President’s Welcome

I am very excited that the Schwaben Club of Kitchener will be the host for North American Landestreffen der Donauschwaben from August 31 to September 2, 2018. Our members are busy preparing to ensure that a memorable weekend, consisting of good music, great food, and friendly hospitality is experienced by all. Here in Kitchener, the Schwaben Club is one of five German clubs and we all work together to help further our culture and language. Many of our city’s annual events continue to reflect our German heritage from Oktoberfest to our Christkindl Market to our German Pioneers Day. If you are considering a longer stay, some of wonderful attractions that are within driving distance are, The Waterloo Farmers Market, St Jacobs Village, and Pioneer Village. Toronto and Niagara Falls are also just 90 minutes down the road. Take in the Metro Toronto Zoo, a Blue Jays baseball game, Ontario Place, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Niagara Falls Casino, or any of our many other options for world class entertainment. If you like the outdoors, then before or after our event, take in some of our stunning northern lakes and parks and all they have to offer.
I look forward to seeing everyone Labor Day Weekend!!!

Monica Anstett


Landestreffen 2018 – Quick Facts and Tips

Money Facts

American money will be accepted at par. All change will be given back in Canadian funds.
Any money should be exchanged into Canadian money before you arrive (we will not be exchanging money at the event).
Credit cards and Debit cards will only be available in the building.
There is also an ATM on the premises. The ATM dispenses Canadian Money only.
To assist with Pre-Registration, you have the option to call our Club Office 1 (519) 742-7979 and pay with a credit card.(Visa or MasterCard)
Currency exchange can be done at Continental Currency Exchange at Fairview Mall, just a short drive from the Schwaben Club.

Information for those who have never been to Canada:

• A passport is required to cross the border.
• The use and possession of Cannibis in Canada is still illegal !!!!
• The drinking age in Ontario is 19.
• Cell phone use while driving strictly prohibited, as well as any other distractions.
“What counts as distracted driving:”
When you aren’t focused on the road, things can happen fast.
Using your phone to talk, text, check maps or choose a playlist while you’re behind the wheel all count as distracted driving – and they put you and others at risk.
Other activities like eating, reading or typing a destination into a GPS are also dangerous when you’re behind the wheel.
It doesn’t matter if you’re on a highway or stopped at a red light – distracted driving could cost you.
• Kilometers are not the same as miles – be prepared to adjust your speed accordingly.
• Seat belts are require to be worn at all time while in a moving vehicle.