Plan Your Trip

True North is about charting the future of tech. But first, you have to find your way here!

The Hyperloop Pod isn’t yet available (damn), so we’ve listed some information on how to get here, where to stay and how to get around when you’re here.

If you need help with travel plans, Vision Travel is our recommended travel partner.

Our transportation partner, Brentwood Livery, offers private transportation from air, bus or train to your hotel or the True North conference venue.

Travel

 

  • By Air

    Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
    Located just an hour’s drive away, hundreds of international flights land at YYZ every day. You can rent a car or pre-arrange transportation to and from Waterloo Region. Average cost of ground transportation from YYZ is $100 CDN. Distance: 87km / 54mi

    Waterloo International Airport (YKF)
    YKF offers daily service to and from Calgary, Alberta. It’s a short drive via rental car (reserve in advance), limo, taxi or car-sharing service from YKF to partner hotels or the conference venue. Distance: 13km / 8mi

    FlyGTA also offers air-taxi service from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport directly to the Waterloo International Airport (YKF) – it’s a short, 18-minute flight.

    Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
    BUF is the closest U.S. airport to Waterloo Region. From Buffalo, you will need to rent a car and cross the border into Canada. The drive to Waterloo Region is approximately two hours. Distance: 185km / 115mi

    Other options
    There are daily flights into Hamilton International Airport (YHM @ 68km / 42mi) and London International Airport (YXU @ 105km / 65mi). You will then need to rent a car or arrange transportation to Waterloo Region. (Tip: That’s London, Ontario – not London, England.)

  • By Car

    Road trip, anyone? Waterloo Region is located off Hwy 401 – Canada’s largest highway connecting through Toronto and directly to our borders with the U.S. Approximate drive times from key metro areas are listed below.

    Toronto – 1 hour, 15 mins

    London, ON – 1 hour, 15 mins

    Niagara Falls – 1 hour, 40 mins

    Buffalo, NY – 2 hours

    Detroit, MI – 3 hours, 30 mins

    Chicago, IL – 7 hours, 30 mins

    New York, NY – 8 hours, 40 mins

    By Train (and Bus)

    Via Rail and GO Transit offer daily service to Waterloo Region. When you’re booking tickets, your stop is “Kitchener.” From the central train station, it’s a short car ride (via taxi, limo or car-sharing service) to your hotel. A number of bus lines stop in Waterloo Region at the Kitchener Transit Terminal, including Greyhound Canada, Coach Canada and GO Transit.

 

 

 

Hotels

 

Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza

Located in the Market District of downtown Kitchener and within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions, The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo was designed with modern style and amenities to help guests relax, rest and connect.
(5KM from Venue) ~~ $139-$300/night
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The Walper

The Walper

The Walper is a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Kitchener. They cater to individual
experiences, working around schedules, customizing guest preferences, and flexing to meet the needs
of each of their individual travelers.
(5KM from Venue) ~~ $259-$439/night
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Radisson

Radisson

The award winning Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo is centrally located to Waterloo and Kitchener with easy access to King Street, Highway 401 and Highway 8.
(6KM from Venue) ~~ $115-$140/night
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Inn of Waterloo

Inn of Waterloo

Centrally located in Waterloo, the Inn of Waterloo & Conference Centre is the re­launch of Waterloo’s largest, historic and most iconic conference hotel. Use booking code “COMMUNITECH” to receive conference rates.
(14KM from Venue) ~~ $140-$260/night
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Courtyard Waterloo

Courtyard Waterloo

Located next to the famous St. Jacob’s Market, the Courtyard Marriott’s bright, spacious rooms all feature a small fridge, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.
(16km from venue) ~~ $149/night
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Delta

Delta

Experience amenities that blend fashion with functionality at Delta Hotels Waterloo. Nestled in Uptown Waterloo, the hotel provides easy access to an array of popular restaurants, shopping destinations and nightlife.
(13KM from Venue) ~~ $189/night
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Food

 

Gilt

Gilt

Gilt is a contemporary restaurant located in the heart of Kitchener’s Innovation District. Owned by two women who love food, people and wine. They offer a traditional lunch menu and a tapas dinner menu.
Vegetarian Gluten Free 
$$$
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B @ THEMUSEUM

B @ THEMUSEUM

An intimate GastroPub located in downtown Kitchener offering 10 rotational beer taps + cask engine featuring the best of what Ontario has to offer.
Vegetarian Gluten Free 
$$$
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TWH Social

TWH Social

Beneath the Walper Hotel, TWH Social’s attentive and neighbourly staff welcome you to enjoy local ingredients done well with a thoughtfully sourced menu focused on sustainability and diversity.
Vegetarian Gluten Free 
$$$
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Abe Erb Brew Co.

Abe Erb Brew Co.

Abe Erb is a small brewery and Canadian eatery featuring modern grub with two locations in uptown Waterloo and downtown Kitchener. Their focus is on a small craft selection of premium beers.
Vegetarian Gluten Free 
$$$
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Rhapsody Barrel Bar

Rhapsody Barrel Bar

Rhapsody Barrel Bar and the Gypsy Lee Lounge features wine and whisky as well as a full lunch and dinner menu. A great place for a business meeting, catching up with old friends or a place to stop in.
Settlement Co.

Settlement Co.

Settlement Co. is a coffee roaster, eatery, and meeting place. Our Downtown Kitchener cafe offers a selection of handcrafted specialty coffee as well as a menu of fresh, healthy, and fun food options.

The Berlin

The Berlin

The heavenly and delicious cuisine of the Berlin, focuses on fresh, local and their stunning dishes are cooked with skill and knowledge where the dish truly comes to life.
Taste at the Tannery

Taste at the Tannery

In the Heart of Downtown’s innovation district, Taste at the Tannery celebrates comfort food’s boldest flavours, local craft beers, hand crafted cocktails, and matching it all with exceptional service.