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Destination Ontario: Waterloo Region

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Destination Ontario: Waterloo Region

By Cece Scott www.cecescott.com

Big city amenities, small town ambiance

Photography, Courtesy of Explore Waterloo Region

The cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge are known as the Tri-Cities. Situated in southwestern Ontario on the Grand River, the Region of Waterloo is Canada’s 10th largest metropolitan area.

Grand River at Galt

A BIT OF HISTORY

From 1800 to the 1830s, Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonites, from upstate New York and Pennsylvania, moved north to Canada and settled throughout the Waterloo region. Today, there’s still a strong Amish and Old Order Mennonite presence in the area.

From mid April to late October, visitors can take a 75-minute Mennonite farm tour that includes a stop at an Old Order Mennonite farm. The Old Order refers to those Mennonite groups of Swiss/German and south German heritage who continue to practice a lifestyle without many elements that are associated with modern technology. The tour also includes a stop at the Farm Quilt Shop, where local, handcrafted items can be purchased.

NATURE AT ITS BEST

The region of Waterloo has more than 500 kilometres of on-road bikeways, as well as off-road, multi-use trails. A part of the Trans Canada Trail, cyclists can ride through Kitchener, Waterloo and the Township of Woolwich to St. Jacobs Market.

More than 500 kilometres of multi-use trails.

The gently winding Grand River is one of Canada’s heritage rivers, and runs for more than 300 kilometeres. Four popular canoe routes are offered by the Grand River Rafting Company. The three-hour Cayuga Paddle is suitable for beginners. The three-hour Oneida Paddle and five-hour Cambridge Paddle are at an intermediate level. And, for the more adventurous, try the six-hour paddle from Glen Morris to Brant. The churning waters of the Elora Gorge attracts white-water enthusiasts. Launch your own craft, or rent one on-site, at the Grand River Conservation Authority.

FARM FRESH

St Jacobs Farmers’ Market is Canada’s largest, year-round farmers’ market, and features hundreds of vendors selling Ontario’s farm-fresh produce, crafts and imported goods, as well as scrumptious, ready-to-eat foods. It is located along the Conestogo River, eight kilometres north of Waterloo.

St Jacobs Farmers’ Market

Located in the downtown core, the Kitchener Market is a popular Saturday destination for locals and visitors. Pick up farm-fresh eggs, produce, flowers and homemade sausages, from one of the many Mennonite-operated farms in the Woolwich and Wilmot areas.

St. Jacobs’ horse-drawn train

SWEET TOOTH

A sure sign of spring is the The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, scheduled for the coming year on April 7th, 2018. It is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest, single-day, maple syrup festival. Founded in 1965, it continues to grow in popularity, and offers piping hot pancakes, as well as a half-mile long, outdoor mall, which features baked goods, handmade crafts and, of course, freshly made maple syrup. Buskers, live performances and saw-testing skills, add to the festivities. Visitors can also take a ride on the Waterloo Central Railway steam train, from St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to Elmira.

West Montrose Covered Bridge

CHUGGIN’ ALONG

The Waterloo Central Railway organizes themed train experiences. The Great Train Robbery Adventure fictionalizes a dramatic event (with outlaws and horses) where a substantial amount of gold is on board – en route to the Elmira Bank. Other themed excursions, include the St. Patrick’s Night Train, The Vimy Ridge Steam Train, and the Father’s Day Train.

WCR Train Robbery

The West Montrose Covered Bridge was declared a provincial historic site in 1960, and is known as the Kissing Bridge. Built from 1880 to 1881, the bridge is Canada’s oldest covered bridge, and the last wooden covered bridge in Ontario.

SUDS-SENSATIONAL

Established in 1969, Kitchener Waterloo’s Oktoberfest runs for nine days every October. Steeped in the region’s German heritage, it is known as the largest Bavarian Festival in North America, and the second largest in the world. In 2018, the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary from October 5th to the 13th.

