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By coach, [http://www.greyhound.ca Greyhound] to/from Guelph and Toronto; [http://www.coachcanada.ca Coach Canada] to/from Hamilton;
 
By coach, [http://www.greyhound.ca Greyhound] to/from Guelph and Toronto; [http://www.coachcanada.ca Coach Canada] to/from Hamilton;
 
Within Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, [http://www.grt.ca Grand River Transit], provides local bus service, with an 'iXpress'  interurban service
 
  
 
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Addresses number EW from Queen, NS from King.
 
Addresses number EW from Queen, NS from King.
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All public transit within the Region of Waterloo is provided by [http://www.grt.ca Grand River Transit].
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Kitchener as a whole has a poor public transit system, although most centrally located sights can be reached without much difficulty. The route 7 bus is the city's main line and comes every 7 - 10 minutes. The 7 can be taken from almost anywhere on King St. south of the intersection of King and University Ave. in Waterloo. Something that can be confusing is that there are three different 7 routes, the 7c, 7d, 7e; they all run the same route until the intersection of King and University, the 7c runs to Conestoga Mall at the north end of Waterloo, the 7d travels to the University of Waterloo through the most direct route, along University and the 7e runs to the University of Waterloo along Columbia, on the north end of the campus. To the south, all 7s run to Fairview Park Mall, no matter the letter.
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There is also an Express service between Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge known as the iXpress. It runs a similar route to that of the 7, beginning at Conestoga Mall and stopping at the University of Waterloo, Uptown Waterloo, Downtown Kitchener, Fairview Park Mall, Cambridge Centre Mall and Downtown Galt among other places.
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The bus fare is $2.25 which allows for travel for up to 90 minutes, if you intend to connect to another route, ask the driver for transfer when you pay your fare. A detailed map of all routes in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge can be purchased at a variety of locations for $2.
  
 
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==Buy==
 
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*'''Fairveiw Park Mall''', is the largest shopping centre in the region. It is located in the southern part of Kitchener and is a 10-20 minute bus ride from downtown. To get to the mall by bus from downtown take any route 7 bus headed south.
 
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* '''Verses fine dining''', 182 Victoria Street, North 519-744-0144
 
* '''Verses fine dining''', 182 Victoria Street, North 519-744-0144

Revision as of 02:56, 10 May 2007

Kitchener [1], with neighbouring Waterloo and Cambridge form a tightly-integrated metro area within the larger Region of Waterloo [2] in Southwestern Ontario.

Kitchener and Waterloo were pioneered by Mennonites from Pennsylvania, Cambridge by British, principally Scots, in the early 19th century. Once named Berlin, Kitchener was re-named in 1916 after British military hero Lord Kitchener. Since the 1950's when Waterloo attained city status, Kitchener and Waterloo have been known as the 'Twin Cities', or K-W. Cambridge is a 1970s merger of the older City of Galt with the neighbouring Towns of Preston and Hespeler, and the village of Blair. Now, more and more, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge are being hypenated as the 'Tri Cities'.

Immigration, beginning with Germans and Central Europeans in the 19th century and continuing to the present from Central and South America, the Near East, Far East and Asia have created a broad-based multi-cultural population. Kitchener and Waterloo, in 'North Waterloo' exhibit a strong German heritage, celebrated most notably in their 8-day Oktoberfest, the largest outside of Munich. Cambridge, in 'South Waterloo', has a sizeable Portuguese population, from the Azores, and a large constituency of Newfoundlanders, relocated from Belle Isle, Newfoundland, in the 1960s.

Get in

Kitchener-Waterloo Cambridge are 'on the 401' one hour west of Toronto, one hour east of London, three hours east of Windsor-Detroit.

For Kitchener, Exit 278 to Hwy 8 North, becomes King St. to downtown Kitchener.

By air, NorthWest Airlines offers three-a-day flights to and from Detroit via Region of Waterloo International Airport. Otherwise, the principal airport is Toronto's Pearson International, with Airways Transit providing local ground service to and from Pearson.

By rail, ViaRail to/from Toronto, Guelph, London, and Sarnia;

By coach, Greyhound to/from Guelph and Toronto; Coach Canada to/from Hamilton;

Get around

By car, with a local map: where other cities are laid out more or less on a grid Kitchener streets are not, rather follow their own complex patterns with frequent twists and turns, many continuing into adjoining Waterloo.

