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Waterloo Region has a variety of group friendly activities from historical tours to Oktoberfest celebrations that will entice groups from all ages and interests.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

COURTYARD MARRIOT WATERLOO ST. JACOBS

This modern hotel is within walking distance of the St. Jacobs Farmers Market, Outlets, Drayton Entertainment St Jacob Playhouse and Waterloo Central Railway plus a short distance from the quaint shops of the village of St. Jacobs.

Contemporary rooms offer free Wi-Fi, desks and flat-screen TVs, plus iPod docks, mini fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Some rooms feature fireplaces and/or Whirlpool tubs.

Relax in front of the fire in our lobby or enjoy a meal and beverage in our Bistro which is open for breakfast and dinner as well as serving Starbucks! There’s also a business centre with workstations and printers, and 3 meeting rooms. Other amenities include an exercise room and free on-site parking.

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50 Benjamin Road East, Waterloo

519-884-9295

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RADISSON HOTEL KITCHENER

Centrally located to Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, the newly renovated Radisson Kitchener Waterloo is the region’s premier accommodation choice!

Situated adjacent to Hwy 8 and Hwy 401, our hotel provides easy access to nearby businesses and attractions including BlackBerry, Christie Digital, Brock Solutions, Sun Life Financial, Economical Insurance, Toyota, Loblaws, Ernst and Young, the Perimeter Institute, Bingemans, Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), St. Jacobs Country, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. Leave the driving to us and take advantage of complimentary weekday shuttle service—ask the hotel staff for details.

The spacious guest rooms come complete with deluxe duvets, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, refrigerators and microwaves. No need to forgo the fitness routine—the fitness facility includes the latest in cardio equipment, free weights and an indoor, heated pool. Indoor/outdoor self-parking is included on site as well.

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2960 King Street East, Kitchener

519-894-9500

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the inn of waterloo

The Inn of Waterloo & Conference Centre is the re-launch of Waterloo’s largest, historic and iconic conference hotel. Offering 152 well appointed guest rooms, and over 20,000 square feet of impressive event space for weddings, meetings and conferences.

Centrally located in Canada’s Technology Triangle and minutes from world class educational institutes, research centres, shopping, restaurants and attractions such as St. Jacobs Farmers Market. Easy access to Hwy. 401 and located just off Hwy. 85. The Inn of Waterloo’s complimentary amenities include high speed wireless, hot breakfast, parking, indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, sauna, exercise facility and tranquil courtyard.

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475 King St North, Waterloo, Ontario

519-804-1130

attractions

AFRICAN LION SAFARI

African Lion Safari, Canada’s Original Safari Adventure, maintains a collection of over 1,000 exotic birds and animals comprised of over 100 different species.

Go behind the scenes for unrivalled access with African Lion Safari’s Wake Up The Wild — an exclusive VIP experience. Witness a pride of lions at their most active time of day devouring their morning meal. Go off road in an open-air truck, to come within metres of an endangered rhino, zebra and ostrich. Visitors have the opportunity to hand feed Canada’s largest herd of giraffe and learn from an expert game warden about African Lion Safari’s conservation efforts. Advanced reservations required.

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1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton

519-623-2620

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CAMBRIDGE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY

Discover thousands of free-flying butterflies in the year-round lush tropical garden, featuring over 85 species of tropical plants, waterfalls, streams and exotic birds.  Discover a honeybee observation hive, and incredible insect and butterfly collection, cafe, and gift store.

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2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge

519-653-1234

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DOON HERITAGE VILLAGE

A seasonal picturesque living history village that showcase life in 1914. the village features historic buildings, costumed staff, farm animals and a heritage garden.

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10 Huron Rd, Kitchener

519-748-1914

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DRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT

One of Canada’s most successful professional theatre companies. It features the finest in live theatre for all ages in 3 unique venues in Waterloo Region. Dunfield Theatre Cambridge (33 Wellington St S), St. Jacobs Country Playhouse (40 Benjamin Rd E), and the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs (11 Albert St W).

