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KitchenerCanada

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.

Top Hotels in Kitchener

Quality Inn
Quality Inn
2.5 out of 5
2899 King St E, Kitchener, ON
The price is CA $70 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in the heart of Kitchener, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Fairview Park and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. ...

4/5Very Good! (975 reviews)

"Was a peaceful stay and clean room,will definitely stay again"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2020

Quality Inn
Kitchener Inn & Suites
Kitchener Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
4355 King Street E, Kitchener, ON
The price is CA $70 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,519 reviews)

"The hotel location was fantastic. 401 had easy access and to other highways to get us to where we need to go. There was a fantastic pub walking distance that had great service.rooms were clean, staff friendly. Due to COVID no breakfast wished the hotel would have offered discount or coupons for near ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 27, 2020

Kitchener Inn & Suites
Hilton Garden Inn Kitchener/Cambridge
Hilton Garden Inn Kitchener/Cambridge
3 out of 5
746 Old Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON
The price is CA $73 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 14

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Cambridge Ice Centre, Wedges 'N Woods Golf Academy and Riverside Park. Ibowl.ca Family ...

4.1/5Very Good! (748 reviews)

"There is plenty of free parking at this hotel. It is in a quiet location but very close (walkable) to shopping. Hotel was very clean and the staff was great!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Kitchener/Cambridge
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.

Vacation Rentals in Kitchener

Ellis
Ellis
3.5 out of 5
26 Ellis Crescent North, Waterloo, ON
The price is CA $79 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in Waterloo, this apartment building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Clay and Glass and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (24 reviews)

"Quiet building. Renovated and modern feel. Deck was great - gets full morning sun."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2020

Ellis
Staybridge Suites Guelph
Staybridge Suites Guelph
3 out of 5
11 Corporate Court, Guelph, ON
The price is CA $99 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly aparthotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Stone Road Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Guelph and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (612 reviews)

"Large room, full kitchen, kids loved the pool. Price was great!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2020

Staybridge Suites Guelph
Staybridge Suites Waterloo - St. Jacobs Area
Staybridge Suites Waterloo - St. Jacobs Area
3 out of 5
10 Benjamin Rd, Township of Woolwich, ON
The price is CA $139 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated in Township of Woolwich, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from St. Jacobs Outlets and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Wilfrid Laurier University. St. Jacobs Market ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)

"My husband and I found it to be new and clean. Comfortable and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Staybridge Suites Waterloo - St. Jacobs Area
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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Reviews of Kitchener

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5/5 - Excellent

Joana

Feb 20, 2020

Loved the city's elevated geography, the historic buildings and it's entertaining nightlife. Would love to go back .

4/5 - Good

TL

Feb 19, 2020

It's a decent town. It's too bad the city still finds a comic convention with a bad reputation.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Terrible driving in kitchener. Lights are awful. Worse than toronto with 1/4 of the cars.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 31, 2020

I love it i have family's there, so i take a trip some time to see them..

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 1, 2020

Nice and safe place to visit. Enjoyed our weekend for Christkringle experience and would love to go back again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 13, 2019

The party was awesome good music, good people

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