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

Bringing exceptional innovative designs to Southern Ontario

With an incredible portfolio of over 3,500 homes in communities across southern Ontario, Andrin Homes’ commitment to excellence has been at the cornerstone of their undisputed building success.

A testament to the company’s exceptional building standards, Andrin has produced a series of outstanding master-planned communities, creating beautiful homes that embrace the homebuyer’s every need through unsurpassed living environments.

Andrin will soon be releasing detached-home communities in Milton and East Gwillimbury, as well as new incredible townhome communities in Aurora and Markham.

Due to their unprecedented success, Andrin is also scheduled to release future phases in the following communities: detached homes at Hillsborough (Holland Landing), townhomes at both Glenway (Newmarket) and Country Lane (Whitby), and Condominiums at Tower Two (Kitchener).

MILTON

Andrin is excited to announce that the release for one of their most anticipated new detached/townhome communities, Panorama in Milton, is just around the corner.

As Canada’s fastest-growing community and preferred tourist destination, Milton attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year. Nestled at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, Milton offers an abundance of parkland and trails including the Bruce Trail and the century-old Mill Pond in the heart of the historic downtown area. An ideal place to live, work and play, Milton has experienced a new residential and industrial growth unprecedented in Canada.

This collection of detached homes and townhomes in Milton is for families who thrive on access to breathtaking natural spaces. Located within walking distance from Kelso Park, families will be able to enjoy year-round recreation including swimming, camping, skiing and tobogganing within the neighbourhood borders.

HILLSBOROUGH

With phase one and two successfully sold out, Andrin is preparing to release the next phase of Holland Landing’s most coveted master-planned community, Hillsborough. A unique collection of detached homes on 38-, 40- and 45-foot lots, Hillsborough is uniquely surrounded by parks, nature reserves and conservation areas.

At the heart of Hillborough is an incredible 10-acre community park featuring a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a playground, splash pads, ponds, sitting areas and a gazebo – all linked by pathways that are in and around the community.

Homebuyers will also have easy access to the new Highway 404 extension and the East Gwillimbury GO Transit station with direct access to downtown Toronto.

GLENWAY

Newmarket’s premier townhome community, Glenway, is now under construction with the next phase expected to be released in 2018. An exclusive collection of two and three-storey townhomes, the community is set on attractive, tree-lined streetscapes featuring luxuriously appointed interiors and meticulous craftsmanship.

Glenway is easily connected to the 400 series of highways including the Highway 404 extension and Highways 401 and the 407. Homeowners are also steps away from the Viva transit line, GO Transit trains and buses, as well as the rapid transit lanes on Yonge Street.

COUNTRY LANE

Country Lane in Whitby represents a new style of the master-planned community with unique streetscapes, traffic calming roundabouts and meticulously designed homes – all set on 26-, 36- and 45-foot lots.

With Country Lane’s Phase One having been one of its most successful communities, Andrin cannot wait to introduce a new phase of townhomes to homebuyers in the upcoming year.

Country Lane is moments away from excellent schools, shopping, restaurants and recreation. Minutes from GO Transit and Highways 401 and 407, homebuyers are just 30 minutes away from Toronto — close enough to the big city, yet far enough away to offer a clean, small-town style family community.

TOWER TWO CONDOMINIUMS

Tower Two sets a new standard for sustainable urban living with the introduction of Kitchener’s first LEED candidate residential condominium community.

With City Centre built and completely sold out and Tower Two set to open soon, this condominium project exudes a truly urban lifestyle, including the use of energy efficient heating, plumbing and electrical systems, reduced consumption, enhanced recycling, walking, biking, car share and transit.

Mere steps from transit, Tower Two is situated in a vibrant, dynamic neighbourhood with well-established shopping, dining, entertainment and employment opportunities.

ANDRIN HOMES

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Local Focus: Waterloo Region

Local Focus: Waterloo Region

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Local Focus: Waterloo Region

by Gale Beeby

Including Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo

HOUSING OPTIONS

Kitchener and Waterloo are mostly made up of single-family homes and there is a great selection of home types, from historic homes to modern townhouses and condos. But single-family homes are still the norm. Click here to see a list of new homes for sale.