Jenni Burke, Blythe Wilson, Jackie Mustakas and ensemble in Mamma Mia!, Drayton Entertainment, 2016

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JOSEPH SCHNEIDER HAUS

The Joseph Schneider Haus National Historic Site is a dynamic community museum located in downtown Kitchener.  A local landmark and Kitchener’s oldest dwelling, the 1816 homestead was restored and furnished, then opened as a living history museum in 1981.  The heart of the complex is the fine Georgian-frame farmhouse built by one of the area’s earliest non-Aboriginal settlers, Joseph Schneider, a Pennsylvania-German Mennonite.  Today, history comes to life as costumed staff demonstrate traditional tasks in step with the seasons. Come by for a visit and enjoy hands on activities, workshops, special events, gallery exhibits and more!

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466 Queen Street South, Kitchener

519-742-7752

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MCDOUGALL COTTAGE

McDougall Cottage is an 1858 granite and limestone labourer’s cottage located in downtown Cambridge in the historic factory district. The cottage serves as an interpretation centre, hosting a variety of special events that celebrate the area’s Scottish heritage.  McDougall Cottage was home for more than a century to two families of hardworking Scots, the McDougalls and the Bairds. The historic cottage features beautiful pocket-sized gardens and the most spectacular hand-painted friezes and trompe l’oeil ceilings Ontario has to offer.  Visit our monthly Celidhs, Tartan Teas, ‘Kids in Kilts’ craft shows and more.  Open from the first Thursday in March to mid-December.

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89 Grand Ave S, Cambridge

519-624-8250

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mennonite story

The Mennonite Story multi-media interpretive center is a must for anyone interested in learning more about Mennonites.

Take a self-guided journey beginning with a 13 minute video entitled,’The Old Order’. Learn about the Old Order Mennonites whose buggies you may pass on your way here. You’ll find out why they resist parts of modern life that the rest of us can’t seem to do without. Browse through an extensive exhibit that describes the early beginnings of the Mennonites in Europe: how they grew out of the 16th century Protestant Reformation and why they were hunted down and persecuted. Step into a replica of an Old Order meetinghouse.

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1406 King Street North

519-664-3518

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ST. JACOBS FARMERS’ MARKET

Experience Canada’s largest year-round farmers’ market with 100s of vendors both indoors and outdoors in a colourful, festive setting.  Browse row upon row of fresh local fruits & vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads & pastries, garden crops, flowers, crafts, clothing, and wares. The market boasts ready-to-eat foods including local specialties like apple fritters, and international favourites like crepes, perogies, donairs and more. Bring your children for kiddie rides and barnyard animals in fair weather.

OPEN Thursday & Saturday all year as well as Tuesdays during the summer. New: Hop aboard a train shuttle between St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and the nearby Village of St. Jacobs (May-Oct, fee extra).  Free parking available.

St. Jacobs Farmers' Market

878 Weber St N

519-747-1830

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VILLAGE OF ST. JACOBS

St. Jacobs’ merchants invite you to explore their village, a place where old-world charm meets contemporary style. Find one-of-a-kind crafts made on-site; clothing, décor and gifitss. A craft brewery, coffee roaster, exhibits and cafes invite you to learn and linger, or recharge with a delicious & hearty meal at Stone Crock Restaurant. Enjoy professional theatre, or see North America’s best O-scale model railway.

OPEN daily.  Located 3 km from St. Jacobs Market.

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1386 King St N, St. Jacobs

519-664-1133

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WATERLOO CENTRAL RAILWAY

Embrace the spirit of adventure and ride with us as we transport you through time.  Climb aboard one of the historical train cars, and experience with wonder the Region’s natural beauty as it passes by.

Offering regular summer shuttles from St. Jacob’s Farmers’ Market (the largest farmers’ market in Canada), stopping at the Village of St. Jacobs (one of the areas premiere shopping destinations), and continuing onward to the Town of Elmira (home of the Guinness Book of World Records largest Maple Syrup Festival), and then back again.

