Historic Galt

Growing Up in West Galt (Part 4: High School, Train Tracks and Beyond)

When: Saturday, May 5, 1:00 – 2:30pm

Where: Begin at the main entrance of Galt Collegiate Institute

Walk Leader: Jim Griffin

Walk begins at the main entrance of the historic Galt Collegiate Institute and navigates across the road to the Canadian Pacific Railway Station where Jim will share significant stories of the past. This walk is hosted in partnership with the Blair Road Neighbourhood Association and Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region.

For safety reasons, no pets allowed.


In Situ: Sketching Victoria Park

When: Saturday, May 5, 2-3:30 pm

Where: Begin at Queen and Schneider (adjacent to Joseph Schneider Haus), end at The Boathouse

Walk Leader: Mila Wiggins and Elyn Lin

We will walk through one of Kitchener’s most historic neighbourhoods appreciating its natural features, residential architecture, and history. After a brief tour, we will take a break so all participants can sketch a space they enjoy.

The purpose of this walk is to not only appreciate our local history, but to also have a recorded memory in the form of a sketch. We will meet up at the end of the walk to share our sketches.

Please bring your own drawing materials. A sketchpad or sketchbook is recommended.

Please note this walk is weather dependent.

All A’Buzz at Laurier’s Food Forest

Cancelled (will be rescheduled in June)

Where: Begin and end at Laurier Northdale campus parking lot (66 Hickory Street West, Waterloo)

Walk Leaders: Kim Fellows, Tyler Plante, and Jennifer Marshman

Please join us as we learn about urban bees! Did you know that in addition to the honey bee we are all familair with, there are more than 850 species of native bees in Canada? Southern Ontario is considered a biodiversity hotspot with ~400 species right here where we live!

There will be a short presentation introducing you to some of the charismatic bees that live right in your backyards, and we will do a walk-a-bout on Wilfrid Laurier’s Northdale campus at the newly planted Laurier Food Forest to see what bees we can discover (weather will ‘bee’ a factor) – we’ll keep a special eye open for bumble bee queens! We will then hear from Tyler Plante, Laurier’s Sustainability Outreach and Program Coordinator about the University’s journey from honeybee keeping to native bee conservation.

Accessibility: there are a few stairs up to the Northdale plot and the ground is uneven grass and dirt.

From the Poor House to Now

When: Sunday, May 6, 1-2:30 pm

Where: Begin at the Frederick Street Mall (385 Frederick Street) and end at the Public Market (324 Frederick Street)

Walk Leaders: Jennifer Gordon and Laura Coakley

Join us for a walk through the area now known as Central Frederick Neighbourhood, in downtown Kitchener, as we explore the roots of the Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge (a.k.a The Poor House), which stood on Frederick Street from 1869-1957 and housed those without other means to shelter, food or support.

You will have the opportunity to learn more about The Poor House and the ways our modern neighbourhood works to build inclusion/belonging and eliminate oppression. This walk will be woman focused, exploring the experience of women in the Poor House as well as the women in our current neighbourhood that are working to make a difference.

The walk length is approximately 1.5 km, primarily on sidewalks but also on grass and park land that can sometimes be uneven.

Walking the Ideas of Robert Sawyer

When: Saturday, May 5, 10-11:30 am

Where: Begin and end at Waterloo Park parking lot (near Lion’s Lagoon)

Walk Leader: Bruce Johnstone

This is the first year for a walk which will reference and explore the ideas of science fiction writer, Robert J Sawyer. Rob sets his award-winning trilogy, Wake/ Watch/ Wonder in Waterloo referencing the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Another award-winning trilogy, The Neanderthal Parallax, explores parallel universes and starts in an old mine in Sudbury, a good reason to explore two hidden treasures in Waterloo, the Earth Sciences Museum and Peter Russell Rock Garden at UW.

Our walking route will start in Waterloo Park at the parking lot where we can view the Perimeter Institute and then through the park to UW’s Earth Sciences Museum (about 20- 30 minutes). We’ll explore the indoor museum’s artifacts, then exit through a model of a Cobalt mine shaft and visit the outdoor Peter Russell Rock Garden where you can touch a four billion year old rock.

We’ll have readings from Rob’s books and his ideas will be presented for discussion or reflection as we walk. In addition, notes of Waterloo literary interest will pop up along the way.

The pathway through Waterloo Park is rough and dirty right now in some spots due to construction so please wear appropriate footwear. The Earth Sciences Museum has washrooms. The Student Life Centre at UW has a Tim Horton and is close to the Rock Garden.

A Heritage Walking Tour of Bridgeport West

When: Saturday, May 5, 2-3:30 pm

Where: Begin and end at Bridgeport Community Centre (20 Tyson Drive)

Walk Leader: Lynda Hayward

Learn about the history of Bridgeport West, originally settled in 1829 and known as Shoemaker Mills, then Glasgow Mills, Glasgow, Lancaster, until it merged with Bridgeport in 1851. This walk will familiarize you with the neighbourhood as it developed from it’s early roots to the current community.

The walk length depends on how much discussion ensues.

The Famous and the Forgotten: 150 Years in Kitchener’s Mount Hope Cemetery

When: Saturday, May 5, 10-11:30 am

Where: Begin at the Zuber angel (across from 128 Moore Ave, Kitchener)

Walk Leader: Wayne Miedema

In Kitchener Mount Hope Cemetery, there are so many interesting stories covering 150 years of the history of Berlin/Kitchener. We will visit memorials of people related to some events one hundred years ago in 1918.

We’ll visit one woman who served in WWI as a nurse and another that played an important role in Berlin’s party to welcome publicly generated hydroelectricity to Ontario. We’ll visit another woman that dug a foundation for an addition to the former Barra Castle even though she had only one leg. We will visit two of the Triumvirate of famous and loved teachers who worked together from 1876 at what is now KCI. Then one of the oldest stones with a birth date of 1787. And then two men who have been inducted into sports halls of fame … one called the father of soccer in Canada!

This year’s tour includes six new stops – and many favourites from other years.

Note: The walk length is approximately 700m on ground that is sometimes uneven.