Weekend Getaways Near Kitchener
Grab your snacks and get your playlists ready, we’re going on a road trip!
Whether you've got a three-day weekend coming up that you want to take advantage of or you're looking for a getaway from Kitchener, we have some suggestions to make the most of your weekend trip.
1. Hamilton / Dundas, Ontario
Hamilton is in Southern Ontario on the western end of the Niagara Peninsula and wraps around the westernmost part of Lake Ontario. A great place to spend a day or an entire weekend. With many attractions for all ages alike; Dundurn Castle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Westfield Heritage Village and Adventure Village on the Lakeshore will surely keep the whole family busy. If you are looking for a little bit of outside adventure and hiking, head over to walk around one of the many waterfalls such as Tews & Webster’s Falls in Dundas or simply admire the picturesque view atop Devil’s Punchbowl. Take a walk down the lakeshore and have lunch at Hutch’s On The Beach!! Thinking of a leisurely day trip? Visit the old textile/ design district located on Ottawa St. to stop by local eateries and pubs or do some shopping in the local boutiques and antique shops. Whatever your fancy, the Hamilton - Dundas area has plenty of activities to accommodate the entire family.
2. Norfolk County, Ontario
This quaint area is located in South Western Ontario and is home to many beaches and has an abundance of lush green Carolinian forest making it a desired winter and summer destination spot. Enjoy dinner and a cocktail overlooking Lake Erie at Davids Spa and Martini Lounge, located just outside of Port Dover. Spend a day out on the ice doing some fishing near Long Point Bay. Visit one of the many historical museums located within the county or catch a live performance at the Young Theatre Players or The Port Dover Lighthouse Theatre. Perhaps you are looking for a group activity? Have a look at Buzz Tour Co. They will pick you and 4 or more guests up at one location in Waterloo and provide you with a fully guided tour around Norfolk County to a selection of local breweries, wineries and culinary sites. Once the tour is complete, you and your guests are provided a ride back to Waterloo. Some wineries and breweries on the list are; Frisky Beaver, Bonnie Heath Estates, Ramblin Road Brewery, New Limberg Brewery etc. An excellent way to spend a day with a group or just a few close friends.
3. Long Point, Ontario
Long Point is located on the north shore of Lake Erie and is home to one of the world’s longest fresh water sand spits. The Long Point Biosphere Reserve has been recognized as a globally significant Important Bird Area by Bird Life International. Enjoy the day relaxing on the sandy beach, or bird watching from the Bird Observatory. Take a stroll down Hastings Drive, the long stretch that was almost totally destroyed in the storm of 1985 and have a picnic near the end clearing while the waves crash in. The newest addition to this area is Long Point Eco Adventures overlooking the Turkey Point Bluffs. This year round camping adventure extravaganza offers plenty of packages for each season such as: Zipline & Canopy Tours,
Observatory Tours, Axe Throwing, Kayaking and Fishing Adventures, Zodiak & Bike Tours and many nature workshops. The current Winter escape Packages are for the true bike lover, “The Fat Tire Tour”! Staying for a weekend? Enjoy the Saturday Marshview Market with local artisans or grab a cold brew from Hometown Brewing, both are located on site . Enjoy the weather all year round with this exciting outdoor adventure getaway!
4. Caledon, Ontario
The Town of Caledon is one of three municipalities of Peel Region, located at the northwest border of the City of Brampton. Caledon offers many points of interest. If a day trip is in order, make sure you check out the Cheltenham Badlands (a natural wonder) and Wat Law Veluwanaram Temple, a spot of pure tranquility.. If you are intrigued by historical sites, a visit to the Brick Works ruins. This abandoned brick yard complex was built in 1912 and came to its demise in 1958. Some of the original brickwork buildings still remain. Are you looking to unwind, relax and rejuvenate for the weekend? Be sure to stay at the Millcroft Inn & Spa. The original 4 storey stone mill named; Alton Knitting Mill, was built in 1881 and is the home of todays Millcroft Inn & Spa.This European- style spa and wellness centre offers many types of massages and holistic treatments. Included with every accommodation stay is access to the following: Hot Springs Pools, polar Plunge Pool, Outdoor Heated Pool, indoor Steam Room, Cedar Sauna, Fitness Centre and a Sap Cafe. Check into the loft style room with a 2 person hot tub, overlooking the wooded gardens below. Add on the “Chocolate Lovers Getaway” and receive a chilled chocolate martini and a shared chocolate tasting platter to enjoy at your leisure. Be sure to make your reservations at the Headwaters Restaurant which is famous for their award winning cuisine and fine wine. With many getaway packages to choose from, you will not be disappointed!!