Kitchener, Ontario audio tour: Kitchener’s Crown Jewel: Victoria Park and Heritage Conservation District

Kitchener’s Crown Jewel: Victoria Park and Heritage Conservation District

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.5mi

About the Tour

Known to many as Kitchener's crown jewel, Victoria Park is a mix of timeless and modern beauty. Nestled in the heart of the city's downtown area, the park still houses many of its original features from back in 1896 when it opened. This walking tour will take you through the park and the surrounding heritage district, filling you in on Kitchener’s early history including how it got its name.

You’ll see the park’s celebrated clock tower, Queen Victoria Statue, Roos Island and original 1895 bridge, and hear the stories behind these sites. Along the way, I’ll also point out the oldest house in the city, Joseph Schneider Haus, and other homes that once belonged to prominent citizens from Kitchener's beginnings. You'll hear about the height of Kitchener's industrial development and the houses that were built for its workers.

Come along and explore the romantic landscape and Kitchener's early history with the Victoria Park and Heritage Conservation District walking tour.

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City of Kitchener

With over 240,000 people, the City of Kitchener is home to a highly innovative and diversified economy, with clusters of businesses that are continually reinventing themselves. With enriching recreational programs for all ages, live music, scenic walking trails and more, the City of Kitchener has a vital, sophisticated culture with a variety of amenities.

Major Landmarks

  • Clock Tower

  • Queen Victoria Statue

  • Schneider Haus

  • Pavilion

Directions to Starting Point

The starting point is the Clock Tower, located near Joseph St.

Paid parking is available at 98 Joseph St. From here, it is a short walk across the road through the entrance of Victoria Park. Free parking may be available at the washrooms, located at the corner of Jubilee Dr. and David St as well as at the Victoria Park Pavilion located at 80 Schneider Ave.

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Places to stop along the way

Restrooms are located at the corner of Jubilee Dr. and David St. and at the Comfort Station at the Pavilion. Both are open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Best time of day

Anytime during daylight hours

Precautions

This tour takes place on sidewalks and paths so be sure to wear proper footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Be careful crossing intersections. Bring a water bottle along and be sure to charge your phone before the tour.

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Kitchener’s Crown Jewel: Victoria Park and Heritage Conservation District