Cambridge is a city located on the 401 corridor in South Western Ontario. The Grand River and Speed River run through the city , which is divided into 3 sections Galt, Preston and Hespeler which used to be smaller towns which amalgamated into Cambridge .
There is a downtown core for each area which has shopping, housing , restaurants, banking and more.
Recent developments in downtown Galt include University of Watwerloo School of Architecture, Cambridge City Hall, Cambridge Mill Restaurant renovation set to reopen in May 2011, many condo developments and the newly approved Drayton Theatre complex to be built.
Attractions in Cambridge
Cambridge is home to many cultural events and activities, including the Mill Race Festival and Rock the Millmusic festivals in downtown Galt. Cambridge also has the Cambridge Highland Games in Churchill Park in July. There's also the Wings of Paradisebutterfly conservatory, the Cambridge fall fair which has been entertaining locals and visitors alike for over 100 years, and the Southworks Outlets district.
The Cambridge Santa Claus Parade is one of the first if not the first city parade in Ontario to go to the night-time format. Cambridge is also home to the largest Canada Day parade in the nation.
There is also the festive 'Christmas in Cambridge' winter festival at Christmas featuring events like Unsilent Night, which began in New York City by Phil Kline. The City of Cambridge's take on this event uniquely involves other aspects of the community such as Christie digital projection technology. University of Waterloo School of Architecture Cambridge students in Dr. Jeff Lederer’s Urban Revitalization and Design class designed the spectacular light installations.
The Cambridge Farmers’ Market has been in operation in the original building on the original site circa 1830; making it the third oldest market in the country. The Cambridge Farmers’ Market is now ranked as one of the top 10 markets in the country by Best Health Magazine. All the vendors come from within a 100 km radius to sell fresh fruits, cheese, vegetables, baked goods and more.
The Cambridge Centre of the Arts is a municipally operated community Arts Centre that is available to area residents, artists and organizations. The Arts Centre officially opened May 2001. Cambridge Galleries are a part of the Cambridge Public Library system with art exhibition spaces at Queen's Square, Preston and the new Design at Riverside location. Together, the three galleries host approximately 23 exhibitions per year.
Economy in Cambridge
In 1988, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada opened a plant in Cambridge, which employed 4,518 people as of December 2005 and is the City's largest employer. Although beneficial to the City, traffic issues caused by slow-moving and long trains passing through main traffic routes to deliver material to and from the plant have caused some frustration for residents and emergency responders. Several other industrial companies also have locations in Cambridge, including Process Group Inc.,Gerdau Ameristeel, ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Loblaw Companies Limited, Challenger Motor Freight Inc., Sutherland-Schultz Inc., Canadian General-Tower Ltd.,iQor, Frito-Lay Canada (formerly Hostess), Babcock and Wilcox, Northstar Aerospace, Rockwell Automation, Com Dev and Northern Dynamics