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Backyard Tourist: Local History Edition

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  • Family walking in forest in fall with dog

Kathleen, Clemens Mill | November 1, 2020

Feeling grounded?

Long distance travel might be a challenge at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and explore new territory – or in this case, old territory. Give your inner history buff free reign and play tourist in your own backyard. Explore the rich history of our region online and through historical tours, and museums.

Make tracks to the museum.

Grab a Region of Waterloo Museums Family Pass at Idea Exchange for admission to local historical sites.

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village

McDougall Cottage

Schneider Haus National Historic Site

Please visit each museum’s website for current visitor information.

Hit the road.

Explore rural areas close to home with Historic Countryside Tours.

Take a stroll through Old Galt and relive some of your favourite scenes from Murdoch Mysteries while learning about local landmarks with the Old Galt Historical Walking Tour. Download or borrow.

Don’t feel like leaving the house?

Check out these sites to explore history online:

Tourism in Ontario through Time

Digital Archive Ontario

Old Postcards