Highway 401 runs along Kitchener's southern border. Kitchener is located one hour west of [[Toronto]], one hour east of [[London (Ontario)|London]], three hours east of [[Windsor (Ontario)|Windsor]]/[[Detroit]]. If coming from Toronto, take exit 278A (Highway 8). At the Highway 7 and King Street exit, exit King Street to downtown Kitchener. If coming from London, take exit 278 (King Street), then take Highway 8 east to the King Street exit as above.
Waterloo Region International Airport [http://www.waterlooairport.ca/en/] is served by
Northwest [http:// res. nwa.com /search/flight.nw?NWAProduction=InS8FQdFH1!-38249205!168134281!7001!-1&_flowExecutionKey=_c929752C2-5CE6-0123-1C84-35D1A47F7463_kCF39CB48-D878-EBB0-487A-F9ECC52BDCDC&AnalyticsResponse=com.orbitz.spring.interceptor.analytics.AnalyticsResponse%4011525cd] with three flights a day to [[ Detroit]], WestJet [http:// c1dsp. westjet.com /guest/home.shtml?language=EN&fromSplash=true] with one flight a day to [[ Calgary]] and Bearskin Airlines [http://www. bearskinairlines. com/] with three flights each business day to [[Ottawa]]. Most air travel to Kitchener comes through Toronto Pearson International Airport [http://www.gtaa.com /en/home/] in the north-west corner of [[Toronto]]. Ground transportation between Kitchener and Pearson is operated by Airways Transit [http://www.airwaystransit.com /] who operate door-to-door services as well as scheduled minibus services from several large hotels in Kitchener, Airways Transit services are, however, prohibitively expensive, to the point that a taxi is significantly cheaper for two or more people. Another, much cheaper option for people traveling alone is to take the Greyhound coach to downtown Toronto and then take the Pacific Western [http://www.torontoairportexpress.com/] airport coach to the airport, however this can take significantly longer depending on traffic.
VIA Rail [http://www.viarail.ca] runs between Kitchener and Toronto, Guelph, London, and Sarnia; the train station is located at 126 Weber St. W, near the corner of Victoria St. in the northeast corner of downtown. Via runs three trains a day in each direction.
Greyhound [http://www.greyhound.ca/en/] runs regular commuter coaches between downtown Kitchener and [[Toronto]], stopping on the site of the former Sportsworld amusement park on the border of Kitchener and Cambridge, some coaches to Toronto also run to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in [[Waterloo (Ontario)|Waterloo]]. Greyhound also runs coaches to [[London (Ontario)|London]] and [[Guelph]]. Coach Canada runs regular coaches from Kitchener to [[Hamilton]] and [[Niagara Falls (Ontario)|Niagara Falls]]. The bus terminal in Kitchener is
located in the centre of downtown, one block from city hall, on Charles Street, between Ontario and Gaukel Streets, it is also the main terminal for local buses in Kitchener.
===By public transportation===
All public transit within the Region of Waterloo is provided by [http://www.grt.ca
Grand River Transit].
Kitchener as a whole has a poor (though improving) public transit system, although most centrally located sights can be reached without much difficulty. The route 7 bus is the city's main line and comes every 7 - 10 minutes. The 7 can be taken from almost anywhere on King St. south of the intersection of King and University Ave. in Waterloo. Something that can be confusing is that there are three different 7 routes, the 7c, 7d, 7e; they all run the same route until the intersection of King and University, the 7c runs to Conestoga Mall at the north end of Waterloo, the 7d travels to the University of Waterloo through the most direct route, along University and the 7e runs to the University of Waterloo along Columbia, on the north end of the campus. To the south, all 7s run to Fairview Park Mall, no matter the letter.
There is also
an Express service between Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge known as the iXpress. It runs a similar route to that of the 7, beginning at Conestoga Mall and stopping at the University of Waterloo, Uptown Waterloo, Downtown Kitchener, Fairview Park Mall, Cambridge Centre Mall and Downtown Galt among other places.
The bus fare is $2.50
which allows for travel for up to 90 minutes , if you intend to connect to another route, ask the driver for transfer when you pay your fare. A detailed map of all routes in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge can be purchased at a variety of locations for $2.
