Front facade and path to Castle Kilbride in Baden
|Elevation||352 m (1,155 ft)|
|Timezone||Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5)|
|- summer (DST)||Eastern Time Zone (UTC-4)|
|Forward sortation area||N3A|
|Area code||519, 226|
Baden is a community in Township of Wilmot, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It has a population of around 4500 and was named after Baden-Baden in Germany. (Approximate Population as of 2011 as per township statistics is 4,553)
The area is the site of the Baden Tower, a huge television, radio and communications tower located on top of one of the Baden Hills. This is whence CKCO-TV (CTV Southwestern Ontario) transmits its signal.
Much of the area consists of farmlands and there are pine forests in the area. The local high school, Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School, is located just outside the town.
Baden is home to the historic Castle Kilbride, built in 1877 by James Livingston, co-founder of a successful linseed oil company who went on to represent the area in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the Canadian House of Commons. In 1993, Castle Kilbride was purchased and restored by Wilmot Township. The township spent $6.2 million on the project for which it incurred a debt that is to be repaid by 2013. The castle was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1994 and Wilmot Township's administrative offices and council chamber are housed in an addition to the original building.
Baden was also the home town of Sir Adam Beck who went on to pioneer hydro-electric power, the visible results being the hydro-electric generation plants located in Niagara Falls. Beck has a park named after him in his hometown, as well as an elementary school within the Waterloo Region District School Board.
The Region of Waterloo Library operates a branch at 115 Snyder's Road East, beside the community mailboxes.
There is a store, the Baden Emporium, which contains a cafe and ice-cream shop. It sells antiques, local handicrafts, and books.
Local religious congregations
- Steinmann Mennonite Church Between New Hamburg and Baden
- Wilmot Mennonite Church
- St. James Evengelical Lutheran Church
- Southern Ontario Tourism, Grand River Country: Baden
- Castle Kilbride, Directory of Designations of National Historic Significance of Canada
- Castle Kilbride. Canadian Register of Historic Places.
- Region of Waterloo Library, Baden Branch
- Southern Ontario Tourism, Baden Emporium
- Castle Kilbride, National Historic Site. Home of James Livingston, flax industrialist
- Township of Wilmot
- Baden, ON business directory
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