Hidden Gems & Unexpected Treasures

When you get to know all the out of the way gems and back alley routes to get there… you know you’re a true down-townie! 

Food being placed on a place in a restaurant kitchen window

You’ll really feel like a downtown insider once you know about these slightly more out of the way hidden gems and a few secret spots, right in your own back yard. It’s easy to overlook some obscure, but popular locations!   

This Hidden Gems walking tour features unique locations off the main street that people might not know about unless someone shows you – or unless you’re an intrepid urban explorer! We’ll visit a Parisian inspired cafe, a long standing book-ish institution, a couple old-world professional services/trades and a speakeasy!

Guaranteed you’ll say, “I’ve never noticed that before!” at least once.

**Please note: These walking tours are geared for adults. This walking tour does not include food or drink sampling but you will get to meet some of the business owners and visit each location so you can return later.

Led by: Juanita Metzger

Accessibility: Route follows paved surfaces on city sidewalks. Route is adapted around construction. **Several businesses have stairs into their front entrance and may not be accessible by scooter or wheelchair. 

Hidden Gems Walking Tour Details

Thank You!
This walking tour is generously sponsored by the Downtown Kitchener Business Improvement Area, which makes it free for you!

Of course, we have the obligatory Liability Waiver and Release form that must be signed by each person in advance of joining the walk.  Why a waiver for a walking tour, you ask? Couldn’t get insurance without it. Stroll pays insurance… you sign the waiver. 

A sense of curiosity, a few questions and a willingness to learn something you didn’t know before.

Of course, dress for the weather; bring a hat, water bottle, umbrella, solid walking shoes (no flip flops!) and anything else you need to be comfortable on the walk. 

We walk rain or shine or snow! 

However, we do heed storm watches and warnings and would never put you in danger. Stroll may cancel and reschedule a walk due to an issued weather advisory. 

We don’t make scheduled bathroom breaks along the walking route. Please attend to personal needs before or after the walking tour. 

Absolutely! The walking tour guides have chosen routes with the best possible accessibility in order to accommodate as many people as possible. However, construction happens and we do our best to re-route safely.

If you have any questions about the accessibility of a specific walk, please contact us in advance of booking. 

We’ll say it again… Always arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time! If you arrive exactly at departure time, you’re already late! If you arrive really late, your walking tour will have started without you. We start right on time so that we finish on time & respect the fact that people have things to do after the walking tour. 

At the end of the walking tour, you’ll get a Downtown shopping & dining guide and a 2023 calendar of events taking place in DTK so you won’t miss all the cool things coming up and you can find all your new favourite locations!