Doors Open Ontario

While this site has participated in Doors Open Ontario in the past, it is not part of the current season’s program. Please check the Home page for this year’s events and participating sites.

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House Doors Open Waterloo Region

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

The oldest Waterloo County buildings in existence are Doors Open favourites, participating together nearly every year. The massive granite Gaol houses Provincial Offences courtrooms. The Victorian Governor’s House (jail warden’s home) is home to the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. The newly enhanced Gaol Gardens offer a peaceful retreat. Explore this site on a scavenger hunt … with prizes!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

73-77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario


Year built: 1852-53 (gaol); 1878 (Governor's House)
Architect: Mellish & Russell, Brantford (gaol); D.W. Gingerich, Waterloo (Governor's House)
Architectural style: Classical revival, Italianate, Victorian
Building type: Courthouse, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House 73-77 Queen Street North