Welcome to the Winter Wonderland of Kitchener-Waterloo, where the frosty air is filled with excitement and the landscape transforms into a snowy spectacle. As the temperature drops, our region comes alive with a myriad of winter activities that cater to every taste and age group. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking the thrill of snow sports, or a family in search of kid-friendly adventures, Kitchener-Waterloo has something special for you. Join us on a journey through this winter wonderland, where you’ll discover the best in snow sports, festive events, scenic escapes, culinary delights, and much more. Embrace the chilly embrace of winter, and let Kitchener-Waterloo be your guide to making the most of this enchanting season.
Kitchener-Waterloo Winter Activity Guide
Snow Sports Extravaganza: Embrace the Chill with Thrilling Adventures
Skiing and Snowboarding Escapades
Check out the full-filled experiences Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort has to offer. Hit the slopes for some local skiing, snowboarding and tubing, and then head inside for a little après ski!
Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing Trails
With lots of local trails running throughout the region, snowshoeing is a great way to explore the area. Grand River Conservation has a list of the conservation areas that offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (when conditions allow).
Sledding and Tobogganing Hotspots
Tobogganing is a classic family winter activity. Every family has their favourite hills to slide down. These are the locations that are inspected by the City of Kitchener.
Remember to practice safe sledding!
Frosty Festivities: Winter Wonderland Events for All Ages
Outdoor Ice Skating Spectaculars
Not only are there great outdoor ice rinks in Downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo, but with the help of many generous volunteers, Kitchener-Waterloo has a number of neighbourhood skating rinks you can enjoy as a family.
Check out Skate Night Date Night every Wednesday in January and February in the Waterloo Public Square!
Discover the magic of Winter at Winterloo on February 17. There are so many fun activities for the family!
Culinary Delights: Seasonal Flavors to Savor
Comfort Food and Hot Drinks
With so many amazing local restaurants, cafes and bakeries, there’s no shortage of delicious winter flavours. Check with your favourite spots to find out what’s new on their menu, and visit your go-to cafe to find out what seasonal drinks they’re offering.
Winter-themed Culinary Events
- January 27- Uptown Waterloo Comfort Foot Crawl
Support the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and indulge in comfort foods from Uptown Waterloo restaurants.
- February-March – DTK Travelers Tour
Each week, restaurants will showcase their unique cultural heritage and traditional dishes.
Nature’s Ice Sculptures: Discovering Frozen Landscapes
Snow & Ice Formations
Local snow sculptor, Matt Morris, literally brings the snow to life on his front lawn. Follow along on Instagram (or go for a stroll) to see his snowy creations, and learn how you can sculpt your own masterpiece. He’ll also be carving a giant snow sculpture during Winterloo.
Winter Hikes with Breathtaking Views
Explore all of the region’s parks and trails in the Winter. You may be familiar with your go-to Summer spots. So head out on a snow adventure and see how beautiful the region is under a snowy blanket.
Family Frolics: Kid-Friendly Winter Adventures
Snowman Building Contests
There’s lots of fun to be had without leaving your property. Get creative and host a snowman building contest.
Winter Wildlife Exploration
Whether you can see them or not, there are lots of critters scurrying around. Head outside and go on a hunt for their snowy pawprints
Cheer on the Rangers
Bundle up and head to the Aud to cheer on the Kitchener Rangers at one of their home games.
Now get out there and enjoy the Winter in Kitchener-Waterloo!