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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 19, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Living in Kitchener/Waterloo

Waterloo is a city in Ontario, Canada and is adjacent to the larger city of Kitchener. Kitchener and Waterloo are often jointly referred to as Kitchener-Waterloo (K-W), or "the twin cities", although they have separate city governments. There have been several attempts to amalgamate the two cities (sometimes with the city of Cambridge as well), but none have been successful.

The Intelligent Community Forum named Waterloo the Top Intelligent Community of 2007.

Waterloo's city centre is located near the intersection of King and Erb streets. Since 1961, the centrepiece has been the Waterloo Town Square shopping centre, which underwent a thorough renovation in 2006. Historically, the city centre was once along Albert Street, near the Marsland Centre and the Waterloo Public Library. The town hall, fire hall, and farmers market were located there. Amidst some controversy, all were demolished between 1965 and 1969.

Waterloo has a service-oriented economy with healthy insurance and high-tech sectors as well as two major universities. The city is part of Canada's Technology Triangle (CTT), a joint economic development initiative of Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo that markets the region internationally. Despite its name, CTT does not focus exclusively on promoting technology industries, but on all aspects of economic development.

The Waterloo Region is home to several tourist attractions and areas of interest. These include:

Centre for International Governance Innovation
Earth Sciences Museum
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
St. Jacobs
Waterloo Park