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A thriving, cosmopolitan city of 209,872 residents,
the City of Kitchener celebrates with great pride in the cultural and economic diversity of its people. 

We cordially invite you to explore and discover
all that our fine community has to offer.

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City Of Kitchener



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Located in the heart The Regional Municipality of Waterloo, within one hour driving distance from Toronto, Canada’s largest city, and less than two hours from Buffalo, New York, and three hours from Detroit, Michigan.

Kitchener is strategically situated at the hub of Highways 401, 8, 7, and 86 and within a few minutes access to Highways 6 and 24; providing access to over 4 million people within a one hour driving radius. We are serviced by three airports within that radius - Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Hamilton's Munroe International Airport, and The Waterloo Regional Airport in nearby Breslau.

Here the beauty of the Grand River Valley engages your senses year round with abundant leisure opportunities, yet only a short driving distance away are three of Ontario's Great Lakes which provide a multitude of additional recreation opportunities for the whole family!

For assistance with all of your tourism needs - tickets to events & attractions, regional tourism information, souvenirs, Kitchener merchandise & clothing please visit the Kitchener-Waterloo Tourism website or their new downtown location at the Your Kitchener Store/KW Tourism - at Kitchener City Hall - 200 King Street West, Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7. By phone please call 519-745-3536 or toll free at 1-800-265-6959.




The City of Kitchener, formerly known as Berlin until renamed in 1916, was founded by Pennsylvania-German Mennonite pioneers and German immigrants in 1833. While the original Mennonite settlers were primarily oriented in agriculture, subsequent immigration of German and European tradesmen, artisans and craftsmen, and industrialists, and their families established a successful manufacturing based economy that is prevalent today.

Designated in 1850 as the county seat for Waterloo County, Kitchener is the headquarters for The Regional Municipality of Waterloo, which encompasses the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, as well as the Townships of Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich and North Dumfries.

Honoring and preserving our heritage is vital to maintaining our community identity. Designated heritage sites abound throughout the area including public heritage museums and parks such as:

  • Joseph Schneider Haus Museum and Gallery – the originally restored c. 1816 homestead of one of Kitcheners founding pioneers, Joseph Schneider.

  • Homer Watson House and Gallery – the home and studio of world-renowned Victorian era landscape artist, Homer Watson. 

  • Woodside National Historic Park – the boyhood home of Canada’s longest-serving Prime Minister, William Lyon MacKenzie King.

  • Doon Heritage Crossroads – a living history museum, re-creating a rural village and two farms, set against sixty beautiful acres of environmentally sensitive forest, marsh and farmland where costumed interpreters welcome you to the year 1914.

This represents a sampling of the heritage sites and programs in the City of Kitchener. For more information on venues and events please refer to our Event Calendar or take our Photo Tour.








Kitchener’s economy is rooted in its strong industrial heritage and is constantly evolving to compete in the changing global marketplace. Diversification in the financial, technology and service industries has produced a stable economic environment that boasts one the highest job growth rates and one of the lowest unemployment rates among cities in Ontario. 

One of the communities that comprises Canada's Technology Triangle, Kitchener has emerged as a choice destination for many of the new technology industries that have made their home in this area. With over 4 million people residing within a one hour radius, and the infrastructure to readily access those markets, Kitchener is experiencing the fifth fastest growth rate among Census Metropolitan areas in Canada. Our location, abundance of resources, skilled workforce, and access to information, education and technology are the forces that drive our competitive advantage in today’s new economy.

Our retail and service industry are both vibrant and comprehensive. Serving the needs of residents and visitors, this vital sector generated over 1.6 billion dollars in 1999 and is expected to surpass 2.0 billion dollars by the year 2004.

Ranked as one of the best education systems in Canada, Kitchener has become a popular choice among many world-class companies that make their home here. Two world-renowned universities, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology, one of Canada's best community colleges, provide a well-educated and skilled workforce for local businesses to draw from in this area. Six additional major Canadian Universities and four Colleges are located within a one hour drive of Kitchener.

For more information on the economy and business enterprise in the City of Kitchener please visit the Economic Development department at The City of Kitchener.





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Kitchener is a community rich in culture. From its early German heritage to the multicultural mosaic of today, our fine citizens enjoy a broad variety of cultural amenities and events that celebrate their ethnic  origins.

For current information on Tourism & Cultural Events please visit the Kitchener-Waterloo Tourism website or their new downtown location at the Your Kitchener Store/KW Tourism at Kitchener City Hall - 200 King Street West, Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7 or reach them by phone at 519-745-3536 or toll free at 1-800-265-6959.

Our most famous celebration, K-W Oktoberfest, is North America’s largest Bavarian-style Festival that attracts upwards of 600,000 visitors from across the continent for 9 days of cultural events and celebrations in this traditional homage to the harvest. Canada’s only Thanksgiving Day parade is one of the highlights of this annual event.

Kitchener Blues Festival, held annually in August, is one of the hottest music festivals in Ontario! Come and join us for four days of the best blues performances from leading artists/musicians that attracts audiences of 65,000 blues music lovers for a fabulous weekend of incredible music, great fun and superb local hospitality!

The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival, held annually in June at Victoria Park in downtown Kitchener, features the fabulous food, crafts, music, dance and entertainment from the many diverse cultures that have made their home here.

Live the excitement in Downtown Kitchener with a range of special events to capture your imagination, entertain you and provide for a value-added shopping and dining experience.

  • Silk Road Festival held annually in June

  • Cruising On King Street held annually in July

Kitchener also offers access to a full range of community clubs, service groups and organizations numbering over 1,100. Supporting cultural and lifestyle programs throughout the area, these volunteer and non-profit organizations make a substantial contribution to the quality of life and cultural development in our community.

