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The Neighbourhood

The Victoria Park neighbourhood is bound by  Queen, Joseph, Victoria, Spadina and VanCamp/West. (A downloadable map shows all the neighbourhood associations in Kitchener and their boundaries.) There is a wide variety of people who call the Victoria Park neighbourhood their home. It is a popular residential area with large, beautiful, single-family  detached homes, more modest homes, multiple-unit homes, condominiums and rental units including three Kitchener Housing developments. There are also businesses, shops, bakeries, social support organizations, a health clinic, a senior citizens home, churches, Joseph Schneider House Museum and Gallery and National Historic Site (built in 1816 – Kitchener’s oldest building) and of course, Victoria Park.

The park is a Romantic-style 60-plus acre park, set right in the middle of the neighbourhood. Year-round, it is host to a number of events that take place in Kitchener, including the Multicultural Festival, Rib and Beer Fest, KidSpark, Word on the Street, just to name a few. During the winter the park hosts an outdoor ice rink, and during the holiday season is lit up as part of Kitchener’s Christmas Fantasy. The park contains a number of interesting structures including the Victoria Park pavilion, the Victoria Park Gallery and Archives, a bandstand, and the historic boathouse. It is also home to the clock tower that used to hang over the old 1924 Kitchener city hall. The clock tower is now the focal point for the Gaukel Street entrance to the Park and provides an image for the City of Kitchener’s marketing logo.

Schneider Creek runs right through the park and creates a small lake and surrounds three islands. In the warmer weather you can see carp and other fish in the lake plus many species of wildfowl including ducks (mainly mallard), gulls, geese, heron, kingfishers, osprey, various hawk varieties, Canadian geese, etc. Animals seen in Victoria Park include rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, possums and muskrats while rarer visitors include errant urban deer, turtles and foxes.  There is a wide variety of trees and shrubs in the park including native Carolinian species such as tulip trees and sycamores. The beautiful landscaping and gardens are consistent with a Victorian-era Romantic-style park. Running along the south end of the park is the Iron Horse Trail, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail system and links us with Waterloo and points further east in Kitchener.

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