THE WORKPLACE

The area’s economic heritage is rooted in manufacturing. While the local economy’s reliance on manufacturing has decreased in recent years, more than 20 per cent of the labour force remains employed in the manufacturing sector.

In recent years, Kitchener and Waterloo’s economy has diversified to include high-value economic clusters. In addition to internationally recognized finance and insurance and manufacturing clusters, digital media and health science clusters are emerging within the city.

SCHOOL DAYS

Public schools are administered by the Waterloo Region District School Board and Catholic schools by the Waterloo Catholic District Schoool Board.

The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College offer post-secondary education, while McMaster University has opened a satellite campus for its Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in Kitchener.

LEISURE PURSUITS

The region has a lot of cultural venues and events, including the Contemporary Art Forum, The Open Ears Festival, IMPACT theatre festival, the Multicultural Festival, the Kitchener Blues Festival, Mill Race Festival and the Rock the Mill music festival.

Canoeing on the Grand River. Photo: Grand River Conservation Authority/C. Auchinleck
Canoeing on the Grand River. Photo: Grand River Conservation Authority/C. Auchinleck

It is also home to the Homer Watson House & Gallery, McDougall Cottage Historic Site, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, THEMUSEUM, JM Drama, Centre in the Square, The Cambridge Centre for the Arts and the Doon Heritage Museum.

Cambridge has some of the most historic bridges in Waterloo Region and the Black Bridge Road Bridge — built in 1916 — is Cambridge’s only truss bridge.

Oktoberfest Timeteller
Oktoberfest Timeteller

And, of course, Kitchener-Waterloo is home to Oktoberfest, an annual nine-day event that is billed as Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival and is the largest Bavarian festival in the world outside Germany. While its best-known draws are the beer, other family and cultural events also fill the week. The best-known is the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

PARKS & REC

Victoria Park
Victoria Park

Kitchener’s oldest outdoor park is Victoria Park in the heart of downtown. A cast-bronze statue of Queen Victoria, which was unveiled on Victoria Day in 1911, is the centrepiece of the park. Another significant park is Rockway Gardens, occupies a long narrow strip of land alongside King Street. Here there are many fountains, ponds, waterfalls and rock grottoes.

Birdwatching on the Grand River. Photo: Grand River Conservation Authority/S. Rhodes
Birdwatching on the Grand River. Photo: Grand River Conservation Authority/S. Rhodes

The region has an extensive and safe community trail system and the Grand River draws nature-seeding tourists to the region. The Grand River Conservation Authority operates 11 conservation areas. Many of the parks include places to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Swimming, windsurfing, camping, hiking and bird watching are just some of the activities available.

Old Post Office in Cambridge
Old Post Office in Cambridge

RETAIL THERAPY

The downtowns of each of the region’s cities and townships offer some very stylish and forward-thinking retailers, as well as restaurants, cafés, salons and spas. Fairview Park is Kitchener’s largest shopping mall, while Conestoga Mall in Waterloo is also home to the Galaxy Cinemas. In Cambridge, the Cambridge Centre also has an NHL-sized ice rink.

Waterloo County Jail and Courthouse
Waterloo County Jail and Courthouse

EASY ACCESS

The Conestoga Parkway is the area’s main highway, connecting with Highway 401. Public Transit throughout the Region of Waterloo is provided by Grand River Transit, which was created by a merger of Cambridge Transit and Kitchener Transit. GRT operates a number of bus routes in Kitchener, with many running into Waterloo and two connecting to Cambridge.

GO Transit provides bus service from Kitchener to Mississauga Square One and train service to Union Station during rush hours. Passenger train service is provided by Via Rail.

