Black Presence in BerlinA Black History Walking Tour in Downtown Kitchener
Back in Spring/Summer 2023!
Or private group request
Price: $30/person (+ booking fee $1.80)
Duration: 90 minutes
Meeting Location: The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St. Kitchener
Distance Covered: 2.0 km
The walk ends 2 blocks from where we begin.
Led by: Peggy Plet
Accessibility: Route follows paved surfaces on main and neighbourhood streets. Accessible for scooters & wheelchairs.
Our Black history walking tour in Downtown Kitchener might expand your perspective on this city’s early history – which is the point of a good walking tour!
Many people think that Kitchener’s first Black residents only came here in the 1960s and 70s, but did you know that the first Black person actually arrived in Waterloo region in 1806?
On this walk we will talk about Berlin’s connection to the early Black settlers of the Queens Bush settlement. Further, we will visit former sites where Black residents lived, had their businesses and schools in the 19thcentury and learn about their lives and contributions to our community. You will hear about black teachers, a black lawyer, and black domestic workers. One of Berlin’s black residents even ran for office! Come join us to find out who that was.
As we recover and re-tell these histories you’ll look at this town differently and realize that Kitchener’s heritage is more colourful and richer than we thought.
Black History Walking Tour Details
- Tickets must be purchased in advance
- Maximum 20 people per walk
- We walk rain or shine or snow so dress for the weather! If it looks like rain, bring an umbrella. If it’s cold, wear a few extra layers.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes (i.e. no flip flops!)
- Arrive 5 minutes in advance to check in. If you arrive exactly when the walk starts, you’re already late!
- Our walking tours are face mask friendly – even though our walking tours are entirely outdoors, some guests may feel most comfortable wearing a mask – and we respect that!
- Black Presence in Berlin will be available throughout 2022! We will be hosting more public walks all year – sign up for the Stroll Newsletter so that you are notified when we add more dates!
- Stroll will donate 10% of all purchased tickets to several Black initiatives in Waterloo Region (ACB Network, Inside Waterloo & Kind Minds Family Wellness & CCAWR Scholarship Fund) during the month of February and throughout 2022.
Black Presence in Berlin was a wonderful experience. Our tour guide, Peggy Plet, was so incredibly knowledgeable, and she made it possible for us to picture the people, places and events of the past. There’s so much history in our region that has been ignored or forgotten. Tours like this bring it back to life.