Waterloo is located very close to Kitchener and part of the "Canada's Technology Triangle". Kitchener and Cambridge are the two other corners of that triangle. Numerous high tech companies and two universities - the University of Waterloo and the Wilfried Laurier University - have an excellent reputation. When I was still working in the aerospace industry, we used what Waterloo and Kitchener had to offer.
Waterloo more in the scientific sector and Kitchener in the manufacturing sector. But all that is now past for me.
Naturally it is named after the Waterloo in Belgium. Unfortunately, I never hears anything about a re-enactment of any of the battles which took place in the original Waterloo. For that reason I included a link to a very interesting web site about Napoleon and those battles. You can spend hours watching videos and collecting information on this site.
Maybe somebody can bring some of this history to our Waterloo. Just an idea! I met many volunteers who love to be part of such re-enactments.
Waterloo has a population of about 100 000, but I always got the impression that it is much bigger town. We were especially attracted by the surroundings of this city. St. Jacobs was one of our favorites. During our next visit we want to learn more about the Amish who settled here and are still following strictly their old life style.
- many thanks to "Giligone" and Wikipedia
I was surprised when I learned that Waterloo was established in 1804 by Mennonites. Everything looked so modern and for us no traces of this past were visible. The only exceptions was when I asked a lady for directions after we got lost and she answered me in perfect German. The lady was not ancient, but eventually she had a Mennonite background.
I still do not consider Waterloo to be a an attraction for many tourists, but to be fair we will explore it the next time again. I am confident that we can find some hidden treasures. Without any doubt it is attractive for business, similar as the surrounding area.
Das "Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics" - many thanks to "Giligone" and Wikipedia
"Waterloo Central Railway" - many thanks to "Tudor Costache" and Wikipedia
It was a surprise when I read about a new train connection on certain days between Waterloo and St. Jacobs which was always and still is one of our preferable places to visit in this region. having severe problems with walking I still prefer to use our car, but during the "Maple Sirup Festival" in Elmira we may eventually use the special offer for that event. One we tried to visit that, ended in a traffic jam and turned back.
Waterloo, "Uptown" - many thanks to "Qviri" and Wikipedia
Even when Kitchener and Waterloo are considered to be sister cities each has its own administration. The city center of Waterloo is called "Uptown" and that of Kitchener "Downtown".
Both cities have very much in common and the yearly Oktoberfest in Kitchener certainly brings the people of both cities closer together.
Unfortunately, I had only visited the original Oktoberfest im Munich and a few small ones in Ontario, but never that in Kitchener-Waterloo. I "borrowed" the image of the "Heritage Timeteller" and have not a glue about that. I tried to find some information for this landmark in the Internet and failed. I will write to the city of Waterloo to help me.
I hope that Blackberry who is located in Waterloo will become again a market leader in Smartphones. Canada must invest more in research to prevent to become only an extended work bench of global companies. There are a few companies who demonstrated that we are able to do that.
This is important for our young people who inherit high debts and have to pay for a growing group of aging retirees.
"Oktoberfest Heritage Timeteller" in Waterloo
Many thanks to "Stahlkocher" and Wikipedia
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