Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario City Information information, listings and links
Here are some basic facts about Kitchener-Waterloo:
The twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo are located in central southwestern Ontario in Waterloo County, 105 km southwest of Toronto along Hihgway 401. Each community has its individual political, social, and cultural identity. Kitchener is larger of the two (population 204,600 in 2006), and has been the county seat since 1853, and is the judicial and financial centre of Waterloo County (1853-1973). The Regional Municipality of Waterloo was formed in 1973 and encompassing Kitchener, Waterloo (population 97,000 in 2006) to the north and Cambridge (population 120,000 in 2006) to the south. Kitchner is at Latitude: 43° 25.800' N Longitude: 80° 30.000' W, is 343 metres above sea level.
Kitchener was initially called "Berlin" by its predominantly German residents until World War One, when it was patriotically renamed for Lord Kitchener, the British General and commander in the war, pictured in military recruiting posters.
The population of Kitchener is 204,600 in 2006, and Waterloo Region is 478,000 residents in 2006.
The manufacturing sector employs about 60,000 in the area, in the agri-foods and automotive sectors leading. These days, Kitchener is best known as home to J.M. Schneider (now a division of Maple Leaf Mills) and Research In Motion ("RIM") creators of the Blackberry PDA. The education secor (especially the science-focused University of Waterloo, and the agricultural-focused University of Guelph) and health care sectors are strong in the region.
The climate of Kitchener-Waterloo is humid continental and relatively mild compared with most of Canada. The average January temperature is slightly below freezing but most days rise just above, creating slushy conditions during snowfalls. Winter snowfall averages 143cm (56") with large annual fluctuations. The average July temperature (of both day and night) is 22.5C (72.5F) with high summertime humidity levels. Daytime temperatures typically climb into the 30's with 'humidex' values in the 40's between May and early October.
An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:
Kitchener a total of 984 millimetres (38 inches) of precipitation per year,and 148 cm (58 inches) of snow.
Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will be 50% higher the GST & tax), with 20% (about double the GST & tax) for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.