This represents a sampling of annual events and celebrations held in the City of Kitchener. For more information on cultural events please refer to our Event Calendar or take our Photo Tour.






Live Performing Arts Centre







Throughout history we have celebrated life through social interaction and our ability to express ideas and values in the form of art, music, dance, drama and literature. In celebration of our cultural diversity, Kitchener has benefited tremendously from the commitment to offering abundant opportunities for our citizens and visitors to enjoy and engage in The Arts.

Offering every conceivable form of entertainment, our foremost venue for this pursuit is the world-class concert hall and performance theatre, The Centre In The Square in downtown Kitchener. Acoustically, it is recognized as one of the finest concert halls in the country and is home to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.

Complimenting this cultural center is the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery where touring exhibits of every conceivable artistic medium captures the imagination of our community. With four other galleries and museums to visit in the city, this is a logical place to start your tour.

King Street Theatre Centre, Professional Live Theatre Venue and Conference Centre, offers live performances, and practical workshops for those interested in learning the art of theatrical performing. These unique facilities are available for booking your meeting, party or special event, conference, or live performance, with seating capacity and amenities to accommodate groups of 20 to 400, and anywhere in between.

There are many other arts, culture, and entertainment venues throughout the area. From open-air performances in Victoria Park and Civic Square to the Kitchener Public Library, numerous markets, movie theatres and nightclubs; Kitchener is a city that entertains the spirit and the mind.

Visit The Children's Museum presenting 1-of-a-kind exhibits of art and technology at play that are sure to enlighten and entertain the whole family.

This represents a sampling of arts and entertainment in the City of Kitchener. For more information on venues and events please refer to our Event Calendar or take our Photo Tour.












Nestled in the heart of the Grand River Valley, a Canadian Heritage River, our community is a place where life is enhanced by the natural beauty and leisure activities that abound in the immediate vicinity. Residents and visitors enjoy camping, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, canoeing, cycling and cross-country skiing along more than 30 miles of our extensive trail system, conservation areas and parks throughout the watershed. 

Managed by The Grand River Conservation Authority (G.R.C.A.), the first watershed and river management organization in Canada, and the third oldest in the world, the G.R.C.A. received world-wide recognition when it was recently awarded the coveted and world-renowned Thiess Riverprize Award for its achievements in Watershed Management.

Over the years, Kitchener has built a strong reputation as one of the country’s leading “sporting” communities in any field. Offering one of the best community sport programs in Canada, residents and visitors also share access to some of the best sport facilities in Ontario. Among them is The Aud - Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex which celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2010, and is home to the Kitchener Rangers of the O.H.L. and many other sporting and cultural events.

In addition to the many facilities provided by the City of Kitchener, residents and visitors enjoy the Region’s largest water park and activity center, as well as camping, family recreation and events at Bingemans resort. If it's skiing and snowboarding that lifts your spirit, you can take in a few runs at Chicopee Ski Resort

Whether recreational, instructional or competitive in nature, the development of sport disciplines in the community is a priority that has yielded much success on the local, national and international level. From skiing, skating, and snowboarding in winter to canoeing, cycling and camping in summer – Kitchener is a destination that beckons the leisure and sport enthusiast in you!






With three regional shopping malls strategically located throughout the area, and a multitude of unique shops, boutiques, factory outlets and markets, Kitchener's retail sector is poised to meet the needs and desire of the most avid shopper. Among the notable shopping experiences are:

  • Williamsburg Town Centre is one of the newest destinations in Kitchener for all your shopping and services needs.

  • The Kitchener Farmers’ Market, located in the Downtown east end, on King Street between Cedar and Eby Streets, is famous for its selection of fresh meats, produce and crafts from our local farmers and crafters.

  • Downtown Kitchener offers a unique blend of shops, services, theatres, nightclubs and dining experiences that satisfy every whim and fancy.

  • Market Square, in Downtown Kitchener offers unique shopping and commercial businesses as well as the new home of The Record - Kitchener's daily newspaper.

  • Fairview Park, the city’s largest regional shopping centers features 3 major department stores, Sears, The Bay, and Wal-Mart, and over 150 shops and services.

  • Frederick Street Mall offers a selection of specialty shops and services with a distinctively local atmosphere.

  •  The “Gateway” Power Centre, featuring “Big Box” retailers, restaurants, and entertainment complexes, is conveniently located at the southern entrance to the city just north of the juncture at highways 401 and 8.

  • Stanley Park Mall features a Zehr's Marketplace and a Zeller's Department Store anchoring a host of unique shops and services.






Pho Ben Thanh
Viet-Thai Restaurant


The “Dining Experience” in Kitchener is robust with a delectable cuisine from all points on the globe. Our diverse, multicultural community offers a tremendous variety in fine dining, restaurants, pubs and cafes that tempt every imaginable palette. We invite you to sit back, relax, and let us pamper you with our excellent service and deliciously exquisite fare.

Whether you are dining out, or you prefer to order in, the variety of choices is amazing. For business and special events catering, the menus available are as diverse as they are delightful.

We invite you to explore a sampling of the many restaurants worth visiting in our community. Whether you are seeking an intimate dining experience, a family outing or celebration, or a corporate meeting or company function - these dining establishments  are pleased to offer you their hospitality and a memorable dining experience.

To begin exploring what's on the menu, "click" on the logo links in this section to visit participating restaurant websites.

View restaurant locations on the Fun Map to Kitchener click here.





Fireside Deli &
Family Restaurant



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