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

Quality Inn
Quality Inn
2.5 out of 5
2899 King St E, Kitchener, ON, N2A 1A6
The price is ¥9,725 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Kitchener. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable And the king bed was very comfortable"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Quality Inn
Best Western Plus Waterloo
Best Western Plus Waterloo
2.5 out of 5
547 King St N, Waterloo, ON, N2L5Z7
The price is ¥12,188 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Waterloo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,010 reviews)
"Very comfortable, convenient and a wonderful breakfast!"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Best Western Plus Waterloo
Kitchener Inn & Suites
Kitchener Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
4355 King Street E, Kitchener, ON, N2P 2E9
The price is ¥12,328 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Kitchener. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,010 reviews)
"Priced right for stayover in Kitchener."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Kitchener Inn & Suites
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Silver Birch Suite - Professionally designed Guest Suite
Silver Birch Suite - Professionally designed Guest Suite
Cambridge, ON
The price is ¥13,331 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this apartment in Cambridge. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Walter Bean Trailhead and ibowl.ca Family Fun Center ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Wedding weekend
"Lovely home to relax in. Beautifully decorated and many extras to pamper you. Debbie and Harry were perfect hosts"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Silver Birch Suite - Professionally designed Guest Suite
(UNIT 2) ENTIRE 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT DOWNTOWN
(UNIT 2) ENTIRE 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT DOWNTOWN
Kitchener, ON
Stay at this apartment in Kitchener. Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and 2 bedrooms. Popular attractions St. Jacobs Market District Visitor Information Centre and Woodside ...
(UNIT 2) ENTIRE 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT DOWNTOWN
City Centre convenience
City Centre convenience
Kitchener, ON
The price is ¥20,880 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this vacation home in Kitchener. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions St. Jacobs Market District Visitor Information Centre ...
City Centre convenience
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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