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The Kitchener-Waterloo region has developed into Canada’s leading communities in innovation and technology. But apart from its fine-tuned tech reputation, the Kitchener-Waterloo region carries more story than meets the eye. Here’s just a few fast facts about some of the things that make the Waterloo Region so unique, and such a great place to live.
The Waterloo Region Gave Birth to the Ontario Craft Beer Craze
The craft beer industry is a big one across Ontario these days. But did you know that the very first one – The Brick Brewery – opened in Waterloo way back in 1984 and remains one of the most respected to this day? If you head out there you’ll find a number of amazing brews to sample, but don’t miss the Waterloo Pilsner, it’s amazing.
Kitchener Was the First City to Launch the “Blue Box” Recycling System
Always up to host innovative new ideas the City of Kitchener was the first municipality in Canada to introduce the blue box recycling system (BBRS) in 1983. After it’s success there it ultimately led to the planet-saving recycling system we see today found across the world.
The Cambridge Market Started the Farmer’s Market Trend – Over 150 Years Ago!
Farmer’s markets are all the rage across Ontario, across Canada and indeed across the world these days. But let’ not give the ‘hipsters’ the credit for starting it. The Cambridge Market, which has been in continuous operation since 1830, has always branded itself as a ‘true farmer’s market’ and pioneered the idea of only offering the best fresh local foods such as meats, cheeses, breads, oils and of course maple syrup long before Whole Foods did! Oh, and did we mention it’s also the third oldest market in Canada overall?
McLennan Park is Considered One of the Best Bike Parks in all of Ontario, and Beyond
McLennan Park actually has plenty to offer to everyone, in terms of walking, running, hiking and much more. However, if you ask pro BMX bikers – and Ride BMX Magazine did – it’s the bike park there that really stands out. Created out of a former landfill the 39 acre site apparently, offers all the right challenges and obstacles to satisfy daredevil bikers of any skill level, from beginner to pro.
Zellers CEO Walter Zeller was Born in Waterloo
If you have fond memories of going to Zellers, as many of us do, you have Waterloo to thank for that too. Waterloo native Walter Zeller took advantage of the economic downturn in the 1930s and created a retail chain that, although now sadly defunct, holds an iconic place in Canadian history and set the bar for retail businesses all over the world.
The Waterloo Region is For Everyone
The Waterloo Region has the fifth highest per capita immigrant population of all Canadian urban areas. That means that it is culturally one of the most diverse and certainly one of the most welcoming to new residents, wherever in the world they might originally hail from.