Kitchener-Waterloo Driving and Niavigation.
Getting to Kitchener-Waterloo
From East (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal)
Follow Highway 401 westbound to Exit # 278. The sign reads 8 West Kitchener-Waterloo. Follow Highway 8 until you see King Street which will take you to Downtown Kitchener/Uptown Waterloo.
From West (Detroit, Windsor, London)
Follow Highway 401 eastbound to Exit # 278. The sign reads 8 West Kitchener-Waterloo. Follow Highway 8 until you see King Street which will take you to Downtown Kitchener/Uptown Waterloo.
From South (Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Hamilton)
Follow the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) across the Burlington Skyway. Take Exit 100 West onto Highway 403 westbound. Take 403 west to Highway 6 North to Highway 401, at the village of Morriston. Continue westbound on Highway 401 until Interchange 278 where you will exit for Kitchener-Waterloo.
Highways and expressways
Kitchener-Waterloo is best accessed via the 401 expressway that connects Detroit-Windsor and Toronto, which is about 45 minutes to the east. From there, take exit 278 onto Highway 8 north to Kitchener-Waterloo, this highway extends southeast through Cambridge to Hamilton, or exit 295 to Highway 6 noirth to Guelph.
Highway 7 goes roughly east-west from Guelph through Kitchener-Waterloo to Stratford (Highway 7, incidentally, is an interesting rural route connecting Sarnia to the west and Ottawa to the east).
While most southern Ontario cities whose streets follow a British surveyed grid pattern, Kitchener's streets are laid out in a Continental radial pattern, familiar to the original German settlers. This resulted in small streets in a gird with major streets cutting along diagonals and converging at several multiple-point intersections:
- Victoria, Lancaster and Queen
- Frederick, Lancaster and Ellen
- Weber, Lancaster, Krug and Cedar
- Weber, Ottawa and East
- Victoria, Ahrens and Water
- Glasgow, Park and Strange
- Highland, Spadina and Glen
Also of note in Kitchener-Waterloo are King Street and Weber Street, the two main north-south arteries which intersect at three points. In Kitchener, streets extending northeast of King are designated "North" and streets southwest of King are designated "South", which in Waterloo streets northeast of King are designated "East" and streets south and west of King are designated "West".
Likewise in Kitchener, roads northwest and southeast of Queen Street are designated "West" and "East", respectively. In Waterloo, roads north and south of Bridgeport Road and Erb Street are designated "north" and south".