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UpTown LOOP – North Walk

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UpTown LOOP – North Walk

UpTown LOOP - North WalkThe UpTown LOOP is three self guided walking tours in Uptown Waterloo. The Uptown LOOP takes you to all points of interest such as parks, public art, significant architecture both heritage and contemporary, while at the same time, showcasing shopping, business and eating establishments along the way.

In the late 1990’s the Uptown Transportation Study identified a need to further encourage walking and discovery of places and spaces in Uptown, while featuring the fabulous shopping, eating and business stops along the way. The UpTown LOOP opened on September 27, 2007 as a 150th Anniversary of Waterloo legacy project.

Along the North Walk you will discover UpTown Waterloo, complete with first-class shopping and eating establishments.  Explore a variety of heritage buildings with true character, and catch the reading bug at the library. This walk takes about 30 minutes and is mostly on city sidewalks. The walk is flat and accessible.

The UpTown LOOP North Walk points of interest include:

The Market Hotel. Built in the 1850’s in Georgian Mennonite style, this building was originally the Market Hotel serving, as its name implies as a market and a hotel. Later this Waterloo landmark house the John Forsyth Company which made shirts pajamas and undergarments.

Carnegie Library and Carnegie Green. Thanks to a grant from the American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Library was built in the early 1900s at the corner of Albert and Dupont streets. A business classic revival style building features many significant details including ornamental brickwork.

The Huether Hotel is a Waterloo landmark built in the 1880s that features an elaborate Victorian facade. Inside the Lion Brewery Restaurant has a massive arched stone vaulted ceiling as well as two display cases highlighting hidden tunnels that may have been used to smuggle alcohol during the Prohibition era.

The old Post Office and Custom House was completed in 1913. It features federal post office architecture that’s Romanesque in style with rounded arches on main façade. This heritage landmark also has the imposing clock tower which has been shortened over the years because of decay and fire.

Also on the North Walk you’ll find the Waterloo Hotel, the old train station, the Button Factory, Molson’s Bank, Waterloo Public Library, Marsland building and Memorial Park.

 

Where: Uptown Waterloo

When: anytime

For more information please visit website. Here is a (map)

365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo is brought to you by Keith Marshall. I love the Molson’s Bank. We forget that Waterloo was once a brewery and distillery town,

 

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