The Region of Waterloo International Airport is in Breslau.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 524,000

Amalgamated: 1973

Known best for: Oktoberfest

Walk Scores:

  • Kitchener: Average of 47
  • Waterloo: Average of 44
  • Cambridge: Average of 44

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Editor's Choice: Andrin Homes

Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

Bringing exceptional innovative designs to Southern Ontario

With an incredible portfolio of over 3,500 homes in communities across Southern Ontario, Andrin Homes’ commitment to excellence has been at the cornerstone of their undisputed building success.

A testament to the company’s exceptional building standards, Andrin has produced a series of outstanding master-planned communities, creating beautiful homes that embrace the homebuyer’s every need through unsurpassed living environments.

Andrin will soon be releasing detached home communities in Milton and East Gwillimbury, as well as new incredible townhome communities in Aurora and Markham.

Due to their unprecedented success, Andrin is also scheduled to release future phases in the following communities: detached homes at Hillsborough (Holland Landing), townhomes at both Glenway (Newmarket) and Country Lane (Whitby), and condominiums at Tower Two (Kitchener).

PANORAMA

Andrin is excited to announce that the release for one of their most anticipated new detached/townhome communities, Panorama in Milton, is just around the corner.

As Canada’s fastest-growing community and preferred tourist destination, Milton attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year. Nestled at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, Milton offers an abundance of parkland and trails including the Bruce Trail and the century-old Mill Pond in the heart of the historic downtown area. An ideal place to live, work and play, Milton has experienced a new residential and industrial growth unprecedented in Canada.

HILLSBOROUGH

With phase one and two successfully sold out, Andrin is also preparing to release the next phase of Holland Landing’s most coveted master-planned community, Hillsborough. A unique collection of detached homes on 38-, 40- and 45-foot lots, Hillsborough is uniquely surrounded by parks, nature reserves and conservation areas.

At the heart of the Hillborough is an incredible 10-acre community park featuring a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a playground, splash pads, ponds, sitting areas and a gazebo – all linked by pathways that are in and around the community.

GLENWAY

Newmarket’s premier townhome community, Glenway, is now under construction with the next phase expected to be released in 2018.

An exclusive collection of two and three-storey townhomes, the community is set on attractive, tree-lined streetscapes featuring luxuriously appointed interiors and meticulous craftsmanship.

COUNTRY LANE

Country Lane in Whitby represents a new style of the master-planned community with unique streetscapes, traffic calming roundabouts and meticulously designed homes, all set on 26-, 36- and 45-foot lots.

With Country Lane’s Phase One having been one of its most successful communities, Andrin cannot wait to introduce a new phase of townhomes to homebuyers in the upcoming year.

Country Lane is moments away from excellent schools, shopping, restaurants and recreation.

TOWER TWO CONDOMINIUMS

Tower Two sets a new standard for sustainable urban living with the introduction of Kitchener’s first LEED candidate residential condominium community.

With City Centre built and completely sold out and Tower Two set to open soon, this condominium project exudes a truly urban lifestyle, including the use of energy efficient heating, plumbing and electrical systems, reduced consumption, enhanced recycling, walking, biking, car share and transit.

ANDRIN HOMES

Go online to get more information and to register for any of these communities.

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Mattamy Homes

Cover Story – Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

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Cover Story – Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

A Mattamy home is a home you’ll value for a lifetime

It’s no accident that Mattamy Homes is Canada’s largest homebuilder. They’ve spent nearly 40 years carefully planning communities and creating spaces that people love. The precedent for quality was set early, with the first Mattamy home ever built housing the same family for over 25 years. Since then, Mattamy has gone on to build over 90,000 more homes in hundreds of communities across Canada and the United States.

But it’s not just the number of homes that illustrates Mattamy’s success; it’s the amount of research, planning, and design that truly sets them apart. Mattamy is rigorous about every single aspect of community planning. Mattamy assesses the landscape and determines what natural elements can be preserved, then, anticipating how people want to live and play in their community, they introduce amenities like parks, trails and other features that deliver anything families might enjoy. The result is a plethora of well-planned, distinctive communities that are fully integrated into their natural surroundings.

