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Kitchener Things to Do

  • Outdoor Ice Skating

    Each winter city hall creates an outdoor ice rink in their fountain. It's free and there are so many cafes nearby that this makes a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or evening.

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  • Local Architecture

    Kitchener may be economically depressed now, but at one time it was a thriving community with a large industrial base and plenty of trade with the surrounding agricultural areas. The result was a fairly large number of stately Victorian buildings that were constructed right around the downtown core that have been maintained well up until today....

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  • St. Andrew's

    Kitchener has a lot of churches. That may seem like an odd statement, but it is something that really struck me when I first moved here. The vast majority of them are Protestant churches of one form or another (Lutherns, Baptists, Presbyterians, United Church of Canada, etc.), followed by Catholic churches and then Orthodox ones that are inspired...

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  • Memorial to the Fallen

    The Canadian Forces often draws the larger portion of its recruits from places like Kitchener rather than places like Toronto or Montreal, and so commemoration of the sacrifices of soldiers is a bit deal in Kitchener. The memorial for those residents who died during the First and Second World Wars (when there was conscription) and the Korean War...

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  • Waterloo Gaol

    The Waterloo Gaol is still a functioning judicial centre. Of course, this is a heavily residential area, and provincial and federal law, I’m pretty sure, require that penitentiary institutions be located a bit farther from homes and schools than this building is. So, the gaol is no longer much of a jail, but it is (or parts of it) are used as a...

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  • Kitchener Main Library

    The Kitchener Main Library is a typical 1970s structure that does not leave much of a pleasant taste on one’s architectural palate. It is, however, the largest library in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and puts on a number of educational and cultural events throughout the year, most of which focus on skills-building for people in the region. It has...

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  • Firefighters' Memorial Park

    The Kitchener Firefighters’ Memorial Park contains an interesting memorial to those who have died in the line of duty, protecting the residents of Kitchener from fire. The central memorial is in the shape of a large eagle, which has inscriptions commemorating all those who put their lives on the line to protect residents. The names of individual...

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  • Walper Terrace Hotel

    The Walper Terrace Hotel is a Kitchener landmark. When I stayed in Kitchener on a trip in high school, we stayed in the Delta Chelsea, so I have to admit that I don’t actually know what the interior of the hotel is like. It is one of the historic buildings in the centre, and survives from the period in which the city was known as New Berlin (Queen...

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  • The Church of the Good Shepherd

    The Church of the Good Shepherd is quite remarkable. An Anglican Church, it was established 175 years ago and is a beautiful example of traditional Canadian architecture in the midst of many houses that have also preserved their Canadiana character (which, to be honest, was never really challenged by a new style or trend in this area). The church...

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  • Centre in the Square

    The Centre in the Square is Kitchener’s premier performing arts centre – largely because the historic theatres of King Street have died out. It is a rather ugly 1970’s style construction that sticks out in all of its massive proportions, which are contrasted by the older, traditional-style Canadian homes that surround it. The Centre houses an art...

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  • The Farmers' Market

    The Kitchener Farmers’ Market is probably the biggest draw for tourists who come to the city, in part because of it’s long history and, in part, because it is pretty much the only thing to do in Kitchener proper. The market used to be located in the Market Square shopping mall, as did a Hudson Bay Company store, but a long economic decline has hit...

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  • Ode to the Queen-Victoria Park

    Victoria park is a great place to take a stroll, or bring your kids to the play ground.The winding paths lead you around the water and over bridges. Lots of benches for you to stop and watch the ducks...or people.At the far end of the park is the Clock tower. Take your lunch and sit on the steps..or read a book. This clock tower graces the city of...

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Kitchener Restaurants

  • Satisfy that sweet tooth.

    No place would be complete without a cupcake shop! This one is yummy and so cute and chic inside. Peanut butter cupcakes. Need I say more?

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  • Amazing food and history

    Don't be fooled by the word Pub as there is nothing pub like in the menu. The food here is gourmet pub food if such a thing exists. The chef here also run the kitchen for the hotel above it which caters to lots of weddings and events. They age their own cheese and smoke their own meat. A burger here is akin to filet mignon.There is also the sheer...

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  • Vegan galore

    This cafe eatery reminds me of someplace you expect to find in Seattle or Oregon. It is a large cafe that serves all locally sourced ingredients that are fair trade and organic. Everything is vegan. The place is decorated with mis-matched 1970's cast off furniture including the old plaid couch you saw on Roseanne. You can count on there always...

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Kitchener Shopping

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    by twilightmuse Written Jun 22, 2011

    An actual independantly owned music store straight out of back in the day. This place well rocks! It sells new and used music, dvd's, t-shirts, music books and bio's, local concert tickets and posters. You could literally spend hours here perusing the selection that is all neatly chaotic in this hole in the wall gem.

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Kitchener Off The Beaten Path

  • Puslinch Lake

    Puslinch Lake is a park not far from the Kitchener-Waterloo region that provides excellent opportunities for those who enjoy outdoor activities of all kinds. The park can be reached by taking the 401 east from Kitchener to exit 284 (Puslinch Line), turning right and then taking the first left. The area is not in fact a conservation area or a...

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  • Pioneer Park

    Pioneer Park is actually in Cambridge, right off of Hespeler Road. It forms the eastern part of Homer Watson Park, and clings to the eastern shores of the Grand River. Pioneer Park is not nearly as spectacular as Homer Watson Park, largely because it lacks the views of the river and the surrounding area. There is a neat little tower, but much of...

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Kitchener Sports & Outdoors

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    by mikey_e Written Aug 28, 2009

    Homer Watson Park, which is located along the western edge of the Grand River in Kitchener, is a beautiful hiking area with great views of the river below. There is a main, paved trail that goes directly through the park and that does not in fact have views of the river. The other paths, which are essentially carved out by hikers, provide nice views and the opportunity to enjoy the flora and fauna of the area. There are plenty of frogs, squirrels and birds for all to enjoy. Hikers should be aware that the area can be dangerous after heavy rain falls, as some of the paths are actually gulleys that become slick with silt after storms. I've skidded down one once, luckily with only dirty clothes to show for it.

    Equipment: Good shoes, an umbrella and bug spray for the summer.

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Kitchener Favorites

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    by busychick66 Written Nov 21, 2011

    Favorite thing: KW stands for Kitchener-Waterloo, as the cities are really intertwined.. You will be in Kitchener if you are Downtown, and Waterloo if you are Uptown. Both of these areas have had recent face lifts, to make them very appealling for window shopping.
    KW is an hour from Toronto and an hour from London. About 30 mins from Stratford and 15 mins from St Jacobs. This means you have lots of options.

    There is a very international flavour due to the College [Conestoga] and Universities [Wilfred Laurier and U of Waterloo], but come October, everyone is German. Kitchener was called Berlin, but the name was changed in 1916. I won't even get into the politics of that.

    KW boasts the second largest Octoberfest in the world, and it gets bigger every year. There is something for everyone, including Rocktober and Dogtober.

    One of my favourite things about KW is the fact that we are so close to so many things. You can be a tourist in your own city. I still wave to the mennonite children in the buggies, and marvel at the horse stalls at Walmart.

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