Community Spotlight: Great Reasons to Live in Kitchener, Ontario
The Kitchener, Ontario community is lucky enough to have an awful lot going for it , which makes it hard to come up with a short list of reasons why it’s a place that would suit almost anyone as a living base.
However, after a lot of thought, here are some very good reasons to choose to build a life in Kitchener.
Lots of wide open spaces natural spaces to enjoy, a spirited history that has formed a strong foundation for a great community, a vibrant and varied arts and culture scene and activities and programmes and services for people of ages are all a part of the unique Kitchener lifestyle.
The Cultural Scene
Kitchener really is at the centre of everything when it comes to arts and culture in the Waterloo region. From informal outdoor storytelling to the finest in theatrical and musical entertainment to annual festivals that showcase different aspects of the many heritages that make up the diverse Kitchener population, there is always something going on to amuse, inform and entertain.
One of the most ethnically and culturally varied cities in Canada, Kitchener is a study in diversity. As a community Kitchener constantly works to be a community that embraces all of the wonderful ethnic, social and cultural differences of the people who live there.
Finding the home of your dreams is easy in Kitchener, whether that dream is of a gorgeous old home on a tree lined street, a luxurious modern condo, a spacious loft or a neat family home in a kid friendly neighborhood there really is something for everyone, from the busy young professional to young, growing families to retirees looking for a great place to enjoy the fruits of their long labours.
The Recreational Opportunities
Kitchener residents have access to 14 community centres, 4 indoor pools and three outdoor, two fine municipally-owned golf courses and a wonderful sports and entertainment complex in the form of The Aud. There are also 304 parks, 115 childrens’ playgrounds and thousands of acres of natural green spaces which contain more than 200 kilometres of community walking, hiking and biking trails. There is never an excuse to be inactive in Kitchener or even to be bored come to that matter.
In addition local sports organizations offer affordable programs from local to international levels. From basketball to track and field, golf to swimming, hockey and tennis to soccer and skiing, there are sports activities to suit every active person’s needs and passions.
The Great Schools
From the very modern to shaded schoolhouses housed in historic buildings with quite a tale to tell Kitchener offers a wide range of public, private and religion based elementary and secondary schools that strive to consistently provide a high quality education to every child they serve.
The city is also just a few minutes from two outstanding universities – the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University – which both maintain downtown Kitchener campuses. You’ll also find the Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener , a school that is consistently named the number one such college in the province by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
The Health Care
The health of its residents is a primary concern in Kitchener and there is plenty of great care available for everyone. In addition to two great city hospitals Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Kitchener is home to the highly respected Grand River Regional Cancer Centre and The University of Waterloo’s Downtown Health Sciences Campus provides primary care of the highest standard for the whole family.
The Whole Package
Kitchener is one of those rare places that manages to combine big city amenities with a small town vibe that is amazingly welcoming to new residents wherever they might come from.