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History meets innovation in the Kitchener area

Located along the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, the Waterloo region blends a strong German and Mennonite heritage with a diverse, forward-looking culture. The Radisson hotel lies in the heart of this area, which boasts a growing tech community with companies like Christie Digital, Google, BlackBerry, D2L, Sandvine and OpenText. On vacation or need a break from meetings? Try Kitchener’s many outdoor activities, such as skiing and snowboarding in the winter and water rides, canoeing, tubing and zip-lining during the summer. You can also visit nearby landmarks like St. Jacobs Country, which features quaint streets lined with boutiques and local restaurants. The Stratford Festival and Drayton Entertainment lie a short drive away, and the area offers abundant opportunities to indulge in delicious culinary experiences and tour local craft breweries. A brand-new ION light rail system is expected to open in summer 2018.

Outdoor attractions:

  • Chicopee Tube Park (1.4 km)
    Live adventurously at this family-friendly destination that includes a zip line, horizontal ropes 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 winter and beach volleyball players, disc golfers and tennis players during summer.
    Phone: +1 (519) 894-5610
  • Canoeing the Grand (2.3 km)
    Take a two-hour voyage or a 10-hour expedition down the Grand River in a canoe or kayak.
    Phone: +1 (519) 896-0290
  • Victoria Park (6.1 km)
    Stroll around the lake or take your kids to the playground at this tranquil park. In the summer, you can visit the splash pad.
    Phone: +1 (519) 741-2345
  • Bingemans (7.6 km)
    Race down a slide at 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.
    Phone: +1 (519) 623-2620

Shopping:

  • CF Fairview Park (0.8 km)
    This mall features more than 130 stores and restaurants, including Banana Republic and Tim Hortons.
    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 Antiques (13.3 km)
    Southworks is one of the largest and most diverse antique malls in the country.
    Phone: +1 (519) 740-0110

Local attractions:

  • Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest (5.1 km)
    One of the most famous Bavarian festivals in Canada, Oktoberfest offers activities for children and families, classic German food, and, of course, beer. The perennially popular Thanksgiving Day Parade draws viewers from around the country each year.
    Phone: +1 (519) 570-4267
  • Lot42 (6.5 km)
    This event venue welcomes corporate gatherings as well as concerts by famous performers like Kane Brown and Wu-Tang Clan.
    Phone: +1 (519) 603-5711
  • Waterloo Central Railway (16.2 km)
    In addition to daily diesel trains, the WCR also offers scheduled steam locomotive and themed train rides that travel through St. Jacobs Country.
    Phone: +1 (888) 899-2757
  • St. Jacobs Country (23 km)
    Taste local maple syrup at a museum dedicated to this sweet sauce, shop at the boutiques lining the streets and hop on the Waterloo Central Railway for a scenic ride to the farmers’ market in this Mennonite-influenced area. 
    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)
    Known for its thousands of free-flying international butterflies, this conservatory also houses exotic birds, plants and bugs.
    Phone: +1 (519) 653-1234

Theatres:

  • Drayton Entertainment (14 km)
    Drayton Entertainment runs seven theatres throughout Ontario. Each theatre hosts musicals, comedies, dramas and plays for children, and some shows travel between the different theatres.
    Phone: +1 (855) 372-9866
  • Stratford Festival (46.8 km)
    The Stratford Festival is one of the most well-known Shakespeare festivals in North America, but their repertoire doesn’t end with the Bard. You can also catch musicals, classic plays and shows designed for children.
    Phone: +1 (800) 567-1600