Meet the Guides

Juanita Metzger
Juanita Metzger

Owner / Operator

A passion for community, slow travel and hyper local experiences make guided walking tours the ideal business for Juanita. Since moving to the region in 2000, Juanita has worked in neighbourhood community development with a focus on placemaking, urban space and getting people engaged and connected to the place where they live. As a walker, she coordinated and led walks with Jane’s Walk Waterloo Region for six years and walks everywhere when travelling.

Juanita shares her local and travel experiences in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Grand Magazine, The Community Edition and various community blogs.

Juanita lives in the midtown Mount Hope neighbourhood, Kitchener. She is usually late getting to where she’s going because there is always someone to stop and talk to in the neighbourhood!  

Kae Elgie
Kae Elgie

Kae Elgie, author of This Land, a book chronicling 10,000 years of life on the Kent County farm where she grew up, is currently Chair, Board of Directors, Architectural Conservancy Ontario. Curious about how cities function, and recognizing the environmental, economic and wellbeing benefits of heritage conservation, she loves leading walking conversations and tours where others can explore these themes.

Todd Bowman
Todd Bowman

Todd grew up in Waterloo Region where he graduated with a History degree from the University of Waterloo. He teaches history and social science at Huron Heights Secondary School in Kitchener. Todd has lived in Kitchener for 20 years, the last 10 in the downtown area, which helped kindle his interest in local history.

Glenn Smith
Glenn Smith

Glenn was born and raised in Kitchener. Despite his attempts to move away to a more exciting city, he just never left. Instead he brought all the exciting things he loved to Kitchener – like his love of music – and shared them widely. He owned and operaterd several music venues in Kitchener over the years such as The Circus Room, the Hoodoo Lounge at the Mayfair Hotel and Pop the Gator. He started hosting Blues concerts at the Royal Canadian Legion at 48 Ontario Street in the 1980s and hasn’t stopped since. Glenn also owns Ethel’s Lounge in Waterloo, an iconic restaurant & memorabilia mecca.

 

Mary Sehl
Mary Sehl

Mary Sehl is a Waterloo native and long-time Kitchener resident with deep roots in Waterloo Region. She has worked in not-for-profit organizations and government and has long been interested in local history, particularly the stories of the people who settled here and the communities they created. Mary has led Jane’s Walks in the midtown Mount Hope-Breithaupt area and is keen to share some of the history and stories she has learned with you.

Wayne Miedema
Wayne Miedema

Wayne Miedema is an adult literacy instructor with a curiosity about local history and story telling.  He has led public cemetery tours for over 10 years – researching and adding new stories every year. 

Philippe Elsworthy
Philippe Elsworthy

Phil Elsworthy, a keen observer of urban landscapes, with one prize-winning book of photos already published and another in development, loves researching the history of the vistas he photographs and sharing this knowledge with others. His knowledge has been shared with, and augmented by, his many years experience on Waterloo’s Municipal Heritage Committee.

Peggy Plet
Peggy Plet

Peggy Plet, a native of Suriname, and former Dutch citizen, immigrated to Kitchener in 2007. She is a researcher and writer on Black History and has over 25 years of research experience in Dutch-Surinamese history. She has also published a biography on Surinamese-American inventor Jan E. Matzeliger. One of her favorite pastimes is searching for dead people in databases and old newspapers. She also loves being outdoors biking and hiking on local trails, reading and spending time with her family.