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Things to do in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario

Let The Walper Hotel be your home base for discovering all the Kitchener, Ontario region has to offer. There is never a shortage of fun things to do in Kitchener and Waterloo, and many of the best are just a short walk or drive away.

The hotel is walking distance from the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Centre in the Square, Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts and THEMUSEUM.  Or, take a short drive to University of Waterloo, the University of Wilfrid Laurier and Conestoga College.

Spotlight on the Dining Scene

Enjoy exceptional contemporary cuisine in Downtown Kitchener, inside and outside of the hotel. Our boutique hotel is home to Executive Chef Jeff Ward and his staff, who design, prepare and serve the onsite offerings including breakfast in our Barrister's Lounge, lunch and dinner in TWH Social, and custom menus for our brides and grooms in our stunning wedding venues. 

TWH Social Bar | Bistro

Located in the geographic, cultural and social hub of the Waterloo Region, TWH Social is for restaurant and bar enthusiasts who seek great food and service in an upscale casual atmosphere.

For a coffee without compromise, relax at our inviting café; or, unwind with a refreshing beverage at one of our attractive interior courtyards.


Popular Centre and Market district restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs are within short walking distance of The Walper Hotel. Just a short drive away, Waterloo, Ontario also offers many restaurant options, ranging from fine dining to casual eateries.

We're committed to making your visit the best one possible, so when you book with The Walper Hotel, we are delighted to provide suggestions on the best restaurants, top entertainment venues and other interesting things to do in Kitchener.


Communitech helps tech companies start, grow, and succeed. Just a short walk from our front doors, get a tour of one of the most innovative spaces in North America. Cultivating some of the biggest names in the tech scene, such as Kik Interactive, Shopify, and Sortable, Communitech is helping to create the "Silicon Valley of The North."


There is nothing quite like Velocity in the entrepreneur ecosystem today. From idea to product creation to commercialization, Velocity is committed to providing the knowledge, tools, space and network that startups and entrepreneurs need for success.


Catalyst137 will serve local makers innovating in the IoT space. It will be the home to everything needed to accelerate time-to-market including a testing facility, commercialization services, and a hackable streetscape.

Below, you will find some of our favorite attractions and things to do in Kitchener.

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Grand River Rocks

distance: 1.7kilometre from hotel
Grand River Rocks

The premier indoor climbing gym in Kitchener-Waterloo. Offering over 100 climbs of various difficulty from beginner to seasoned climbers. Yoga classes, climbing camps, lead climbing, bouldering, and exercise equipment are all available.

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Adventure Rooms Canada

distance: 1kilometre from hotel
adventure rooms

Our Original Adventure* hosts 2 – 24 players.  (created Oct 2013)

Our Alternate Adventure* hosts 2 – 7 players. (created March 2014)

The Vault* hosts 2 – 24 players. (created Aug 2015)

Our games are unique in that they are not created based on specific themes or storylines, but for the puzzles contained within them.  They are neutral in theme in order to appeal to, and be appropriate for, all players.  All games are fun, unrelated and unique challenges that are not required to be completed in any order.

Our adventures are of similar levels of difficulty – all of our games are created for an average 20% success rate.

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BATL Axe Throwing

distance: 1.9kilometres from hotel

Located in the in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo, BATL Kitchener has been delivering axe throwing to residents of K-W, Cambridge, Guelph and surrounding communities since spring of 2015.  Only two blocks from King St. in the Old Granite Club.

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St Jacob's Outlets

distance: 11.9 kilometers from hotel
St Jacob's Market

Open for business every day except Christmas and New Year’s, St. Jacob’s Outlets offers top brands in clothing, accessories, shoes, home décor, housewares and toys.

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The Shops Downtown

distance: 250 meters from hotel
Exterior at Walper Hotel

The best shops, theaters, restaurants and nightlife are just steps from our front door. Stroll into downtown Kitchener and find out why “Awesome Happens Here” isn’t just a catchphrase.

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distance: 350 meters from hotel
Misc at Walper Hotel

From dinosaurs to outer space to art, animation, physics and music, this interactive museum is sneaky smart about getting kids and adults alike to learn all sorts of fascinating stuff without them knowing it!

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Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

distance: 350 meters from hotel

Home to the Kitchener Symphony, this state-of-the-art venue stages an astounding array of theatrical, musical and dance performances throughout the year.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

distance: 700 meters from hotel
Gallery at Walper Hotel

“KWAG,” as its known to art lovers near and far, is the region’s leading contemporary public art gallery. In addition to exhibiting the works of regional, national and international artists, the gallery offers educational programs, specialized workshops and more. 

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Centre in the Square

distance: 700 meters from hotel
Centre in the square

For more than 30 years, the Kitchener-Waterloo area’s leading performing arts venue has hosted performances ranging from Melissa Etheridge and the Barenaked Ladies to Blue Man Group, Broadway musicals, The Nutcracker and beloved children’s entertainers The Wiggles.

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Kitchener Memorial Auditorium

distance: 2.5 kilometers from hotel
Exterior at Walper Hotel

This multi-use arena is home to Kitchener’s OHL Hockey team, the Rangers, and stages ice shows, concerts, dog shows and more.

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Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort

distance: 8.2 kilometers from hotel
Exterior at Walper Hotel

For nearly 80 years, this popular winter and summer resort offers skiing, snowboarding, summer camps, tennis, beach volleyball and more!

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