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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs5,806 per night from 17 Dec to 17 Dec
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! (936 reviews)
"just generally satisfied"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 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 Rs6,380 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
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! (1,131 reviews)
"good value"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 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
Fully refundable
The price is Rs8,370 per night from 17 Dec to 17 Dec
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 The ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (903 reviews)
"great place to stay"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 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.
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 Rs7,668 per night from 23 Dec to 23 Dec
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 28 Oct 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 Rs9,014 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
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! (444 reviews)
"Excellent that the room accommodated our family so well."

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge Waterloo Ontario
Ellis
Ellis
3.5 out of 5
26 Ellis Crescent North, Waterloo, ON
The price is Rs8,429 per night from 28 Nov to 28 Nov
Situated in Waterloo, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clay and Glass and Wilfrid Laurier University. University of Waterloo and Centre In The ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (36 reviews)
"Nice and renovated unit ... I loved it ...amazing management and very safe ! Highly recommended ! 5 stars"

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Ellis
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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