Waterloo Region is committed to the conservation of its architectural and cultural heritage. Cultural heritage resources are inheritances that give residents a sense of place, community and personal identity. These resources provide an important means of defining a regional identity and enhancing our community's quality of life. They support social development and promote economic prosperity.
There are many ways to learn more about our heritage:
The Region of Waterloo's responsibility to conserve our cultural heritage is shared with the Federal and Provincial governments. Area municipalities, other government agencies, the private sector, property owners and the community as a whole also play an important role.
Waterloo Region Public Building Inventory
The Region of Waterloo's Heritage Planning Advisory Committee (HPAC) has inventoried all purpose-built public buildings in Waterloo Region constructed pre-1951 and compiled them into a two-part Public Building Inventory. Over 200 structures have been recorded, including post offices, hospitals, town and city halls, farmers' markets, armouries, police and fire stations, court houses, jails, water pumping stations, railway and trolley stations, arenas, swimming pools, parks, auditoriums, and 104 education-related buildings, such as one-room school houses.
These structures have played a central role in the growth and development of our local communities over the past two centuries. The goal of the inventory is to increase awareness of these structures to support future heritage conservation efforts. It is hoped that the inventory will be a useful tool for researchers, municipal staff, heritage committees and interested individuals.
The inventory can be downloaded in two parts:
Part 1: Public Building Inventory
Part 2: Public Building Inventory - Educational Buildings
Region of Waterloo eNews
Sign up for the Local Cultural Heritage Information Update. Provide your contact information and select the Local Cultural Heritage Information category.
The Region of Waterloo's Heritage Planning Advisory Committee (HPAC) hosts educational workshops related to various aspects of heritage conservation. Information on upcoming workshops will be posted on this webpage. Past workshops include:
Cultivating Heritage Gardens and Landscapes Workshop
The Region's Heritage Planning Advisory Committee hosted a workshop on heritage gardens and landscapes on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at the Waterloo Region Museum. The workshop included sessions on the history of the landscape and gardening movement, architectural styles and associated landscapes and gardens, choosing a design for your garden and sourcing plant material. Workshop speakers included experts in the field, such as Bob Wildfong, Susan Burke, Wendy Shearer and David Hobson.
Heritage Impact Assessment Workshop
A Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) is a study that determines how cultural heritage resources will be impacted by a proposed development or infrastructure project and how the cultural heritage resource will be conserved.
In November 2012, the Region of Waterloo, in partnership with local Area Municipalities, hosted a workshop on Heritage Impact Assessments. To review the materials presented at the HIA workshop please click on the links below:
HIA Overview (Thomas Wicks, Ontario Heritage Trust) HIA requirements for the Cities of Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo and the Region of Waterloo.
Summary Notes from the Panel Discussion.