Kitchener is a beautiful city in Southwestern Ontario that feels like a small town. It is in the Saint Lawrence Lowlands. The German Mennonite town is now a busy city with a lot of European history, which can be seen in many places.
Kitchener is a city with a lot of different things to do and see. Still, many people don’t go there, even though it’s close to Toronto and a great choice for people who want to see a different kind of city. If you are still thinking about going, here are some of the best things to do in Kitchener:
1. Have fun at a museum
Some people might not think of a museum as “fun,” but THEMUSEUM is all about having fun. The museum is mostly for kids and has a lot of things for them to do.
Children of all ages can write graffiti on a wall, make an animation movie, build a fort, lie on a bed of nails, or dance on a giant piano. There is also an indoor garden, a 125-gallon fish tank, and a few art installations.
There are both permanent and temporary exhibitions at a museum. The temporary ones are a lot more fun. On holidays like Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day, and Halloween, the museum also has special events.
2. Drink like you would in Germany
Yes, that’s right, drinking is a popular thing to do in Kitchener, especially since it has a German background. But the city also has the biggest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Berlin.
Every year in October, on the Friday before Canadian Thanksgiving, there is a nine-day festival in Bavaria. Every year, about 700,000 people go to the festival.
The main focus of Oktoberfest is drinking a lot of beer, but there are also cultural events that take place. The Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade is the best-known event that doesn’t involve drinking.
3. Travel through time
At the Doon Heritage Village, you can see how people lived in the area in 1914. This 24 hectare living history village is full of old homes that have been taken apart, fixed up, and put back together here.
As you walk through the village, you can imagine what life was like back then. There are barns and other buildings, and the people who work there wear clothes from the time.
At the Doon Heritage Village, there are, among other things, a post office, a grocery store, a sawmill, a harness shop, and a fire hall. Explore the buildings, watch the farm animals get fed, and walk around the beautiful gardens.
4. Go skiing
The Chicopee Ski Club has 11 trails for skiers of all skill levels. You can ski in Kitchener, no matter how good you are or how new you are to the sport. You can also snowboard and ride inner tubes.
The official name of the ski club is now the Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort. This means that it’s open all year.
In the summer, you can go mountain biking, hiking, or rock climbing on its 9.1-meter-high wall. There are also tennis and volleyball courts on the property.
5. Go to a park for a day
The Victoria Park is a beautiful park right in the middle of downtown Kitchener. This is also the city’s oldest park, and it’s a great place to spend the day.
The same people who made Central Park in New York also made this park. It has a lake and beautiful gardens. There is also a bandstand, a clock tower, and a bronze statue of Queen Victoria.
You can bring a picnic to the park or eat at the restaurant there. Don’t forget to walk along the paths and take a deep breath of fresh air.
6. Go golfing for a round
It seems like there is always a golf course close by, and this is true in Kitchener as well. There are two championship-level golf courses in the city that will please any golfer.
The Doon Valley is right next to the Grand River and has an 18-hole course, a 9-hole course, and a Pitch ‘n Putt course. After you play a round or work on your swing, stop by the restaurant for a bite to eat and/or a beer.
Stanley Thompson made the 18-hole Rockway Golf Course, which has a par of 70. It is known as one of the best courses open to the public in all of Ontario.
7. Walk through a cemetery
This seems a little scary, but a walk through Mount Hope Cemetery is also a walk through history. The cemetery is the oldest place in the city, and many well-known people are buried there.
In addition to headstones, the cemetery has some historic monuments from the 1700s. Politicians, famous business people from the past, and entrepreneurs are all buried in the cemetery.
Mount Hope Cemetery has walking tours with guides, or you can download a map and walk around on your own. There are three set tours that will show you around the old cemetery.
8. Grab a bite to eat
No matter what you like, you’re sure to find a restaurant that you like. Kitchener isn’t very big, but it has a lot of great places to eat.
When it comes to food, downtown has the most options and the widest range. You can get food from Greece, Japan, the Caribbean, China, Ethiopia, and of course, Germany.
Go to a food court in a shopping mall if you want to eat cheaply. There is also a farmers’ market where you can get fresh fruit or a quick bite to eat.
9. Check out art
Kitchener has a lot going on culturally. The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is a great place to see art.
Contemporary art from both Canada and other countries is shown at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. One great thing about the gallery is that it works with a few others that loan each other their work. This makes the art on display more varied.
The gallery has permanent pieces on display, as well as special shows and events. It also has art classes for adults, kids, and whole families.
10. Go to the theater
In the city, there are a few places to see a play, a musical, or the symphony. Some are small community theaters, and others are big venues with more than 2,000 seats.
Center In The Square, a theater and performing arts center in the city’s downtown, is the biggest place to go. Most people know the theater as the place where the K-W Symphony and Broadway shows take place.
The Registry Theatre is a small theater where performances are cheap. There is also the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, the Lost&Found Theatre Company, and the oldest theater in the city, the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre.