Kitchener is the ideal coliving destination for those looking for a cute Canadian city with a relaxed, small-town vibe. Its strong European heritage can still be felt today. The world's largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany is held here.
Like almost everywhere in Canada, it is easy to get out of the city into pristine nature. The Huron Natural Area is just one of many where remote workers can relax after a long day of coworking, and choose one of 7 treks to enjoy the great views and maybe spot some local wildlife.
Hamilton and Lake Ontario are also less than a three-hour bus ride away.
Here are some fun facts about Kitchener:
- About 230,000 people live in Kitchener, and the locals are called Kitchenerites.
- Kitchener was called Berlin until 1916 as many German-speaking Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonites settled here from 1803. Today Kitchener still has a strong German heritage.
- The city also follows a continental street design. In Doon Heritage Village visitors can travel back in time and experience life as it was here in 1914.
- Because it is so close to nearby Waterloo and Cambridge, the three cities are also sometimes referred to as the Tri-Cities.
- Kitchener has warm and humid summers and very cold winters.
- Traditionally a manufacturing town, today Kitchener has diversified into other industries.
- The University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy is here in Kitchener.
- Many festivals are held in Kitchener every year including the theatre festivals, the Kitchener Blues Festival, a children’s festival and of course, given that 22% of the population identify as ethnically German, the Oktoberfest with over 700,000 visitors each year.
- There is also a fun museum just for kids and a ski resort that is open all year round.
- The same team that created New York’s Central Park designed Kitchener’s Victoria Park.
Its interesting history and culture and easy access to the great outdoors are why many remote workers make Hamilton their coworking and coliving home.