Kitchener & Waterloo
To really enjoy Kitchener’s generous climate, be sure to check out all the natural landscape it has to offer. Head to the beautiful and historic Victoria Park to sunbathe in the summer or huddle up with a thermos of hot chocolate in the winter and admire the signature lake in wind, rain, or shine. Victoria isn’t the only park to check out either- in fact, Kitchener has a tremendous 220 parks! For exercise and sports fans, visit McLennan park to play beach volleyball and basketball, have a ride in the BMX bike park or grab your board and visit the skate park. McLennan also has a leash-free dog park for your pups to run free and for the little ones, the city’s largest playground. Ideal for the summer, Kiwanis park offers many year-round trails, a lake like swimming pool, snack-bar, picnic shelters and athletic fields.
Kitchener has a whole host of different festivals events each year, it’s most notable and historic being Oktoberfest which has been running since 1969. The festival runs annually between the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo for nine days, beginning on the Friday preceding Canadian Thanksgiving and garnering an average of 700,000 visitors to the Waterloo region of Ontario every year.