*<see name="Waterloo Pioneer Memorial Tower" alt="" address="300 Lookout Lane" directions="From King St. E., take Deer Ridge Dr. to Lookout Lane" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A tower built in 1925 to commemorate the pioneers who first settled in this area in 1800, the first inland settlement in Upper Canada. A national historic site.</see>
*'''Victoria Park'''. Beautiful park in downtown. The park was designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmstead, the same firm that designed Central Park in [[New York City]]. The park contains a large lake, a magnificent clock tower taken from the old city hall when it was demolished, a statue of Queen Victoria and a small restaurant that plays host to many musical acts among other things. The main entrance to the park, which
is current being redesigned, is at the end of Gaukel St., only two blocks from city hall.
*'''Kitchener City Hall''', 200 King St. W. An attractive, post-modern building located in the centre of downtown. There is a cafeteria located on the top floor of the tower.
*'''Theatre & Company''', 36 King St. W., 519-571-0928, [http://www.theatreandcompany.org]. A medium sized theatre located in the centre of downtown. It is next to the Waterloo Region Children's Museum and across the street from the Walper Terrace Hotel. The theatre complex itself, called the King Street Theatre, often is the venue for other events than just Theatre & Company's events.
*'''Children's Museum''', 10 King St. W., 519-749-9387, [http://www.thechildrensmuseum.ca]. An extremely fun museum for children of all ages, also plays host to child related events. Located in the centre of downtown, across the street from the Walper Terrace Hotel and next to Theatre & Company.
*''' Woodside National Park''', Spring Valley Drive, off Wellington Street North, 519-571-5684, [http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/index_e.asp]. The boyhood home of William Lyon MacKenzie King, Canada's longest serving prime minister.
*'''The Joseph Schneider Home''', Queen Street South, 519-742-7752, [http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/Region.nsf/8f9c046037662cd985256af000711418/33237bdcdca24c6f85256b0500528a5a!OpenDocument]. Built by pioneer founder Joseph Schneider, restored as a Mennonite farm home of the 1890s. Adults: $2.25, Seniors/Students: $1.50, Children: $1.25, Family: $5.
*'''Doon Heritage Village''', 10 Huron Road at Homer Watson Boulevard, 519-748-1914, [http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/Region.nsf/0/5CF074BA00E9C11485256B0500507695?OpenDocument]. A collection of homes and buildings removed from elsewhere in Waterloo Region, restored and reconstructed as a 1914 era village.
'''Public Utilities Building''', a beautiful, early 20th century building on King St., across the street from the city hall; the former Public Utilities Building now houses the Kitchener - Waterloo Tourism Centre [http://www. kwtourism. ca], a great place to find information on city events.
*'''Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest''', [http://www.oktoberfest.ca]. Bavarian festival held annually in October; is the largest in the world outside of Munich, Germany.
*<do name="Walter Bean Trail" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.
sju.ca /grt/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A trail for hiking and bicycling that, when complete, will run along the Grand River through Kitchener, as well as Waterloo and part of Cambridge.</do>
*<do name="Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema" alt="" address="137 Ontario Street North" directions="The Gig Theatre" phone="" url="http://www.wfac.ca/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The one and only film festival for animated feature films from around the world. Takes place in mid-November.</do>
*<do name="Kitchener Memorial Auditorium" alt="" address="East Ave." directions="" phone="" url="http://www.theaud.ca/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The home of the Kitchener Rangers, an OHL (major junior hockey) team, "The Aud" often hosts other special events.</do>
*'''Fairview Park Mall''', 2960 Kingsway Dr., [http://www.fairviewpark.ca]. The largest shopping centre in the region. It is
located in the southern part of Kitchener and is a 10-20 minute bus ride from downtown. To get to the mall by bus from downtown take either any route 7 or iXpress bus headed south.
*'''Kitchener Market''', [http://www.kitchenermarket.ca]. Farmer's market held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in a new building at the south end of downtown, about a 10 minute walk from City Hall and the bus station. There is also a food court made up of multi-cultural restaurants which is open every weekday. One local radio station, CJDV ("Dave FM") has a studio in the market, though they more often broadcast from their studio in Cambridge.
