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Sunday, August 1st, 2004
|101 Reasons to Live in Kitchener-Waterloo
I've heard it said that a blog site really isn't christened until you write your first 101 reasons list. Well, I've decided to compile my list of why Kitchener-Waterloo is unique and a great place to live. Mind you, the first 50 reasons were relatively easy to come up with. The second half was a challenge. Anyway, here's my list for what it's worth. Not in any particular order. Reasons why Kitchener-Waterloo is a great place to live...
- It's not Toronto!
- The University of Waterloo… particularly for computer science studies.
- Sir Wilfred Laurier University for business and music.
- Conestoga College… also renowned in it's class.
- The crime rate is relatively low.
- The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country.
- Research In Motion (RIM) was founded here and stayed here.
- Everything about Victoria Park.
- Waterloo Park.
- And a park I just recently discovered… Kiwanis Park.
- Chicopee Ski Club… not a five star resort, but a decent ski hill in the heart of Kitchener.
- Centre in the Square showcasing outstanding performances by international artists.
- KW Little Theatre showcasing the outstanding talents of local performers.
- The Charcoal Steak House for great steak… and del Dente and Martini's in the same building.
- Josephy Schneider Haus, Kitchener's oldest mennonite homestead.
- Doon Heritage Crossroads for a step back in time.
- Shopping Saturday mornings at St. Jacob's Farmer's Market.
- The long overdue, new Kitchener Farmer's Market.
- Historic Homer Watson House.
- The West Montrose Covered Bridge… the only covered bridge left in Ontario.
- Woodside National Park and it's main attraction Mackenzie King's boyhood home.
- KOOL-FM Radio… all day long.
- The Record… not a dinky little newspaper.
- Talented artists like the band Jen… check out their website at www.jenmilitia.com
- Oktoberfest. Outside of Germany, Kitchener-Waterloo plays host to the largest Oktoberfest celebration around.
- The Wonders of Winter, also known as the Festival of Lights. Waterloo Park decorated with over 100,000 lights over the Christmas season.
- At least seven fine golf courses.
- Canoeing the Grand early in the summer while the river is still high.
- The Aud, home to the Kitchener Rangers. (That could be two reasons.)
- Being known as the Golden Triangle… what a cool name.
- Moose Winooski's with it's smell of authentic Canadian food.
- The elegant but casual Sole's Restaurant and Wine Bar.
- Angie's Kitchen for traditional food fare.
- Country Boy for outstanding breakfast all day.
- While I'm on restaurants, The Flying Dog, KW's most unique dining experience.
- The Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival in July.
- The Busker Carnival in August.
- The KW Multicultural Festival held in Victoria Park every June.
- King Street that runs North, South, East and West. Figure that one out.
- The Waterloo Regional Children's Museum.
- Rockway Gardens.
- The Block that Rocks!
- William's Coffee Pub next the Kitchener's city hall.
- Kitchener's city hall.
- The reflecting pool in Civic Square which doubles as a skating rink in winter.
- This website, KW Online… that's lame!
- Shannon Lyon, back from touring Europe.
- Blue's legend, Mel Brown who made Kitchener his home after playing a gig here some twenty years ago.
- Brick beer.
- Blues, Brews and Barbecues weekend in August.
- St. Jacobs… not in KW but near enough to be enjoyed.
- The Mennonite population and culture.
- The Royal Medieval Faire.
- Uptown Country… new festival in June.
- Laurel Creek Conservation area.
- Fireworks over Columbia Lake.
- Stages Nightclub… used to be better, but still good.
- Sammy's Garage… any night of the week.
- Walter Bean Grand River Trail
- RIM Park (I guess it depends on who you talk to.)
- The magnificent Waterloo Recreational Swimming Complex.
- The award winning Lyle-Hallman Pool.
- Historic Walper Terrace Hotel.
- Kiwanis Dragon Boat Festival.
- Some would say Grand River Transit, though in twenty years I have never taken public transportation.
- The new Region of Waterloo International Airport.
- Echo Weekly for all local arts and entertainment information.
- Wings of Paradise.
- Seeing lots of hot air balloons over Kitchener during the summer.
- Theatre and Company.
- The Waterloo Stage Theatre.
- Theatre on the Edge… great improv!
- The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery.
- Peter Etril Snyder and his gallery.
- Horseback Adventures.
- The historic Clock Tower at the entrance to Victoria Park.
- The Grand River.
- Eastwood High School, known for it's arts program and sports excellence.
- Fine Italian cuisine at Ennio's.
- Affordable housing… at least compared to Toronto.
- Pioneer Tower Historic Site.
- The Boathouse in Victoria Park.
- KOR Gallery & Studios.
- City of Kitchener Rotunda Gallery.
- KW Chamber Orchestra.
- Cedartree Recording Studio.
- Cruise nights in the summer.
- Golf's Steak House and Tavern.
- King Street Trio.
- The 1890 historically-designated Waterloo Hotel.
- Golden Triangle Online, Kitchener's independent ISP still growing strong.
- Dionysia Greek Wine and Food Festival.
- Ice Dogs Festival.
- The Waterloo County and Area Quilt Festival.
- Abraham Erb's Grist Mill. Abraham Erb is attributed with the founding of the settlement of Waterloo.
- Mongolian Grill.
- KW is right next door to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.
- Lions Lagoon Splash Park.
- The elegant Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa in neighboring Cambridge.
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