Welcome to our virtual K-W German Walk!

We would like to take you on a journey on the trail of German-Canadian history in the region of the twin cities Kitchener-Waterloo, more popularly known as K-W.

K-W boasts a diverse history and culture built by its settlers—German-speaking Mennonite families who immigrated from Pennsylvania in the early 1800s.
We have set out to highlight the landmarks that link Germany and ‘Canada’s former German Capital’. Whom better to ask to help us in this task than the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, a centre that engages with German-Canadian heritage.

The result of our cooperation is this web application that features many places in K-W with German connection.

Please note that our ambition has not and cannot be to establish a complete and scientifically correct list of places with a German pedigree in K-W. But if you find errors or think another German landmark should be included, please contact us: wcgs@uwaterloo.ca

But first of all: Viel Spaß beim K-W German Walk!

Sabine Sparwasser
Consul General of Germany in Toronto


Mat Schulze
Director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies