5 Great Architecture Walking Tours in Kitchener
Kitchener is one of the most walkable cities in America, which means it’s pretty easy to visit all of its great buildings, murals, and public art on foot. We’ve rounded up five of the best architectural walks in Kitchener, from the Mural Mile’s Mural Arts program to the collection of nearly two dozen offerings from the Preservation Alliance.
1. Preservation Alliance
This nonprofit heritage conservation organization hosts nearly two dozen walking tours of Kitchener, all led by expert volunteer guides. There’s the Littlest Streets East of Broad Tour that takes you through the quaint streets that are so typical of Kitchener. Or you can tour all the mansions and buildings of the Golden Age. With 20 tours there is something for everyone.
Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. From July to August, guided tours are offered at 6 p.m. $ 15 for adults.
2. Kitchener Center for Architecture + Design
The folks on this two-hour tour visit three eras of Kitchener: Late Victorian / Post War, Birth of the Skyscraper, and the Modern City. It’s a great way to see how Kitchener’s architectural scene has developed from 1870 to the present day.
Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm $ 20 adult.
3. Hidden City Kitchener
The folks behind Hidden City Kitchener regularly host walking tours to relatively unknown but important locations in the city. In the past they have taken tours of South Broad Street, the Divine Lorraine, among other things. Upcoming events include a walking tour of Camden.
Check the calendar for tour dates. Free.
4. Wall art
Sometimes a building has more to offer than you think – these walking tours with the Mural Arts program prove it. Experienced guides lead Mural Mile on public tours of all of the works of art that adorn the walls around Kitchener. Or hop on a trolley, train, or Segway tour when you’re tired of walking.
Check the calendar for tour dates. $ 22 per person.
5. Constitutional Tour
Even if you’ve walked past all of the historic landmarks of Old Town countless times, there is likely to be a thing or two to learn about during this 90 minute tour. It visits 20 locations including the iconic Independence Hall of Robert Venturi-designed Franklin Court. Want to go at your own pace? You can plug in some headphones and take an audio tour instead.
Check the schedule for tour dates. $ 19 for adults, $ 12.50 for children.