When looking for the ideal areas to hold an event that is exceptional, but away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto, the Kitchener-Waterloo area is a top choice. With a great mix of rural comforts and modern amenities, there is a lot for you and your event attendees to experience. Here are our top five reasons for you to bring your event to the K-W area:
Give your attendees a taste of pre-modern living by visiting St. Jacobs Country. A region of Southern Ontario with heavy Mennonite influence, the rustic charms of the Village of St. Jacobs and its attractions are a welcome change from modern living. St. Jacobs Country is home to Canada’s largest year-round Farmer’s Market and numerous historic and cultural exhibits such as the Mennonite Story, a multi-media centre that chronicles the history and culture of the Mennonites. There are also outdoor activities such as bike and hiking trails and horse-drawn carriage rides. Finally, the Village of St. Jacobs also features original arts and crafts shops, boutiques, outlet stores, and fine dining all in a pastoral setting. The area is perfect for entertaining guests and giving them a completely different experience that is unique to the K-W region.
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2. Craft Beer Culture
If you think your attendees will appreciate great tasting beer, then you’ll find that K-W’s craft beer culture is not going to disappoint. Numerous premium craft beer breweries call the K-W area their home (Abe Erb Brewing, The Brew House, Innocente, Waterloo Brewing, Brick Brewery - to name a few) , making the region fantastic to take your guests out on an enlightening tour of craft beer history and culture. The Waterloo Region is also home to the world’s second largest Oktoberfest celebration, second only to the original Oktoberfest in Munich. Whether treating your guests to a relaxing brew after a long day at a conference or allowing them to explore the love and knowledge that goes into brewing high quality beer, your event attendees will be in for a wonderful encounter with the region’s passionate craft beer community.
3. “Silicon Valley North”
If your event targets tech professionals, then where better to hold it than Canada’s own Silicon Valley? Beginning with Research In Motion Ltd., the creators of the Blackberry smart phone, back in the 1980s, the K-W area has developed into an innovation hub rife with tech and engineering companies and start-ups. The evolution has led to top of the line companies like Google, Kik, Desire2Learn, Videyard, Netsuite that are revolutionizing the area into tech central. It also doesn’t hurt that the K-W area is home to the University of Waterloo, one of the world’s best technology schools. So, if your event is looking to tap into Canada’s innovation pulse, network with the top minds in tech and see both the big players and start-ups in action, the K-W area is a prime location.
4. Live Music!
Entertain your event guests with great live music and fantastic music festivals and numerous live music venues. The Kitchener Blues Festival and Uptown Jazz are particularly popular in K-W, but you can experience a wide variety of sounds ranging from folk and classical to indie and rock. The region also features the internationally recognized Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, one of Canada’s best orchestras. In short, by holding your event in the K-W area, you will be sure to find great music to entertain your guests with.
5. Art and Architecture
Take your guests out to enjoy the modern architecture of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo. Several award-winning architectural design buildings are spread throughout the region including Seagram Lofts and the world class Perimeter (PI) Institute. Additionally, the region is full of public art spaces and galleries such as the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture that feature Canadian artists as well as international artists. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised with the contemporary designs of the K-W area.