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Walking tours

crinoid fossils in rockPeter Russell Rock Garden in springptygmatic fold in country rock in the shape of letter "W"

We have five walking tours that showcase how you can experience the Earth Sciences in your everyday life in Waterloo Region. We have prepared a script for each of the tours which were originally orated by Peter Russell. Here, they have been presented for your convenience. All you need to do is print the tour program, allot a date and time, and you will have your own personal walking tour to explore Earth Science in the context of Waterloo Region.

Peter Russell Rock Garden tour

Rock around Uptown Waterloo

Explore the building stones used in Waterloo on this 2 hour walk.

Rock around Downtown Kitchener

Total expected length: approximately 6 kilometres, or 2 hours.

Take a tour around downtown Kitchener and allow yourself to be amazed at the geological history that can be found in such an area!  Kitchener is a city with a rich history. Although it has only been recognized as a city since 1854, its roots may be traced back much further. Ancient rocks may be found in the buildings and surrounding landscape throughout this gorgeous city. 

Rock around Maryhill

This is an hour to an hour and a half tour to explore the quiet hamlet of Maryhill. The topography of the area has been strongly modified by glacial and post-glacial activity.

Between the cities of Kitchener and Guelph lies Maryhill, a quiet hamlet with an outstanding geological history. The topography of the Maryhill area has been strongly modified by glacial and post-glacial activity. 

Glacial deposits of Pleistocene age, up to 30 metres thick, blanket the bedrock. A gothic St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, built in the late 1870s, is visible from miles around and is situated on the top of this deposit. At the Church’s side is a cemetery with dozens of old stones and a huge stone wall. We invite you to use our audio tour to explore these fascinating features and more. Come and see how powerful glaciers have changed the natural landscape, and explore the fossils in the stone walls surrounding the church!

GeoTime Trail walking tour

Explore the geological history of Waterloo through the GeoTime trail. This 1 hour walk will give you a better understanding of time and teach you how the landscape and the life on it have changed over time! It is a gorgeous trail and is ideal for any time of the year.

crinoid fossils in rockPeter Russell Rock Garden in springptygmatic fold in country rock in the shape of letter "W"

Museum hours

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open all day Monday to Friday and weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Peter Russell Rock Garden (located outdoors) open to the public year round. Self-guided tours are available.

Admission is free! For more information, see Visit Us.

Scavenger hunts for kids ages 6 to 12+