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Laurentian West Area in Kitchener

It’s that time again! What time, you ask? Good question: it’s time for another article in WRX property Group’s series on the neighbourhoods of Kitchener-Waterloo. We move to the west side of Kitchener again, today, and finish up the final neighbourhood in the ‘Laurentian’ cluster of neighbourhoods (including Laurentian Hills, Laurentian West, and Country Hills). Yesterday we distilled Laurentian Hills; today we’ll do our best to assess Laurentian West. Let’s see what we can see.
Laurentian West’s boundaries are made up by the Conestoga Parkway (Highways 7 and 8) in the north; Fischer-Hallman Road in the east (along the border with Laurentian Hills); Bleams Road in the south; and Trussler Road in the west. This is a very new neighbourhood, and it’s developing rapidly. Many of the properties are brand new (it’s hard to find a home built earlier than 2000), and there’s a pervasive sense of youthfulness and optimism throughout its streets (and embodied in the young trees adorning the many lawns). The majority of homes here are detached models, and the vast majority of residents and owners (rather than renters). More than half of Laurentian West households are families, too (though there are certainly a fair number of couples and singles living here). Prices for homes here tend to start around the $400 000 mark, and larger models tend to range between $650 000 and $750 000. If you’d like to know more about a specific property, or about the neighbourhood in general, please contact WRX – we’re happy to help however we can.

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Location

Several things are notable about Laurentian West: it’s one of Kitchener’s youngest, most rapidly-developing neighbourhoods; it’s one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s westernmost neighbourhoods; and it’s got great access to the Conestoga Parkway. Let’s work through these points in reverse:
In terms of the highway, Laurentian West residents have two choices for on- and off-ramps: near the intersection of Fischer-Hallman and Ottawa Street South; and off of Trussler Road. The former option is Laurentian West’s largest shopping area, and thus it’s both a useful location, and somewhere you’ll likely often find yourself needing to go. The perk Laurentian West residents have with the Trussler Road option is that it will rarely be as busy as other on- and off-ramps throughout Kitchener-Waterloo. So even though it’s a bit more out of the way, it’s a nice option to have (and a great place for new drivers practicing for their G licence!). The Conestoga Parkway includes sections of Highways 7, 8, and 85, and connects Kitchener-Waterluvians to one another, and to other parts of Southern Ontario – having access to it is great.
Being so far west also allows Laurentian West residents to easily explore the more rural areas that lie beyond Kitchener’s borders: there are few things more pleasant than a drive through the Townships of Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich (the ‘Three Wamigos,’ if you will), or North Dumfries. Be sure to check out St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and Wellesley’s world-famous apple butter (and there’s much more to discover, too).

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Laurentian West is a great place for families, and families moving to the area is a substantial part of its growth. It’s got plenty of areas for outdoor activities, including the rather large Laurentian Wetlands and Borden Wetlands. And if you’re looking for activities, the Williamsburg Community Association always has something going on (you can read more about them in the WRX article on them here). As far as shopping goes, Laurentian West residents have two primary options: towards the southeast corner of the neighbourhood, near the Williamsburg Community Centre, is a shopping plaza with a Sobey’s (which features groceries, a pharmacy, and a Wine Rack), as well as several restaurants, medical facilities, and a GoodLife Fitness Centre. Even more shopping can be found in the northeast corner of Laurentian West: the Sunrise Shopping Centre. Laurentian West residents are quite lucky to have this massive open-air shopping area within their neighbourhood; indeed, it’s not uncommon for Kitchener-Waterluvians to drive out of their way for the shopping opportunities afforded here. At over 500 000 square feet of retail space, you can quite literally shop until you drop. There are multiple large chain stores (including a Walmart Supercentre and Canadian Tire), plenty of options for clothing and shoes, and enough restaurants to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Enclosed malls like Fairview Park are fantastic, weather-resistant, and efficient for both parking and pedestrians, but the Sunrise Shopping Centre is not too shabby.


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Education

There are several schools within the boundaries of Laurentian West (John Sweeney Catholic School, W. T. Townshend Public School, and Williamsburg Public School), and because its population is growing so quickly, there are likely more schools to come in the future (particularly in the extreme west of the neighbourhood, near Trussler Road). As it stands, however, students in the public board (WRDSB) between Kindergarten and Grade 6 are zoned as follows: students living north of Activa Avenue, but east of Isaiah Drive will attend W. T. Townshend; students living south of Isaiah Drive and east of Isaiah Drive will attend Williamsburg; both sets of students will be bussed to Queensmount Public School for Grades 7 and 8. Students west of these areas will be bussed to Alpine Public School for Kindergarten to Grade 6, and they will attend Laurentian Public School for Grades 7 and 8. Note that W. T. Townshend and Williamsburg both offer French Immersion, but for French Immersion beyond Grade 6, alternative arrangements will need to be made. For high school, students in Laurentian West are zoned for Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute (you can read more about Cameron Heights in its WRX article here). However, as the Waterloo Region has instituted a ‘Magnet Program,’ students interested in particular areas of study are able to transfer to a school that offers it (it may be worth looking into the other schools’ WRX articles, as they outline which school offers what). Also, the map of WRDSB zoning can be found here for clarity. Students in the Catholic school board (WCDSB) will attend John Sweeney for Kindergarten to Grade 8, and they will be bussed to St. Mary’s Catholic High School for secondary school (though the WCDSB offers a similar ‘Magnet Program,’ meaning certain high school specialize in subjects that others might not).

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Conclusion

Laurentian West is growing for a reason: it offers a nice slice of suburban life, with all the fixin’s. So if you’ve heard buzz about this neighbourhood, it’s not without reason – Laurentian West has everything you need to make a happy home.

Written by Will Kummer

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