Cambridge has about 85,000 residents enjoying 1,100 acres of parks and trails, as well as internationally recognized recreational, arts and cultural facilities. The city is served by two major hospitals.
Cambridge lies southeast of the Grand River and just north of the 401, with good highway connections along #7 and #8, as well as a major airport east of the community, and is served by VIA Rail and inter-city bus operators. Cambridge has two hospitals and a local police force.
The community is served by 40 elementary schools, 7 high schools, and 2 public libraries. Post-secondary education is available at Conestoga College, which has a Cambridge and a Kitchener campus, as well as nearby at the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, and nearby University of Guelph.
Cambridge is well served by 3 significant shopping malls and plazas, and has a number of vibrant retail areas including Downtown Galt, and along Highway 8 to the east of Galt, and to the north of Preston just to the north.
Cambridge has 1 performance theatres, 1 cinema screen, a museum, and a public gallery. For athletes, there are a series of pathways along the Grand the Speed rivers, are 44 baseball diamonds, 3 public tennis courts, 3 indoor and 3 outdoor swimming pools, 5 public and 1 private golf courses. There is the Chicopee Ski Hill nearby on the city's NW corner. Attractions in Cambridge include the African Lion Safari & Game Farm, Wings of Paradise butterfly & bug exhibit, and the Grand River Tour Boat cruise.
Cambridge is mature and has a range of homes, both new & resale. The community has for areas, each formerly its own municipality: Blair, Galt, Hespeller, and Preston.
Preston was once known as "Cambridge Mills", is located in the northwest area of Cambridge and is the oldest settled area in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, as a centre of manufacturing and known for its mineral baths. Hespeller was long the centre for woollen and textile mills, and their workers. Galt lies in the south of Cambridge, and has majestic Victorian homes (many built of stone), and lighted streetscapes lines with tall maple trees. Blair was home to the area's earliest Mennonite settlements in 1800, and is still well-forested. Cambridge also has an ample supply of undeveloped land within its boundaries, for construction of new homes.
Prices for Single family detached run $225,000 (2006 prices), Semi-detached residential $150,000, Townhouses/Row houses $155,000, and Condominium Units are averaging $155,000.