Enjoy the excitement of one of the powerful diesel engines as it carries you through unforgettable countryside; or, if you’re lucky, catch the ride of a lifetime on one of the specialty runs.  Experience the splendor of riding aboard one of the last steam engines in operation across Canada, as it whisks you into the past while en route to your destination.

Operating Season:  April – December

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50 Isabella St, St. Jacobs

519-664-0900

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WATERLOO REGION MUSEUM

Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. Our main gallery tells the story of Waterloo Region and our feature gallery showcases local and travelling exhibits from around the world. Waterloo Region Museum is open daily and is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village.

Doon Heritage Village is open seasonally from May to December and is a picturesque 60 acre living history village that shows visitors what life was like in Waterloo Region in 1914. One admission price includes entry to the museum exhibit galleries and village.

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10 Huron Rd, Kitchener

519-748-1914

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transportation & tour services

AIRWAYS TRANSIT SERVICES LTD

Airways Transit provides 1st class airport service from a wide area in Southern Ontario to/from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Hamilton International Airport and Region of Waterloo International Airport.

Airways Transit is The Care Free, Car Free, Worry Free Way to Travel To/From the Airport.

99 Northland Rd, Waterloo

519-886-2121

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AYR COACH LINES

All rides are not created equal. At Ayr Coach Lines the promise is that you will have the best experience ever. Whether you are arranging your next tour,
sporting event or corporate function, you can expect “Miles of Smiles”.

Ayr Coach Lines has been providing Charter services since 1965. It is a family owned organization with its second generation participating in every aspect of the company.

70 Baffin Pl, Waterloo

519-747-1230

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BRENTWOOD LIVERY

Brentwood Livery are the limousine people. With peace-of-mind service, they offer discretion and quality through a stress-free quiet chauffeured service. Whether you’re travelling for business or transporting wedding guests in style, you can be assured the chauffeurs will arrive on time or its free.

Brentwood Livery offers limousines in many sizes from highway coach buses and shuttle vans to stretch limousines, stretch Hummer, SUVs and sedans.

299 Bridge St E, Kitchener

519-741-5700

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BUCKET LIST TRAVEL ADVENTURES

Bucket List Travel Adventures™is a specialty travel company that focuses on small group, off the beaten track, escorted adventure tours.

They are experienced travel consultants that can help you arrange any and all of your travel requirements.

14 Memorial Ave, Elmira

519-210-2111

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CHERREY BUS LINES

Cherrey Bus Lines Inc. is a full service motorcoach company that provides quality transportation services throughout North America at an affordable price, in a safe, reliable and courteous manner.

219 Frederick St, Stratford

519-271-7741

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GREAT CANADIAN HOLIDAYS & COACHES

The escorted motor coach tours, coach & cruise tours and fly & drive tours are innovative, economical worry-free and best of all…fun! Everything is taken care of, and travelling with family and friends has never been easier. The first-class luxury coaches can be rented by groups and organizations across Southern Ontario, including Buffalo and Detroit. These award-winning coaches boast the finest amenities available, and feature stunning hand-painted and vinyl graphics dedicated to Canadian unity and pride. The Great Canadian Group of Companies also includes Great Canadian Fleet Services, offering full service, detailing, parking and more for all makes and models of trucks, buses, vans, cars and more.

353 Manitou Dr, Kitchener

519-896-8687

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major annual festivals & events

  • April ⇒ Elmira Maple Syrup Festival
  • July ⇒ Sunlife Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival
  • August ⇒ Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music
  • August ⇒ TD Kitchener Blues Festival
  • August ⇒ Baden Corn Festival
  • September ⇒ Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival
  • October ⇒ KW Oktoberfest
  • November ⇒ St. Jacobs Sparkles
  • December ⇒ Christkindl Market

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services we offer

Our group tour services includes:

  • Customized itineraries
  • Reservation assistance with hotels, attractions and restaurants
  • High resolution photos and videos for your coach and brochures
  • Customized familiarization tours for staff and group leaders
  • Special incentives for drivers and group leaders
  • Step-on-guide assistance as needed

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