Also unique to Mattamy is the remarkable amount of thoughtful design that goes into every square foot of each home. This approach has become Mattamy’s signature, giving homes distinctive architectural characteristics that make the spaces completely functional and aesthetically brilliant. Features like breakfast bars in spacious kitchens, perfect for a Sunday brunch with the whole family; open concept rooms with high ceilings and large windows, keeping rooms bright and inviting; or Mattamy’s famous Stop & Drops, coat hooks and cubbies that make coming home fast and easy. These are hallmarks of Mattamy’s commitment to designing and building functional homes for real people.

Mattamy’s exclusive Architect’s Choice Options gives homeowners an abundance of options in designing their home to suit their specific needs and wants by offering them the option to make pre-approved structural changes before construction even begins.

Additionally, Mattamy’s extraordinary Design Studio offers a magnificent array of finishes and features that let purchasers create a home that better reflects their personal tastes. Known for their attention to superior customer service, Mattamy thoughtfully assigns everyone their own Design Studio consultant to provide expert guidance through the wealth colours, textures, and style options.

Whether you’re looking for a live/work Townhome in an established master-planned community, or an upscale 60-foot luxury home in a prestigious neighbourhood — or anything in between —Mattamy has a home that’s just right for you. Mattamy makes homes you’ll value for a lifetime.

MATTAMY HOMES
More communities coming soon:

VITA TWO in Etobicoke
Kleinburg Summit in Kleinburg
Richmond Green in Richmond Hill
Condominiums of Cornell in Markham
Topper Woods in Kitchener
River Mill in Cambridge
White Pines in Bracebridge

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Local Focus – Kitchener

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Local Focus – Kitchener

Living History
In 1784, land was given to the Six Nations by the British as a gift for their allegiance during the American Revolution. From 1796 to 1798, the Six Nations sold 38,000 hectares of this land to a Loyalist by the name of Colonel Richard Beasley. The portion of land that Beasley had purchased was remote but it was of great interest to German Mennonite farming families from Pennsylvania as they wanted to live in an area that would allow them to practice their beliefs without persecution.

Eventually, the Mennonites purchased all of Beasley’s unsold land, creating 160 farm tracts. By 1800, the first buildings were built, and over the next decade several families made the difficult trip north to what was then known as the Sand Hills. One of these Mennonite families, arriving in 1807, were the Schneiders, whose restored 1816 home (the oldest building in the city) is now a museum located in the heart of Kitchener.

Tannery Building

Much of the land, made up of moraines and swampland interspersed with rivers and streams, was converted to farmland and roads. Apple trees were introduced to the region in the 1830s, and several gristmills and sawmills were erected throughout the area.

Immigration to the town increased considerably from 1816 until the 1870s, many of the newcomers being of German (particularly Lutheran, and Mennonite) bacground. In 1833, the town was renamed Berlin because of the recent German immigration, and in 1853 Berlin became the County Seat of the newly created County of Waterloo, elevating it to the status of Village.

The extension of the Grand Trunk Railway from Sarnia to Toronto through Berlin in 1856 was a major boon to the community, helping to improve industrialization in the area. Immigrants from Germany, mostly Lutheran and Catholic, dominated the city after 1850. On June 9, 1912, Berlin was officially designated a city.

Anti-German sentiment during World War I led to the abandonment of much of the city’s German heritage. In 1916, following much debate and controversy, the name of the city was changed to Kitchener.

Kitchener is now the seat of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The metropolitan area, which includes the neighbouring cities of Waterloo and Cambridge, has over 510,000 people, making it the tenth largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in Canada and the fourth largest CMA in Ontario.

Kitchener City Hall

The city is adjacent to the smaller cities of Cambridge to the south, and Waterloo to the north. Kitchener and Waterloo are often referred to jointly as Kitchener-Waterloo (K-W), although they have separate municipal governments. Including Cambridge, the three cities are known as the Tri-Cities.

Housing Options
Kitchener is mostly made up of single-family homes. However, the condo craze has come to the area and there is a great selection of home types, from historic homes to modern townhouses and condos. But single-family homes are still the norm.

