Guide to downtown Kitchener’s Art Walk tour, about 60 minutes from Toronto. There are 90 art installations spread across the downtown core.
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The Best Guide to Downtown Kitchener’s Art Walk Tour

Downtown Kitchener’s Art Walk tour features 90 outdoor art installations. And the best part is- it’s absolutely free! Plan your next road trip to Kitchener Ontario to check out this thriving arts community. And, let this be your best guide and art walk map where I will share the best of the best all within close proximity to each other with a suggested restaurant or activity to do.

The Downtown Kitchener Art Walk Tour, only an hour west of Toronto, features 90 outdoor art installations spread throughout the city's downtown core. Let this be your best guide to Kitchener's art walk (known as DTK Art Walk Tour) where I've grouped them by location with a suggested restaurant or activity.

Where is Kitchener Ontario?

Kitchener is the city an hour west of Toronto. Kitchener and Waterloo (or K-W) are two cities, often referred to as one, that is finding ways to protect their history while undergoing a massive revitalization. It’s most famous for its tech employment, with one of the highest concentrations of start-up entrepreneurs in the country. Not to mention the countless number of craft breweries, locally-owned restaurants, nature trails, and an up-and-coming arts community.     

How DTK Art Walk got started?

When the pandemic hit us the hardest, the city decided to create an outdoor museum full of amazing art installations and murals. There are a total of 90 spread throughout the core of downtown Kitchener. 

Since I’m a local, seeing all 90 art installations is not a big deal. But I get it, for those who are visiting the city just for the day it might be hard to see them all. So, I’ve pulled together the best ones. Let this be your guide to Kitchener’s art walk (known as DTK Art Walk Tour) where I’ve grouped them by location. 

Guide to Kitchener's Art Walk

take 5

Let’s start with a short loop, maybe 10-15 minutes of walking time, bringing you to 5 art installations. A couple of these will feature a walk back in time where you will learn about Kitchener’s historical roots. 

Finish your tour of these 5 and support locally-run, and my personal favourite, Cafe Pyrus. The entire menu is plant-based and even those that are not vegan won’t know the difference – it’s that good! This healthy restaurant caters to the breakfast and lunch crowd.

an even dozen

Enjoy discovering this group of 12 art murals in close proximity to each other. It might require you to look up, way up, as a few of these are featured on the back of buildings. If you are looking for a coffee fix, be sure to stop at Show & Tell Coffee. 

the first 6

The Downtown Kitchener Art Walk Tour, only an hour west of Toronto, features 90 outdoor art installations spread throughout the city's downtown core. Let this be your best guide to Kitchener's art walk (known as DTK Art Walk Tour) where I've grouped them by location with a suggested restaurant or activity.
5. The Electrohome (Side of Duke St parking lot on Ontario St N)
The Downtown Kitchener Art Walk Tour, only an hour west of Toronto, features 90 outdoor art installations spread throughout the city's downtown core. Let this be your best guide to Kitchener's art walk (known as DTK Art Walk Tour) where I've grouped them by location with a suggested restaurant or activity.
6. Great Horned Owl (8 Queen St – back facing Ontario St)

Then follow your way to Kitchener’s best-kept secret – Goudies Lane. The once docking area has been turned into a cool hangout spot – complete with lights dangling between buildings and picnic tables to sit at while you admire the art murals.

the last 6

the 11 on halls lane

Head to Halls Lane, a hidden laneway, runs parallel to King Street in Kitchener. The part running between Ontario and Queen Streets is where you will find this grouping of 11. Close by, there is no shortage of locally-run, ethnic fast-food eateries. Everything from sushi to African to Caribbean. 

The Downtown Kitchener Art Walk Tour, only an hour west of Toronto, features 90 outdoor art installations spread throughout the city's downtown core. Let this be your best guide to Kitchener's art walk (known as DTK Art Walk Tour) where I've grouped them by location with a suggested restaurant or activity.
End your tour at my recommended favourite, AOK Craft Beer + Arcade, where you can sip on a local brew while playing some retro gaming. The entrance and patio doesn't get any cooler than their very own art mural.

a 6-pack

Let these 6 art installations lead you to Kitchener’s largest park – Victoria Park. End your tour here with a leisurely stroll around the lake.

As a holidaymaker…

This free outdoor art gallery builds a sense of community. Not only does it showcase some amazing talent telling an important story, it also brings locals and visitors to the downtown core. It adds a little edge to its character. If you prefer to learn more about the artists, their work, and the area why not join a private group with Stroll Walking Tours. They are the ultimate storytellers. Leave a comment below, I’d love to know which are your favourites from the DTK Art Walk Tour. 

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The Downtown Kitchener Art Walk Tour, only an hour west of Toronto, features 90 outdoor art installations spread throughout the city's downtown core. Let this be your best guide to Kitchener's art walk (known as DTK Art Walk Tour) where I've grouped them by location with a suggested restaurant or activity.
The Downtown Kitchener Art Walk Tour, only an hour west of Toronto, features 90 outdoor art installations spread throughout the city's downtown core. Let this be your best guide to Kitchener's art walk (known as DTK Art Walk Tour) where I've grouped them by location with a suggested restaurant or activity.
The Downtown Kitchener Art Walk Tour, only an hour west of Toronto, features 90 outdoor art installations spread throughout the city's downtown core. Let this be your best guide to Kitchener's art walk (known as DTK Art Walk Tour) where I've grouped them by location with a suggested restaurant or activity.

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