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Explore rich cultural history in Kitchener

With a strong German and Mennonite heritage, the Kitchener-Waterloo region is a diverse area that is steeped in history. Tourists especially enjoy visiting nearby landmarks like St. Jacobs Country, which boasts quaint streets lined with boutiques, restaurants and more. Outdoor activities in the area abound, with skiing and snowboarding opportunities in the winter months and canoeing and tubing adventures during the summer. Business guests also feel right at home in the Silicon Valley of the North, home of major tech companies such as Google, BlackBerry, Sandvine and OpenText.

Outdoor attractions

  • Chicopee Tube Park (1.4 km)
    Live adventurously year round at this family-friendly destination that includes a zip line, horizontal ropes, and winter and summer tubing.
    Phone: +1 (519) 895-2322
  • Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort (1.8 km)
    Offering activities as diverse as the seasons, Chicopee attracts snowboarders and skiers during the snowy seasons and beach volleyball players, disc golfers and tennis players during the warmer months.
    Phone: +1 (519) 894-5610
  • Canoeing the Grand (2.3 km)
    Whether you’re steering from the stern or you’re along for the ride, you can take a two-hour voyage or a 10-hour expedition down the Grand River.
    Phone: +1 (519) 896-0290
  • Bingemans Big Splash (7.6 km)
    Splash around in the area’s largest water park or putt your way through the glow-in-the-dark mini golf course at this fun-filled destination.
    Phone: +1 (519) 744-1555
  • African Lion Safari (29 km)
    Ride a tour bus or a car on your safari through this wildlife park that features more than 1,000 free-roaming mammal and bird species. You may even get up-close shots of some of Africa’s most majestic creatures.
    Phone: +1 (519) 623-2620


  • Fairview Park (0.8 km)
    From Banana Republic to Bourbon Street Grill, this mall features more than 130 businesses for your shopping and dining pleasure.
    Phone: +1 (519) 894-2450
  • Kitchener Market (7.6 km)
    This indoor urban market attracts foodies with its fresh international cuisine, cooking classes and more than 140-year-old Saturday Farmers’ Market.
    Phone: +1 (519) 741-2287
  • Southworks Shops & Antiques (16.9 km)
    Southworks is both the largest antique mall in the country and home to nearly 30 outlet stores.
    Phone: +1 (519) 740-0110

Local attractions

  • Oktoberfest
    Take part in North America’s largest Bavarian festival, held each October. The Thanksgiving Day Parade steals the attention of the entire country each year.
  • St. Jacobs Country (23 km)
    Taste local maple syrup at a museum dedicated to this sweet sauce, shop at unique boutiques lining the streets and hop on the Waterloo Central Railway for a scenic ride to the nearby Farmers’ Market when you visit St. Jacobs Country.
    Phone: +1 (800) 265-3353

Museums and history

  • THEMUSEUM (5.1 km)
    Find entertainment, education and inspiration all in one place when you explore this museum’s collections that showcase nature, art and science.
    Phone: +1 (519) 749-9387
  • Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village (5.4 km)
    Ontario’s largest community museum serves as the entrance into Doon Heritage Village, a 60-acre living history village that takes visitors back to 1914.
    Phone: +1 (519) 748-1914
  • Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (22.5 km)
    Most popular for the thousands of free-flying international butterflies, this conservatory also houses exotic birds, plants and bugs.
    Phone: +1 (519) 653-1234