Trails in Waterloo Region
Region of Waterloo
Cycling, Outdoor & Recreation, Parks & Trails, Things to Do
Photo: Grand River Conservation Authority/Sigrid Rhodes
Waterloo Region is connected by a series of urban and rural trails that are enjoyed by walkers, hikers, joggers, cyclists, mountain bikers and even cross country skiers.
Whether you’re looking for leisurely paths that meander into city parks and past historic sites, or trails that wind their way through scenic countrysides and forests, there’s a route for you to explore in Waterloo Region.
Choose your starting point, and get ready to enjoy some time in the beautiful outdoors!
The City of Cambridge has more than 50 km of natural and urban trails, including some which run along the Speed and Grand Rivers.
Favourite trails include the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail, an 18 km graveled path overlooking the Grand River that is great for cyclists and hikers, and the Devil’s Creek Trail that runs through sensitive wetlands and is perfect for nature lovers.
Kitchener offers more than 125 km of trails that provide continuous and linked routes throughout the city. Walkers, joggers and cyclists can explore every corner of the city on these community trails.
Among them is the Iron Horse Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail, which provides a scenic and historic route linking the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo along a former railway corridor. Huron Natural Area also features a number of different trails that can be enjoyed by hikers, joggers, nature lovers and photographers.
Waterloo’s trail network includes more than a dozen different trails that wind throughout the city, from Uptown Waterloo through parks, woodlands and more. The Walter Bean Trail is popular for walking, cycling, rollerblading and cross-country skiing, and runs close to the scenic Grand River. The Hydrocut Trails are considered to be one of the top mountain bike riding destinations in Ontario and are nationally recognized for its 25 km of continuous single-track trails.
Insider Note: Trail Mix is an auditory accompaniment available on certain Waterloo walking trails – use your phone’s camera to scan QR codes found throughout the trail to access the playlists. Enjoy music and spoken word from local artists that matches the atmosphere of the trail you’re on!
North Dumfries Township Trails
There are a number of trails in North Dumfries, most of which are owned and maintained by the Grand River Conservation Authority. The Dryden Tracht is a 3.2 km trail located near Ayr, ON, and is used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.
Wilmot Township Trails
Wilmot Township has almost 58 kilometers of existing trails, and has completed a Trails Master Plan to guide the development of additional trails. Existing trails include the Petersburg Crown Lands – 4 km of multi-use trails that are popular for hiking and cross-country skiing – and the Petersburg Regional Forest – a woodlot with approximately 25 km of single track mountain biking/hiking trails as well as multi-use trails. The AvonTrail, a footpath that joins the Thames Valley and Grand Valley Trails, also makes its way through Wilmot Township.
Wellesley Township Trails
The Township of Wellesley is developing and expanding walking, hiking, and biking trails in the Township. The Active Transportation and Trails Committee is currently working with the township in the development of a recreational trail network.
Grand Valley Trails Association
The Grand Valley Trails Association (GVTA) is a volunteer organization committed to building and maintaining hiking trails in the Grand River Valley, and promotes healthy living through outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. To find out about upcoming hikes and events happening on Grand Valley Trails, click here.