The former Galt covers the largest portion of Cambridge, making up the southern half of the city. The former Preston and Blair are located on the western side of the city, while the former Hespeler is in the most northeasterly section of Cambridge. There was considerable resistance among the local population to this “shotgun marriage” arranged by the provincial government and a healthy sense of rivalry had always governed relations among the three communities. Each unique centre has its own history that is well documented in the Cambridge City Archives.
Some Interesting Facts about CAMBRIDGE:
Cambridge is a city located in Southern Ontario at the confluence of the Grand and Speed rivers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of Galt, Preston, Hespeler, the settlement of Blair and a small portion of surrounding townships.
During the 1904 Saint Louis Olympics the soccer team representing Galt/Cambridge won the Ontario Championships and requested the Canadian Olympic Committee is they could represent Canada at the Olympic Games. One other team had applied for the opportunity and they were accepted. The Galt /Cambridge soccer football team went on to win the GOLD Medal for Canada.