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 2013 Cycling and Route Map of Kitchener/Waterloo or Cambridge pinpoints area transit routes, multi-use trails, bikeways, local amenities, points of interest 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 Historical Driving Tour maps. These maps highlight the historical and scenic wonders of the four townships of Waterloo Region, including stops at picturesque vistas, buildings and landmarks, churches, cemeteries, farms and railways.
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.
The Planning and Works Committee will consider the reccomendations of the Waterloo Spur Line Multi-use Trail Feasability and Design Study Report on Jan. 31, 2012 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers (2nd floor, Regional Administration Building, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener). If you wish to have you views heard by Regional Council, please register as a delegation by contacting Council Administrative Services at 519-575-4420 or by email before noon on Jan. 26, 2012.
Additional Information on the multi-use trail feasability and design study:
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.
Note: Trails in the Regional forests are rustic and primarily forest-floor paths suitable for walking, although the larger properties do have loop trails. For more information on the protection and management of these forests, please see the Greenlands page.
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.