Downtown Kitchener

The Workplace
Kitchener’s economic heritage is rooted in manufacturing. While the local economy’s reliance on manufacturing has decreased in recent years, more than 20 per cent of the labour force remains employed in the manufacturing sector.

The city is home to four municipal business parks: the Bridgeport Business Park, Grand River West Business Park, Huron Business Park and Lancaster Corporate Centre. The largest, the Huron Business Park, is home to a number of industries, from seat manufacturers to furniture components.

In recent years, Kitchener’s economy has diversified to include high-value economic clusters. In addition to Kitchener’s internationally recognized finance and insurance and manufacturing clusters, digital media and health science clusters are emerging within the city.

In 2007, Cadan Inc., a Toronto-based real estate development company, bought what was formerly the Lang Tannery. Supported by the local government, Cadan repurposed the building as a space for commercial firms. Since its refurbishment, the Tannery has become a hub for digital media companies, both large and small. In 2011, Communitech moved into the Tannery. Communitech is a hub for innovative high-tech companies in the fields of information technology, digital media, biomedical, aerospace, environmental technology and advanced manufacturing. Also in 2011, high-tech giant Google Inc. became a tenant of the Tannery, furthering its reputation as a home for leading high-tech companies.

Leisure Pursuits
Kitchener has a lot of cultural venues and events, including the Contemporary Art Forum, The Open Ears Festival, IMPACT theatre festival, the Multicultural Festival, the Kitchener Blues Festival, and KidsPark.

Kitchener is also home to the Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, THEMUSEUM, JM Drama, Centre in the Square and the Doon Heritage Museum.

And, of course, Kitchener-Waterloo is home to Oktoberfest, an annual nine-day event that started in 1969. It is billed as Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival and is the largest Bavarian festival in the world outside Germany. While its bestknown draws are the beer, other family and cultural events also fill the week. The bestknown is the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Oktoberfest

Kitchener is also home to many sports teams, including the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, the Kitchener Panthers of the Intercounty Baseball League, the Kitchener Dutchmen of the Ontario Hockey Association and the K-W Braves Jr. A team of the Ontario Lacrosse Association.

Kitchener Rangers

Parks & Rec
Kitchener’s oldest outdoor park is Victoria Park in the heart of downtown Kitchener. A cast-bronze statue of Queen Victoria, which was unveiled on Victoria Day in 1911, is the centrepiece of the park.

Victoria Park
Victoria Park
Victoria Park

Another significant park is Rockway Gardens. Adjacent to the Rockway golf course, the gardens occupy a long narrow strip of land alongside King Street. Here there are many fountains, ponds, waterfalls and rock grottoes.

Kitchener has an extensive and safe community trail system controlled and run by the city. Due to Kitchener’s close proximity to the Grand River, several community trails and paths border the river’s shores. This convenient access to the Grand River has drawn nature seeking tourists to the city.

In 2011, a bike park located at the newly constructed McLennan Park was hailed as one of the best city-run bike parks in Southern Ontario by BMX and mountain biking enthusiasts. McLennan Park also features an accessible play area, a splash pad, basketball courts, beach volleyball courts, a leash-free dog area and a toboggan hill.

Chicopee Ski Club — which offers four seasons of activities — is also located inside city limit.

Chicopee Ski Club

The Grand River Conservation Authority operates 11 conservation areas along the Grand River. In Waterloo, the Laurel Creek Conservation is a popular place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Swimming, windsurfing, camping, hiking and birdwatching are just some of the activities you can do there.

Essential Services
Kitchener-Waterloo is served by three hospitals: the Grand River Hospital, St. Mary’s General Hospital and Cambridge Memorial. Long-term rehabilitation and physiotherapy, as well as mental health services, are addressed at the Freeport Health Centre, which is a part of the Grand River Hospital. Policing is provided by Waterloo Region Police Service and firefighting by the Kitchener Fire Service.

