Information About

Cambridge, Ontario

The City

Cambridge is a city located in Southern Ontario at the confluence of the Grand and Speed rivers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. It is an amalgamation of the City of Galt, the towns of Preston and Hespeler, and the hamlet of Blair.

The History

Cambridge began as a composite city in 1973, when the City of Galt, Towns of Preston and Hespeler, and the hamlet of Blair were amalgamated by the province. Many residents who call Cambridge home, they will often identify themselves to each other as citizens of Galt or Preston or Hespeler. Each unique town centre has its own history that is well documented in the Cambridge City Archives.

Parks & Recreation

The City of Cambridge provides a wide variety of options for your family to get active and enjoy this beautiful city. The parks, trails and conservation areas within Cambridge are a great way to spend time outdoors. City-run facilities and recreation programs are available for all ages to enjoy. There are many arts and culture opportunities throughout the community.

Hectares of Parkland

KMs of Community Trails

Local Sportsfields

Schools and Education

There are four publicly funded school boards that operate within Cambridge.

Waterloo Region District School Board

The schools within the board provide instruction designed to develop junior kindergarten to grade 12 students, and equip them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide a solid foundation for living and learning.

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

The schools within the board protect and promote a tradition of education excellence.

Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud

The Roman Catholic separate, French-language school board for the south-central region of Ontario, provides education steeped in French culture and Catholic faith.

Conseil Scolaire de District du Centre-Sud-Ouest

The public, French-language-based school board for the central south-west region of Ontario.

Cambridge is very fortunate to host campuses for two of the best post-secondary institutions in the country: Conestoga College and the University of Waterloo.

Public Transit

Grand River Transit (GRT) is the public transport operator within the Region of Waterloo. It provides convenient, daily bus services in the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.

The GRT also operates MobilityPLUS, which provides specialized transit for persons with disabilities using minibuses equipped with wheelchair lifts.

Local Events

Cambridge’s special events and festivals offer fun, new experiences for you to try, as well as a variety of learning opportunities.

Below is just a taste of some of the wonderful events available.

image of the Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music Logo

Traditional forms of folk music and dance are held on numerous outdoor stages in the town core. Emphasis is placed upon the various cultures present in Cambridge and surrounding area. Arts, crafts, and an excellent choice of food and refreshments are also available at the festival site. Local and internationally renowned performers, are selected each year to reflect a diverse and entertaining mixture of musical cultures.

image of the Cambridge Farmers Market Logo

Operating since 1830, the Cambridge Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest markets in Canada. Running every Saturday, all year long, and Wednesdays, during the summer, the market offers fresh local food, homemade crafts, and other unique items.

image of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Logo

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a community based Bavarian Festival that is committed to significantly contributing to the social, economic and cultural vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo.

There are many ways to take in the Oktoberfest Experience during the festival! With 17 Festhallen and over 40 Family and Cultural Events, there is something for everyone!

These are just a few of the many events that take place throughtout the year in Cambridge. For a full list of all their special events and festivals, please check out their Events Calendar.

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