Region of Waterloo Launches Reimagining Doon Heritage Village for Public Input

Posted On Friday March 22, 2024

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is seeking input from residents on the future programming, experiences, stories, and new uses at Doon Heritage Village.

Like other cultural institutions around the world, The Region of Waterloo's Doon Heritage Village is reflecting on which stories of culture and heritage it shares – and which are missing. The Region of Waterloo Museum team is seeking input from the community on how it might expand the stories, resources and experiences it provides to all residents and visitors through a world-class museum experience.

Through the Reimagining Doon Heritage Village Project the Region will engage with residents, especially those with underrepresented stories, to enrich the narratives shared at Doon Heritage Village. This feedback will inform a new Interpretive Plan for Doon Heritage Village. This plan outlines how diverse histories are represented and shared through programming and living history re-enactment. In addition to community engagement, staff are currently working with an advisory committee of community members and an external team to lead engagement within equity-deserving communities.

"A reimagined Doon Heritage Village should tell stories that resonate with our community, provide opportunities for learning and conversation, and create unique experiences for residents of Waterloo Region and visitors," said Karen Redman, Chair of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. “We are excited to hear and celebrate the stories and memories of Doon Heritage Village from the past 60 plus years, while listening to important feedback from the community on how missing or underrepresented stories, histories, and traditions could be expanded to reflect the identities of our community."

Doon Heritage Village, a 60-acre living history museum that opened in 1957, offered visitors the opportunity to experience what life was like, for some community members, in Waterloo Region in the year 1914. The site featured guided tours, special events and school class visits.

In 2023, operations were paused to begin a utilities replacement project. These updates include utility services to allow more accessible public programs, safer evening and winter events with efficient lighting, reliable and sustainable building heating, new water mains for washrooms and fire response, and improved connectivity.

Residents are invited to participate in the engagement, including an online survey and in-person sessions, to share past experiences of Doon Heritage Village and help shape its future. Public input sessions will take place on-site at Doon Heritage Village on Saturday, April 27 10am - 11:30am and Sunday, April 28 2pm - 3:30pm. Museum admission is included, and participants will receive a free family pass for their contributions.

For more information and to participate in the engagement activities, please visit