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UpTown LOOP – Lake Walk

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UpTown LOOP – Lake Walk

UpTown LOOP - Lake 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.

Lake Walk (map)…. On the Lake Walk you will stroll around Silver Lake and discover the spectacular 50-hectare Waterloo Park.  Admire contemporary architecture at the Perimeter Institute and Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery.  This walk can take as little as 15 minutes, but you can spend hours in Waterloo Park. This walk will take you over a variety of surfaces including asphalt, stonedust trails, boardwalk and sidewalks. It is mostly flat with some gentle slopes.

Grist Mill 

This is a replica of what Waterloo founder Abraham Erb’s original gristmill may have looked like. That mill, which stood on the corner of King and Erb was a social center in the city’s early days. Farmers traveled there from miles around to grind their wheat into flour.

Waterloo’s first schoolhouse

Waterloo’s first log school house was built in 1920 near the present McGregor Senior public school. It was moved to Berlin (now Kitchener) in the early 1840s and rented as a residence. It returned the park around the turn of the 20th century, and was rebuilt in 1972 thanks to the efforts of local students.

Silver Lake boardwalk

Silverlake was dug by hand to serve as a water source for Abraham Erb’s grist and sawmills. In the early days its ice was harvested for refrigeration, and kept in a storehouse where Perimeter Institute now stands. It was also a popular place to go fishing, skating and swimming. Today Silver Lake is a scenic stop in Waterloo where visitors can embark on a walk around the boardwalk or watch the waterfowl in action.

Where: Uptown Waterloo

When: Anytime

For more information please visit website.

365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo is brought to you by Keith Marshall, who can be found walking his his dog through Waterloo Park almost every evening.

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