Map of Kitchener & Brantford area. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Kitchener & Brantford area (Canada, Ontario)

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Map of Kitchener & Brantford area. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Kitchener & Brantford area (Canada, Ontario)

Kitchener-Waterloo

 

Just east of Hamilton and Lake Erie's famed Golden Horseshoe lies the burgeoning high-tech triangle of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge. The area was first settled in the late 1700s by the Six Nations Native Peoples, who later sold the land to settlers. A patchwork quilt of different villages and towns sprung up along the meandering Grand River-now declared a national heritage river-from the German roots of Kitchener, to the Mennonite settlers north of Waterloo, to the Scottish weavers who came to Cambridge. This multifaceted history of Waterloo County comes alive at Doon Heritage Crossroads, where costumed interpreters reenact life at the turn of the 20th century.

 

Brantford and Six Nations Reserve [D4]

Brantford was originally part of a large land grant given by the British government in 1784 to the Six Nations Indians in gratitude for their loyalty during the American War of Independence. In 1827 the center of the former settlement was named Brant's Ford after Mohawk leader Joseph Brant. Kanata, the re-creation of a 17th-century Ontario Iroquoian village, is a popular draw, as is Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks (1785), the world's only Native Royal Chapel. (Sit was in Brantford that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, and the Bell Homestead is now a national historic site.

 

Cambridge [A4] An old mill town, Cambridge is a popular spot for shoppers with its many factory outlets. The banks of the Grand River have pleasant hiking and cycling trails, including the excellent 18 km Cambridge-to-Paris Rail Trail. Cambridge's Scottish heritage is reflected in its historic stone buildings, and the annual Cambridge Highland Games and Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music.

 

Hamilton [C7] Located at the western end of Lake Ontario, Hamilton is one of Canada's leading industrial cities. The city is well endowed with parks and the famous 1,100-hectare Royal Botanical Gardens, which features a sunken Japanese garden, a vast rose collection, and the world's largest lilac collection. The Museum of Steam and Technology (housed in the 1859 Hamilton waterworks), the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and a military museum at stately Dundurn Castle are well worth visiting.

 

Kitchener-Waterloo [A2-A3] Founded in 1799 by Mennonites from Pennsylvania, Kitchener was originally named Berlin with the arrival of German settlers in 1833, but changed its name during World War I. Along with its twin city, Waterloo, Kitchener celebrates its German heritage every fall with Oktoberfest, the second largest Bavarian festival in the world. The boyhood home of the late Canadian prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King is now Woodside National Historic Site. Kitchener is also the site of a wide range of museums, from glass to optics. Sportsworld, with its go-cart track, climbing wall, and golf range, is a popular spot for family fun.

 

Paris [C3] The pretty town of Paris, located at the confluence of the Nith and Grand rivers, was the site where Alexander Graham Bell received his first historic telephone message in 1876. Paris has long claimed the title "The Cobblestone Capital of Canada" because the houses and churches stand as fine examples of the art of cobblestone construction.

 

ATTRACTIONS

BRANTFORD

Bell Homestead National Historic Site Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks Kanata-17th-century Ontario Iroquoian Village Canadian Military Heritage Museum Earl Haig Family Fun Park Six Nations Tours

 

CAMBRIDGE

African Lion Safari Cambridge

Farmers' Market Cambridge Galleries

Cambridge Trail Westfield Heritage Centre

Factory outlets

 

HAMILTON

Art Gallery of Hamilton Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Battlefield House Museum Children's Museum of Hamilton Confederation Park/ Wild Waterworks Dundurn Castle Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology Royal Botanical Gardens Whitehern

 

KITCHENER-WATERLOO

Castle Kilbride Doon Heritage Crossroads Peter Etril Snyder Studio Pioneer Memorial Tower National Historic Site Sportsworld Waterloo Park Woodside National Historic Site

 

Map of Kitchener & Brantford area. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Kitchener & Brantford area (Canada, Ontario)