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History of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

The beautiful city of Kitchener is situated in Southern Ontario. It is normally alluded to jointly with Waterloo as near Kitchener-Waterloo. However, each city is independent with an independent government. Kitchener serves as the regional administrative seat and collectively, together with Cambridge and Waterloo cities, forms what is known as the “Tri-Cities”. Kitchener is by far the biggest of the three cities with a population of around 235,000 residents. Though rarely referred to as Kitchener without the Waterloo, it has its own unique features and attractions.

Kitchener is said to have originated from a 1784 settlement within the same area which belonged to the Six Nations. This land which totaled 240,000 hectares was issued by the British crown as payment for their loyalty throughout the American Revolution. The area remained relatively undeveloped until the 1800s when the Germans started moving into the area and bought land from the Six Nations. The Germans kept flowing in and development picked up with farming and industrialization taking center stage in the local economy.

The birth of Berlin, today’s Kitchener, started when a village center was founded in 1830. The center featured a tavern, a store and a blacksmith shop which was later replaced by the famous Walper House. By then, Berlin was still a mere hamlet.

After acquiring the name Berlin in 1833 as a consequence of the uncontrolled German migration into the area, the area’s development doubled and soon it became the administrative seat of Waterloo County after its formation in 1953, giving it the status of a city. Kitchener became the first municipality in Ontario to receive hydroelectric power transmitted from Niagara Falls in 1910. The name Kitchener was Adopted in 1916 following a referendum in favor of the name change from Berlin.

Today, Kitchener city is the heart and soul of the famous Waterloo Regional Municipality and is located just a few miles from the nation’s capital which is Toronto. It continued its role as the administrative center of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo in 1853 after the abolishment of Waterloo County. The city has developed into one of the most modern cities in the region and has a thriving downtown core. The city is also home to a thriving eco-tourism industry and attracts hundreds of local and international tourists all year round. Famously known for its great downtown area, beautiful scenery, and intriguing events like the world-renowned Oktoberfest, the city features great parks and historic attractions, family-friendly neighborhoods, great infrastructure and most importantly, a beautiful culture.