Likewise, street directions are designated E, W, N, and S, but only one major cross street, Lancaster Street East/West, is true to the compass (ironically, running straight north/south according to the compass). King, Weber and Westmount are the principal EW streets in Kitchener (at Union Street, they become King, Weber and Westmount in Waterloo, where they are designated N/S). Queen, Frederick, Victoria, are the principal NS cross-streets.

There is a an express route, known locally as the Conestoga Parkway, but not signed as such, which loops traffic on Highways 7&8 traffic through Kitchener South and Highway 85 traffic through Waterloo North.

Addresses number EW from Queen, NS from King.

All public transit within the Region of Waterloo is provided by Grand River Transit.

Kitchener as a whole has a poor public transit system, although most centrally located sights can be reached without much difficulty. The route 7 bus is the city's main line and comes every 7 - 10 minutes. The 7 can be taken from almost anywhere on King St. south of the intersection of King and University Ave. in Waterloo. Something that can be confusing is that there are three different 7 routes, the 7c, 7d, 7e; they all run the same route until the intersection of King and University, the 7c runs to Conestoga Mall at the north end of Waterloo, the 7d travels to the University of Waterloo through the most direct route, along University and the 7e runs to the University of Waterloo along Columbia, on the north end of the campus. To the south, all 7s run to Fairview Park Mall, no matter the letter.

There is also an Express service between Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge known as the iXpress. It runs a similar route to that of the 7, beginning at Conestoga Mall and stopping at the University of Waterloo, Uptown Waterloo, Downtown Kitchener, Fairview Park Mall, Cambridge Centre Mall and Downtown Galt among other places.

The bus fare is $2.25 which allows for travel for up to 90 minutes, if you intend to connect to another route, ask the driver for transfer when you pay your fare. A detailed map of all routes in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge can be purchased at a variety of locations for $2.

See

Cultural Items

Center in the Square - Major Musical events held here. Located right beside the Kitchener Library. According the the experts a great acoustical venure for all types of Music and Theatre.

Historically, in Kitchener,

  • Woodside National Park, Spring Valley Drive, off Wellington Street North, [3] the boyhood home of William Lyon MacKenzie King, Canada's longest serving prime minister.
  • The Joseph Schneider Home, Queen St South, [4], built by pioneer founder Joseph Schneider, restored as a Mennonite farm home of the 1890s.
  • Doon Heritage Village, [5]a collection of homes and buildings removed from elsewhere in Waterloo Region, restored and reconstructed as a 1914 era village.

Do

Buy

  • Fairveiw Park Mall, is the largest shopping centre in the region. It is located in the southern part of Kitchener and is a 10-20 minute bus ride from downtown. To get to the mall by bus from downtown take any route 7 bus headed south.

Eat

  • Verses fine dining, 182 Victoria Street, North 519-744-0144

[6]. A "Metropolitan" dining experience in this former church. Attention to detail in the food and service.

  • Lulu's Dine and Dance, 123 Pioneer Dr, 748-5000, [7]. Fine Dining - the place where there are no strangers, just friends we haven't met yet.
  • Modern India Restaurant, 4355 King St E, 650-4424, [8]. Experience the wonderful exotic and tantalising flavours of authentic Indian Cuisine.
  • Oriental Taste, 500 Fairway Rd S, 748-2730, [9]. Amazing Chinese Buffet (over 60 items) and A La Carte Restaurant.
  • Classicos Mediteranean Bistro, 30 Ontario St S, 741-8257, [10]. Classicos Mediterranean Bistro and Wine Bar provides an intimate atmosphere for those looking to enjoy a relaxed dinner.
  • Ennio's Pasta House, 200 Lorraine Ave, 576-9552, [11]. At Ennio's you will find authentic Italian cooking at its best. The love of fine cuisine!

Drink

See Nightlife, the weekly entertainment supplement published Thursdays by The Record, the area's daily newspaper, for its calendar of what's on in clubs, concerts, movies, stage, art, and kids stuff.

Sleep

  • Walper Terrace Hotel[12], 1 King Street West. Located right in the middle of downtown Kitchener on a site that has been the site of a hotel since 1820, this historic hotel dates back to 1893. Its guests have included Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope, and Louis Armstrong. All of the hotel's 79 luxury guest rooms were renovated in 2002 and feature modern amenities such as wireless high speed Internet.

Get out

Kitchener is one of three cities in Waterloo Region. Visit Waterloo to the North or Cambridge to the south.

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