Visit our historic sites

  • Waterloo Pioneer Memorial Tower is one of Waterloo Region’s historic and picturesque landmarks. Between 1800 and 1803, more than twenty families traveled from Pennsylvania and settled near the Grand River.

    In 1923, a group of residents, including descendants of original Mennonite families such as the Sherks and Betzners and members of the Waterloo Historical Society, constructed a monument to honour the first pioneers. An acre of land was selected east of the Grand River at Doon, on the old Betzner homestead which included the graves of several family members. The Swiss look of the tower spire recognizes the Swiss heritage of the original settlers.
  • Doon Heritage Crossroads – Here you can explore Waterloo County circa1914. Come back to see what businesses, homes and farms were like and how people went about their daily lives.
  • Joseph Schneider Haus Museum and Gallery – Visit the 1816 home that Joseph and Barbara Schneider built. They were among the early pioneers who trekked to the new frontier from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1807. The house recreates life in the 1850s.
  • Homer Watson House & Gallery – Homestead of noted landscape artist Homer Watson, also known as the “Man of Doon”. The studio, art classes and workshops also include an exhibition of contemporary art.
  • Woodside National Historic Site – Boyhood Home of Canada’s 10th and longest serving Prime Minister, William Lyon MacKenzie King, born in Berlin in 1874. The home is restored to the beauty of the early 1890’s on 4.65 hectares of land.
  • Castle Kilbride – The grand Victorian home was built by James Livingston in 1877 and has been restored and refurnished with scrupulous attention to detail. Seen from the road, the Castle dominates its surroundings with its clean Italianate design, capped by a towering belvedere.