VISITOR INFORMATION: For maps and advice, contact Explore Waterloo Region (151 Charles St. W. Kitchener; www.explorewaterlooregion.com; tel. 519/585-7517).

In Kitchener, the Kitchener Welcome Center (www.kitchener.ca; tel. 519/741-2345) is at 200 King St. West.

In Waterloo, the City of Waterloo Visitor & Heritage Information Centre (www.waterloo.ca; tel. 519/885-2297) is located at 10 Father David Bauer Drive.

GETTING THERE: It’s best to visit with a car. The area is sprawling, and the local transit can be tricky to navigate for a short visit. Driving from Toronto, take Hwy. 401 W to ON-85 N. Take the Bridgeport Road W exit, which will bring you to downtown Kitchener.

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VIA Rail (www.viarail.ca; tel. 800/VIA-RAIL [800/842-7245] or 416/366-8411) is a luxurious way to travel, and boasts frequent service to Kitchener.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.