Parks & Trails
Waterloo Region has many parks and trails to explore. Some well-known trails, such as the Kissing Bridge Trailway, the Iron Horse Trail and the Walter Bean Trail, span two or more municipalities.
Larger parks, like Bingemans in Kitchener and RIM Park in Waterloo, offer a wide range of recreational facilities such as ball diamonds and sports fields. They include picnic shelters, public washrooms and access to transit and parking.
Experience the beautiful open spaces of Waterloo Region for yourself.
Visit the website of your area municipality for detailed information about their local parks and green spaces:
Trail maps help you plan your route with markers for access points to trails, transit links and nearby amenities.
The Cycling and Route Map of Kitchener/Waterloo and Cambridge pinpoints area transit routes, multi-use trails, bikeways, local amenities, points of interest and more. The Woolwich Trails Map provides a link to picturesque trails encompassing Elmira, St. Jacobs, West Montrose and more.
For interactive directions, including transit and cycling, try Google Maps. Collaboration between Google and the Region of Waterloo resulted in directions for cyclists, focusing on efficient routes and avoiding busy urban streets and hills. Click on the small bike image for custom cycling routes.
To explore local heritage and history, see our Historic Countryside Tours maps. These maps highlight the historical and scenic wonders of the four townships of Waterloo Region, including stops at buildings and landmarks, churches, cemeteries, farms and railways.
The Region of Waterloo owns 17 woodland properties. They are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including regionally significant species of plants, birds, amphibians and reptiles. These areas are great places to walk, watch birds and other wildlife, cross-country ski and mountain bike.
The Regional Forests open to the public all have walking trails. Check out the map for their locations.
View Regional Forests in a larger map
Note: Trails in the Regional forests are rustic and primarily forest-floor paths suitable for walking, although the larger properties do have loop trails. Please be advised that some Regional forests are on properties that are not open to the public.
Kissing Bridge Trailway
Established in 1998, this 45 kilometre trail runs from Guelph to Milbank as part of the Trans Canada Trail. The trail features many uses including hiking, running, cycling, snowshoeing and snowmobiling (in designated areas). Local attractions include rural landscapes, the West Montrose Kissing Bridge, historic river bridge ruins and more.
The Kissing Bridge Trailway is a cooperative effort of the Region of Waterloo and the County of Wellington. Please read the trail brochure for more information and to view the trail map.
Current Trail projects:
Notice of Study Commencement - Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Iron Horse Trail to Future Transit Hub Access Improvements
The Region of Waterloo wants to improve the cycling and walking connection between the Iron Horse Trail and the planned Transit Hub at the intersection of Victoria Street and King Street. This study will identify potential alternative routes, evaluate the alternatives, select a preferred route and prepare the preliminary design. The evaluation will identify the constraints, impacts, costs, and opportunities to mitigate any impacts. The Region will follow "Schedule B" of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment in accordance with the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.
Residents are invited to provide comments at any time. Later this spring, the Region will host a Public Consultation Centre to present the progress on the study.
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THIS PROJECT
For more information, please contact:
Hanan Wahib, Region of Waterloo Jay Cranstone, MMM Group Limited
Senior Transportation Planning Engineer Project Manager
T: 519-575-4811 T: 519-743-8777
E: email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
All comments and information regarding this project are being collected to assist the Region of Waterloo in making a decision. Under the Municipal Act, personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location may be included in a submission and becomes part of the public record. Please contact Hanan Wahib if you have questions regarding the collection of this information.
Past trail projects:
Pedestrian Access Improvements Environmental Assessment Between the Hanson/Hayward Industrial and Alpine Village Areas
This Environmental Assessment will consider options to improve pedestrian and transit access to the Family Centre, Family and Children's Services and other destinations in the Hanson/Hayward area.
The work has been completed. Read the notice of study completion and the full project file. (PDF 41MB)
Public Consultation Centre #2 will be held June 18, 2015 to collect input from the public. For location details and the information package for this meeting see links below:
Public Consultation Centre # 1 was held on June 17, 2014 to collect input from the public. For more detailed information about this Environmental Assessment, please read the following:
Waterloo Spur Line Multi-use Trail Feasibility and Design Study
The Region of Waterloo is committed to increasing transportation choice, and the Multi-use Trail Feasibility and Design Study is an important step toward this goal.
The envisioned trail is a three- to four-metre wide hard-surface multi-use trail running along 2.5 kilometres of the rail line.
The trail will promote active living by connecting established residential neighbourhoods, employment nodes, and future rapid transit station areas in Kitchener and Waterloo.
Notice of Public Information Centre:
Regarding Waterloo Spur Line Trail and Storm Drainage Improvements
There will be an informal "drop-in" Public Information Centre.
Date: Thursday February 26, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Region of Waterloo Office - Front Lobby
150 Frederick Street, Kitchener
If you are unable to attend the Public Information Centre and would like to make your views known, please submit your written comments by Thursday March 12, 2015 to:
Mr. Peter Linn, P.Eng.
Regional Municipality of Waterloo
150 Frederick Street, 6th Floor
Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3
Phone: 519-575-4757 ext. 3773
If you need any accommodations to attend this meeting, please contact
Peter Linn at the above contact by Thursday February 19, 2015.
Click here for Public Information Centre invitation.
Regional Council approved the preferred alignment of the trail in 2012. See the report for more details:
Click here for Waterloo Spur Line Multi-use Trail Feasibility and Design Study Report
Additional Information on the multi-use trail feasibility and design study:
On Sept. 9, 2014, the Region's Planning and Works Committee will consider a recommendation to proceed with construction of the Waterloo Spur Line project, with tendering in place before March 31, 2015 to meet Provincial funding requirements. See the report for more details: Click here for Project Approval for the Waterloo Spur Line Trail.