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Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower Doors Open Waterloo Region

Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower

Nestled along the banks of the Grand River in Kitchener, the Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower is an icon of Waterloo Region. It memorializes the arrival of the first Pennsylvania Dutch settlers to the area in the early 1800s. Its conception in 1923 was prompted by the rise of German-Canadian nationalism following a period of cultural sanctions imposed on the local community during the First World War.

As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes experience of this iconic landmark.

About the tower:

The Waterloo Pioneer Memorial Tower was conceieved by W.H. Breithaupt; it is an 18.9 metre high tower on the banks of the Grand River that pays tribute to the contributions of the hardworking Pennsylvania-German pioneers who settled the Waterloo Region between 1800 and 1803. Its shimmering Swiss-style copper roof, random-coursed fieldstone construction and Conestoga wagon weather vane can be seen for miles, paying tribute to the German heritage of the farming community that built it.

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Contact info

437 Tower Road
Kitchener, Ontario
Telephone: 519-571-5684


Year built: 1926
Architect: William Langton (Waterloo County Pioneer's Association)
Building type: Attraction, Cemetery, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 4 – Friday December 31, 2021
10:00am – 12:00am

Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower 437 Tower Road