The city of Kitchener is located in Southwestern Ontario, in the Saint Lawrence Lowlands. As of the 2011 census, Kitchener's population was over 219,000 while the larger metro area including Waterloo and Cambridge was home to over 477,000 residents, making it the eleventh largest metro area in Canada and the fifth largest in the province of Ontario. The smaller city of Cambridge borders Kitchener to the south, and the city of Waterloo borders Kitchener to the north. The sister cities of Kitchener and Waterloo are often jointly referred to as "Kitchener-Waterloo", and while they share a regional government, they also have separate local municipal governments. There are approximately 89,600 homes in Kitchener.
Kitchener is a hub of activity for the entire Waterloo region, offering a safe and inviting community for families, young couples and singes alike. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast who craves an active lifestyle or a culture buff interested in the arts, Kitchener has something for everyone. With a culturally diverse population and a bustling economy, Kitchener provides residents and tourists with plenty to see and do, from theatrical shows and contemporary galleries to historic parks and outdoor recreational facilities for every season.
Kitchener's oldest and most prominent park is Victoria Park, located in the heart of Kitchener's downtown just a short walk from City Hall. Still containing many of the original amenities that date back to the official opening of the park in 1896, Victoria Park is home to many of Kitchener's yearly festivals and special events including the Multicultural Festival, Kidspark, the Kitchener Blues Festival, and The Word on the Street Festival.
In addition to Kitchener's many parks, the city also has an extensive trail system hundreds of kilometres in length that run throughout the city and along the Grand River shores. One of the most popular stretches of park trail is the Iron Horse Trail, which attracts outdoor enthusiasts all year round for activities like walking, jogging, biking, or cross-country skiing. As part of the Trans Canada Trail, Iron Horse Trail runs 5.5 kilometres and connects Victoria Park in downtown Kitchener to Waterloo Park in uptown Waterloo, symbolic of the close partnership between the two cities.
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