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Official Tourism Website of Walkerton & Area Ontario

Heritage Tours

Municipality of Brockton
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Self Guided Tours
Self Guided Tours

Brockton has a rich history that has been meticulously documented and archived by our local Heritage Committee.  With a unique past and several notable historical characters Brockton boasts itself as the place to immerse yourself in a different era.  Be sure to pick up your driving and walking tour pamphlets from the Walkerton Visitor Information Centre or on their website to begin your self-guided tours.  

There are three separate driving tours each encompassing a different region of Brockton: North, East and West.  These tours range between one and a half to two and a half hours and highlight some of the key historical buildings in our region. 

Walkerton also has two separate walking tours for the North and South ends of town.  Both of these tours begin at the Walkerton Legion so feel free to park here as you make your way around the town.  The Walkerton Legion lounge is also available after your tour (Monday to Saturday after 3:00pm).  

Research the Rich Walkerton Heritage
Research the Rich Walkerton Heritage

If you are perhaps looking to do a bit of genealogical or local history research, then you may want to check out the Archives Room at the Walkerton Public Library. This room includes a collection of local history books, microfilm, newspapers, and pictures.  Local birth, death and marriage records are in the process of being digitized for easier access however this process is not yet complete. 

The Walkerton Firehall also holds additional materials archived by the Heritage Committee.  Should you need assistance in finding information on a certain heritage-related topic feel free to contact the Heritage Committee directly.

In Walkerton, you can start at the historic jail which once contained famous inmate Mickey McArthur, a bank robber whose jailbreak has been well documented. Rumour has it he squeezed through the narrow second storey window of his jail cell, scaled down the wall and up the courtyard wall and caught a boat waiting for him on the river.