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Tri-cities Area Hotels

Three distinct cities, well-connected and easy to explore, this section of Ontario between 2 of the Great Lakes offers a city break like no other. Kitchener-Waterloo is the largest metropolitan area, famed for its year-round roster of festivals, including the largest Oktoberfest this side of Germany. Cambridge, meanwhile, is a new city and the area’s technology hub, though its architecture is full of charm. The third city, Guelph, has a thriving food scene and offers plenty of outdoor adventure nearby.

Things to see

Take a stroll through Kitchener’s Victoria Park, a tranquil green space at the heart of its modern downtown. All kinds of events take place there; you never know what you’ll find. Art lovers have plenty of galleries to choose from – the Clay and Glass Museum puts on some particularly innovative – and free – exhibitions. Foodies should make a stop at the Kitchener Farmers’ Market, which, alongside the displays of fresh produce, has an international food hall, ideal for a bite of lunch. In the evening, head to the funky Centre in the Square to catch a live show. Petrol heads will be in their element in Cambridge, where the Toyota plant offers tours of its factory. If you’d rather commune with nature, head to Guelph, where you can visit a donkey sanctuary or swim in the nearby lake. Return to the city in the evening, where a spooky ghost tour awaits.

Hotels in Tri-cities Area

Most of Tri-Cities hotels come in around the mid-range mark – standard offerings from big name brands, which assure a comfortable stay. At the upper end, you can find a bit of luxury with a spacious suite and hotel amenities such as a heated, indoor pool and fitness center. If you’re on a tight budget, there are cheap hotels available with standard rooms and services. To find the best guesthouses and hospitality, get off the beaten path a bit – some of the B&Bs on the nature trails around Guelph offer a superb level of service, including home-cooked breakfasts.

Where to stay

For a cultural break, with plenty of museums, galleries, and markets in the vicinity, then downtown Kitchener is the best option. The big city atmosphere makes it a lively place to be based. There are numerous mid-range hotels available here. If you’d prefer easy access to abundant golf courses, or science and technology holds your interest more than art, then Cambridge is the city for you. It has similar hotels to Kitchener, but some are set up as golfing resorts. Guelph, meanwhile, offers the best of the nature trails and adventure, while still offering comfortable hotels in a lively city.

How to get to Tri-cities Area

The Waterloo region boasts its own airport, receiving flights from Ottowa, Calgary, and Chicago. From there, it’s an easy 20-minute journey to any of the Tri-Cities, with car hire, taxis, or bus transfers available. Most international visitors however will find it quicker and easier to fly to Toronto Pearson International Airport. Hiring a car may be the easiest option, particularly if you plan to visit all 3 cities or want to get out into the countryside. The journey by car takes about an hour and a half. There are also bus shuttles available from Toronto airport, serving each of the cities.