches. With internationally recognized recreational, arts and cultural facilities, and fun annual festivals like Oktoberfest, there is always something to do or see.
Business and Technology: K-W's industry is primarily financial and knowledge-based, with large insurance companies like Clarica and Manulife, technology firms like Research in Motion, and think-tanks like the Perimeter Institute and CIGI.
A Central Location: When it's time to get away, Toronto is only an hour to the east, the United States is two hours away, and the beaches of Lake Huron and Lake Erie are close enough for day trips.
A Student-Friendly Environment
- Waterloo was named the World's Top Intelligent Community of 2007, beating out contenders from around the globe
- For three years in a row, the International Awards for Liveable Communities named Waterloo one of the top three places in the world to live
- K-W is a very student friendly community, with two universities and a college. Therefore student housing is inexpensive compared to other areas and there are always things to do both day and night!
- Numerous restaurants and shops cater to the significant international community in K-W (20% are from outside of Canada)
- The arts and entertainment scene offers everything from live theatre and a professional orchestra to clubs and pubs. Surrounding Laurier is a great selection of student-oriented restaurants, shops, bars and services that are popular with the campus crowd.
- Oktoberfest! Kitchener is home to the largest Oktoberfest celebration this side of Munich
- There is extensive hiking, canoeing and whitewater kayaking along the Grand River; plus bike trails and local skiing and snowboarding
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