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A Virtual Walk to Remember: A Guided Tour of Historic Downtown Galt


Local History

  • photo of the Grand River in Downtown Galt

Laura, Old Post Office | January 4, 2022

Cambridge, Ontario, is full of rich history! Formed in January 1973, the former cities of Galt, Preston, Hespeler, and Blair make up our current city of Cambridge. Each of the communities have a long history that residents are proud of, as these old city names are still used to describe where they live.

Galt was one of the largest and most important towns in the area. The city evolved from serving the agricultural needs of surrounding farmers to gaining a reputation for quality industrial products, earning the nickname “The Manchester of Canada”.

Enjoy a Guided Tour of Historic Downtown Galt to explore the city’s rich history, architectural heritage, and discover stories from the past. Presented by Dan Schmalz, City of Cambridge Archives.

Dan Schmalz is the City of Cambridge's Information and Archives Analyst. Among his responsibilities is being the caretaker of the City of Cambridge Archives. This involves cataloguing and preserving vital records of the City of Cambridge, it's predecessor communities of Galt, Preston, Hespeler and Blair as well as its local history collection. He is an avid history buff, born and raised in Cambridge and loves to share his passion for local history as well as the knowledge and resources of the Archives.

Make your next neighbourhood walk one to remember!

A Virtual Walk to Remember: A Guided Tour of Historic Downtown Galt


Submitted by Beth Attwood (not verified) on

Thank you for this tour. I had no idea of this history. It means a lot to me to know about these buildings.

Submitted by Laura (not verified) on

Thank you so much for your comment, Beth. We are so glad you enjoyed this video! In case you missed it, we just posted a new local history video:

We also have ongoing history displays at our Old Post Office location that anyone can drop in and see. The current theme is Remembrance Day in Cambridge.