Information About

Kitchener, Ontario

The City

The City of Kitchener is a city in Southern Ontario, Canada. Located approximately 100 km west of Toronto, Kitchener is part of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The city has a population of 239,900 at year end 2015 as estimated by the Region of Waterloo. The City of Kitchener covers an area of 136.86 square kilometres.

The History

Kitchener is rich with German heritage. It was the Town of Berlin from 1854 until 1912 and the City of Berlin from 1912 until 1916. In 1916, following much debate and controversy, the name of the city was changed to Kitchener; named after the late British Field Marshal The 1st Earl Kitchener.

Parks & Recreation

The City of Kitchener offers a wide variety of opportunities for everyone in your family to get active and enjoy this beautiful city. Their parks, trails and conservation areas are a great way to spend time outdoors. There are also City-run facilities and recreation programs for all ages to enjoy. The City of Kitchener offers 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 Kitchener.

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.

Kitchener is also very fortunate to have campuses for three of the best post-secondary institutions in the country: Conestoga College, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

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

Kitchener’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 Kitchener Blues Festival Logo

Kitchener Blues Festival is THE signature arts/music festival within the Waterloo Region and the largest event of the summer.

image of the Kitchener Multicultural Festival Log

Every summer, the City of Kitchener celebrates ethnic diversity and all of its gifts during the festival which takes place in Victoria Park.

International cuisine, traditional folk song and dance, artifacts and crafts from around the globe and the region and community participation make up this fun-filled event that attracts thousands of visitors each year.

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!

image of the Kitchener Farmers' Market

Every Saturday, for more than 140 years, Kitchener residents have enjoyed the bounty the Saturday farmers’ market offers including meat, produce, dairy products and more. Market vendors delight in offering unsurpassed variety, quality and freshness to their many customers, some who are fourth and fifth generation market shoppers.

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

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