The adjacent cities of Kitchener and Waterloo welcome all interested in Germanic culture with Canadian flare. Originally called Berlin as a nod to its German residents, Kitchener is surprisingly warm and family-friendly with plenty to do and explore. Waterloo's scenic delights and ample hipster elements provide an easy escape for the adult crowd. And with over half a million residents in the entire metropolitan area, you're sure to find something worth exploring whether you're on an extended stay, long weekend, or just enjoying one of the many unique festivals in the area.
Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)
As part of Toronto's city airport system, Kitchener/Waterloo Airport is a single terminal airport that covers the entire metropolitan region of Waterloo. It's located 45 minutes west of Toronto and 20 minutes from the city centers of Kitchener and Waterloo. The airport contains four separate gates: one for international travel, one for domestic arrivals, and two for domestic departures.
As one of Canada's top 20 airports, YKF contains two baggage carousels, free Wi-Fi, banking services, a sit-down restaurant, luggage carts, an infant changing station, vending machines for snack cravings, and ample well-lit parking adjacent to the terminal. Car rentals, taxi, and limousine services are available to and from the airport. But since YKF is located in a rural location, buses and trains aren't accessible at the airport itself.
Things to Do in Kitchener-Waterloo
Kitchener and Waterloo are typical siblings. While they may look and sound alike, they have completely different personalities. Kitchener is rich in art and culture from museums and galleries to historic sites and festivals, including the second largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich, Germany. Mount Hope Cemetery Historic Walking tour and Kitchener Market offer exciting sensory experiences while The Aud and Bingeman's Big Splash will entertain the kids for hours.
Waterloo, on the other hand, lures college-bound hipsters and professional yuppies as one of Canada's smartest cities. Home of BlackBerry, two renown universities, Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, and the Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo combines scenic natural beauty with awe-inspiring mental acuity, boutique shopping, mouth-watering eateries, inspiring microbreweries, and an array of nightlife options.
Tips for a Safe and Fun Kitchener Holiday
Residents and business owners in Kitchener-Waterloo speak one or more of three languages: English, French, and German. The area is primarily Anglophone, but bi and trilingual activity are common. Canadian currency, holidays, and Ontario anti-smoking laws are implemented and followed, so keep all smoking needs out of public areas to avoid a citation. Street parking, parking on a private residence, and parking for over three hours at a time in most locations is prohibited as well. Many visitors rely on public transportation within the city limits to avoid the hassles of unexpected vacation stress or expensive parking tickets. If you're not opposed to someone else driving, it can be a relaxing and rewarding way to explore the area.
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