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Welcome to Cambridge

Located in the heart of Southern Ontario, Canada - 88 kilometers (55 miles) west of Toronto, Ontario; and 291 kilometers (181 miles) east-northeast of Detroit, MI, USA; Cambridge is part of the Golden Triangle, a series of cities including Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. This area, including The City of Guelph (aka the "Royal City") is also known as the Technology Triangle because of the concentration of high-tech industries.

The Corporation of the City of Cambridge, in its present form, includes Galt (originally Shade's Mills) covering the largest portion of the Cambridge. It takes up the southern half of the city and includes Galt East, Galt West and Galt North. At the southern-most tip of the City of Cambridge lies the little community of Littles Corners.

On the western side of Cambridge lies Preston (previously two communities known as Cambridge Mills and the Village of Preston - respectively). Just West of Preston is the small Cambridge village of Blair (originally called "Shinglebridge").

Separated from its partner communities by a large block of industrial park lays Cambridge's community known as Hespeler. Hespeler, straddling the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway (Highway #401) is the most north-easterly section of Cambridge.

North of Highway 401 (adjacent to Hespeler) is Fisher Mills. Adjacent to Fisher Mills are the most westerly - regions of Cambridge, Freeport being the northern edge and Hegey which is located between Freeport and Highway 401.

City of Cambridge in Southern Ontario
Map courtesy of MapQuest

The City of Cambridge in Ontario, Canada, sitting on the banks of the Speed and the Grand Rivers, became the community as we know it today through the amalgamation of several smaller communities in 1973.

In the map above, The City of Cambridge is identified by an X. For an enlarged view of the map please click here or on the map above.

One of the many bridges in the City of Cambridge

Like any other major center transportation (waterways, railway, electric rail), financial institutions, agriculture and industry played a major role in the development of Cambridge as we know it today.

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Cambridge WatertowerCambridge, at last census, showed a population of about 102,000. The recent amalgamation of regions has left The City of Cambridge with more than its share of downtown cores - three, to be exact. Although Cambridge is a realtively young city, the rich hertitage of the communities which make up our beautiful city are reflected in its symbols.

At the time of amalgamation, in 1973, Cambridge became a member of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.


Jim Quantrell, B.A., M.A., Archivist - The Corporation of the City of Cambridge for providing most of the history found in these pages.

Bob McMullen, The Trail Guy, for the superb and up-to-date information about the Cambridge Trails.

To reach The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Visitor and Convention Bureau you can write them at:
531 King St. E.
Cambridge, ON N3H 3N4

In the area, you can call them at: (519) 653-1424, fax them at: (519) 653-1734 or from anywhere in North America, phone them toll-free at: 1-800-749-7560.
E-mail: visit@cambridge.in.on.ca

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