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Kitchener
Travel Guide

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.

Hilton Garden Inn Kitchener/Cambridge
Hilton Garden Inn Kitchener/Cambridge
3 out of 5
746 Old Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON
The price is CA $75 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

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

4.1/5Very Good! (797 reviews)

"Very clean and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 1, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Kitchener/Cambridge
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 May 2 to May 3

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,436 reviews)

"Great location - proximity to highways and to restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2021

Kitchener Inn & Suites
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 $118 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cambridge Ice Centre, Shade's Mills Conservation Area, and Dunfield Theatre Cambridge. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (414 reviews)

"Staff always friendly. The hotel is always very clean. The area is perfect because there is a gas station and timmies down the street."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 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.
Breithaupt
Breithaupt
2.5 out of 5
44 Breithaupt St, Kitchener, ON
The price is CA $215 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

Located in Mount Hope Huron Park, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Kitchener City Hall and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Waterloo and Kitchener ...

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Silver Birch Suite - Professionally designed Guest Suite
Silver Birch Suite - Professionally designed Guest Suite
Cambridge, ON

Situated in Cambridge, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Walter Bean Trailhead and within 3 mi (5 km) of ibowl.ca Family Fun Center and Cambridge ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Beautiful, Clean Basement Suit, Friendly Hosts

"Everything was very clean when we arrived and were greeted by our Hosts Harry, Debbie and Chewy. They were very hospitable and had snacks as well as a snack board for us when we arrived. I'd definitely recommend staying here if you're in the area, it's also in a nice neighborhood."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 16, 2020

Silver Birch Suite - Professionally designed Guest Suite
Fully Private Modern Walkout Basement Apartment Nestled in a Quiet Suburb
Fully Private Modern Walkout Basement Apartment Nestled in a Quiet Suburb
Kitchener, ON

Situated in Kitchener, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lyndon Public Fishing, Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, and Joseph Schneider Haus. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Comfortable space and plenty of room in the suite."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 2, 2021

Fully Private Modern Walkout Basement Apartment Nestled in a Quiet Suburb
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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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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