* '''Verses fine dining''', 182 Victoria Street North, 519-744-0144, [http://versesrestaurant.onlife.ca]. A "Metropolitan" dining experience in this former church. Attention to detail in the food and service.
*<eat name="Terrace Cafe" alt="" address="1 King St West" directions="Bus 7 to Queen Street" phone="(519) 745-4321" url="http://www.walper.com/restaurants.php" hours="Mon-Fri 7.30-14; Sat-Sun 8-14" price="Entrees around $10" lat="" long="">This the Walper Terrace's hotel restaurant and is only open for breakfast and lunch.</eat>
*<eat name="Botanica" alt="" address="105 King Street East" directions="Bus 7 to Frederick Street" phone="" url="http://www.deltahotels.com/hotels/hotelinfo.html?categoryId=2&hotelId=22" hours="Breakfast:
Mon- Fri 6.30-11, Sat- Sun 7-11; Lunch: Mon- Sun 11-14; Dinner: Mon- Sun 17-22" price="" lat="" long="">This is the Delta Hotel's restaurant.</eat>
* <eat name="Peter Martin's 20 King" address="41 King St. W." phone="745-8939" email="[email protected]
" fax="519.745.4155" hours="Lunch: 11:30-2
, Dinner: 5:30-9
" price="Price: around $50-70/person with wine" url="http://www.20king.com">Despite the name, it's not across the street; it used to be there. Pleasant fine dining, if a little predictable. Excellent bread. Good selection of wines.</eat>
* '''Classicos Mediteranean Bistro''', ''Portuguese Cuisine'', 30 Ontario St S, 741-8257, [http://www.classicos.ca]. Classicos Mediterranean Bistro and Wine Bar provides an intimate atmosphere for those looking to enjoy a relaxed dinner.
* '''Ye's Sushi''', 103 King St. W, (519) 568-7566. The
only restaurant in the region with all-you-can-eat sushi, Ye's has a large selection of sushis and other oriental cuisine. All-you-can-eat is $12.99 at lunch and $19.99 at dinner. The restaurant is located on King St in the heart of downtown between Gaukel and Ontario Sts.
* '''Ellison's Bistro''', 14 Charles St. W, 519.744.2075, [http://www.ellisonsbistro.com/]. Soul Food with Caribbean, European and Urban Finesse.
* '''Two Goblets''', ''Romanian Cuisine with some Hungarian, Polish and German dishes'', 85 Weber Street West, 519-749-1829, [http://www.twogoblets.com/]. Try the Budapest schnitzel for a real treat.
* '''Donair & Kebab House''' ''Turkish Cuisine'', 270 Bleams Rd. 519-894-4999. Pide, Lahmacun, Gozleme, Beyti, Seftail Kebabi and other exotic dishes.
* '''Taka Japanese Restaurant''' ''Japanese and Korean Cuisine'', 270 Bleams Rd., 519-748-5456,
*<sleep name="The Frederick Street Inn" address="230 Frederick St." url="http://www.frederickstreetin.ca/">Just steps from the city's core, business section, and theatre. This century home was once the home of Aaron Bricker, mayor of Berlin (1905–1906) and has been renovated to reflect its original charm with modern convenience. This bed and breakfast has three guest rooms.
*<sleep name="Walper Terrace Hotel" address="1 King St. W." url="http://www.walper.com/">Located right in the middle of downtown Kitchener on a site that has been the site of a hotel since 1820, this historic hotel dates back to 1893. Its guests have included Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope, and Louis Armstrong. All of the hotel's 79 luxury guest rooms were renovated in 2002 and feature modern amenities such as wireless high speed Internet.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Delta Hotel" alt="" address="105 King St East" directions="Bus 7 to Frederick Street" phone="519-744-4141" url="http://www.deltahotels.com/hotels/hotels.php?hotelId=22" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">This is downtown Kitchener's only major chain hotel and has a heated indoor pool.</sleep>
Kitchener is one of three cities in Waterloo Region. Visit [[Waterloo (Ontario)|Waterloo]] to the north or [[Cambridge (Ontario)|Cambridge]] to the south. It is also a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside, the towns of New Hamburg, [[St._Jacobs_(Ontario)|St. Jacobs]] and [[Elora]] are all within easy driving distance.