Kitchener

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Hundreds of parks, Mennonite pioneer houses and one of the largest Oktoberfests in North America make this city just outside of Toronto worth visiting.

Head southwest through Toronto’s surrounding farmland to reach the extensive twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Kitchener is the southernmost of the pair and features an array of parks, museums and historical sites. Once known as Berlin, Kitchener has a rich German heritage. Visit a heritage German house and try a local pilsner at the city’s fun-filled Oktoberfest.

Kitchener is known for its lush green spaces. Find nearly 220 parks in this leafy city, including golf courses, nature preserves and urban parks. During the winter, ski within the city limits at the Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort.

Victoria Park is Kitchener’s centrally located park. This park dates back to 1896 and its clock tower is one of the city’s essential heritage structures. The tower stood atop the now-demolished old city hall. Visit nearby Kitchener City Hall to see the modern civic building. Take the Iron Horse Trail by foot, bicycle or on horseback from Victoria Park into Waterloo Park, the main park of Kitchener’s twin city.

Learn about the history of Kitchener’s settlement and development at its interesting museums. The Joseph Schneider Haus is a history museum located inside the city’s oldest house, which was built in 1816 by a German Mennonite pioneer. Tour the interior to see period furnishings and German-Canadian folk art in the exhibition space. The Waterloo Region Museum provides details on the rest of Kitchener’s history, including the First Nations people who once lived here and the city’s prosperous manufacturing industry.

Visit Kitchener in October to see the city embrace its German heritage in one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in North America, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year. The 9-day festival culminates with Canada’s much-loved Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Drive an hour or take a 3-hour bus ride out of Toronto to reach Kitchener. Surrounded by farmland and dotted with idyllic green spaces, Kitchener is a peaceful respite from urban Toronto.

Where to stay in Kitchener

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
105 King St E, Kitchener, ON
The price is CA $99 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Located in the heart of Kitchener, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and Centre In The Square. Kitchener Memorial ...
4/5 Very Good! (938 reviews)
"just generally satisfied"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2021

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, an IHG Hotel
Kitchener Inn & Suites
Kitchener Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
4355 King Street E, Kitchener, ON
The price is CA $101 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Situated on the Strip, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Chicopee Tube Park. Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,133 reviews)
"Room was great and spacious. However, all my towels were fraid on the edges. Like they were extremely old and used. Bathroom wasn’t the cleanest. And one of the reasons I booked this property was to use the laundry facilities were when I arrived was told they were broken. Cathy at the front desk ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2021

Kitchener Inn & Suites
Delta Hotels by Marriott Waterloo
Delta Hotels by Marriott Waterloo
3.5 out of 5
110 Erb St W, Waterloo, ON
The price is CA $143 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Located in the heart of Waterloo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Clay and Glass, University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University. Centre In ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (903 reviews)
"great place to stay"

Reviewed on Nov. 25, 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Waterloo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Midtown KW Apartment
Midtown KW Apartment
Kitchener, ON
The price is CA $69 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Situated in Kitchener, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kitchener City Hall, Centre In The Square, and Wilfrid Laurier University. University of Waterloo ...
3.8/5 Good! (8 reviews)
Smaal quiet place
"Good location, tidy, small quiet stay. Overall happy to stay here."

Reviewed on Dec. 12, 2020

Midtown KW Apartment
Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo/St. Jacobs
Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo/St. Jacobs
3 out of 5
45 Benjamin Road, St Jacobs, Township of Woolwich, ON
The price is CA $131 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
Situated in Township of Woolwich, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and St. Jacobs Market District Visitor Information ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (663 reviews)
"It was good overall, but for room service we had to request them, and they didn’t even vacuum the room, we stayed for 3 days. I would say that they should provide room service as we request as it’s not done everyday since COVID."

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo/St. Jacobs
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge Waterloo Ontario
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge Waterloo Ontario
3 out of 5
800 Jamieson Pky, Cambridge, ON
The price is CA $163 per night from Nov 30 to Nov 30
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cambridge Ice Centre, Shade's Mills Conservation Area, and Dunfield Theatre Cambridge. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (446 reviews)
"Breakfast was great and was included. Kids enjoyed swimming in the pool. Room was clean."

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge Waterloo Ontario
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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