Important information you need to know before you start your move to Waterloo from Montreal. Waterloo Ontario is a popular city for post secondary within the province of Ontario. It is a city in southern Ontario that is adjacent to a larger city Kitchener Ontario. Often both these cities are referred to as twin cities although have separate municipal governments.
The current population varies due to temporary residents that attend the universities in the area but has an approximate population of 127,700. Due to its geographical location in Ontario, the majority of the language spoken in Waterloo is English.
If making an informed decision on moving to Waterloo from Montreal, many steps must be taken to ensure a successful move is established. Waterloo can be considered a long trip for those who are not experienced or prepared to make the travel in one day by road or rail.
The distance from Montreal to Waterloo is approximately 642Km, which is about seven hours and nineteen minutes of traveling time in your own personal vehicle. If deciding on taking the most direct route to Waterloo from Montreal, you would want to travel along the Autoroute 720 West, until merging on to the Autoroute 20 where you would continue traveling west. Once crossing provincial borders into Ontario, the road will change into Ontario Provincial highway 401West. Much of your traveling will continue on this highway past Toronto until merging onto Ontario Highway 8 West, which takes you right into the region of Kitchener, Guelph and Waterloo. Remember that planning your route ahead of time or ensuring you have the proper maps and exit descriptions off the major highways will always ensure you never get lost during transit. While on route to Waterloo you will pass by a large number of different cities. Once you get passed the Ontario provincial borders you will continue to pass major cities such as Kingston, Belleville, Cobourg, Port Hope, Oshawa, Pickering, Toronto, Brampton and Milton, until making it to the municipal region of Waterloo, which is just north of the city of Cambridge, and Kitchener.
As mentioned earlier Waterloo and surrounding cities that make up the municipality are a popular destination choice for post secondary education not only within the province but also within the country depending on your field of study. There are two main universities in Waterloo, The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. There are a number of associated universities and colleges located in the area such as St Jerome’s University, St Paul’s University College, Conrad Grebel University College, Renison University College and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Conestoga College based in Kitchener also has a Waterloo campus. There are four high schools located in the Waterloo district; three that are operated by a public school system and one that is operated by the Waterloo catholic district school board. Often doing your research when it comes to which school best suits your child’s needs is important to ensuring they get the best education deserved.
The Waterloo region has a public transportation service known as the Grand River Transit (GRT), which was created by a merger of the Kitchener and Cambridge Transit system. The GRT operates a number of bus routes in Waterloo with the majority of them running toward the City of Kitchener. However Waterloo is not served by any regular passenger train service to date. The VIA Rail service has a stop in Kitchener as well as GO Transit rail ways near the city of Milton with expected further expansion to the region of Waterloo in the coming years, but are still equipped with GO buses that stop at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.
If you have not been able to establish a dwelling yet in Waterloo many online services within the city are available to look into before moving from Montreal. The City of Waterloo offers a website with information about local by laws and provincial legislation that are bound to both the owner and renters of homes or apartments in the city. If looking for an area that is not dense in population and more toward a rural setting are very popular in the area not only for new residents but people looking to retire in the area.
If you or the family prefers a home or apartment closer to important areas in the city such as post secondary institutions, hospitals or government offices for convince, often this is nothing difficult to do with enough planning. If looking to reside closer to a Hospital for instance, there are a number of available clinics and hospitals stretched out in the region and not located within blocks of each other like some cities, making finding a home in these areas much easier. The Grand River Hospital for instance is located on 835 King Street West, which is not far in traveling distance from the University of Waterloo. The City Hall located in Waterloo is also located in short distance from the University of Waterloo as well making it a very easy convince for anyone within the post secondary institutions to find and travel to.
Due to the geographical distance from Montreal to Waterloo, it’s always a beneficial ideal to visit the City of Waterloo for a number of reasons before moving from Montreal. Not only will you become familiar with the city and what it has to offer but create a conditioning for the amount of driving that is involved prior to the big move.
If moving to Waterloo from Montreal with a family it’s a great idea to take them with you to create a family weekend out of the trip and experience the many restaurants and hotels that you can soon recommend to visiting family in the potential future.
Waterloo offers many different type of traditional and international cuisine that should be taken advantage of while on your visit to the city. If you enjoy Mediterranean, Indian, or even sushi Waterloo almost has anything your looking for. Depending on the duration of your stay, it would be a good idea to take advantage of some of the hotels offered in the city such as the Delta Hotels, Best Western St. Jacobs Country Inn and Comfort Inn Hotels (just to mention a few) are all found within the city of Waterloo.
The City of Waterloo is full of opportunities and a perfect area not only for students but those who are making a transition from a popular city like Montreal to a smaller community in Ontario.
If deciding on a moving company from Montreal to assist in a move from Montreal to Waterloo, be sure to ask the company if they have any experience in the city of Waterloo and know their current traffic laws.
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