Cultural heritage

Find out how we conserve buildings, landscapes and other features that reveal important stories from our past. Visit our heritage alterations page for information on altering designated heritage homes. 

Properties with cultural heritage value are included on the Municipal Heritage Register (PDF).

Waterloo heritage plaque that appears on heritage homesHeritage properties

Designated properties are valued by the community for their architectural, historic and contextual significance. The city has 41 individually designated properties that can typically be identified by a plaque near the front door.

Download a zip file of all heritage property profiles to learn more about each of the designated properties.

McGregor-Albert Conservation Heritage District

The city has one heritage district, containing over 100 properties, in the McGregor-Albert area. View a map of the area. The McGregor-Albert Conservation Heritage District Plan (PDF) outlines policies and guidelines to manage change in the neighbourhood.

Cultural heritage landscapes

A Cultural Heritage Landscape (CHL) is an area of heritage significance that has been modified by human activities and is valued by a community. It involves groupings of heritage resources, such as buildings, natural features or landforms that tell a story about where we come from and who we are.

We're undertaking a study to develop an inventory of significant CHLs. The inventory will not provide automatic protection of CHLs or their component cultural heritage resources or attributes. Rather, the inventory will identify significant CHLs that are important to the community and that should be the focus for future planning studies and initiatives. 

Find out more on our studies page.

Municipal Heritage Committee

Waterloo's Municipal Heritage Committee advises council on matters involving conservation and preservation of both public and private cultural heritage resources within the city.