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