How To Plan a Staycation in Kitchener-Waterloo

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Summer is here and Kitchener-Waterloo has everything you need for a fantastic staycation. Whether you want to head out for the day for some fun in the sun, or pack your bags for a mini overnight in town, we have lots of ideas to help you plan your itinerary.

Places To Stay in Kitchener-Waterloo

First, if you’re wondering why you should spend your vacation time locally this year, you need to read all about the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit! If you plan your getaway in 2022 in Ontario, you can claim 20% of your eligible 2022 accommodation expenses.

Ontario residents can claim 20% of their eligible 2022 accommodation expenses, for example, for a stay at a hotel, cottage or campground, when filing their personal Income Tax and Benefit Return for 2022. You can claim eligible expenses of up to $1,000 as an individual or $2,000 if you have a spouse, common-law partner or eligible children, to get back up to $200 as an individual or $400 as a family.” – ontario.ca

That sounds like a great deal to us!

Here’s a list of the local accommodations (including camping) from Explore Waterloo Region.

Be sure to check out any special packages available. For example, The Walper Hotel has a Culture & Country package giving you all the tools you need to have a great adventure locally.

Places To Eat in Kitchener-Waterloo

One of the greatest things about a vacation is not having to cook! Even when you stay at home for your vacation, you can eat out and explore new restaurants. Here are the top rated local casual restaurants by Open Table:

  • TWH Social Bar & Bistro
  • The Rich Uncle Tavern
  • Graffiti Market
  • Proof Kitchen and Lounge
  • La Cucina
  • Sole Restaurant
  • Dels Italian Kitchen
  • Golf’s Steak House & Seafood
  • The Civil
  • The White Rabbit Public House
  • Lobster Burger Bar

Things To Do in Kitchener-Waterloo

There is always a full calendar of Summer events in town. Here is a list of local events taking place in Kitchener and Waterloo.

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at our Waterloo Region Summer Bucket List. We asked Kitchener-Waterloo residents what their favourite summer activities are in the region, and the list is outstanding. There are so many fun ways to enjoy Summer in Waterloo Region. Take a look at the list so you can see how many of the 50 activities you’ve already done (and how many you can squeeze in this Summer).