Kitchener is the largest city in the Grand River watershed.

Kitchener, twin city to Waterloo, has a population of 233,222 (2016 estimate) and covers an area of 136.86 square kilometers. It was originally named the Town of Berlin, until it was renamed the City of Berlin in 1912, and then renamed again to Kitchener in 1916.

City of Kitchener
The Canadian Encyclopedia: Kitchener-Waterloo

Kitchener History

In 1784, the British granted the land that is now Kitchener to the Six Nations for their loyalty during the American Revolution. The Six Nations then sold 38,000 hectares of the land to Col. Richard Beasley in 1798. This land was purchased and farmed by German Mennonite families from Pennsylvania looking for a place to safely practice their beliefs. In 1912, Kitchener was incorporated as a city.

Kitchener’s History
Waterloo Region History

Kitchener Weather

Kitchener’s climate is cold and temperate, with significant rainfall even during the driest month of the year. The average low temperature in January is -7.0 °C, and the average high temperature in July is 19.7 °C. Annual rainfall averages 929 mm.

Climate in Kitchener
Weather Forecast for Kitchener

Settle In

Cost of living in Kitchener

While Kitchener is only an hour’s drive away from Toronto, living in Kitchener is significantly more affordable. Kitchener residents pay less on average than Toronto residents for housing, utilities, food, and even gas.

Cost of Living Comparison: Kitchener vs. Toronto
Kitchener-Waterloo Cost of Living

Real Estate

Compared to Toronto, where average rent for a 915 sq. ft. furnished apartment would be $2,325 per month, residents of Kitchener would pay only $1,555 per month. The median home price in Kitchener is $364,900, compared to $699,000 in Toronto.

Kitchener Real Estate Market
Houses for Sale in Kitchener

Locate Key Resources


The Grand River Hospital is the largest facility in the Kitchener area with 574 beds. Its 15 clinical programs include cancer care, childbirth, children’s care, emergency care, and surgery. The Grand River Hospital is run by over 4,000 staff members and physicians and over 1,000 volunteers.

Grand River Hospital
Hospitals in Waterloo Region


Grand River Transit (GRT) provides convenient daily bus transportation throughout Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge. The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is a full-service airport that provides nonstop flights to Calgary, Toronto Island, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Grand River Transit
Region of Waterloo International Airport


The school-aged children of Kitchener are educated by the Waterloo Region District School Board, which consists of 121 schools including alternative and continuing education sites. Conestoga, established in 1967, is one of Ontario’s fastest-growing colleges with about 16,500 full-time students. The University of Waterloo is also one of Canada’s leading academic schools with 30,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Waterloo Region District School Board
Conestoga College
University of Waterloo

Enjoy The City


From familiar brand names, to stylish boutique hotels, to cozy bed and breakfasts, Kitchener offers a wide variety of hotel accommodations at any price point. The Forest Hill Bed & Breakfast is set in a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright style home surrounded by trees. It offers spacious suites, electric fireplaces, and a deluxe continental or full hot breakfast.

Forest Hill Bed & Breakfast
Best Hotels in Kitchener


Kitchener’s culinary scene presents dishes from all around the world. Enjoy food from Vietnam, Greece, Germany, Japan, and Mexico all within a few miles. The Public Kitchen & Bar will treat you to delicious tapas and cocktails, all crafted in house from locally sourced ingredients.

Public Kitchen & Bar
Best Restaurants in Kitchener

Things To Do

Kitchener is a beautiful city year-round, with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in both the summer and winter. The Chicopee Ski Club provides ski lessons for all ages during the winter, and activities like summer camps, disc golf, and beach volleyball during the green season.

Chicopee Ski Club
Things to Do in the Waterloo Region