Church Walking Tour

Many early community activities centred around church and faith organizations. Downtown Kitchener has plenty of churches and plenty of stories! 

Swedenborgian Church, Kitchener

You gotta have faith! 

Explore the history of local faith communities and their leaders, congregations, building architecture, conflicts and accomplishments.

Learn about the earliest settler congregation and its later church split; the ruggedly independent minister known as the “marrying preacher”; the church burned by an arsonist; a congregation’s disastrous building project, and other stories and surprises along the way!

Led by: Todd Bowman

Accessibility: Route follows paved surfaces on city sidewalks. Accessible for scooters & wheelchairs. The walking tour does not enter any churches, we view the buildings from outside. 

Church Walking Tour Details

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. 

Twice a year Stroll hosts a series of public walking tours in the spring and fall. Make sure you are on the Stroll newsletter list so you know when they are available! 

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 likely be shorter than you planned for. 

Public Tours: We start on time so you might miss the introduction. If you’re really late, you might miss the tour if we’ve already moved on. 

We know you’re a curious bunch so we’ve been preparing blog posts with additional resources from many of the walking tours. Happy reading!

A great experience whether you're a local seeking to learn more about the history of your city or a visitor looking for a fun activity. I've been on two walking tours so far, Black Presence in Berlin and Kitchener Got the Blues, and both have been top notch. I look forward to attending more in the future.
Magda M.