Kitchener, Ontario audio tour: The Historical Civic Centre Neighbourhood: A Sightseeing Walk

The Historical Civic Centre Neighbourhood: A Sightseeing Walk

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

Journey through one of Kitchener's oldest neighbourhoods, the Civic Centre Neighbourhood Heritage Conservation District. This area was (and, in some cases, still is) home to many former mayors, doctors, and people from key industries, such as the influential Breithaupt family who helped transform Kitchener into the city it is today. This walking tour takes you through several streets adorned with large and intricately-designed homes and other buildings that showcase architecture from the late 1800s onwards.

Along the way, you'll also hear about:

• Kitchener’s largest library
• The city’s first courthouse and jail
• The second oldest park, Hibner Park
• Late 19th and early 20th-century architecture

• The Centre in the Square and KW Art Gallery, the Region's renowned acoustic space and leading public art gallery

Come along and explore this beautiful heritage district, which remains a very attractive place to live today.

Tour Producer


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

  • Kitchener Public Library

  • St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

  • Church of the Good Shepherd

  • Centre In The Square

Directions to Starting Point

The starting location is the Central Library at 85 Queen St N. There is paid parking at 101 Queen St N that is a 1 minute walk to the starting location. Free 2 hour street parking on Margaret Ave may be available.

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Places to stop along the way

The Kitchener Public Library to view the mural, Enlightenment, and to visit the cafe and restrooms inside.

Best time of day

Anytime during daylight hours.


This tour takes place on sidewalks 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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The Historical Civic Centre Neighbourhood: A Sightseeing Walk