So, Waterloo is the smaller city BESIDE Kitchener. It often gets lumped into KW or Kitchener-Waterloo, or even (gasp) Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.
But thats like saying if you live in Etobicoke, you live in Toronto…which as we all know is not the case. It’s also like saying the West End and the East End of Toronto are the same… and don’t even think about the centre bit as part of either the West or East End.
Anyway, just like every other place in the world Waterloo has its own identity and Waterloosians do not like to be referred to as “living in Kitchener” although sometimes it’s more of a mind set than a location thing.
And Waterloo is a fairly unique city, while it’s small, it’s closely connected to Kitchener and Cambridge which garner some larger events like concerts and sporting events. Waterloo is also home to Blackberry’s HQ, two universities (University of Waterloo + Wilfrid Laurier University) and one college as well as some other tech companies that bring a more progressive perspective to the small town lifestyle.
And unlike most other cities, Waterloo itself lacks a downtown core that’s been totally abandoned and relegated to the underbelly of society. Uptown Waterloo – the downtown equivalent – is classy, maintained, and really quite safe. It’s home to some sweet shopping and dining but the catch is that its one short strip. Can’t have it all!