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Top Summer Activities in Kitchener/Waterloo

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Top Summer Activities in Kitchener/Waterloo

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Summer in the Kitchener Waterloo region of Ontario transforms the entire area into one of the most beautiful backdrops in all of Canada. The Tri-Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo sit in the sunny Grand River Valley, and nature is always on full display in the summer months. With a population of over 240,000, Kitchener offers big-city excitement without losing its small-town charm. The city’s deep Germanic roots and history are most evident during the annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, the largest celebration of all things Bavarian outside of Germany.

Beyond that, the city is also a thriving art and cultural hub -, especially in the summer months. Kitchener’s cultural highlights include CAFKA, The Open Ears Festival, IMPACT theatre festival, the Multicultural Festival, the Kitchener Blues Festival and KidsPark, many of which are free to the public. Kitchener is also home to venues such as Homer Watson House & Gallery, Kitchener–Waterloo Art Gallery, THEMUSEUM, JM Drama Alumni and Centre In The Square. No matter what brings you to the Tri-Cities this summer, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Here are just a few suggestions of what to do when you visit Kitchener Waterloo this summer.

Plan A Trip To BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League

Located in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo, the Backyard Axe Throwing League has delivered axe throwing to the Tri-Cities since 2015. Only 2 blocks from King and Victoria Streets, BATL Kitchener can host parties from 2 – 90 people, and is easily accessible from Cambridge, Elora, Fergus, Princeton, Paris, and the entire Golden Horseshoe. While you’re axe throwing, BATL Kitchener offers a fully licensed bar and kitchen serving a selection of local beers, wine and coolers as well as a delicious shareable food menu in partnership with Pepi’s Pizza and Southern Ontario Smoked BBQ. Looking to get involved with BATL in Kitchener? We offer many ways to get involved in the sport of urban axe throwing that we started back in 2006:

Walk-In Axe Throwing Sessions: If you’re looking for a casual way to get involved with the sport of axe throwing, all BATL venues (including BATL Kitchener) offer public walk-in sessions (no reservations required) every weekend. It’s the perfect way to test the water when it comes to axe throwing, with little commitment. Our expert coaches are on hand to guide you the whole way, so whether you’re new to the sport or looking to hone in on your skill BATL has you covered.

Private Axe Throwing Event Bookings: BATL Kitchener offers two types of private event bookings: 1-hour bookings for groups of 2-5 people, and 2-2.5 hour bookings for groups of 6 and up. No matter which private event you book, you’ll get the same thing that BATL has become famous for the best one on one instruction from our skilled and friendly staff members, followed by a round robin style tournament and single elimination playoff – all orchestrated by our staff, leaving you with nothing to do but throw axes and enjoy the company of your guests. These parties are perfectly suited to any adult gatherings (bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate team building, adult birthdays, etc) and many BATL locations offer complete bar and food services, which means even less planning for you.

League Play: It’s no secret that the foundations of BATL start with our axe throwing leagues. Thousands strong we show the power of being good to each other, using the axe as a tool to build community inspired by our backyard roots. Our axe throwing leagues run for 8 weeks, completely under the guidance of our resident axe gurus. Each season consists of round-robin style tournament play, where you’ll throw 28 games against other people in the league, culminating in a top 16 double elimination playoff on week 8. Our leagues are suitable for people of all skill levels, with staff on hand at all times ready to give you tips and tricks to make sure that you’re hitting the bullseye. League play falls under the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) umbrella, the worlds foremost governing body of the sport of axe throwing (of which BATL is a founding member). Being part of the NATF also gives you access to the most advanced statistic tracking in the sport of urban axe throwing.

Other Fun Summer Activities In The Kitchener / Waterloo Area

Spend A Day Sampling Local Craft Brews

Nothing quite says summer like a frosty beer on a sunny patio. If you’re in the Kitchener/Waterloo region, there are no shortage of options to do just that – most of which offer food, just in case you need a little something to pad your stomach in the process. While there are brew giants like Sleeman and Waterloo Brewery in the area, why not try the little guys? With breweries like Barncat Artisan Ales, Innocente, Grand River Brewing, Block 3, and Descendants you can easily make an entire day of it. Just remember to drink responsibly, and bring along a designated driver if you’re planning on making it a daylong event!

Get The Blues With The TD Kitchener Blues Festival

The TD Kitchener Blues Festival takes place August 8-11th, 2019 in Downtown Kitchener. It offers over 80 international and Canadian artists on 6 stages (including a children’s stage), with after shows happening in area clubs and restaurants. The Blues Festival fundraising concert on Thursday, August 8th features Tom Cochrane and Red Rider with an opening performance by Misty Blues. Other scheduled performers throughout the weekend include Cedric Burnside, Kim Mitchell, Duke Robillard, and Vanessa Collier. The best part? The TD Kitchener Blues Festival is free.

Go Camping At Bingemans

At Bingemans Camping Resort, it’s about more than just camping. It’s the ultimate urban camping experience where you’re surrounded by nature but just steps away from a waterpark, two 18 hole mini golf courses, indoor playland, state-of-the-art bowling and more. Bingemans offers campsites for tents, trailers, and RVs; you can also rent one of their rustic log cabins or upcycled container cabins! New for guests this year, Bingemans and Grand River Experiences are now offering canoe, kayak, raft and tubing experiences all right on the picturesque Grand River.

Get ready to enjoy the best season of all in the Kitchener Waterloo area – and make sure you include a stop at BATL Kitchener-Waterloo while you’re at it!

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