Easy Access
The Conestoga Parkway is the area’s main highway, connecting with Highway 401. Public Transit throughout the Region of Waterloo is provided by Grand River Transit, which was created by a merger of Cambridge Transit and Kitchener Transit. GRT operates a number of bus routes in Kitchener, with many running into Waterloo and two connecting to Cambridge.

Grand River Transit

Currently under construction, Phase 1 of ION will provide LRT service from the Conestoga Mall transit terminal in Waterloo to the Fairview Park Mall transit terminal in Kitchener. It also features 17 kilometres of Bus Rapid Transit from the Ainslie Street transit terminal in Cambridge to the Fairview Park Mall.

GO Transit provides bus service from Kitchener to Mississauga Square One and train service to Union Station during rush hours. Passenger train service is provided by Via Rail.

The closest airport to Kitchener is the Region of Waterloo International Airport in Breslau. Most air travellers use Toronto’s Pearson International Airport or the international airport in Hamilton.

Retail Therapy
Kitchener’s downtown offers some very stylish and forward-thinking retailers, as well as restaurants, cafés, salons and spas. Fairview Park Mall is Kitchener’s largest shopping mall, while Conestoga Mall in Waterloo is also home to the Galaxy Cinemas.

School Days
Public schools are administered by the Waterloo Region District School Board and Catholic schools by the Waterloo Catholic District Schoool Board.

Conestoga College

The University of Waterloo and Conestoga College offer post-secondary education, while McMaster University has opened a satellite campus for its Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

University of Waterloo

Kitchener

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Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

Since 1978, Mattamy has been building great homes and relationships

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America. To date, they’ve created over 70,000 homes and over 10,000 condo suites in hundreds of communities. When asked how they got to be so successful, the answer is surprisingly simple. They listen to their homeowners. It’s that skill that contributes to excellence in so many categories. It means Mattamy understands, and delivers, what people are really looking for in their new homes.

The process of understanding how people really live, and what homeowners really want, starts long before their architects begin designing the homes. In fact, it begins long before Mattamy finalizes the locations of their communities. Everything that affects a homeowner’s satisfaction is researched and evaluated. They ask questions: Where do people want to live? What types of transit and amenities would best serve their homeowners? What makes a community more inviting for people to live in?

By asking all these questions, Mattamy has been able to deliver a satisfying experience to their thousands of homeowners.

In addition to the care that Mattamy takes in choosing and planning their neighbourhoods, the same care goes into the designing of all aspects of their home designs. From contemporary condo living to a multitude of townhome styles, to all sizes of detached living, you will find thoughtful, well-appointed home features designed for modern family living.

When you drive through a Mattamy community you’ll easily see freshness and vibrancy in the exterior designs. Mattamy is always eager to provide opportunities for people to personalize their homes to reflect their individual style. With the enormous offering of exterior home styles and interior floorplans, the choice is endless. After you’ve purchased your home, Mattamy invites you to their exclusive Design Studio. Here, your personal design sonsultant will present you with the most up-to-date trends reflected in the choice of finishes and features available.

Listening is an essential part of customer service. Happily, when Mattamy listens, they hear how pleased their homeowners are with the sales process, construction and post-sale experience. So, if you’re in the market for a new home or condominium, we recommend you consider the inspiring variety of choices available at Mattamy’s open and upcoming communities.

Here’s where you will find new Mattamy communities opening soon:

Queen’s Common in Whitby will offer a wide selection of innovative and affordable Townhomes & Detached Designs;

The Condominiums Of Cornell in Markham represent the evolution of contemporary condo living in Mattamy’s established community;

Richmond Green in Richmond Hill is an ideal community for modern energetic families looking for towns and detached designs;

Fully connected Thomson Towns in Scarborough offers smart city living in spacious courtyard and terrace town styles;

The Preserve in Oakville, one of Mattamy’s most prestigious addresses, will soon offer a new release of well-appointed detached homes;

Established, picturesque Topper Woods in Kitchener will soon offer a new release of affordable designs in towns and detached styles.

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Go online to register for these and other Mattamy communities.

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